Cheryl's diagnosis story for GERD, Gastroparesis, Rheumatoid arthritis and Anxiety

Cheryl Crow, host of Arthritis Life, shares her story of being diagnosed with GERD, gastroparesis, anxiety and rheumatoid arthritis between the ages of 16-20. She shares anecdotes about the difficulties of having unresolved symptoms and her first experiences navigating the healthcare system. This includes a discussion of how her initial concerns were dismissed by a gastroenterologist and she was accused of lying and hiding an eating disorder. It also includes her eventual diagnosis and treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

1) (Minute 0:07) – Introduction & overview
2) (Minute 0:38) – Brief health history (birth through age sixteen)
3) (Minute 2:33) – Diagnosis of GERD (reflux)
4) (Minute 4:27) – Off to college, health deteriorates, difficulty being believed by health providers, accused of eating disorder.
5) (Minute 6:41) – Gastroparesis diagnosis, “sprained finger,” study abroad on Australia
6) (Minute 10:15) – Increasing anxiety due to lack of clarity and lack of feeling believed by health providers, formal anxiety diagnosis.
7) (Minute 14:53) – Rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis and treatment
8) (Minute 15:50) – Initial reaction to RA diagnosis and treatment: relief!
9) (Minute 16:47) – Medicated remission
10) (Minute 17:47) – Confronting the nature of the disease (chronic, progressive, no cure, etc)
11) (Minute 19:06) – Concluding thoughts
12) (Minute 19:42) – Outtake

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