I have: Fibromyalgia, CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, depression
Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren.
I'm with Jewelrylady and the plumber/autoimmune makes so much sense. OK: As a child I was in school 1/2 the time. The remainder I was in bed, sick. It was diagnosed as strep throat, and I was constantly on Antibiotics. Don;t ask me how this happened, but I had my tonsils removed twice. They said they either grew back or more likely, tissue was missed the first time around. I had a breakout of hugh hives one summer in my twenties. I had a temperature of 105, I was hallucinating. I saw an internist who said "probably toxic shock".
Within a year I had a "butterfly rash on my face. This is highly indicative of auto-immune, and, I developed Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. where your immune system tags your thyroid as "foreign tissue". Finally, there's the delemma of the missing ovary. When I was going into surgery, the gynecologist spoke with me about the possibility I might have to have two ovaries removed, but he'd only do so if absolutely necessary. After the operation, he saw me again and said, we spared one ovary, that way you're not thrust into instant menopause. I thought "great, I guess. Last winter I was having severe pain right side. I mentioned to PCP and he said ultrasound. Great. Result: No ovarian tissue present, either left or right. Huh?
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I seem to see more of a correlation between anxiety/depression disorders and fibro then autoimmune diseases. The very first Rhuemy I went to told me that that aching, sickening pain we all feel is lactic acid crystals that build up in our muscle tissue...they are like little shards of glass that come from being stressed and tense al the time, and that's why light massage can help relieve the pain. I don't know if this is true, but I see many of us on this forum also have anxiety issues. Again, I am not a doctor but I play one on T.V.!