Well, I wasn't gone a whole month, but it was more than a week.
I got such good news today, that I felt it was worth blogging about.
Also, important for my kids to know--family medical history.
For about 18 months, I have been in pain. On a scale of 1-10, my level upon waking each day was about 8. As the day progressed, it would quiet down to about 3. I was never pain free and some days I'd be driven to take Motrin all day, just to get by.
My family doctor did some blood work, listened to my symptoms and sent me for a CT scan. It was determined that I had Costochondritis (inflamed rib joints). There's no treatment for it.
I accepted that.
The trouble is, the pain spread. All over torso pain made me want to get out of bed the minute I opened my eyes every morning. I used to love lying in bed after the alarm went off.
My hips and thigh bones made sitting to eat breakfast, painful. Riding in the car for more than a hour or so has been excruciating.
I figured being tired all the time and having a fuzzy mind, was because I wasn't sleeping well.
My family doctor was at a loss.
My friend, DD, suggested that it wouldn't hurt to see a Rheumatologist. Lee insisted.
Off to a new doctor. Love her, by the way. She spent an hour with me, discussing symptoms and wanted me to do two things before we moved forward.
1. Do a bunch of lab tests (8 tubes of blood--aarrrggghhh).
2. Take a bunch of x-rays.
Two days later I got a call from her office. She said my thyroid numbers were out of whack and wanted me to see an Endocrinologist before I had my follow up with her.
Another new doctor. I started to feel a little down. Was this going to be the beginning of seeing doctors on a regular basis?
Dr. Endocrinologist is loved as well.
(two specialist with amazing bedside manners--what are the odds?)
Dr. Endo figures I ought to feel awful and tired and fuzzy.
A normal thyroid number is 3 to 5. Mine is 14.4!
Since I have no family history of hypothyroidism and haven't had "3 CT scans a day for 3 weeks" on my neck, I have Hashimoto's Disease. It means I probably have an auto-immune problem and it has attacked my thyroid. Despite its ominous name, it is very common.
It can be treated with a pill!!
So, why the picture of Vitamin D stuff?
Turns out that my vitamin D levels are strangely low as well.
Normal levels are 30--100. Doctors like 50 the best.
Mine is 23.
Vitamin D deficiency cause bone pain.
Again, it can be fixed with a pill!
My pain and brain fog are headed out.
I might lose a pound or two.
I might be able to linger in bed when the alarm goes off.
I can't express how wonderful it feels to finally know I'm not just aging beyond my years.
I was so sad thinking that my body was turning on me so early.
I was really sad knowing that Lee would like to travel when the kids are out of the house and I have trouble sitting for more than an hour.
I was angry knowing I could barely finish a sentence because of brain fog. The words just weren't there.
More than anything, I felt like I would be in progressively worse pain for the rest of my life.
Now I have some.