It May Have Been Easier to Dismiss Me Than to Look for Zebras

A few weeks after the birth of my second child, I felt terrible – as if I were dying.  My OBGYN patted my knee and said, “Typical case of postpartum depression.  You’ll get over it.”

A few months later, I was feeling much worse than terrible.  Extreme and unrelenting exhaustion, nausea, and insomnia were just a few of my symptoms. At this point, I was left to find my own answers, after standard tests showed I was in the normal range for every area. It was highly suggested my problems were “All In My Mind.”  And perhaps I should see a counselor. 

Why didn’t the doctors just dig a little deeper?  Why didn’t they order more extensive testing?  Why? I simply didn’t fit into their line of thinking and the philosophy of the popular medical adage, “If you hear hoof beats, think horses – not zebras.” Generalizing this means, a patient is most likely to have a common problem rather than an unusual disorder.

 I wonder if the following quote of Dr. Robert Lambert from A Letter to Patients with Chronic Disease doesn’t give some wonderful insight?

“But chronic unsolvable disease stands square in our way.  You don’t get better, and it makes many of us frustrated, and it makes some of us mad at you.  We don’t want to face things we can’t fix because it shows our limits.  We want the miraculous, and you deny us that chance.”

After becoming my own patient advocate, and by the grace of God, I discovered what my problem was – Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.  Not adrenal failure which would have been easily diagnosed from standard tests. I simply had low-functioning adrenals.  By this time I had suffered for over four years.  It was  a lonely and confusing journey for me, the chronic, unsolvable patient.

It may have been easier to dismiss me to a counselor than to look for zebras. 

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Jennifer E. Busch, at a young age, was recruited by a national publishing company and leading trade publication. She was rapidly promoted to the position of National Sales Manager. Jennifer married Dr. Richard E. Busch III, in 1996, and together they founded and developed a leading chiropractic clinic that is now nationally recognized for its successful nonsurgical treatment of chronic and severe disc conditions, the DRS Protocol™. Jennifer is also an international marketing and development consultant for healthcare practitioners. Jennifer Busch has survived her own journey with adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia and now provides hope in her book, All in My Mind? How to Overcome Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, which she has dedicated to thousands who are suffering needlessly. Only through her determination and never-ending faith did she discover the truth and uncover the causes and then treatments that would help her once again lead a normal active life
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