Thankfully, my friend took me yesterday for the next try. Good thing, after a long fast and no sleep, I was a drained to the bone. Her help kept me calm enough for the test. Then she took me to the endo clinic where I proceeded to break down again (it's impossible to contain my anxiety and emotions anymore, hard as I try). Anyway the upshot of that was that they decided to do the blood draws for CELIAC testing right then in the office with other specimens delivered to the diagnostic center the next day.
Also I was told that I am NOT hypoglycemic. Yay! In fact, they say I am like millions of other Americans - PRE- diabetic. Boo! (I'll have to work on THAT!). Also found out that my Hashimoto's count shows that my thyroid is leaning toward HYPERthyroidism right now, which would account for some of the symptoms. Unfortunately (or fortunately - less drugs to rely on) the counts aren't bad enough to warrant HRT replacement at this point. That was the good of the visit.
The not-so-good was that I was once again pointed toward a therapist/ psychiatrist for the rampant anxiety and growing depression. At that moment I thought - yeah, I could use some help getting a grip.
But then --- last night -- I read a book: "Jump Start Your Gluten-free Diet" by the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. (Free - downloadable - ibook; ebook; PDF)
Oh my gosh. There. In the book. Where SO MANY of my symptoms, among them: weight loss, tingling/numbness in the legs, osteopenia, peripheral neuropathy, anemia (untested as yet) and - waaaait for it - "Psychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression." There are other symptoms I have, but too indelicate to include here. *heh*
But, see! I. AM. NOT. CRAZY.
Then, this morning - some GREAT NEWS! The ACTH test results were in. Phone message: "Miss ...., you DO NOT HAVE an ADRENAL insufficiency." She said it twice. Slowly. (I deserved that attitude. I've given the office so much grief.) No adrenal fatigue. No Addison's disease. Hurray!
Add that good news to (an unprecedented) 8 hours of sleep last night and I'm feeling pretty good right now.
Now a week for the latests tests to confirm something on this list: Celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy, or FODMAP sensitivity (fermentable 'saccharides). I don't doubt but one of these will be the culprit, especially since I have Hashimoto's disease (the same autoimmune action that can cause Celiac's).
|Spelt pancakes: fluffy, delicious and |
now (most likely) forbidden!
I felt good enough to run errands all morning, then after lunch I watered all the veg in the garden and seedlings on the deck. I'm winding down now. No sense over-extending, especially since I could be down and out tomorrow just as soon as not. Still, the KNOWLEDGE what might/must be happening will go a long way toward calming so many of my fears.
I'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, I think a snack and a nap is in order - both well deserved at this point. :-D Bless you all for your comments. They're are so welcome and comforting. *hugs*
Friday morning update
It didn't last long. I'm back to feeling like total crap again. Little sleep with night sweats. I'm glad I blogged yesterday when I was feeling so hopeful. You all deserved a positive entry. And lord knows I deserved a good day to remember who I really am under all this sickness.