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I'd like to introduce all of you to Cherie Fox.
I recently came across this girl while looking through the #behcets hashtag, which is the Diagnosis Of Choice for our resident vampire. Cherie frequently posts photos of her face, which is covered in scabs, and which she refers to as part of her #invisibleillness.
Cherie is extremely committed to giving long-winded, bizarre explanations for her various ailments.
She posted this photo of a massive lump growing out of her knee and then explained how it was caused by her...stomach/pancreas? You'll notice that she has some very suspicious-looking injection marks all over her legs, including several ON the fucking abscess itself. It also looks like she had something tightly wrapped around her leg shortly before taking the photo, which really makes me think.
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She also posts extremely dramatic selfies, which is probably my fav thing about her. I mean, these people always pout a little in their selfies, but this bitch REALLY wants you to know how much she's suffering.
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Anyways, she has a pretty extensive history and it seems that she's been at this shit for awhile, so I'd highly recommend checking out her profile for yourself: https://www.instagram.com/cfoxy29/
It doesn't really work out too well since obvious self-harm will eventually earn you a visit to the psych ward, where they take your selfie machine away.Ya know, I do have to commend her for actually going the extra mile to give herself physical "evidence" of her hashtag invisuhbul illnuhs u guise. Most insta-munchies don't have the guts to make themselves look gross and just take selfies of themselves in a full face of makeup with a tube in their nose.
The malnutrition part is easy, they likely never got formal education and have no idea how to educate themselves properly on nutrition. Many of them also started going down the nutritionist crazy train due to orthorexia so it's nothing more than them looking to validate their views on not feeding themselves enoughI may be generalizing but why do all instagram dieticians have pituitary tumors, gastroparesis, and malnutrition?
Also, meth does that to your skin. Just sayin.
This one (Chroniczebra) mentioned earlier in the thread is a classic example. Complains of debilitating hives - appears to actually have a mild sunburn. Complains of terrible swelling - no swelling in sight. Complains of horrible bronchitis and sinus infection - speaks with a perfectly clear voice, not even the slightest bit of impairment. I still can't decide if she genuinely believes she has all these imaginary things wrong with her, or if its just some kind of social media experiment to see how many asspats she can get. She has the most melodramatic exaggerated OTT responses to everything, and describes normal physiological occurrences (eg slightly raised heart rate during vigorous exercise) as evidence of her debilitating invisible "chronic illness".Its genuinely hard to decifier the ones who understand they arent sick but are malingering vs the ones who genuinely think they are sick but are not.
the ones that think they are sick due to weird symptoms can also be hypochondriacsMunchies are so fascinating from a psychological perspective. Obviously, there are some that are just scam artists (like the "brain cancer" belle from Australia), and never believed they were ever sick. Or scammers who exaggerate their illness for charity, getting out of work, disability welfare, etc. But of the one's who DO think they are sick, do they have anxiety about becoming sick and start seeing deeper meaning in symptoms ("I have a headache = brain cancer"), or do they just crave sympathy and being a vulnerable delicate flower? It seems so many of them love the attention, but then you see self-harming like that girl picking her skin, which is a sign of an underlying anxiety disorder.
I can never figure out which ones genuinely THINK they're sick, or the ones who are just playing up to get what they want.
This. A hypochondriac doesn't mean to go over the top. They legitimately think that they have cancer and they're going to die and it scares them like it would a normal person. They're bombarded by these persistent, invasive thoughts like. "That dark freckle on your arm is cancer. You're going to die." They might post about the initial scare on social media, looking for comfort, but that's about it.the ones that think they are sick due to weird symptoms can also be hypochondriacs
the main difference is how they deal with it.
the munchie will be cheerfull because she can use it for her personal gain while the hypochondriac is sobbing in the corner wonderinf wether that mole might be skin cancer, and most dont even think of posting on insta when they are in the hospital because they are busy with having a panic attack.
A Munchie will also encourage their sickness by restricting nutrients to feel and look more sick while a hypocondriaque doesn't want to be sick, they're just convinced that they areThis. A hypochondriac doesn't mean to go over the top. They legitimately think that they have cancer and they're going to die and it scares them like it would a normal person. They're bombarded by these persistent, invasive thoughts like. "That dark freckle on your arm is cancer. You're going to die." They might post about the initial scare on social media, looking for comfort, but that's about it.
They usually calm down once all the tests come back negative and a doctor sits them down and explains to them it's fine and it's normal.
But as soon as another "symptom"shows up. The cycle repeats. Hypochondriacs to that degree share a lot with someone who is schizophrenic. It's really sad and they really can't help it. I'm sure they'd take getting rid of such terrifying thoughts and beliefs if given the chance.
A munchie would see that aforementioned dark freckle and use it to brag about cancer.
Rule of thumb- if they're constantly posting about it on social media, they're a munchie.
I agree with you, but I don't think that a hypochondriac will necessarily be more quiet than a munchie, or do less to appear sick. If someone has anxiety around being sick, they may inadvertently make themselves "sicker" to prove themselves right. E.g. someone thinks they are coming out with a rash and a fever, they may pick at their skin searching for a rash, which may create scabs, which in turn look like a rash (to them). I also think hypochondriacs can want just as much attention, but for different reasons. Like a munchie would want sympathy, pity and other tangible outcomes (opiods, charity money, disability pay, time off work), whereas a hypochrondriac will want validation that they DO look sick and they are NOT crazy.A Munchie will also encourage their sickness by restricting nutrients to feel and look more sick while a hypocondriaque doesn't want to be sick, they're just convinced that they are
So many munchies in this thread will barely eat and show off how small and fragile they are, will try and infect their wounds, will the push themselves to faint (it seems some force themselves to hyperventilate until they get lightheaded), etc. They also seem happy and proud of having some unexplainable illness while a hypocondriaque is more convinced that they have something the doctors don't know about and they're going to die from this unknown disease.
Ok obviously I know nothing about this chick (had literally never heard of her until I saw this post) and I can't make any claims about the validity of her illness, but I'm gonna take this opportunity to sperg about brain injuries for a second. Maybe warn you guys off starting a campaign until more evidence emerges of fakery?edit: what do people think about u/MBIresearch? She has a lot of the common munchie diagnoses. I also realize that getting kicked by a horse can cause serious damage, but it's weird to me that her issues aren't just the aftereffects of getting kicked by a horse.
Fair enough, I didn't see the exact issues she was claiming, and yh if she says that all that is related to her TBI then it's a bit strange. I jumped the gun a little bc I'll take any opportunity to talk about TBIs, it's such an interesting and misunderstood disability.No, I'm totally willing to believe that she has a legitimate TBI. But it's weird that she says she has 'Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, POTS, Fibromyalgia, Gastroparesis, and cervical spondylosis' all apparently caused by her accident.
Mast cells are a type of white blood cell that is part of the immune system rich in histamines. When you have MCAS they are hyperserponsive to stimuli and basically go crazy and release histamines all over the place even when you aren't having an allergic reaction or have nothing to fight. It can cause you to go into allergic shock over even the smallest things and is commonly associated with those who have EDS.I think a lot of the people we see here are the sort of people that, if they were 45, would be claiming fibromyalgia. They have somaticized mental illness. They're legitimately in pain, but it's pain that could be treated with anti-depressants.
Can someone give some more explanation on mast cell activation syndrome? I know two people who have it, and they also both have EDS--but like, legitimate, physical therapy once a week, has to pop joints back in EDS. Both of their descriptions of it are that it's like being allergic to a lot of stuff. Is this a new trendy munchie diagnosis? Why?
edit: what do people think about u/MBIresearch? She has a lot of the common munchie diagnoses. I also realize that getting kicked by a horse can cause serious damage, but it's weird to me that her issues aren't just the aftereffects of getting kicked by a horse.
edit again: I can't read, she just posted a screenshot and I thought it was her original post.
So is there a treatment other than just not eating whatever sets you off? While obviously being allergic to lots of things sucks, it's not on the same sympathy-garnering level as a chronic pain disorder, which is why it seems like an odd munchie choice--although I guess it is good to add to a long laundry list of conditions.Mast cells are a type of white blood cell that is part of the immune system rich in histamines. When you have MCAS they are hyperserponsive to stimuli and basically go crazy and release histamines all over the place even when you aren't having an allergic reaction or have nothing to fight. It can cause you to go into allergic shock over even the smallest things and is commonly associated with those who have EDS.
I can see it being a choice syndrome because not that much is known about causes and because anyone can pretend they feel allergic to everything. If you flush easily, bruise easily, and can convince people your skin is itchy you could probably fake it. It's also a more "silent" issue if you don't have a very severe case. If you check the wikipedia page you'll get a good list of the symptoms and you'll see how basic and generic they are. They're also symptoms hard to disprove online