Wednesday, August 31, 2011
In The Beginning...
My new doctor ran a bunch of tests and found out that I had zero B12 in my system. Zero. Zilch. Nada. No wonder I was falling asleep. A deficiency of Vitamin B12 leads to tingling or numbness in fingers and toes, deformed gait and difficulty walking, rapid and frequent mood changes and depression and temporary memory loss, dementia, disorientation and neurological damage. Pernicious anemia is a decrease in red blood cells that occurs when the body cannot properly absorb vitamin B12 from the gastrointestinal tract.
That was the first diagnosis. Next I was sent to get the tingling in my feet tested. From there I was sent to a rheumatologist. She is the best rheumotologist for me. She listens and asks about everything. I was diagnosed with RA but with a little lupus, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue thrown in. My primary doctor calls it Adrienne's Disease.
Last year I was having weird blood tests every month. One month I would be deficient in protein, the next month deficient in calcium and the third month deficient in vitamin D. My primary kept saying I was not eating well. I kept saying I was eating well. We went back and forth until I began getting quite ill with stomach issues. Then everything was kicked up to high gear with all sorts of major tests being done. CTs, MRIs, CAT scans, xrays, colonoscopy, endoscopy. After a month and half of tests, it was concluded that I have Crohn's disease. Another autoimmune disease! Yippee!
A few months ago, as you may have read I found out I have sjogren's sydrome. That is the drying of the eyes and mouth.
If you add these diseases to the one's I already have (Raynaud's syndrome, restless legs syndrome, interstitial cystitis disease) I think my body is just not happy with itself. A huge war is going on inside!
Thank goodness I found out I was sick when I did. Imagine if I had not and I had gone on with no B12 and RA that was undiagnosed. I would be in a much worse way. I am so lucky that I took my own medical situation into my hands.