Jesse Mercury on Starting the Major Pain Podcast and Seeking a Diagnosis for Mystery Illness

This week on the Major Pain podcast, our host Jesse is interviewed for a change! This interview is taken from a recent rheumatoid arthritis summit hosted by Andrea Dunn. She asks Jesse what inspired him to create the Major Pain podcast, inquires about his health journey and recent diagnosis of Read more…

Living with Collagenous Gastritis

Ezra lives with collagenous gastritis (CG), one of the rarest conditions we’ve ever covered on the Major Pain podcast. Collagenous gastritis is characterized by a buildup of collagen in the digestive tract, which causes bumps or nodules to form. The most common symptoms are abdominal pain and anemia. Ezra has Read more…

My Secret Life of Pain: Marie’s Journey With Pudendal Neuralgia

Marie’s road to developing pudendal neuralgia is long and complicated. Pudendal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition involving damage to the pudendal nerve, which is the main nerve that branches to the genitals. Marie now lives with constant pain that is worsened by sitting, so she is forced to either Read more…

Pituitary Adenoma Surgery: Andi Shares Her Experience

A pituitary adenoma is a tumor on the pituitary gland that secretes prolactin (also called a prolactinoma). For some people these tumors can be harmless and go unnoticed, but for others it can cause severe symptoms. For Andi it caused extreme hormone dysregulation, exhaustion and mental health challenges, including depression, Read more…

When Small Fibers Cause Big Problems; Mark’s Mysterious Case of Small Fiber Neuropathy

Mark’s disturbing health problems have been stumping doctors for years. He started having zappy pains in his hands, face and feet, temperature dysregulation, heart rate and dizziness issues. His PCP was quick to blame these symptoms on anxiety, but Mark knew there was something else at work. His gastroenterologist discovered Read more…

The Testing Is Not Definitive – Cassie’s Pain Journey

Cassie sums up her chronic pain situation by saying, “we know there’s something wrong but we can’t put a name to it because the testing is not definitive.” She experiences chronic joint pain, chronic fatigue, brain fog and arthritic damage with no evidence of inflammation on her imaging. Doctors have Read more…

Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Gryph has been living with dissociative identity disorder (DID) since early childhood, having developed 15 distinct identities or ‘alters’. He says, “Many of my alters have been around since the age of 2, so by the time I was diagnosed, they had 20 years of life experiences under their belts.” Read more…

Serena’s Duo of Severe Chronic Pain Conditions

Serena has gone to great lengths to uncover the cause of their severe chronic pain. Like many chronic illness patients, they have run into barrier after barrier when seeking care. Serena lives in Tennessee and has been denied for health insurance 5 times. They have also been denied 3 times Read more…

How Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Became Andrea’s Path to Empowerment

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis refers to an onset of autoimmune arthritis at a young age, which happened to Andrea when she was just 10 years old. She had been experiencing severe TMJ, wrist and knee pain, but doctors did not realize she had juvenile RA throughout her childhood. She was finally Read more…

Isobel’s Chronic Illness Chronicle: POTS, SFN, ME/CFS and More

Every time Isobel has a medical test done, she has her fingers crossed that something will come back abnormal. She has been living with flare-ups on and off throughout her life, starting after a severe viral infection when she was 9 years old. Her symptoms include extreme fatigue, dizziness, brain Read more…