Chronic Pain Video

My Chronic Illness Story: hEDS, MCAS, & POTS

My heart goes out to all my fellow Spoonies ❤

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00:00 Intro
00:30 Goals for the video
01:21 Thank you
04:08 Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS)
05:17 How they diagnose hEDS
06:43 hEDS genetic test is coming!
07:14 Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)
08:10 How EDS triggers MCAS
08:37 Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
09:06 How MCAS, EDS, and POTS are connected
09:43 List of my personal symptoms
11:27 Beginning of my story
11:49 Early symptoms: asthma, allergies, insomnia, sensitivity to light and sound
13:13 Early symptoms: TMJ
13:33 College symptoms: weak immune system
14:17 College symptoms: pain & GI problems
14:36 Worsening insomnia
15:00 Back pain in the service industry
15:47 20’s hip pain, clicking, and sticking
16:07 Hilarious videos of me after surgery
16:55 Traumatic fainting from POTS
18:11 Funny POTS story
19:30 Back injury
24:43 Struggling w/ internalized ableism & shame
25:39 How my social life is affected
36:33 Emotions: validation and hope
37:55 Emotions: grief
40:02 Emotions: fear
40:34 Kids & IVF
41:41 The spoon theory
42:39 Treatment plan
46:24 Outro

Music: Epidemic Sound

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FTC: This video is not sponsored. Some product links are affiliate links that allow me to earn a small commission through your purchase. Some products were received in PR. This video is not meant for children