Friday, November 30, 2012
After years of joint pain and seeing doctor after doctor I was finally given an answer. I think that every test that has been run has come back normal making me wonder more and more...is this real or all in my head? Well I have the answer. I have babesiosis. I know I thought it sounded made up too, but it is real and rare. It is part of the Lyme disease family.
According to the doctor I have had it for years as my spleen is a mess. Since this comes from a tick bite, it goes right into the red blood cells and then travels throughout the body, which explains all the pain due to inflammation. He is putting me on some high powered meds, but says that in 4 months or so I should be rid of the bug causing me all these problems.
The bad news in all this is that he said it doesn't explain all my symptoms and thinks my rheumatoid arthritis may also be playing a part. Hence, the need to lose weight to save my joints and reduce pain. To do this...no more bread!!! He actually said that carbs were my enemy. Who dares say this about my bread! For now I am trying to cut back by 50% on my carb intake. I know that carbs are in pretty much everything, but bread seems to be the biggest on the list of no-nos so I am starting there and will go from there.
I am only a couple days into this, but am hopefully finally having an explanation. Hopefully this will keep me going and working towards my goals. I am not happy about giving up my precious bread, but in the end it seems like an easy sacrifice to feel better and to live life instead of watching it go by.
I am thankful for SparkPeople and all of you who are experiences the same struggles. It is nice to know I am not alone.