I Am Not a Hypochondriac

i am not a hypochondriac

I am not sick to avoid cleaning. I don’t stay in bed because I’m lazy. Yes, I am constantly tired.

 hypochondria: extreme depression of mind or spirits often centered on imaginary physical ailments.

I am not a hypochondriac.

I want to be well. I want to fill my days with activities. I want to play with my daughter without taking a break.

I no longer want her to say “it’s okay mommy, I’ll take care of you.”

I am not a hypochondriac.


I am not a hypochondriac…and I’ll PROVE it.  


In the two years that we have been on this healing journey, I have improved significantly. You can read about my story here and some of the symptoms I have reversed in a recent post here.

I have also been sharing a lot about my training as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (more on that in the symptom reversal post mentioned above). This has been the second most game-changing thing that I have done to date. Having Miss Katie was the first (read her story here).

I am learning to diagnose all the conditions that I “never had”.

i am not a hypochondriac_Symptom Burden Analysis

This chart is one of the ways I assess which client issues are a priority. Even with all of my healing, you can see that almost all of my symptoms show as ‘high priority’ (as noted by the headings on the left side column).

We’ll explore the healing methods and protocol that I will be using in upcoming posts, but here’s what I’m working on now.

My Body Systems Don’t Function Correctly

All of my ‘random’ and ‘strange’ symptoms like low body temperature, dizziness upon standing, and swollen fingers before bed are related to my body not functioning properly. Conventional doctors can run battery after battery of tests and call me normal. I know better.

Nutritional Therapy Practitioners generally work from ‘north to south’ and start with digestion.

As Hippocrates so wisely stated, all diseases do begin in the gut.

I have to first make sure each step in the digestive process is working correctly before treating the next.

Currently, my focus is:

  • staying hydrated
  • chewing my food thoroughly to break it down and start the production of the amylase (digestive enzyme that breaks down starch)
  • increase the acidic environment in my stomach to make up for low stomach acid production

It may seem oversimplified, but you have to step back and start at the beginning. There is no healing if the foundation doesn’t function properly.

YOU Are Not a Hypochondriac

Know that there is a wide community of people who understand what you are going through, who struggle daily with the simplest tasks, and feel frustrated and alone.

Know that you are not alone and it’s not all in your head.

This post is part of Fat Tuesday


Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

9 thoughts on “I Am Not a Hypochondriac”

  • I too thank you for this post. I’ve been on a 3 year journey to get well from my health issues. Like you, I’ve made some great strides but the major overlying symptoms are still there. I often feel alone with what I’m dealing with as none of my family or friends truly understand what I’m going through.

    • You’re in good company here Cristin! I didn’t start making major strides until I began treating myself as a nutritional therapy client. It has made such a HUGE difference in the last few months.

  • You might want to also check out “Stop the thyroid madness”, depressed adrenals, and hormone replacement therapy for healthy people over 40 (if it applies).

  • Thank you for this blog. I have been labeled a hypochondriac, myself, and it sucks. Most of the time I do not bother going to the doctor because I know there is nothing they can do. I just get on the internet and hope I can figure it out. I have to blend my food most of the time because my gallbladder tested at 3% function a few years ago, but I was dealing with a B12 deficiency and was WAY too weak to even consider having the surgery. And I was hospitalized for acute kidney failure from an electrolyte imbalance 3 years ago, and ever since then I have struggled to keep up my electrolytes on a daily basis all throughout the day. And as of recent, it felt like something was eating away at my esophagus even though I was taking a high-potency probiotic, I had to start a different probiotic which has been helping, which is good, because my esophagus lining feels so thin, it is scary. VERY SCARY. I am on the GAPS diet right now. I eat some apples, dates, and bananas to keep up my sugar which I’ve been struggling with, and then I have beef, chicken, and fish for my meals, or eggs. And I snack on coconut butter, avocados or palm kern oil. I boil vegetables and drink the water with the leeched minerals to keep up my electrolyte balance. I hope things get better really soon!

    • Oh Vanessa, I’m so sorry that you are having such a struggle with your health. It’s sad how common such severe symptoms of chronic generational malnutrition are these days.

      Probiotics aren’t designed to digest the food in your stomach, but to repopulate your gut with beneficial microbiota. You can read through my series on healing digestion to learn more about the proper workings of the digestive system and how to properly supplement it (it’s an easier read than Gut and Psychology Syndrome): http://www.20somethingallergies.com/healing-digestion-restoring-mucous-layer/.

      I work with many people who deal with severe symptoms that doctors just don’t understand. I’m not sure if you are able to work with a holistic practitioner, but I would be happy to talk more with you if so. You can e-mail me at jennifer AT 20somethingallergies DOT com if you’d like to learn more.

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