Two steps forward, one step back

Also, right now I am very, very worried that I don’t have EDS at all, I’m just suffering from a case of one-man mass hysteria and I’ve got nothing wrong with me that a good slap and being told to pull myself together wouldn’t cure.

Possibly precipitated by having had a couple of good days, made some trousers, done my own laundry, and had sufficient morphine to not be in too much pain, and for the remaining (still unpleasant, but more uncomfortable than crippling) pain to be fairly hard to localise.


4 thoughts on “Two steps forward, one step back

  1. If anyone slapped you, I guarantee something would dislocate!

    Enjoy the respite that comes occasionally even in chronic illness. Goodness knows, you deserve a break. ♥


    PS by definition, you can’t have a solitary case of mass hysteria! The documented cases are weirdly fascinating. An early example is the Dancing Plague of 1518 – a case of dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg,

    Around 400 people took to dancing for days without rest, and, over the period of about one month, some of those affected died of heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion.

    • I remember once reading a very creepy children’s story about the song “Sur Le Pont D’Avignon”, and linking the dancing in the song to a dancing sickness.

      The way that the mind works is both terrifying and brilliant – I can understand how someone could gee themselves up into a serious headache or shortness of breath or similar, but the hysterias that involved seizures and twitching and blindness are really baffling. And it’s interesting reading through time – How early ones were linked to religious experience/demonic possession, and then later on our “folk devils” became either contamination in a new/controversial medicine (There’s been two separate cases where the thing that was blamed, before we worked out that it was hysteria, was the HPV vaccine) or new technology (Weavers having fits, purportedly from the noise of the shuttles, or the devil, again hysteria) or immigrationy-outsidery fears. It’s like a barometer as to what communities are frightened of.

      • I find the whole question of psychosomatic illness or Medically Unexplained Symptoms so interesting.

        When physical symptoms are caused by mental (psychological) or emotional factors it is called somatisation. When we somatise, somehow the mental or emotional problem is expressed partly, or mainly, as one or more physical symptoms. However, the symptoms are real and are not imagined.

        I have a lovely friend with Body dysmorphic disorder – so I know how immensely disabling somatoform disorders can be, without proper treatment.

        Cathy xxx

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