If you're one of the Tired Girls, you already know what I'm talking about (although you may not have known you belonged to a newly founded identity group). If you're not, then there's probably one or more T.G.'s somewhere in your life -- in your family or your circle of friends. A Tired Girl is that youngish woman, probably in her 20s or 30s, stuck in a cycle of pain and fatigue she may not talk about openly, even with her closest friends. She is known to cancel long-planned social engagements at the last minute, to disappear early in the evening, to oversleep, to spend beautiful Saturdays alone in bed. Like Kamen, she's constantly trying some new drug, some new massage or chiropractic technique, some new combination of Chinese herbs, some new diet.(Note: Reading full articles on Salon.com requires a day-pass.)
A Tired Girl may suffer from migraines or depression or chronic fatigue syndrome (now called CFIDS) or fibromyalgia or bipolar disorder or the persistent, mixed-headache syndrome called chronic daily headache (CDH), which is Kamen's diagnosis. It's quite possible she has more than one of these conditions; scientists are now inclined to believe that these ailments (along with epilepsy and other seizure disorders) are related at the neurological level, and people who suffer from one are exceptionally likely to have the others.
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