I have recently found myself dealing with an unusual medical issue, and my maenadic partner suggested that I share it with everyone, because some of us might need to know it.
For a few weeks I had periodically been feeling minor symptoms of illness. I’d get a bit of a headache, nausea, sore throat, and an earache. I was getting winded a little more easily than usual. None of it would be very bad, or last very long, but this kept happening. I went in to see my doctor, as I had a checkup scheduled, and she was of the opinion that I could not be sick in that way, especially not with an ear infection.
I tried using elevation rituals to help myself heal and feel better, as is a common practice among modern somaferans. The night I did that, my symptoms returned and got much worse, and I was acutely ill for two days, then I felt better. The odd symptoms from before were gone.
I am just guessing as to what happened here. I think it’s clear the doctor was wrong about my not being sick. I tend to have a strong immune system, boosted by regular elevations during training. I suspect that I had been sick, but my immune system was mostly fighting it off. Not quite managing to beat it, though, and it kept surging back. When I turned my attention to my health in an elevated state, my body “found” the rest of the infection, and brought to bear its full resources on it. This produced the worsened symptoms. Most of the bad effects of being sick are actually the effects of your immune system trying to fight off the infection.
I bring this all up because, as my partner said, the close somaferan mind-body connection means we have physiologies that function a little differently than normal, and doctors are trained to diagnose things based on the average model. Like my doctor here, they may not be acquainted with how things work for you, and may therefore ignore some things and misinterpret others. Please understand – I am not saying you should not see a doctor for health problems. You should. Just understand that they might not understand. If you feel there is something going on with your health issues that your doctor does not see, do not just dismiss it.