Masha Goins is an Instagram Biz Coach, and the Founder of Mom to Momfluencer™. She teaches mompreneurs how to grow and monetize their brand on Instagrams with joy and ease. You can find her @mashagoins and @momtomomfluencer.
We always assume that doctors and the medical community know everything, but nobody knows your body better or cares as much about your health as you do. I learned this when I suffered for nearly four years while my Lyme disease went undiagnosed and misdiagnosed. Doctors were happy to look at my test results and have a quick visit, and then hand down a diagnosis and be done with me. Each time, they were wrong.
In 2013, after the birth of my first daughter, we moved from Tribeca to Connecticut. After I stopped breastfeeding, I started having all sorts of health issues. First came the allergies. We live in the forest — like in a treehouse surrounded by trees — and I had a severe reaction to my new environment: fatigue, brain fog, muscle and joint pain, forgetfulness, and memory issues. I didn’t have allergies before, but I learned that your immune system can get overwhelmed by certain triggers you’re exposed to throughout your life. You reach a certain threshold and the cup floweth over. So, I started a five-year immunotherapy program to build up my body’s acceptance and resistance to the allergens causing my problems. I also started taking daily allergy medications, and some symptoms like the itchy eyes and ears and congestion improved. But others, like the tiredness and muscle pain, didn’t.
When I went to see my general practitioner, I remember telling him that I didn’t understand why I was so exhausted even after a night of eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. And you know what he said? “You have two young kids, of course you’re tired.” Obviously, this was not helpful. When I went back because I felt like something was still wrong, he said, “Well, you should just work out five days a week for an hour a day and then come back in a month.” I was like, “Really? That’s your advice?” It was a complete dismissal of how I felt and what I was going through. Exercise improves energy levels, everybody knows that. But I’m in shape; I was exercising at the time — granted, not five hours a week — and I just started laughing when he said that. As a working mom with two little kids there was no way. I don’t even have an hour to take a shower! This was obviously not the right doctor for me, so my hunt for answers that would actually help began.