As I mention on my page on chronic, undiagnosed illness, my estimate of how many Americans share my experience with inscrutable health issues has evolved over the years from maybe 10,000 to at least three million.
In my online interactions with other sufferers, I’ve found we have a habit of shouting from the rooftops once we find a treatment that works, convinced it is the cure we’ve been looking for. Then we discover that although we’ve regained a significant amount of ground, it is not getting us all the way to however we picture good health. As a group we’ve narrowed down a lot of causes — gluten, mold, Lyme, heavy metals, parasites — but the onion just keeps unfolding.
What do you think is behind all this? How do you see the situation? What do you think is happening? Please keep it to 500 words. I think/hope that will fit in the comments.
As always, a million thanks to everyone who has commented on the blog.