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UK Woman Became Drag Queen To Help Deal With Disease Which Causes Constant Pain

Wednesday 31 July 2019


From UK newspaper NottinghamshireLive (aka The Nottingham Post):


Elsi Carmichael
Drag artist Elsi Carmichael, 26, of Sneinton.
(Image: Elsi Carmichael)

Sneinton woman became drag queen to help deal with disease which causes constant pain

'My conditions just make me feel like I've been set on fire or being electrocuted'

By Joseph Locker
22 July 2019
© 2019 Local World.

A 26-year-old woman from Sneinton revealed how she uses drag to hide the constant pain from a disease which makes her feel like she has been "set on fire".

Drag artist Elsi Carmichael was working in her "dream job" as a dementia nurse until doctors diagnosed her with fibromyalgia in 2013, leaving her unable to work.

The condition causes severe pain all over her body and can have adverse affects on her stomach and the mental processes in her brain - which is known as 'fibro-fog'.

Elsi was then hit with a further diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, or EDS, which causes her joints to dislocate spontaneously.

She suffers constant pain, which she describes as "like being electrocuted", but there is one time that all disappears - when she is on stage in drag.


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