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anniebooboo
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   Posted 2/19/2008 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Gday Guys,
Got my blood test results today from the GP. A few strange things going on. Folate levels too low - this may be the cause of all my numbness, tingling, weakness etc. Will start on meds tomorrow. My blood sugar level was also very low - 2.1 (not sure of the units). Test was done at 3pm on a day where I had eaten my usual lunch and snacks. Will have a fasting blood test to work out what is going on with this. Cholesterol really low - 2 (?units). Unusual, but I think good. ANA titre - 1:640. Dr was concerned with this. Feels there may be an active autoimmune disease happening, though not sure where or what. Further blood tests to come (anti-CCP abs, ACE levels, glucose fasting) and an xray of my hand, as I have "grown" a very painful lump on a knuckle since I last saw the Dr 2 weeks ago. ? arthritis.
Anyway, I feel I am in good hands. She is sending me to a physician as a follow-up.
Will let you know how I get on. Hope the folic acid does the trick soon. Am sick of the way I feel at the moment.
Annie

uppitycats
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   Posted 2/19/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you are feeling so poorly! With all those "off" test results, it sounds like something metabolic going on. I'm sure they're looking for diabetes, for example (which, by the way, is an autoimmune disorder, too!)
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


anniebooboo
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 2/20/2008 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Gday Uppity,
the dr has ordered a fasting glucose test - not a glucose tolerance test which I believed to be the "choice" test when testing for diabetes. I remember having this test done when I was pregnant and had "borderline" diabetes. I never believed that i would be a candidate for diabetes though! If anything I am underweight and my diet is very healthy, though I have a treat here and there. I will google diabetes straight away and see what I can find. To me, my symptoms still seem neurological. I hope you guys don't mind me posting here until I get a diagnosis. I'm kind of fond of this site!
Annie

uppitycats
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   Posted 2/20/2008 5:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Of course you can continue to post here! I don't think being underweight and consuming a healthy diet necessarily would exclude you from having diabetes, though. I hope you get some answers soon.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Gretchen1
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   Posted 2/20/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   

Annie,

You are always welcome here.  If you get a diagnosis other than MS you can always post here.  This forum is about support, but we can do that even if we don't have that common denominator of MS.  

Hang in there friend.  Let us know how you are doing.

Love and prayers,


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006


anniebooboo
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   Posted 2/20/2008 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Guys,
You are awesome.
Annie

rhondab
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   Posted 2/21/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Annie

I'm hoping and praying all this works out well for u. I know how hard it is to not know, so maybe u'll get some answers soon and can get on to treating it! Don't worry about having ms and being here...u are always wanted and welcomed! As Gretchen said, u don't have to have ms to need or offer support. Hang on friend and get these tests done and some answers found. We are here in u'r corner and anxiously waiting to know how this all goes for u. Take good care!
rhonda
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anniebooboo
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 53
   Posted 2/22/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Rhonda,
Had another blood test 2day and having hand xray Monday after work. Will see the lovely GP on Tuesday. Pins and needles, burning and weakness worst its ever been at the moment. We are in a heat wave right now. 37 degrees C today and humidity is ridiculous. Our state is just recovering from devastating floods and the sun has come out! Everyone is suffering. I am permanently WET from sweat. YUK. Will post on Tuesday. I just want to feel well again. Having some mild anxiety about life in the future and what the diagnosis might be. This is new for me too.
Annie

Gretchen1
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   Posted 2/22/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Annie,

Welcome to the world of chronic illness.  That anxiety is one of the most frustrating things I deal with.  I just hate it.  Try to just take things one day at a time.  And come talk to us, that always helps me. 

Love and prayers,


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006


anniebooboo
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 53
   Posted 2/26/2008 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Gday Guys,
Most recent blood tests came back clear. Apparently my fasting blood test (2.8) was better than my nonfasting result (2.0). Not sure why. Hand xray was clear, but dr still puzzled why I have grown an obvious lump. It was insignificant on xray. I am a case for Dr House! She is sending me to a physician as she does not like my symptoms or my ANA result. She insists it warrants investigation. The dr I am to go to has a very abrupt nature, according to this lovely lady, but she says he is the best. I know of him by reputation, as some friends/family have seen him over the years. Many just describe him as rude. My appointment will be a long wait, as specialist lists take months.
One thing we may have hit on. I had my worst day ever this past Saturday. My arms were numb/tingling all day. Fairly useless. This also coincided with our hottest day all year (40.7degrees C). Today I am practically symptom free (except for the now constant leg weakness/numb back). Today, arms are fine. Weather today is rain and 24 degrees. I wonder if I am going to feel worse in increased temperature. Hard to tell in this climate when it is generally reasonably hot and humid all the time. This is the first big temp fluctuation of the season. I will keep an eye on this.
Annie

Gretchen1
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   Posted 2/26/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Annie,

Thanks for the update.  This is all very frustrating indeed.  Well it looks like you will get your "Dr. House".  The rude doctor you described sounds just like him.  I hope you get some answers.  I am sorry the heat has hit you so hard.  Try to aviod that as much as possible or get a cooling vest or neck wrap.  Keep us posted.

Love and prayers,


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006

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