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9 Rounds Of Electroshock Therapy. 6 Years Lost. All Because Her Doctors Got It Horribly Wrong.

Thursday 13 December 2018


From US magazine Cosmopolitan:



9 Rounds of Electroshock Therapy. 6 Years Lost. All Because Her Doctors Got It Horribly Wrong.

This is what happens when medical professionals don't believe women.

By Michele Lent Hirsch
December 12, 2018
©2018 Hearst Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


When Courtney was a senior in high school, she got sick with something like the flu—but her symptoms never left. An avid rock climber, she was suddenly exhausted after walking up one flight of stairs. She’d get dizzy when she stood up. She had bouts of sore throats and fevers.


At this point [six years later] she thinks she must have begged the doctors, again, to look beyond depression. Because one ordered a new battery of blood tests that turned up something interesting: elevated levels for Epstein-Barr (EPV), one of the most common human viruses and a cause of mononucleosis.

Many people get the virus in childhood, according to the CDC (Courtney probably first got it as a teenager), after which it goes dormant in the body. She remembers her doctors arguing about whether the finding was even significant, since elevated levels of EPV are common even in people who display no symptoms. But one psychiatrist thought it was worth looking into, and his persistence led to Courtney being diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly referred to as ME/CFS, which is thought by many doctors to be related to EPV.


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