So. I’ve been busy going to various doctor appointments per my new internist. We are trying to rule out issues like anemia, low vitamin D, hypo or hyperthyroidism, Lyme disease, etc. I want my illness to turn out to be something we’ve previously overlooked and that can be cured or maintained with a daily pill. Wishful thinking. I’m glad everything has come back within normal limits or negative, but I’m also somewhat sad about it. I went back to the rheumatologist that I saw in 2008 and again in 2013. Dr. T. did a thorough rheumatologic exam. He also reviewed the extensive bloodwork that the internist ordered. He ruled out rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, and or any other degenerative rheumatologic issue. Thank goodness! But that left us once again with Fibromyalgia (as a diagnosis of exclusion) as it had previously. I do have many symptoms of Fibro. The traveling joint, muscle, tendon, tissue pain and soreness, tender points, extreme fatigue, brain fog, etc. I tried Cymbalta with horrific results. I detailed that wonderful experience in a previous blog entry. So. Here we are. Fibromyalgia with no medication to ease symptoms. My plan is to try physical therapy and swimming. I’ll keep you posted.
As for my migraines…. they are still chronic, daily, intractable, and have me ready to give up. But I won’t. Because if nothing else, this struggle has made me stronger than I’ve ever been before. I will continue to research, advocate, scream and yell if needed, until proper treatment or even a cure is found. I’ve turned this journey of pain and depression into my mission in life. I am a warrior! And this battle is mine to win! Carry on fellow warriors. Carry on.