wow, ive been through alot of that. Wonderful news is i had all those blood tests done and asked at lab and were told they all come back within 5 -7 days so just as she informed you of your b12, i dont think you'll have to wait so long for the other results either.
Ive also had 2 Rheumy's , one told me "if you dont have swollen joints you do not have RA , nor Lupus..its a given." I'm not sure thats accurate depending upon if your flared at the time. I would of also thought I would have tested inflammed even if from the ms. I wasnt though. My sed rate has consistently been low. I got more records today that also reaffirm for the 4rth time that my Ana is ok, Anca, Sed Rate, Ra Factor etc.
I am also low on B12, dont be surprised is folic acid isn't mentioned with that. Sometimes they go hand in hand. The first time they put me on folic they really didn't explain it to me, i surely wish they had of. It's a needed mineral /viatmin type of thing in your body that keeps bloodclots from forming around the heart...now that i know that , i take it daily as directed without skipping at all. I do wish they'd tell things when they are that imprortant. B12 shots and folic sometimes are handled together and not uncommon in Ms either. Or in most Chronic diseases either!
I've had them really look at the hands . Both did, you probably did too. They move the skin on outter hand back and forth looking for knots on tendons, i didn't know that at the time. I do now.
The Kidney thing , I also share with you. Since you had some hematuria in your urine they wouldve also checked for prtoein, and dosen't sound like you had that (good news), the ultrasounds of the Kidneys are for a couple of reasons. One for the Kindeys---when a kidney disease is needing to be ruled out, the size of both kidneys will shrink if there has been active disease (without symptoms which is common). Also they will be looking for cysts in both your kidney's and bladder. Among many things that I'm sure I'm not aware of. I did have the ultrasound on both and the one for the bladder looked for cysts but also for residual urine to see if urodynamics was needed to test for neurogenic bladder from MS.
These are just some tidbits I learned along the way. Please dont think this is in entirety. The fact that you had inflammatin will help her to decide upon a course of treatment for that. Which im sure will provied you with alot of relief of pain. I'm sorry your having it so badly!
Also a person can be anemic (sounds as if you are) and can cause symptoms a patient has no idea of. You might would like to google that to see what symptoms might be relieved once they (if they do) begin B12 injections.
It does sound like you have a thorough doctor and I dont think your Rheumy is like the one I got for sure! Sounds like you will be getting some help for symptoms for sure and alot of answers. Alot of the ruling out sure eases the mind too!
Keep us posted and I'm glad your being checked. Since it really doesn't take as long as the window she gave you (they do give a longer window just in case), I really do feel you'll be getting results of some things sooner than you may think.
I'm so glad for you. I do know how it feels to suffer without any physician offering hope of relief and then I've also thank God, had the blessing of having one like yours, who wanted to help what I suffer with.
We are here for ya
Every day brings us closer to what we reach for .........in all things.
Post Edited (Kiera) : 2/29/2008 9:39:42 PM (GMT-7)