Back to Back Post Viral Illnesses from Epstein Barr Reactivation and COVID-19

In September of 2020 Jennifer came down with a serious illness. Naturally she assumed she had COVID, but repeated tests kept coming back negative. Her illness lasted an entire month, and she didn’t return to full health afterwards. She continued to have extreme fatigue, body aches, sore throat and headache. Read more…

Recovering from Chronic Fatigue/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis with the Post Viral Podcast

Lindsay and Stu met in an online recovery program for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). This is a debilitating disease that encompasses a wide range of symptoms including brain fog, headaches, post exertion malaise, and bone weary exhaustion. While many people (including doctors) often Read more…

Complex Regional Pain Disorder: My Pain is like a Petulant Child

Pris is a 4th generation circus performer and entertainer who has worked in costume design and staged weapon play. She grew up as a very physical child, filling her days with dancing, baseball, basketball and more. She was familiar with the feeling of a normal bone break, and the subsequent Read more…

Adverse Reaction to the Anthrax Vaccine, an Army Veteran’s Personal Account

Sara was eager to see the world while growing up in a small town, and rushed off to join the army right after high school. She entered basic training in 1998, the same year a massive campaign rolled out to vaccinate all military service members against anthrax. As a young Read more…

Stacy’s Chronic Illness Duo: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Endometriosis

Stacy has been diagnosed with two chronic illnesses, but getting those diagnoses was an uphill battle. In 2019 she started experiencing extreme exhaustion, brain fog and weight fluctuations, but repeated visits to multiple doctors revealed nothing. In her tenacity to uncover the truth she started researching potential tests to request, Read more…

Living with POTS, HEDS, Rapid Gastric Emptying and More

Katherine has been chronically ill her whole life, but didn’t realize it until the situation became debilitating in college. She was always a flexible kid, able to twist, contort and bend in all sorts of unusual ways. In high school she started experiencing chest pain and heart palpitations, but was Read more…

Living with Severe Allergies and Constant Anaphylactic Reactions

Kristy has been dealing with constant anaphylactic reactions since she was 19 years old. The first time it happened was at a restaurant, when she started projectile vomiting for no apparent reason before going into shock. At the emergency room she was accused of drug seeking behavior, even though she Read more…

Living with Psoriatic Disease

Aimee’s first psoriasis breakout occurred when she was just 12 years old. She was at a sleepaway camp, where something about the change in environment triggered an outbreak of plaques and scales all across her scalp. Her symptoms would come and go for the next several years but remained manageable, Read more…

Surviving a Five-Year Chronic Pain Nightmare

Danielle’s harrowing chronic pain journey started with one bad olive. She broke a molar on an unexpected olive pit, requiring surgery to remove the remaining fragments of tooth. The dental surgery went very poorly, with the dentist removing significant amounts of bone and even breaking into the sinus cavity. Danielle Read more…

Finally Diagnosed: Her Genetic Condition Hid in Plain Sight for Decades

When Ashley scheduled an interview for the Major Pain podcast to discuss her chronic illness, she was prepared to talk about living with an undiagnosed disease. But to her shock, just weeks before recording her interview, a rheumatologist officially confirmed a diagnosis. Ashley found herself looking back on her life Read more…