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Happy New Year!

1/10/2008

I know it's been a very long time since I've posted anything, although there is no news from a weight loss perspective. I've been on a steady plateau, but there is good reason for it.

When I last wrote, I mentioned I went to see a surgeon who told me my SI joint was bent out of shape. It turns out that was misdiagnosis #3, and we're now working on theory #6. This has been a difficult time.

To make things brief, I visited my primary care physician after the orthopedic surgeon who really thought this could be neurological because of vitamin deficiency. I got a B-12 shot, and had 11 vials of blood drawn for analysis. That came back very, very clean with the exception of low iron, which has been a problem for me most of my life.

The next theory presented was arthritis, for which another 7 vials of blood were drawn. These tests returned negative for both arthritis and lupis, but showed astronomical readings for inflammation which really got the doctors' attentions and let them see I was not putting them on.

My daughter's best friend, with whom she has been best friends since she was 11 weeks old, was in town this week with her mom who is an RN and was the head of trauma for Carolina Medical Center before moving out of the city. She has always given me good advice and information about medical conditions I've had in the past. She listened very carefully to all I've been through and talked it over with a friend she has in the business. They came up with the idea of rheumatic fever, which fits all of my symptoms very well except for the lack of a rash.

I don't know if you've ever been to a doctor and had to present a theory on your condition that he or she has not possibly considered. I wasn't looking forward to it, but after telling him of my friend's theory he nodded his head, asked me a few more questions and said he needed a few minutes. After a conference call with other physicians, he came back and said that rheumatic fever was a very high possibility. And so, nine more blood vials later I'm awaiting word any day now as to whether that's the case.

I face a little challenge because aspirin is the primary medicine used to fight this, and I can't take it after the MGB. I'm confident that there are other treatments, and my doctor is looking into them should this turn out to be the problem.

In the meantime, I'm on a daily dose of prednisone, which is starting to make me shaky, and an antibiotic three times a day.

The prednisone is famous for causing weight gain, and I actually put on about 6 pounds over the holidays with it, but those pounds are gone now, and I'm getting in a groove of recognizing when my appetite spikes for what it is.

So much for keeping it brief. That's my story for now, and I will resolve to keep this more updated.

Thanks to all of you for reading this, and please keep fighting and leaving your comments.

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