I have an illness. This illness is debilitating. It causes me to be bedridden at different intervals. It symptoms appear without warning and never has a set time period for how long it will last. It can cause me to have headaches, digestive disorders, weight loss, fatigue, nauseousness and chronic pain. If my illness is untreated, I could die. This illness is hereditary. This illness affects the nervous system and brain function. I may have to go through numerous drugs to find the right one to treat me. Adjustments to dosages and combinations may have to be made. Its effectiveness will eventually wear off and I may have to go through numerous doses and combination of drugs again before I find an effective one. It can take 3-8 weeks before the effects are discovered. Recurrence is more likely if treatment has not resulted in full remission of symptoms. It affects 14 million adults per year. It is currently the leading cause of disability in North America as well as other countries, and is expected to become the second leading cause of disability worldwide.
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