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But that is not all, no that is not all [Jun. 20th, 2011|01:47 pm]
Zoethe
As many of you know, I have been chronically sick for a long time. Not one ongoing illness, but instead a series of "catch every cold that comes down the pike" combined with frequent bouts of nausea and flu-like symptoms. I have put up with this for the contradictory reasons of: 1.) I've always been susceptible to stuff, ever since I was a kid; and 2.) After every bout I fervently believe that this will be my last.

But when you're pleased not to be sick for four whole weeks, then something in the mix really isn't working. So part of facing up to my life is facing up to trying to get well, and going to the doctor for testing.

My first blood panel came back with high cholesterol (which I'm working on treating), but everything else within the tolerances of normal, except possible anemia or vitamin deficiency. So the doc ran a second blood panel. That came back with everything normal. What happens then? You have conversations like this:

"The doctor got your blood work back. It's all normal. Therefore, he needs more blood work."

I guess the vampires are still hungry.

I suppose if it means they figure out and fix what's made me so chronically sick, that's a good thing. But this will be blood panel number three. His current theories: lead poisoning (no chance, sez I, but he wants to test it) and celiac disease (in case of which I just kill myself rather than try to go gluten-free).

Oh, also? The joy of colonoscopy is coming my way. After all, as he points out, I have reached my 50s and should have one. So I'm waiting for a call to schedule one of those.

You know, I used to have some fantasies that revolved around playing doctor. And none of them went anything like this.
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[User Picture]From: mightyafrodite
2011-06-20 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm pulling for you. The answers have to be there!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-21 03:31 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: trillian42
2011-06-20 05:55 pm (UTC)
Do you take acidophilous? I've been chronically sick for years -- roughly a cold or something else respiratory every other month -- until a coworker told me about something she learned in nursing school. It's possible to have a yeast infection that lives in your guts and doesn't display external symptoms. It can do things like cause fatigue, depression, and compromised immune system. I started taking two acidophilous a day for a few months, on the assumption that even if that wasn't what was wrong with me, more happy-buggies in my system couldn't be a bad thing.

I now have not been sick since the week of Christmas *knocks wood* The last thing I had was a stomach virus. I have not had ANY respiratory issues since a couple weeks before that, and that's during the height of allergy season while still getting my allergy shots. This is also while my boyfriend's wife is a nurse in a rheumatology and infectious diseases ward, and I'm still working retail.

Just a thought.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 06:04 pm (UTC)
It certainly can't hurt. I will give it a shot.
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[User Picture]From: kyburg
2011-06-20 06:03 pm (UTC)
If they're re-running the same panels (and you should know, ask if they aren't offering that up gratis), yeah - no more with the hokey-pokey, justify that, thank you.

But I suspect they are running different panels, looking for something not ruled out yet. BTW, they rule out the worst things first.

In my case, it was silent GERD and twice a day OTC seems to have kicked it. It'll get kicked harder when I start losing the first-year-of-kid-eating-every-meal-at-McDonald's weight, but. Yeah, that.

(I also might add that this by itself would send me into a tailspin, mood-wise.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 06:50 pm (UTC)
No, I asked and they are running different panels. But I don't think they've ruled out the worst things first. He's the kind of doctor who will go for the "is this something simple like a deficiency that we can deal with quickly and cheaply?" before starting into the spendy stuff.

Which is good, and which I like, but kind of worrisome. And no, it's not helping my mood.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 06:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Well, that's full of suck

Vitamin panels all came in good, so that was eliminated.

It's hard for me to be really worried, because I've had a weak immune system for a really long time. It's something I'd like to solve, though.
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[User Picture]From: longtimegone
2011-06-20 06:13 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I hope they can find some answers for you. <3
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 06:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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From: anonymousalex
2011-06-20 06:20 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the chronic illness. I don't have anything brilliant to say on that which hasn't been said already.

On the colonoscopy, though, it's a complete nothing. Really. You're out cold, so it's like nothing happened.

The crap they make you drink the night before, though, that's disgusting.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: bunny42
2011-06-20 06:52 pm (UTC)
Totally agree. If it weren't for the pre-test "preparation" there'd be absolutely nothing to it. (I didn't have to drink anything, but Fleet enemas are no joke, either.) And you only have to have them every five to ten years. My best friend had colon cancer in her family (her mother died from it) and yet she put off her first exam until she was 58. In her case, they found Stage IV cancer. She regretted to her dying day not having gone sooner. Colon cancer grows very, very slowly, and is so treatable. No reason to put off the test. None.
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[User Picture]From: serenechaos
2011-06-20 06:33 pm (UTC)
Ceilac disease is much, much easier to work with than you'd think.

Make sure you post if they seriously suggest it, it's in my family so I have more advice than red blood cells.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 06:55 pm (UTC)
I will.

But remember the part about how I have been baking bread? :-/
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[User Picture]From: roniliquidity
2011-06-20 06:38 pm (UTC)
That sounds a lot like how I felt at my grandmother's house until I worked out I am allergic to SOMETHING in the basement. Is there something you usually do or someplace you usually go that that you may not have gone for a few weeks?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 06:56 pm (UTC)
It's been chronic for years, in all the different places I've lived. It's just gotten worse in the last couple.
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2011-06-20 06:52 pm (UTC)
I"m rooting for you! Going through a similar process myself.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm rooting for you, too!
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2011-06-20 07:17 pm (UTC)
"The doctor got your blood work back. It's all normal. Therefore, he needs more blood work."

I have this theory that doctors are in collusion with the blood banks and therefore request insane numbers of "tests" which rarely turn out conclusive. Your vampire theory works as well, though.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 07:19 pm (UTC)
I'm more amused by the vampires because of the absurdity factor.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_kat_tyler
2011-06-20 07:32 pm (UTC)
I feel for you! I've had definite issues with getting sick easily, constant fatigue and irritable bowel symptoms for years. My previous doctors did tests but nothing was obvious, so we left it alone.

My new doctor ran the same ones, got the same abnormal results but since they aren't conclusive, we are doing yet more. And with very few theories about what is wrong. No colonoscopy yet, but I might need one. And I'm having a cervical biopsy. And many rounds of blood tests. And stool tests. And appointments. All while also trying to get pregnant. Its hard with so many unknowns out there!

I too am very suspicious about how much blood they take for these tests. It takes so little for most of them, but they take all these giant vials...I agree with the vampire conclusion.

I hope they figure out what is going on with you without too much more testing!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 07:36 pm (UTC)
You, too. The testing while trying to get pregnant is NOT fun. Good luck.
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[User Picture]From: firebirdgrrl
2011-06-20 08:05 pm (UTC)
That's so hard- I hope you get what you need and that you have helpful, caring medical people.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I appreciate it.
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[User Picture]From: irishgalinabq
2011-06-20 08:23 pm (UTC)
I have had similar problems but add migraines to the mix as well. I gave up wheat and sugar and have improved greatly. But yes, it sucks.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 10:09 pm (UTC)
No, that definitely isn't fun. I may have to experiment with food things if we don't get any definitive answers.
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[User Picture]From: hollyqueen
2011-06-20 08:37 pm (UTC)

I remember that!

I remember getting to glass 7 of the laxative before my colonoscopy and declaring that I would rather have cancer than drink more of this. The procedure itself I was unconscious for and was a walk in the park, comparatively.

You will never drink lemon-lime again. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 10:14 pm (UTC)

Re: I remember that!

Everyone makes it sound like such fun!! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: anivair
2011-06-20 09:04 pm (UTC)
Celiac may not be that bad. I've been eating paleo (which is gluten free) since Christmas and not only have i lost a lot of weight, but it's benefited just about every other aspect of my weight.

It's a pretty easy thing to try yourself. Just give it a show for a month. You have very little to lose and might gain some insight. At least then you'd know if it has the potential to help your situation and can decide whether or not to buy into the nutrition angle on your own.

That said, celiac is becoming more and more common (just like it is in Italy) because we eat more and more gluten. Not a real shocker there. Nobody really deals with gluten *well* though some deal with it better or worse. So of course increased exposure in everything we eat can't do anything for those rations but drive them up.

Anyway, if you decide you want to give it a shot, feel free to drop me a line for info. I has lots.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-20 10:16 pm (UTC)
How would eating paleo work in a household where someone refuses to do it? Because I think Ferrett would be less than enthusiastic about the change.
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