Thursday, May 15, 2008

No New is... Well, No News

So, my ANA test is elevated which flags a number of other possible auto immune diseases. However, when testing my blood for those specific diseases, my blood counts are smack dab in the middle of the normal limits.

So... that knowledge combined with my specific symptoms leaves my doctor recognizing that something is out of the ordinary but there isn't anything specific that he thinks it is. I'll go back in 3 months and get the same blood work done to see if anything changes and we'll go from there.

In the meantime he encouraged me to get lots of rest to allow my joints to heal and of course taking vitamins, eating healthy and exercising are always good.

I accidentally confirmed that caffeine wreaks havoc on me. I went to Starbucks yesterday with Kimmee and ordered a double chocolate chip blended creme (it has no coffee in it) and then saw a picture of the new summer minty chocolate chip drink and pointed to the picture and said, "Actually, I'll have that." In my mind it remained the blended creme, but the picture was of a frappicino and that's what I got.

Last night I felt icky after drinking it and today my joints and muscles hurt terribly in my legs. So... I guess it's caffeine free for me from now until eternity. I did remember today that Steamers does sell my favorite blended mocha drink in a decaf version so at least not all is lost!


beachbirdie said...

Is one of the "smack-dab-in-the-middle" tests your TSH? If that one is smack in the middle it might still be too high. For Samaritan Health labs, mid-range is about 2.0.

A lot of pain conditions (fibromyalgia, etc.) are linked to thyroid hormone resistance or deficiency (specifically of T3).

Thyroid Hormone and Fibromyalgia

Unless your doc has tested your FREE T3 (the active thyroid hormone) he hasn't done a thorough job.

Have you seen this book? It's a good one even if you don't yet have a diagnosis:

Living Well With Autoimmune Disease
and also
But You Don't LOOK Sick

Best to you.

beachbirdie said...

I'll be quiet now. :-D