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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

So my doctor visit yesterday went just as expected. He thinks I have an auto-immune disease. But which one? The answer will hopefully come from the 3 viles of blood I gave them.

I just have to say, for the record, that I have the BEST GP EVER!! He is so nice!! He actually goes to our church and I've known him for years. Just a great person with a great family! And he is patient, doesn't rush through his visits, takes time to listen, explains everything, has the best manners (not sour and rude like some drs and not too quiet, not too loud, not too much humor, etc.). Just perfect!! Okay....I just had to gush. Wish everyone had a doctor like him!!

Anyway...back to my questions...
Which auto-immune disease? He said the blood tests would help reveal that. He also said auto-immune diseases are like playing in a baseball field. Parts of the field can overlap other parts. So if I have one auto-immune problem, I may have others. And I may GET others later in life. So having frequent check-ups is necessary to gauge how my immune system is doing. And there will be FLARES. Apparently, I'm flaring up right now. Oh, and there's no cure. You just basically try to treat the symptoms that are most bothersome. Like my dry eyes.

But what in the world? These muscle pains!!! I'm sad. I feel old. How am I supposed to exercise when it hurts to move around? And pain meds don't help? Sheesh! This is really affecting my LIFE. For example, this morning my 5th grade child said he has a class field trip coming up in May. They are going to the Science Center (2½ hours a way) and would I be a chaperone? I am a SAHM, so I am very thankful I can do these things with my kids emoticon But...wait! Will I feel better by then? Will these stinking muscle pains go away? Right now I don't think I could handle an all day trip walking around a science museum. emoticon

But I am determined to beat this! Well, I don't know what that means when my body is already attacking myself. I guess I have to attack myself attacking myself. emoticon

My plan is to eat the Whole30 diet and start practicing yoga, walking and other gentle forms of exercise. I am researching anit-inflammatory diets and how to heal from auto-immunity. Dr. Mark Hyman says it can be done. I believe him - everything I read of his makes so much sense. If you don't keep up with him, you should. He knows what he's talking about.

And now I must admit, that if all my blood tests come back 'normal' range and no antibodies....I'm going to poop a brick, as they say. I don't even know what that means...but it sounds angry, and let's just say I will be really mad. Mad at myself for getting all broke down with old-people problems at 35.

Dr. Wonderful said that the test results won't be back for almost a week....so until then....I wait.
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  • UNICORN212
    And also get copies of your blood work and test results. Put them in a 3 ring binder. It will save you lots of hassle in the future....
    1502 days ago
    First of all - chill out. There are many auto-immune diseses but you can't even do much research until you know what you have. Most have meds that can be taken to slow the progression of symptoms, etc. HAVING AN AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. I've had one since 2000-01. Once your GP knows what you have (if you have), he'll probably ask that you see a specialist who is well versed in whatever it is. It may take a while but, my advice is: be the best patient you can be, do your reserach, and ask questions (this is really important). emoticon emoticon
    1502 days ago
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