I finally received the latest round of test results. I had the blood work done two weeks ago and one set of results last week and the second set came in today.
My endo doctor was the most concerned about my thyroid. I have always tested as borderline but we went ahead and treated in hopes that maybe it would take away some of the issues I was having. Because of the myriad of issues, I face we were never quite sure which symptoms tied to which illness. But when I rebelled and stopped my medications, she was concerned primarily about my thyroid function without medication.
In case you didn’t know, symptoms of hypothyroidism (or low thyroid function) include fatigue, increased insensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, unexplained weight gain, puffy face, hoarseness, muscle weakness, elevated blood cholesterol level, muscle aches, tenderness, and weakness, pain, stiffness, and swelling in joints, heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods, thinning hair, slower heart rate, depression, and impaired memory (information from mayoclinic.com). There is also a possibly a connection between low thyroid function and infertility (which is what initially pushed us to start treatment when my tests first came back borderline). Obviously, your thyroid is an important part of your body and if you have some of the same symptoms that are either unexplained or not responding to other treatments, have your doctor check your thyroid function.
When the results came in, they showed that my thyroid function was not normal and treatment was definitely necessary. I do not have the numbers off-hand but I have definitely moved from the borderline category to the treat category. I mentioned in my last What I Wore Wednesday post that I was having issues wearing my contacts because my eyes were drying out so bad and it appears to be related to my impaired thyroid. As I have started back my medication, I can finally wear my contacts again! Woo-hoo! I am hoping maybe my joints and muscles will loosen up a bit too as treatment progresses!
As far as everything else, NORMAL. Sigh. Why does it have to be frustrating to get normal results? Wouldn’t most people jump for joy? Believe me, I am not asking for an additional illness as I’ve got plenty thankyouverymuch but sometimes with chronic illness you are hoping for some sort of answers even if its in the form of a new diagnosis. I feel like we have so many unexplained issues and have had so little results with treatments recently that you hold out hope for any bit of information that may hold an answer such as if my SED rate or ANA came back abnormal, it would indicate something autoimmune going on which could open up the doors for other possible treatments. But, alas, all normal. The good news is that my liver function is back to normal (it has gotten really wonky prior to my bowel obstruction) so that I can try taking an anti-inflammatory to see if it helps my joint pain. I had success this past spring but then my liver count shot up so we had to stop so we’re keeping fingers crossed! My rheum is concerned about how much of a role endometriosis is playing in the current level of pain but of course there is no real way to know. We are going to hope that the antiflammatory helps with some of the fibromyalgia symptoms and go from there.
My next step is setting up a follow-up appointment with my endo doctor to discuss disability options. I’m not sure if the results make me more or less anxious for the next step…