Friday, September 21, 2012

Where's The Party?

I know there is normally a brand new linky party right about now.  It will still happen, just not until Saturday.   Tonight I am just too tired. It's been a long day.   I had my follow up appointment with my Dr about my bloodwork, and did finally get some answers.  I definitely do have at least one autoimmune disease.  I tested positive with antibodies for Hashismotos, which is an autoimmune thyroid disease.  Basically it means my body is attacking my thyroid making me very tired, achy and more forgetful than normal.  I am going to have an ultrasound on my thyroid next week , because my Dr feels it is a bit enlarged. We are still not 100% sure what is causing the hives, but I did test in the very high normal range for Rheumatoid.   Normal range is 0-20, and I am currently a 17. Right now we can only monitor it since the number is not high enough for a Rheumatologist to treat it.  My Dr. did give me an anti inflammatory med, that she is hoping will help eliminate some of my symptoms and might even help the hives.  I still need to have an echo stress test in about a week to make sure there is not heart issue. I did not have it on Thursday, because my appointment was scheduled at the building where he only had consults.  This afternoon I also  had my very first mammogram.   I was a bit nervous, but it was not as bad as I thought it would be. The side squish is uncomfortable, but only for a minute.    I was told that since it was my first one, I might be asked back for more pictures since they do not have a baseline to compare it to.   They told me absolutely nothing  today.  I was only  told I should hear back in about a week, and that my Dr will get the report in 3-5 days or so.  For someone who is not supposed to stress, I have had a lot to stress about this week.  One  way I am going to try and help some of my  thyroid/hive  symptoms is to try a more Gluten Free diet.  When I saw the heart doctor on Thursday, he mentioned it when he saw the pictures of my hives.   While I know I will really struggle going totally Gluten Free, I am going to try Gluten Lite to see if helps.  Right now it is all too much to think about, so I think I will go to sleep.  

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