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Posted 8/24/15
Tell us about them.

What are they?
How does it affect you, the people around you, and your life as a whole?
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Posted 8/25/15 , edited 8/25/15
Sun allergy. In California. Yes.

I'm used to it by now, although I, predictably, hate sunlight. The most annoying thing is that I have to choose between saying 'screw it' and letting myself burn or wearing nasty sunscreen. Sometimes, even heat alone can cause hives and plaques to appear. A good sunscreen that doesn't feel like grease and look like toothpaste stains is worth its weight in gold to me. I feel so free and unrestricted at night and when it's downcast. I particularly like rainy weather.


Best sunscreen ever.

I've always been a night owl, even before the sun allergy came along but now I have an excuse to stay in during the day. My friends are used to it by now as well. They even try to shield me from the sun sometimes. It is very sweet.

People almost never believe me when I tell them sunlight allergies exist.
Posted 8/25/15
ADD and Depression. I also have this odd sensation with the lack of will to do anything when I really really want to do things. It could be from a combination of having both of these but god damn it sucks.
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Posted 8/25/15
Well, I've got a bunch of stuff but I guess I could go with anxiety and depression. I guess it affects a lot with having to be around with people. I can't be in a crowd unless I have someone I am okay with. Depression kinda sucks because I feel that I can't do anything. Not to mention, motivation is always gone and really wanting to do anything.
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Posted 8/25/15 , edited 8/25/15


Mhmm, "Sun Allergy" suuuuuuuuuuuure. We all know what you are.

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Posted 8/25/15
Eh... The gif kinda screwed up... oh well. Anyways, I have idiopathic Epilepsy which isn't a big deal, just take a pill twice a day and I'm set.
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Posted 8/25/15

Southern55 wrote:

Eh... The gif kinda screwed up... oh well. Anyways, I have idiopathic Epilepsy which isn't a big deal, just take a pill twice a day and I'm set.


The hope the gif doesn't trigger your Epilepsy.
Posted 8/25/15 , edited 8/25/15
I have to avoid physical fights. Because I tend to get kind of psychotic. I stop felling pain and stop hearing other people. And tend to really mess with the person head. And use brutal attack and defense. Some people I have fights with. Try to hit me in the nuts. I block theirs attack with my knee. They are not using shoes any time soon. I also remember fighting against a jujitsu fighter in my jujitsu class. I think he was green belt or something. Well he hit me so hard with his knee that he blow the air out me. I got so mad a is cockiness that I hit him multiple times in the stomach even when I think fracture my wrist a bit. I continue until the time when off. I nearly kill someone by accident when I was a kid. This bully try to hit me and I put him a chokehold. I nearly when over the limit time you have when closing off somebody oxygen. I stop because I remember what my martial arts teacher say about the the time limit.

This why I avoid psychical fights. People tell me I get a crazy look and smile in my face when I fight. But that me enjoying myself fighting.

But like I say I avoid psychical fights since I am unforgiving. I think been 3 or 4 years I think since I fought anybody.

But most of my fights had been with bullies. I not sick or anything but I do had my crazy size.

And before somebody decides to be a smart ass. I will say this. I gone to psychologists but they have found nothing you will call a mental illness. My psychologist thinks is conditioning. I got used to fighting and defending myself, being attack and all. So I responded by being brutal and unforgiving.

So I avoid fights but really frustrating mentally thou. Ah few months ago this idiot was trying to pick a fight with me but I avoid fighting him. Even when he use really bad insults. I know I am right by avoiding fighting him and all. But some times I think I afraid of him or I being a coward. Even when I know that isn't true.
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Posted 8/25/15

GrandMasterTime wrote:


Southern55 wrote:

Eh... The gif kinda screwed up... oh well. Anyways, I have idiopathic Epilepsy which isn't a big deal, just take a pill twice a day and I'm set.


The hope the gif doesn't trigger your Epilepsy.


It's not Photosensitive epilepsy so I'll be alright, thanks for the concern though I'm actually gonna throw the gif in a spoiler tag cause it is pretty harsh on the eyes..
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Posted 8/25/15
Depression and OCD seriously sucks.
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Posted 8/25/15
multiple personality disorder.
Posted 8/25/15

Ryulightorb wrote:

Depression and OCD seriously sucks.


What OCD ?
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Posted 8/25/15 , edited 8/25/15
Well... I'm not sure this counts, as the illness in question was an infection from my childhood which
I have been cured of. It was, however, the most memorable illness I've experienced in my life.

When I was about 8, I started to get some pretty debilitating pains in the right side of my neck.
I was a tough kid with a high pain tolerance, so... I only ever brought it up casually once or twice to
my parents. I just thought I slept wrong and hurt my neck. (I habitually slept on the sofa, with my head propped up on the arm.)

After a good three or four weeks of these pains, my neck started to swell a bit.
I decided to show my mom, as she was a nurse and I thought she would know
how to treat it.

My mother, of course, scheduled a doctors appointment and I went to get it checked out.
What followed was a series of incorrect diagnoses, starting with a clogged salivary gland (Treatment: eat sour things)
and eventually moving on to things such as Cat Scratch Fever (Yes, it's an actual disease) and mono (which I never had the opportunity to catch, as far as I remembered.)

At one point, I was given a medicine to treat something or other. It was a pink, chewable tablet which tasted strongly of
something banana flavored. This is going to sound kinda sad, but I honestly can not eat banana flavored candy anymore
thanks to that medicine. The taste was so awful it would make me dry heave whenever I tried to take it.

Anyways, during all of the attempts to figure out just what I had that was causing this issue, the swelling
in my neck increased, forming into a huge cyst on the side of my neck. After that happened, my doctor decided
it would be best if I was put in the hospital. The specialists there decided to both drain the cyst, and biopsy the lymph node
(because apparently the infection killed, and took over that lymph node. At 8 years old, an infection that killed an anti-body producing
organ and then proceeded to live in it sounded pretty hard core) I was allowed to go home a few days after the operation.

What did they discover after examining the specimen for a few months? Nothing. No growth, no movement, no nothing.
My parents where told that if nothing was found that they would need to biopsy again, but that the next operation
had a chance to cause some damage to a nerve. There was a chance I could lose control of the right side of my mouth.
They also said that if my cyst where to ... pop... they would need to operate again anyway. I'm not entirely sure if
this meant another biopsy, or if it was as mundane as simply draining the cyst.

Either way, my cyst did eventually pop; so, it was back to the doctors office with me.
Thankfully, about the time my cyst popped (I know this is kinda gross, but bear with me.)
the specimen they took from me finally started to show some movement. I can't remember what all
was involved in the diagnosis, but eventually we discovered the truth of the matter.

It was an actinomycosis infection.
Actinomycosis is a fairly common organism, usually found in the mouth, nose and throat.
It's mostly harmless as long as it stays where it's supposed to and doesn't try to migrate to other
areas of the body... like, say, your neck. The reason it was so hard to diagnose was because of just
how rare such an infection is. And the reason it took so long to identify it under observation? The organism
is apparently very lazy. It only divides like... three times a year (or so I was told). The treatment of the infection
was penicillin. Lots and lots of penicillin. I had to take a pretty high dose of the stuff two to three times a day
for about six months. It was originally thought it would take a year to fully cure.

Anyways, the attempts to diagnose this disease started when I was 8 and the infection itself was finally beaten shortly before I turned 10 years old. My life was defined by my swollen neck for roughly a year and a half. It does not seem like much now that I'm 21,
but at the time it was probably the most frightening and stressful period in my life. The long term affects aren't that bad, all things
considered. The biggest issue is it's slightly difficult to bend my head far to the left thanks to my surgical scar. There is also the matter of
how I no longer enjoy banana pudding, but I've learned to live with that too.

I'm sorry for the wall of text. I'm not a great writer, so it's difficult for me to describe such a large period of time.
I'm also, once again, sorry if this is not the sort of illness you where looking for. Most people here are posting
things they have to deal with every day, and obviously this is not the case for mine.
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20 / M / Bundaberg, Queens...
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Posted 8/25/15

KarenAraragi wrote:


Ryulightorb wrote:

Depression and OCD seriously sucks.


What OCD ?



Obsessive Compulsive Disorder... i take so much medication just to make life bearable with it :S
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Posted 8/25/15
Depression and anxiety. :/
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