The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness

The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness

Sarah Ramey recounts the decade-long saga of how a seemingly minor illness in her senior year of college turned into a prolonged and elusive condition that destroyed her health but that doctors couldn't diagnose or treat. Worse, as they failed to cure her, they hinted that her devastating symptoms were psychological.

The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness is a memoir with a mission, to help the millions of (mostly) women who suffer from unnamed or misunderstood conditions.

Ramey's pursuit of a diagnosis and cure for her own mysterious illness is a medical mystery that she says reveals a new understanding of today's chronic illnesses as ecological in nature, driven by modern changes to the basic foundations of health, from the quality of our sleep, diet, and social connection to the state of our microbiomes.

Title:The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385534079
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    The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness Reviews

  • Ren

    I don't want to get too hyperbolic here but this is life-changing. As a woman with a "mysterious" illness it'll make you feel seen and heard but also I hope it'll be eye-opening for others regardless....

  • Nenia ?? Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Protector of Out of Print Gems, Mother of Smut, and Actual Garbage Can ?? Campbell

    Woman: I have chronic painSexist doctor: *kingly flourish* I diagnose you with... HYSTERIAWoman: S.D.:Woman:S.D.:Woman:S.D.: I'll refer you to a proctologist to have that uterus checked out.Woman: Wha...

  • Bethany

    As someone who lives with chronic pain that has a specific reason, I can only imagine what chronic pain without a diagnosis is like. Sarah Ramey tells the whole truth here, without flinching, and call...

  • Tilly

    5 stars"We are women with mysterious illnesses, and we are everywhere".As a person that has multiple chronic illnesses, I knew I had to read this book. When I was 17, I went to my GP and gave her a li...

  • Kacey

    I’ve been MIA on goodreads for a while, not only is the world in mayhem but my own illnesses have been ravaging my body as of late. I haven’t read as much recently, but I desperately need this boo...

  • Jaime

    In February, before the COVID-19 pandemic really hit the United States, I had a kidney infection. I had never had one before. For four days I suffered through intense, often stabbing pains. I did all ...

  • Cari

    This book. Phew. Reading it was an experience.Ramey has suffered for many years from a mysterious illness, and she identifies her crowd of women with mysterious illnesses as WOMIs, a term that pops up...

  • Kelly Long

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.As a WOMI, this book was intriguing to me. The author's experience of trying to find the correct diagn...

  • Ashlee Bree

    "BuT. YoU. LoOk. FiNe." How many different ways have you thought, spoken, or applied these words to someone else? How often have they assaulted your own ears? Tormented you in private? Cropped up agai...

  • Sarah

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book really resonated with me. Two years ago I developed a mysterious illness that caused me to be in pain whenever ...