I was recently diagnosed with several internal and invisible illnesses and I've been having people say either "it's all in your head", "your imagination is making it worse", and other responses like that. Nothing is as stressful or painful to hear other than being told things like that. It feels like you're pointing to the gremlin on the plane and people are saying "so what", which only makes things worse.
It sucks to hera that, but then you have something happen that basically says "your gut was right", and whether that thing is good or bad, knowing it wasn't your imagination is a great relief and very satisfying, but then the reality of whatever you were right about hits you.
It's been an interesting week for me. My gynecologists think a lot of my endometriosis pain is from the fibromyalgia and me stressing about it, but then I got my hands checked for the lumps only to find out that they were a bigger problem than my physician thought as my gut suggested. It's not good that the lumps in my wrists aren't easy-to-fix ganglion cysts, but there's still something relieving about knowing I was right that they were something more difficult to treat. It renewed my hope about managing my other problems, but there's still pain from having people think a lot of my pain or symptoms are my imagination causing them. I suppose it's a matter of respecting my gut's intuition and being patient about following its guidance.
Has anyone ever had these kinds of conflicts with people, where people just say so what to things that only seem to feed the anxiety issues? Maybe even having to deal with anxiety issues while trying to take care of chronic health problems?
If anything, I just want to say that no matter how nutty you may think you are, your gut will always be there to help.