obscure illness 2017-07-13T18:58:00+00:00

Unnamed illness;

A person may go from doctor to doctor describing there symptoms, withstand a multitude of testing, and be told that nothing is wrong.
The blood work, MRI’s. ultrasounds, and other imaging and exams don’t raise any red flags. Often the only explanation the patient receives for the aches and pains is that it’s all in there head. That they are a hypochondriac, anxious, depressed, overworked, or bored. This is very distressing to someone suffering from a legitimate disorder. And if a doctor does believe the patient’s pain is real yet can’t explain its cause, they may call it idiopathic, which is just a fancy word for “unknown

Hopeless treatment;

This is another category of obscure illness. In this scenario, the medical community does have a name for a given set of symptoms, but no viable avenue for recovery. The prescribed treatment makes no difference in the patient’s health, or it worsens the condition, or the patient is told that they are simply stuck with feeling this way for life. At best the patient will receive medications that manage the symptoms, such as those of MS, but don’t make the condition itself any better.


In our third category of obscure illness, here the patient receives a name for what ails them, except it’s wrong. Sometimes diagnostic trends are responsible. For example hormones have taken the blame for any number of women’s ailments that have nothing to do with menopause, preimenopause, or even just hormonal imbalance. Practitioners want to help their patients, though, so if they hear of others giving certain labels to certain sets of symptoms, they may follow the movements. In fact, alternative doctors have recently gone down the hormone path, taking their cue from the past decades hormone movement in conventional medicine. This is an example of how trends can cross over and blur the lines between alternative and conventional.

On the journey to find answers, people might find themselves in all three of these categories at one point or another. At the first doctor, a patient may hear that there symptoms are psychosomatic and that they should take up a hobby as a new focus and mood booster. The next practitioner may validate that there is a true problem, slap a name like lupus on it, then offer an ineffective course of treatment. Still not feeling well, the patient may turn to a third health professional, only to get a new diagnosis, this time incorrect, along with remedies that take them in the opposite direction from healing.

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