I was going to post a long gripe session about
my endocrinologist (the one who ordered my SLE panel, of which my RNP came back high/abnormal), but here's the short of it: she chewed me out for not being on the thyroid medicine that "she" recommended (I told her sorry but the medicine she wanted me on hasn't worked satisfactorily on me for years), she didn't want to talk about
my thyroid nuclear scan (I had to bring it up, but thankfully it was normal other than my dead thyroid gland), and she didn't want to discuss my lab work that she, herself, ordered (SLE panel). When I did get her to shut up over the thyroid medicine issue and discuss my labwork, she tells me "everything was normal but the RNP antibody, but she didn't know anything about
it". She told me to "talk to my primary doctor about
it because I wouldn't listen to her anyway since I didn't listen about
the thyroid medicine she recommended (but really that didn't matter since she was leaving the clinic anyway)". She offered a print-out of my labs to me but told me "not to freak out because it looked worse than what it probably was, as many people have antibodies that don't mean anything". What the hell? If she "didn't know anything about
this test, WHY the hell did she order it? Why do these doctors think we're stupid?! But, enough about
the ignorant people of the world...
Onto early this morning... I got up around 12:40 a.m. I had been trying to go to sleep but it felt like I had acid reflux and I wanted some soda crackers to calm my tummy down. I got out of bed, climbed over my baby gate (that keeps my dogs out of my bedroom), walked through four rooms of my house, got in my fridge and started putting food on a plate and boom--I passed out. I didn't feel dizzy and I had absolutely no warning that I was fainting. I have never done this before--ever! I woke up flat on my back on my kitchen floor. My eyes were closed but I remember thinking how incredibly dizzy I was. This dizziness was so bad, that I thought I was dying. I then thought how hard my bed felt, and then how cold it was, only to open my eyes and realize I was on the floor and what had happened. about that time, my husband must have heard the fall and came out to see what was going on and found me. He came in and helped me up (slowly), but I proceeded to vomit nonetheless. We then went to the ER, I had more labwork, an EKG and a head CT, blood sugar, blood pressure, all of which were normal. The ER doc's diagnosis was vasovagal syncope. Sorry, but I traveled through four rooms of my house and I would think if I was going to pass out, it would have been in one of those other rooms. Not to mention, I have no past history of passing out/blacking out or fainting.
Has anyone had anything remotely close to this happening? Even though my RNP was abnormal/positive for MCTD, that stupid endo doctor refused to diagnose me. I do have an appointment with my primary doctor tomorrow, so maybe she can make some more sense of this for me--she's the greatest and very open-minded. This black-out spell really has me worried, and I don't recall reading anything about it being related to Lupus. Help, anyone???
Diagnoses: Hashimoto's disease, acne, fatigue, headaches, hypertension and "as-of-yet-unconfirmed-but-in-the-process" MCTD.