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Here’s my latest update to the list of Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags.

- previous update 02.24.19 -

Please share it! Thank you. :-)

@ImageAltText Graffiti background. Foreground in white letters on a  red background to the left reads “Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness Hashtags”
There will be a PDF version up for download on my Ko-fi, likely tomorrow morning. The link is at the end.
Hashtags For Personal Narratives.

These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also good for crowdsourcing solutions.

#InvisibleIllness
#MySpoons
#MyPainDay
#ShareOurPain
#ShareOurStories
#SpoonieStories
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I have a brain tumor/IIH & such severe intestinal damage that I can't digest food w/out enteral food RX.
It's $198/mo even w/a pharma scholarship.
My now 77-year-old mom is my caregiver & she can't afford it.
We get $64/mo for food + trying to save home. Please help!
In 2011, I was bitten by a tick. I contracted E. Chaffeensis, Rickettsia, & Lyme. I wasn't treated for 11 mos. The bacteria went to my spinal cord/brain.
Please help us 💔
#Lyme #IBD #Fibromyalgia #Spoonies
During 1 of my numerous hospitalizations, I caught Vanc-resistant C. Difficile for 3.5 yrs & had to have 2 FM transplants.
I can't digest/ absorb food w/out EnteraGam.
It's norm. $1600/mo but I get a pharma discount, making it $198/mo. My 77-year-old mom still can't afford it.
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I was bitten by a #tick in 2011 & it's turned my worle upside down!
I was a practicing trial atty & am now on a walker.
I contracted E. Chaffeensis, Rickettsia of unknown et., & #Lyme.
I wasn't treated for 11 mos. By then, the tick bacteria had invaded my spinal fluid/brain.
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#MECFS citizen science: What are the answers to these 6 important questions on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis???

The insightful questions below come from this nice @diagnostic_mdpi review

#mdpidiagnostics #pwME #chronicillness #SickNotWeak #MyalgicE
mdpi.com/2075-4418/9/3/…
1. Is there a genetic susceptibility which leaves some individuals vulnerable to #MECFS after exposure to a virus, bacteria or toxic chemical?

#pwME #chronicillness #SickNotWeak #MyalgicE @diagnostic_mdpi #medtwitter #genetic
2. What is the key initial physiological trigger causing the dramatic downward spiral in health leading to #MECFS?

#pwME #chronicillness #SickNotWeak #MyalgicE @diagnostic_mdpi #medtwitter #immunity
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#MECFS patients face disbelief that they are sick

Many #MECFS patients are told that they are simply tired, stressed, anxious, depressed, lazy or malingering

How can #pwME respond to such disbelief and lack of understanding??????

See thread below:
2. Below are 7 evidence-based scientifically supported findings that you can use to inform those who dont understand that #MECFS is a multi-organ, systemic and severely debilitating illness

From a lovely review by @HarvardAskDrK in @JAMA_current
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3. #pwME have deficiencies in 3 organs important for the body's hormonal balances called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis

Importantly, the deficiencies observed in #MECFS patients are quite different to that seen in #depression
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There is so much to unpack about gender and #chronicillness, I barely know where to begin. But let's give it a go. Data THREAD first, personal experiences second. (1/9) #millionsmissingspeakout #pwME @MEActNet
Up until very recently, the majority of medical research has been performed on men. It used to be against the law to include most women in clinical trials. Even after that law was overturned, a second had to be enacted requiring we be included. #pwME (2/9) tinyurl.com/y35rtwzv
The difference in the way women present symptoms and the ignorance around this kills.
When women have heart attacks, for example, the typical symptoms veer sharply from what med students learned from their textbooks. (3/9) #millionsmissingspeakout #pwME psmag.com/social-justice…
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On a serious note:
Tuesday is my father's 2nd yahrzeit
Sunday 4/21 was the 2y anniversary of his death.

In reflecting back, I have some thoughts for #medtwitter, #Jews and the general public...
1/

#death #dying #grief #PalliativeCare #medicine
1. Condolence notes just need to say, "I am thinking of you" or "I was sorry to hear your news" or "I am sorry for your loss."

Don't overthink it, and don't offer false platitudes. Send your note or make your call, and the person who is #mourning knows you care.
2/
2. Show up.
For #shiva, for #kaddish. The first week, there's a lot of people around in a #Jewish house of mourning. Then everyone goes home, and we are left alone.
Offer to go to lunch. Bring dinner. Take a walk.
Join us in shul. Kaddish that first time in services was hard.
3/
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1. thread.

Nice @FrontPediatrics paper providing guidance for docs and #pwME in the diagnosis and management of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome #MECFS

#MedEd #MedTwitter #chronicillness #chronicpain #SickNotTired
frontiersin.org/article/10.338…
2. #MECFS is commonly misdiagnosed as a #somatic disorder

#pwME "..have been humiliated or dismissed by other providers, so [doctors] will need to be.. nonjudgmental.. & acknowledge that #MECFS is not a #psychological condition but a real illness"

frontiersin.org/article/10.338…
3. #MECFS symptoms can be diverse, complex, fluctuate and overlap with many other conditions making the diagnosis difficult

This @FrontPediatrics paper lists 33 (!) co-morbidities commonly associated with #MECFS

#MedEd #MedTwitter #pwME #SickNotTired
frontiersin.org/article/10.338…
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Here's my latest update to my collection of active Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags - previous update 12.13.18.

Please share it. Thank you! :-) Light blue sand background has the # drawn in the sand to the right. The left side is blank. <br />
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At the bottom of the picture, text reads
Portable PDF version will appear on my Kofi in the next day or so.

Link: ko-fi.com/TinuWrites
HASHTAGS FOR PERSONAL NARRATIVES

These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also helpful for crowdsourcing solutions.

#InvisibleIllness
#MySpoons
#MyPainDay
#ShareOurPain
#ShareOurStories
#SpoonieStories
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18 myths & misconceptions of Post-Exertional Malaise #PEM in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome #MECFS

#PEM (aka PENE, "flare" or “crash”) is seriously debilitating symptom caused by exercise

#SickNotWeak #SickNotTired #pwME #chronicillness #medtwitter #MedEd
1. #PEM is just tiredness

No

#pwME experience <pathological> fatigue after #exercise which can be long-lasting and includes debilitating fatigue, flu-like symptoms, cognitive impairment, #sleep disturbance

@PNASNews #MECFS #MyalgicE #MedEd #medtwitter
pnas.org/content/114/6/…
2. #PEM is not a real

No

“there exists no medical condition.. where exertion.. causes #immune/ inflammatory-related symptoms like sore throat, tender lymph nodes, or flu-like feelings, yet 60%.. of.. [#pwME].. reported these symptoms”

@PLOSONE #MECFS
dx.plos.org/10.1371/journa…
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76 yr old Mom needs help gofundme.com/76-yr-old-mom-…
In 2011 I was bitten by a tick. I have a brain tumor/IIH & such severe intestinal damage that I CANNOT digest food w/out enteral food RX. It's $198/wk, even w/pharma discount. My (now) 77-year-old Mom is my caregiver but she can't afford it. Don't have enough to eat/save 🏡. 😭
I contracted E
Chaffeensis, Rickettsia of unknown etiology, & #LymeDisease. I just had 8th spinal tap to relieve pressure on my brain.
I'd been on antibiotics for 19 yrs.
I caught Coxsackie B4 virus-a cousin of polio. Lost most use of (L) side.
I wasn't treated for 11 mos. #Lyme
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Remarkable @bmj_latest @BMJCaseReports report documenting the extreme lengths a bedbound patient went through to get a diagnosis of #POTS, #MCAS, #SIBO and #tachycardia

read her story here

#MedEd #MedTwitter @MayoClinic
casereports.bmj.com/content/2018/b…
2. After suffering for 16 years, seeing 19 docs with repeated misdiagnosis:

Her cardiologist couldnt diagnose #POTS

Her gastroenterologist couldnt diagnose #SIBO

Her immunologist couldnt diagnose #MCAS

Her neurologist referred her to a #psychiatrist!

casereports.bmj.com/content/2018/b…
3. Patient: the "neurologist was out of ideas and suggested I get a psych evaluation, which I declined"

the patient <referred herself> to @MayoClinic

#SickNotWeak #chronicillness #chronicpain #MedEd #medtwitter

casereports.bmj.com/content/2018/b…
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Decided on my project for #BlackHistoryMonth 2019. Reads: Black History Month in large block letters with a colored inside and a hollow outside. Black is red inside, Hustory is green inside. Both words are in the foreground. Month is in the background. The graphic is transparent.
Once a week I'll write briefly about up to 7 historical/famous figures in the Diaspora who

- had/have #ChronicIllness
- spoke of the possibility of being in #DiagnosticLimbo
- or were considered #Disabled.
Why once a week and not every day?

I'm a #Spoonie dammit. I have no clue what day or time I'll have energy.

But I can commit to weekly.

The whole thing is for you to see that we're everywhere. For you to SEE us.

So let's get it.
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#germanculture
Today is the 124th #birthday of #German #mathematician Karl August Reinhardt (1895-1941) who(for all I know) was the first human being to describe a transitive convex pentagonal #tiling(despite #tilings having been known in several cultures since time immemorial,..
.. it seems to no one had found (or even looked for) for such tilings. (Here, 'convex pentagonal' means that the #polygon tiling the plane is a convex pentagon; 'transitive' means that the symmetry group of the tiling acts transitively on the set of tiles.)
Reinhard found five..
..distinct TYPES of such tilings. I did not read his work sufficiently closely to be able to tell whether Reinhardt claimed to have found ALL. Anyways, it took 50 years till more types were found(by the #American Kershner in 1968 who found three more types). The search for more..
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Thread:

The 10 publications below provide scientific evidence that patients with #MECFS have #brain abnormalities in #neuroinflammation, #metabolism, #neurological connections and blood perfusion

#pwME suffer from #chronicillness

#pwME are #SickNotWeak
1. These studies “provide evidence of #neuroinflammation in #MECFS.. as well as evidence of the possible contribution of neuroinflammation to the pathophysiology of #MECFS

#pwME

jnm.snmjournals.org/content/55/6/9…
2. This Australian study found abnormalities in the #brain MRIs and peripheral Blood Pressure and Heart Rate in #MECFS patients including the Vasomotor centre, midbrain and hypothalamus

#pwME

sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
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I don’t love my body out of a sense of obligation or because I give up on it changing or because I think it’s me more than my soul.

I love it because it’s a short way to acceptance that feels good.
I’m angry at my body sometimes. It feels like it has betrayed me.

But not loving it has adversely affected my mental and physical health, of indirectly.

So I willingly and knowingly choose love.
Have you ever tried to grow or nurture anything or anyone you don’t love?

Have you ever tried to be creative with something or someone you don’t love?

Have you ever tried to fully accept someone or something you don’t love, with all its flaws?
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Here's my lastest update Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags - previous update 10.17.18

Please share it.
I'll have a PDF version of this for download on my Ko-fi by this time tomorrow. Link at the end.
HASHTAGS FOR PERSONAL NARRATIVES

These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also good for crowdsourcing solutions.

#InvisibleIllness
#MySpoons
#MyPainDay
#ShareOurPain
#ShareOurStories
#SpoonieStories
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My oxygen machine just shut off and sent out a long beep and now I am somewhat panicked about not having air.
I called the medical equipment company, but it's a long time till morning when they come and bring another one.
I have two tanks = 6hrs.
#chronicillness is so terrible.
And the people who are on call are not very nice.
They always seem very put-out that you need to be able to breathe.
So The Wife just called--she teaches in another state on Wednesdays. She said yes, we do have several oxygen tanks at the office, which she will pick up on the way home. And one of my doc friends on here sent me a fix-it vid for her for when she gets home to check the machine.
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76 yr old Mom needs help gofundme.com/76-yr-old-mom-…
Please read my mom's gofundme & help in any way possible. We are struggling to survive. RTs help. 😭
In 2011 I was bitten by a tick (after being on antibiotics for 19 yrs). My rescue dog was bitten & died the next day. Wasn't treated for 11 mos- I had E. Chaffeensis, Rickettsia, & prob.#Lyme in spinal fluid & brain. Caught Coxsackie B4, cousin of polio & lost most use of L side.
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Some of the daft & unsolicited advice I’ve received over the years, from people who know significantly less about my illness & how it affects me than I do, but still, they have the answers!

#MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #MyalgicE #PwME #UnsolicitedAdvice #ChronicIllness #Disability
I should move out of (damp and mouldy) Scotland to a drier country - I’d lose my entire support network. I would no longer be eligible for UK disability benefits, and I won’t be eligible for social security in whichever country I move to. What will I do for money and support?
Take up meditation - I’ve tried, it makes me anxious. I have other methods of relaxation.
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Diseases like #mcas and #mastocytosis aren't exactly invisible illnesses. Swelling, hives, rashes and big, dark circles under our eyes are pretty visible signs, not to mention the bruises we get from bumping into stuff! 🙄#chronicillness #spoonies #mastcell
Flushing..dermatographism..yep, pretty visible. ☹️
If you watch Summer Caroll's interview you can see her flushing kick in the longer she talks wvua23.com/living-a-night…
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I’ve been amplifying the #DoctorsAreDickHeads hashtag the last few days but haven’t actually shared my own story. It starts there, traverses through #DoctorIRespect and #DoctorsAreAwesome and ends with #DoctorsAreHuman (something for everyone!)
And of course it is not the entire profession, but the profession has a major systemic problem when it comes to disabled patients and those with #chronicillness that it seems to have little to no knowledge or self-awareness of. THAT – not the hashtag – is the problem #medtwitter
#MedTwitter, your patients have been trying FOR YEARS to speak out on hashtags like #spoonies #pwd #medtrauma and no one has listened (on this platform) at this scale until patients got....confrontational #DoctorsAreDickheads
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starting the day with drugs is not as fun as it sounds #chronicpain
strong cannabis cookie, 1/2 soma, 600 mg ibuprofen, 1/2 a joint, heating pad, and now we wait. #migrainemorning #backpain #walkinglikeagnoll
a whole nother joint and several hours later, i can move and managed a shower! now to eat breakfast and then probably rest again. I've got schoolwork to do, laundry and dishes piling up... i will do what i can do today #spoonie #chronicillness
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Updating Twitter disability hashtag thread.

@AllisonR has educated me that I should use Sentence Case for #Accessibility. Graphic reads: # symbol followed by the word Hashtag in white lettering on a blue background.
I have #brainfog so I know I missed someone. Please add your favorite resources as a reply.
Do you want to share your disability experience with others? Try these hashtags.

Amplifying stories

#InvisibleIllness
#MySpoons
#MyPainDay
#ShareOurPain
#ShareOurStories
#SpoonieStories
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