I can't believe it's been nearly a week since my last post and I'm sorry if I left you all with a cliffhanger there. But it's been a busy, frustrating and puzzling week.
First off, the good news is - I do not have Lyme disease or shingles. Yay!
The bad news - I'm hypoglycemic. Boo!
When I went for the blood draw on Tuesday I asked the Doctor to give me one of the FreeStyle glucose monitor kits she gives out to potential diabetics. I was convinced that a lot of my weakness, shaking, light-headedness, anxiety and headaches might be due to low sugar. After all, if I can't gain weight, can't absorb nutrition well, wouldn't that inhibit the amount of glucose available in my blood? She gave me one, but not with any heart in it.
I started using the 10 strips inside the box that day. After an hour after both meals (lunch/supper) the sugar never went higher than 125-132. But within 2 hours of eating the meter dropped to 100. An hour later - to 80. Finally 4 hours after supper, I bottomed out at 61! Then the 'rebound' effect kicked in and it climbed back to 80 by bedtime. Even so, I ate something before going to sleep.
Good grief. While being hypoglycemic does not seem related to the random numbness, it IS indicative that something is just not right! (I believe low blood sugar is a symptom of something else, not a cause of my ailment.)
Not only did I show I was hypoglycemic, but coupled with my latest blood work (elevated serum albumin & calcium - both of which could be caused by dehydration (the kind that drinking water does not help)) got me to thinking about malfunctioning adrenals so I (naively) was about to ask if by any chance she knew an endocrinologist, when she looked at me and said, "You're really stressed about being sick, aren't you?" Well ... yeah... (Duh! It's been 18 months. Someone has to be!).
Then she said, very slowly, "Maybe you're sick because you're stressed." (huh?) And at that point, the GP who has never had ANY recommendation for a specialist in ANY field, says to me, (wait for it)...
(waaaaait for it).....
"I can send you to this psychiatrist...."
I can only imagine the look on my face. No wait... I can. Because when I tell this story (one at at time) to friends, their immediate stunned, deer-in-headlights, jaw-dropped expression must be how I looked in the office. And, almost immediately, they voice what had been niggling at me for months, now:
For God's sake - get out of there and GET YOURSELF ANOTHER DOCTOR.
My friends are right. They are having a great time milking the humor out of this, but, they are right.
So now I'm off to find another GP. What a drag. I'm also off to find an endocrinologist because if I'm unable to keep hydrated, then more things will start going wrong.
Besides, what's one more specialist to bill me for no help? All I can say is, thank gods I paid into Medicare for 45 years for coverage. You have no idea how much it's cost so far for so many doctors to say, "All the standard tests are good." I'm not even asking at this point for a doctor that thinks outside the box.
I'm looking for a doctor that THINKS. Period.