Thanks, Lynn! I will do that. Like many people, it's a matter of insurance problems, as to who I can see etc... This doctor happens to be a friend of my primary physician. I did not care for this doctor much, from the beginning, but thought I could at least get bloodwork ordered, etc.
Whatever I have, it is absolutely detrimental to my life, in every way, and I am at my wits end. The guilt of being "sick" four days out of five is overwhelming. My husband and kids are so understanding...They put up with me! However, there are others close to me who truly think it is all "in my head," and this is probably why I am hoping for some concrete diagnosis. It is NOT in my head. I am NOT "sick" because I am depressed; I am depressed because I am SICK.
I've got the usual symptoms - here are a few off-the-wall ones. If anyone else has any of these, as well, please let me know :
Horizontally ridged nails (NOT vertical - which are common) ; I call them my "witch nails" (yes, I have Reynaud's)
Red, flat dots all over my nose and cheeks, and some developing on my hands - they look like acne scars, but I never had acne problems !
Sometimes, my urine smells like sulfur (this could be from a mostly veggie diet, though) and I have had high protein levels and hematuria several times the past three years
Severe allergies - just had my first full "prick test" , and found out that I am allergic to almost all GRASS, as well as several trees, dust and dogs. My sinuses are always getting clogged, even when I take allergy meds.
Whenever I get sick, in any way, it eventually makes its way to my insides; which feel as if they will explode. Diagnosed years ago with IBS and internal hemorrhoids (YAY) lol .
I will have a day of SUPER HIGH ENERGY, where I feel as if I am twenty again (I am in my early forties). GREAT, huh? However, over the years, I have learned that this great health day is ALWAYS a precursor to two to three "down days," where I am very very sick... Anyone else have this???
It doesn't matter what I do or what I eat - I haven't had dairy in twenty years. I haven't had gluten in three. I eat meat very sparingly (was a vegetarian on and off for fifteen years), and take B12 and calcium daily. I should be healthier than ever! But I am not. Hopefully, these last blood test results will give me an answer.