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October Slide Is Scary

Having a chronic illness has a way of sneaking up on you. When you least expect it, BOO, your in bed for a week. Today is October 9th 2022, and I am starting a blog where I hope to help others, tell stories, and just find a community.

Many may not know but October is a very important but honestly shitty month to me and others who suffer with dysautonomia. “Dysautonomia refers to a disorder of autonomic nervous system (ANS) function that generally involves failure of the sympathetic or parasympathetic components of the ANS, but dysautonomia involving excessive or overactive ANS actions also can occur” a definition by NINDS. But in simple turns your autonomic nervous system is dysfunctioning. This can cause a list of symptoms, like literally a list.

  • Diabetes.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Muscular sclerosis.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Lupus.
  • Sjogren’s syndrome.
  • Sarcoidosis.
  • Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis.
  • Celiac disease.
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
  • Chiari malformation.
  • Amyloidosis.
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome.
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
  • Lambert-Eaton syndrome.
  • Vitamin B and E deficiencies
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
  • Lyme disease.
  • Blood pressure.
  • Breathing.
  • Digestion.
  • Heart rate.
  • Kidney function.
  • Pupil dilation and constriction in the eyes.
  • Sexual function.
  • Body and skin temperature control.
  • Standing Still
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea and Other GI Symptoms
  • Brain Fog and Mental Clouding
  • Palpitations or Chest Discomfort
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing

Well that’s not even all of them, each and every person develops a different symptom or trigger. Triggers for me include, heat, cold, alcohol, dehydration, standing for long periods of time, and i’m sure more that I can’t think of. Along with Dysautonomia I have a few other chronic illnesses, Gastroparesis, Celiac Disease, Migraines, Depression, and Anxiety. I won’t go into much detail about these, this post because like I mentioned before, October is a extremely important month to talk about.

For people with Dysautonomia, October is known as “October Slide”. Now this can apply to other chronic illnesses as well. During this time symptoms start to worsen. Due to the change in pressure and weather symptoms are likely to flare. Making days longer and harder. Unfortunately this means a lot of time in bed during the colder months. Joints being to ache, the pressure in my head feels like it’s going to explode.

So, during these months take care of you. Maybe going out isn’t the best for your health and well being. I ask those who support chronic illness warriors, give us kindness, give us courage, because these months are the scariest. While people are out trick or treating our bodies feel like walking skeletons. We may not being able to go out but please don’t forget us.

Be kind this week

We are almost half way through the spooky scaries. Hang in there.

You are not alone.

US Suicide Hotline – 988



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