I am one of those crazy people who, after reading a magazine article detailing the "disease of the month," am convinced I have it.
I can answer yes to the questions about Every.Single.Symptom.
And so, I'm a bit of a hypochondriac.
But, I always alleviate my worst fears by going to my trusty friend, webmd, and seeing that there is nothing to worry about.
The good news is that I never have any of the usual illnesses. Nope, strep throat, sprained ankle, and sinusitis are not my body's ailments of choice.
The following are just a few of the diseases from which I have suffered over the years:
Numerous ear infections. As a full on adult. The kind where my ear drum has burst. Several times. No wonder I feel I am partially deaf.
Kidney stones. Although it's been over a decade since my last bout (knock on wood!), the pain is HELL CRAZY! And there is nothing that makes it feel bearable. Most of the time I have been forced to drive during the pain. To all those who say miracles have ceased, I say: I drove over 20 miles in the middle of unimaginable pain. And no one got hurt.
Bursitis. I don't know why. I don't know how, But I developed bursitis in my right shoulder just before turning 30. I couldn't move my right arm. Try dressing without the use of your dominant arm. Needless to say, I tried to drink very little until the pain subsided.
A sprained wrist. I know that it doesn't sound that strange. But I sprained my wrist while riding an inner tube being pulled by a boat. I hit a big wave and came crashing down into the water. However, the pain didn't manifest itself for 3 days. Poor Darrell was practically interrogated by the ER staff, to ensure he did not beat me.
A bunionette. No, it's not just a little bunion. It's a bunion on the other side of your foot--with your little toe. It hurts like crazy and I have to wear these crazy devices to help cushion my shoes. I'm too young for the podiatrist!
I'm sure there are more, but I don't want to bore you with the crazy details. Suffice it to say that years of watching shows like ER and Emergency! have helped me with self diagnosis.
I don't know if that is a good thing.