So I just wanted to share this because it made me happy, not less pained, but happy.
I've been experiencing symptoms since I was a teenager, but for most of that time I've simply pushed through it and not talked about it. I finally talked to my parents about it this year because it's started to interfere with my work and classes. They live hundreds of miles away from me, so they're not able to help me as much as they'd like, but even so, they're still doing so much. My Mom has been doing research and trying to help me find supplements and things that might help (unfortunately nothing has yet) and my Dad is always worrying about me. He said he was going to talk to my Grandpa (who is a Doctor) to try to get him involved, since I was too afraid to broach the topic to my grandpa myself (he's a bit like Dr. House).
Anyway, I was terrified that my parents wouldn't take me seriously or believe me when I told them, but the've been nothing but kind and concerned! I wish, so much, that everyone could have parents like mine. I'm the third person in my family to get a mystery illness that upsets life, so I suppose some part of me felt that I was doing something wrong by being sick, like we haven't had enough hospitals and sickness in our family, but of course it's irrational to think that way. And my parents have really helped me to realise that this isn't any fault of mine.