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Information, Validation, and Accommodation for the Chronically Ill

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Hello, I’m Jaime. Welcome to I Told You I Was Sick. Here you will find information, validation, and accommodation for those with chronic illness. 

Information – Well-researched, scientifically-backed articles about chronic illness, chronic pain, and invisible illness.

Validation – You’re not alone, and you’re not crazy. Even if your chronic illness hasn’t been diagnosed, I believe you, and I know you’re not making it up for attention!!

Accommodation – Advocacy, accessibility, and product recommendations to make living with a chronic illness a bit more…well, livable. 

Bullied By Your Doctor or Other Medical Staff? Share Your Story Anonymously!

By | Autoimmune Disease, Chronic Pain | No Comments
Have you ever been bullied by your doctor? Have you been treated like a drug-seeking hypochondriac by medical staff? You’re not alone. Hundreds of thousands of chronic pain patients (especially women) are bullied, dismissed, mistreated, and blacklisted by doctors, nurses, and even medical receptionists who are supposed to be there to take care of them during their time of need.


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The Chilling Truth About the Opioid Crackdown That You’ll NEVER Hear on the News (Interview With Dr. Thomas Kline)

By | Chronic Pain, Interviews | No Comments
In this exclusive interview, Dr. Thomas Kline explains what the opioid crackdown is, what it isn’t, and how it’s taking far more lives than it’s claiming to save.


Why doesn’t this article title use the word “crisis” instead of “crackdown”, you ask?


Because when it comes to prescribed pain pills, there is no crisis. It’s completely fabricated.


However, it has brought about a true crisis in the chronic pain community, and that crisis is patients dying by suicide at an alarming rate due to their inability to receive prescribed medication that controls their unbearable pain.


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How One Blogger Achieves Ulcerative Colitis Remission With Complementary Medicine (Interview With Laura Scaviola of Mangia Paleo)

By | Autoimmune Disease, Chronic Pain, Digestive Health, Interviews | No Comments
1. When were you diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease? What kind of IBD do you live with?

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in March 2013 at age 25.

2. What are some conventional methods you've used or tried to treat your IBD?
As soon as I was diagnosed, I took oral meds (mesalamine) and steroids but flared again after a year. I then switched to other oral meds before flaring again and trying a biologic infusion and immunosuppressant. After still not achieving long-term remission, I started a different biologic and here we are! Fingers crossed this one works for many years!


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My Reviews on The FayFarm Hemp Oil Healing Lotion & Warming Muscle Rub

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I have been given these products as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although these products were a gift, all opinions in these reviews remain my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company.

Two years ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing The Fay Farm Serenity CBD Lotion, and I loved it! This year, I’m back with two more reviews of their amazing products. One is a hemp oil lotion and the other is a warming muscle rub.

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The Top 4 Benefits of Gluten-Free Meal Replacement Shakes for Spoonies

By | Autoimmune Disease, Chronic Pain, Natural Remedies, Nutrition | No Comments

A gluten-free meal replacement shake can be very beneficial to your health, especially if you’re a spoonie who deals with frequent nausea, loss of appetite, flare-ups, and fatigue. While no meal replacement shake can take the place of a balanced meal, these shakes are absolutely perfect for those really bad days when you just can’t eat.


Here are the top 4 benefits of a gluten-free meal replacement shake for spoonies:

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Exercise With Chronic Illness – Why It’s Possible (And How to Do It Right)

By | Autoimmune Disease, Chronic Pain, Featured Posts | No Comments

Important: These exercises might not be fit for all diseases, especially ME (due to post-exertional malaise). Talk with your doctor before starting any new fitness program.


Does the idea of exercising with a chronic illness seem impossible, maybe even ridiculous to you? You’re not alone. Exercising as a spoonie can be more than challenging. It can be frustrating, painful, and even a bit scary.


The good news is, there is an exercise program made just for people with chronic illness, and it’s something you’re going to want to learn more about!

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