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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