Starting in 2008, Mahrta* started to feel pain on the right side of her face. Starting out as shooting pain pulsing behind her eyes, the pain eventually traveled to the side of her nose and even to her teeth. Everyday tasks such as brushing and flossing her teeth, washing her face and hair, putting on make-up and even sleeping in certain ways proved to be impossible because of the pain. At times, this pain would bring her to uncontrollable tears.
When patient Lenard* was a medical student, he noticed a lesion on his shin that at first glance appeared to be dry skin. Unlike dry skin, though, this condition proved to be anything, but temporary and persisted for months.
Growing up is weird. The clichéd phrase about women “having it all” sounds like an annoying way to market a new pink-hued tampon to women, but you do find the older you get that “having it all” becomes harder and harder.
Imagine the sun’s scalding rays beating down on your back. As you will your legs to continue moving, every step threatens to betray you. Rivers of sweat streak your skin, stinging your eyes. As the blinding daylight obscures your vision, your heart hammers in futility. Your body weakens, and you question your resolve to continue. After all, in this race, there is no finish line.
Hello, my name is Madeleine (Maddy) Gerlach, and I used CrowdMed’s services back in March 2013. I have been diagnosed with ten diseases over the past eight years, but this story is about my battle with Endometriosis.
As a teenager, I ran angrily to Limp Bizkit and hated it. The elliptical during college to Blink182 and Something Corporate was monotonous. Endless sit-ups to Marilyn Manson seemed futile. Growing up, I always thought working out had to be awful and un-fun and painful. Plus, I always compared myself to other girls’ bodies and in their pink spandex and sleek swinging ponytails, I thought I could never compare. It always felt more like punishment than something healthy.
As a manager, it’s hard to watch an employee suffer from a chronic illness with no answers. It’s even harder to approach them about the work-related issues that are often caused by such an illness.
At CrowdMed, we believe that the biggest flaw in the healthcare system is the expectation that one doctor has all the answers. There are so many diseases and symptoms, it is impossible for one doctor to know them all. So your employees often end up bouncing from doctor-to-doctor over months or even years, causing unnecessary stress, absenteeism, and reduced work productivity.
For the month of May, I abstained from alcohol. This meant no spicy margaritas with a salted rim, no sparkling glasses of pink rose on Manhattan rooftops, no frosted mugs of beer, and no whiskey gingers at 2am on a Saturday. As you can tell, I might romanticize alcohol a little —it is a huge part of the professional and personal culture in New York City and certainly our culture overall. It’s strange how so much is held in a liquid that is technically a poison.
Gluten-free foods and diets are increasing in popularity every year.
From new gluten-free Girl Scout Cookies to best selling books on the dangers of gluten, it appears everyone is cashing in on the trend – but is it healthy for you and your children?
Living with an undiagnosed disease is a heartbreaking battle that pushes you to the brink of madness. It drags on for years or even decades, eroding your life from within. When an unidentified illness invades your body, it also disrupts your life. No one believes you, no one can help you, and you have nowhere to turn. You are lost and defenseless, stranded in your own hopelessness.