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Sunday, April 06, 2014

The last week or so have been good for me. The weather is finally showing some spring which does so much to lift my spirits. I've been trying to take the dog out for a walk in the afternoon in addition to whatever my scheduled exercise is. It just feels so glorious to be out in the sunshine and moving my body. I must admit that March wreaked havoc on my exercise program. I did fairly well (not perfect, by any stretch) with my food but I had more days not exercising than exercising. Going through all the health issues is my excuse.
Since I'm trying to break my scale addiction, I only weigh and measure myself once a month. Well, that was yesterday. Measurements held steady but I gained 3 pounds. Not happy but I need to do better with my exercise!! Once a month is a pretty good plan for me---that way, I'm only depressed one day of the month instead of all of them! LOL
Trying to get some extras done around here. (Never mind a basic cleaning would help!) I cleaned out some of my old teaching stuff. I'm donating all of my big books to my grandson's preschool. I'm hoping to donate some other teaching stuff to a wonderful preschool that serves mostly underprivileged kids. Not even close to having that all cleaned out. WHEW!
Did basics today and hope to change out winter/summer clothes tomorrow. I am tired of looking at sweaters (although I'll probably still need them for awhile).
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BESSHAILE 4/14/2014 7:30AM

    Well - you are wise to scale back ( emoticon ) on using your scale.

I am really amazed at how MUCH exercise is needed to lose and maintain weight. The successful folk seem to all be working out at about 200 or more calories EVERY DAY on top of their normal daily activities. Have you an exercise monitor? A fitbit or something like that? I wear one (a weight watcher one since I'm also a WW member). i find that it's of tremendous value to get me up and moving to earn those points. LOL - on the rare days I forget to put it on I feel naked!!!

Steps, calories, whatever you want to count, there's a monitor for it and wearing mine every day also helps me remember "MOVE"

Last month my goal was to get up from my desk every hour I'm at work and move. not exercise, just move. stretch, walk around, go chat with someone - just move. I couldn't believe how 5-10 little minutes not only added up to 40 minutes MORE exercise a day - but also whittled down those pesky 3 lbs.

Hope your day is beautiful.

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TIME4CARRI 4/10/2014 12:32AM

    Spring weather is wonderful isn't it? It's like " okay, life is good, I can do this" weather. I can't say my energy matches how awesome the weather is so I'm not getting tons done but you are inspiring me to do at least something!

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MEADSBAY 4/8/2014 12:10PM

    For you...I'll spark from Paris (actually my dh is wicked jet lagged and I'm not so here I am...been out for a few walks without him but can't go too far...got 14 k steps in so far).
Good job climbing out of the depths of March!
Any way you can fund a spring cleaning?
What an awesome non-food reward and you'll have more time to sort/organize/exercise!
I intend to hire someone when I get home...even once a month or so.
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MOM2ACAT 4/7/2014 12:10PM

    It's amazing how a change of weather can lift the spirits!

Love your page background too!

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RWETHAIRYET 4/7/2014 8:07AM

    I'm still waiting for that spring perk up to hit, but I can feel it coming!!
I'm getting the granddaughter next weekend, so definitely hoping we can get into the playground at the state park. The main lot is plowed because it crosses a snow mobile trail, and it looks like the road to the beach/playground is walkable, so another week of nice weather might just make it doable.

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LESLIESENIOR 4/6/2014 10:51PM

    Hooray Beth! Great weather, breaking the scale addiction, keeping within eating plan, walking the dog, and cleaning out. This is all great stuff! Hooray for spring for you. My poor umbrellas never saw the light of day. They are sad, lonely, and dry. Ahhhhhh we always want what someone else has. Ha Ha.
Enjoy spring. I Love, Love, Love your background scenery!!!

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NORASPAT 4/6/2014 9:55PM

    BETH It sure sounds like you are on track. Way to go. Now you have the answers you can put one foot in front of the other and feel good again. I am glad your weekend went well. Pat in Maine. ((((HUGS)))) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TENNESSEEWALKER 4/6/2014 9:39PM

    Hey! Gaining three pounds while all your other measures stay the same means this: you have more muscle! You're on the right track, woo-hoo!, Keep it up!

And good job, good heart, for donating your books to the school! emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 4/6/2014 6:20PM

    Glad you're getting out and enjoying the weather. Lucy the Dog and I took a jog up the Big Hill today for the first time this year. It was glorious (and damned near killed us.)

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GUNNSGIRL91303 4/6/2014 6:10PM

    Yay for good weather and getting outside! Glad for you! Still wet and cool here but April is always that way.

I'm proud of you for only weighing once a month! Thats a good habit and keeps you from obsessing and making yourself miserable!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/6/2014 5:58PM

    The weather here has really perked me up too. Although I am far from fit at least my mind now is willing even though the flesh is still weak. I always think I'm going to bound out of here like a gazelle and in no time flat my butt is dragging.

I'm trying to get more done too. Working on the back porch right now. Anything I do will help. LOL.

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VEENAS1 4/6/2014 5:39PM

    I just came from outside. Its been a wonderful weekend. But rain comes tomorrow! I want to try to see the Cherry Blossoms before they are gone.

I have done some decluttering too. I need to give away some clothes and books. A work in progress!

Lets hope spring stays for awhile before we complain about heat!

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JANEDOE12345 4/6/2014 5:16PM

    Being outdoors is a pleasure today, and maybe from here on out for a few months of spring & summer. Wonderful to get out there and just breathe it all in - with no fear of frostbite.

Once a month - have never tried that. Hope it works for you. You must be a woman of great control to step away from the scale for a whole month!

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The results are in......

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

And, after over 20 blood tests; 1 visit to doctor; 1 visit to specialist; 1 very long phone conversation with doctor.............I AM FINE!!! I got an email from rheumatologist this morning telling me everything was negative. My lab results are posted to my medical website so I already knew that the tests where I had a point of reference were normal. I am a very happy girl. Not necessarily because I now know I have NO autoimmune disease (they tested for everything), my liver is good as is my gallbladder, but because I do not have to schedule a doctor visit or lab visit! WooHoo!!
Thank you for all of your support and prayers. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!
Now, to get on with my healthy life!

  
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MEADSBAY 3/31/2014 9:44PM

    Oh, my dear friend-
this news makes me very happy.
You (we) are normal, whatever the heck that means.
We are within the normal range anyway.
Let's just live each day as if it were our last,
because,
one never knows,
do one?
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BESSHAILE 3/27/2014 10:50AM

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This is such good news. Now get out there and love some springtime sunshine!

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RWETHAIRYET 3/26/2014 10:37AM

    Yay! emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 3/25/2014 10:35PM

    so very happy for you

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NORASPAT 3/25/2014 10:29PM

    emoticon emoticon It was really good you followed up on all of this. I am so pleased for you AND so proud of you for your persistence.
I am sorry you had to go through such anxious times but great it has turned out for the best.

What is a medical website I have to ask them to send things in the mail.
Well done Spring is here and good times are ahead. HUGS Pat in Maine.
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TENNESSEEWALKER 3/25/2014 9:03PM

    Yay! Love good news like this! May you live in good health for many, many years!

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JANEDOE12345 3/25/2014 8:17PM

    Very happy for you!

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CINDYSUNFLOWER 3/25/2014 8:04PM

    There is no better news than "good health news!!!" A huge load has been lifted for you!!! Happy for you!!!

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MOM2ACAT 3/25/2014 7:31PM

    Great news!

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TIME4CARRI 3/25/2014 7:16PM

    Praise God!!
Oh you will sleep so much better knowing that you don't have to wonder anymore. And hey, Yay for you for being such a healthy lady. Surely, your hard work and habits helped in some of those controllable areas.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/25/2014 6:30PM

    I'm so happy for you!! Now you will be armed with facts should this come up again. You won't have to go through this again needlessly. It's always great to find out you are in good health!

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And, on and on it goes.......

Friday, March 21, 2014

I met with the rheumatologist today. She was very nice, seemed to know her stuff and appeared to be 18!! LOL!! We reviewed my history and all of the blood work done so far. She sincerely doubts that I have lupus. But, she did want to do more blood work to check for more obscure autoimmune diseases. She said that, as a specialist, she feels driven to make sure there is NOTHING there! I have dry eye syndrome and that could be related to Sjogren's Syndrome and I had 4 miscarriages which could indicate some autoimmune disease that effects blood clotting BUT I've never had a blood clot. I did have lots of fertility issues and received hormone injections to carry the 2 children I have. But, I agreed that since I'd come this far we may as well finish it up. I went to lab and had 10 (yes, TEN) vials of blood drawn. I've given about 30 vials of blood this month!!! YIKES! Thank goodness all but one have come back negative.
She did say that 5% of the general population will test positive on this ANA test. I had an aunt with lupus and have a cousin with MS so I would have an even higher chance of being a "carrier" with no symptoms. She thinks this is probably what's going on since "they've" been trying to give me this diagnosis and, after 30 years, I still show no solid, consistent symptoms.
To be continued.............

  
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JANEDOE12345 3/23/2014 12:12PM

    Interesting that you touch a subject much discussed with my Saturday friends yesterday: Are doctors worthy of the adulation that they receive? I think they used to be thought of as kindly geniuses with our best interests at heart. Now I think of them as disappointed idealists out to make a buck.

I just don't trust doctors anymore. Their livelihood is on the hands of Big Pharma and they depend on herding patients like sheep into labs for questionably necessary tests, then herding them into the drugstore to buy expensive meds.

I have had a year or two of this and that illness and each doctor seems more lame than the last one. So when I read about your saga it reinforces my idea of heading to a natureopath and seeing if a simpler way can be offered to fix my ills.

Or better yet, if I hold off and don't even see a docto0r, 75% of the time my issue evaporates. So sometimes it really is just in my head (like Mom said) and sometimes I can do just fine with a cuppa tea (like my grandmother said).

You and I have been discussing thyroid so I am seeing my own doctor Tuesday to discuss my blood work for thryoid, Ha, it will a hoot since she, too, is barely out of her teens and calls me Pam...sorry, that would be Mrs. to you kids! I had to specifically ask her for a full set of tests, not just the single one they usually do. The internet is the patient's best friend!

I think I am ranting and will desist now. Good luck with whatever "they" find or not find. With all that blood, you should feel quite slender, lol, nice diet plan.



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CELIAMINER 3/23/2014 9:34AM

    Wow, hope they let you keep SOME blood for yourself! Best wishes for health, Beth.
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Best wishes for health, Beth.
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RWETHAIRYET 3/22/2014 9:58AM

    You know, I have 2 very divergent, conflicting thoughts on this.
The first one is that it's good to find out what's causing the symptoms because then you can begin the process of managing them, if not out-right curing them. There's nothing more frustrating than a doctor that looks at those initial lab results or xrays, shrugs their shoulders and say "You're fine. Learn to deal with it". If the symptoms fade away and you can get on happily with your life, then it's all good. If the symptoms worsen, not so much. I got no relief from my thyroid symptoms, in fact they worsened, and all I had was a doctor telling me to eat better, exercise more, and perhaps I'd like to consider antidepressants (which, by the way although helpful in some cases, can actually increase some of the symptoms that were making me so "depressed"). Nothing good was happening until i finally got the Doc to send me to a specialist. The sad part is that he didn't really even need to run any additional tests to confirm my problem, he just needed to look at my labs for the preceding 2 years of "borderline hyperthyroidism"
However, I also object to being treated like a lab project. Too many times, doctors throw every test they can think of at you, hoping that something "sticks" It's really nothing more than a "CYA" maneuver and an attempt to let the patient feel they're "doing" something. (Or worse, a way of upping billable charges, I could name a couple of doctors I deal with daily that make a good chunk of change ordering ridiculous tests, calling the patient back in to discuss the "normal" results and where to go from there, repeat ad nauseum). Some of these patients could use a good psych referral more than anything, others a stint through rehab and some just think the doctor always knows best. The smart ones run to find another doctor, ha ha. My endocrinologist never did order a thyroid ultrasound. He'd feel it, pronounce that it felt a little "full" but never felt the need to get images of it. (I have sat through an ultrasound as a "practice patient" for students at work, and my tech friend tells me I have the most "normal looking" ultrasound she's ever seen in a thyroid patient, so that would have been a waste of time and resources anyway). He did want me to go for a radioactive thyroid uptake scan. I asked him how it was going to affect how he treated me. He said not at all. I declined. While trying to convince me to take the test, he chided me for refusing the test, that working in that area of medicine I knew it was nothing to fear and it would give me a definitive diagnosis. What he didn't tell me was that it would also probably kill off all thyroid function.
So to make a long story short (sorry, doctors are one of my favorite rants) You went to a doctor complaining about chest wall pain, which appears, now, to be lessening(?) without any treatment on the doctors part. They've just about bled you dry doing labs. So far, that is all fine. And I don't know what other symptoms you might be having, if any, even occasionally. I also don't know what you take for medications...but many of those have side effects that are overlooked,
But you have the power and control here to decide just how far to let this go. How much blood? How many office visits? It's good to be thorough. She may find something. She may find nothing. There might be a simple answer, or no answer at all. Do your research.
One of the symptoms of hyper and hypothryoidism is muscle cramping and joint pain for no real reasons at all. Right now I have a chronic pain in both shoulder joints with some arm cramping. My numbers could be off and I could go back to the doctor, have labs drawn and get my meds adjusted. But common sense is telling me that it has more to do with the constant round of snow shoveling, car clearing and wood hauling exacerbated by curling up into a tight little ball at night as the fire dies down and I get cold under the blankets. If the symptoms don't begin to improve with the weather, then I'll go in...though by then I'm due for a routine blood draw anyways, ha ha.

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BESSHAILE 3/22/2014 7:08AM

    Jumpin' Jiminny - you have been through the wringer this month.

I'm still proud of you for holding that dr.'s feet to the fire - miss-communication is a very kind word to use for getting two different diagnoses from the same office.

Sending you a whole box load of good health wishes and a prayer that this will soon be over. Especially the pulled muscle feeling.

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NORASPAT 3/21/2014 10:45PM

    I was glad to read she will pursue it for you and not give up till she is as certain as she can be, You are lucky she is in your corner. I do hope it will be very soon so you will know the answer . Take care, you do look a picture of health.

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LESLIESENIOR 3/21/2014 10:25PM

    I'm glad they are being thorough too. It's so hard when we have question marks in our health diagnosis. You are in my prayers.
Hug,
Leslie

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TENNESSEEWALKER 3/21/2014 6:26PM

    I'm nodding with the comments. My evil twin wants to know if having blood drawn is the much-sought-after negative calorie food. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/21/2014 5:36PM

    Sounds like positive news to me, though you definetly have been tapped on the blood front. LOL. I agree with her though that it's a good idea to find out once and for all what it going on. That way when this comes up again you will already have the answer. You look healthy. I'm going to think good thoughts and hopefully all of those tests will come back normal.

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MOM2ACAT 3/21/2014 5:12PM

    It sounds like she is being thorough, which is a good thing!

It does feel strange though, doesn't it, when we get to the age where our doctors are younger than we are, lol.


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And, the ongoing saga.....

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

So I did talk to the doctor on Monday. However, it only happened following much confusion but whatever. We had a very long talk (40 minutes), got the air cleared, although she was extremely apologetic so I didn't have to say much. She kept going on and on about how awful she felt. She explained the communication breakdown and we talked about the lab results. Discovered that the last ANA test (2011) was also mild positive but dermatologist interpreted it as negative. This ANA shows the very same numbers but my doctor and the rheumatologist interpret is as positive. So, bottom line is that probably nothing significant has changed healthwise. I went today for more blood work for rheumatologist and will see the rheumatologist Friday morning at 11:00. Hopefully, I can get some answers and we can figure this out.
I've worked out Monday and Tuesday; so far no chest pain on either side.

  
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NELLJONES 3/21/2014 8:09AM

    Medical practitioners have the same range of quality as any other profession. There are good plumbers and bad ones, good hairdressers and bad ones, good car mechanics and bad ones, and most are in the middle. Incompetent plumbers result in an unrepaired leak. Unfortunately, incompetent medical help is dangerous. I hope you can find someone to help.

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CELIAMINER 3/20/2014 9:00AM

    Good luck with your appointment tomorrow. Hope you get more definitive answers.
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RWETHAIRYET 3/19/2014 6:44PM

    Hope everything gets worked out for you. The worst part about the "practice" of medicine is it's more about ruling out what isn't.
You know, my (former)primary care doctor once decided that my thyroid issues were "borderline" for over six months before a thyroid storm sent me to a specialist. He informed me that my results were well beyond borderline and had been for years.
Am I thrilled about having a now pretty much non functioning thyroid and needing to take pills for the rest of my life? No, not really. But at least life seems to be worth living now that I know what I have and what I need to do to deal with it. And if I finally hadn't gone to the specialist...well, lets just say that a life lived the way I was feeling then, wasn't much of a life worth living.
So good that you're going to the specialist and hopefully they can definitely r/o anything more serious than a chest wall muscle sprain.


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LESLIESENIOR 3/19/2014 2:20PM

    That was a long conversation with your doc. I bet the specialist will have some more good information on Friday. Keep us informed!!!
I'm impressed that you worked out the past two days.
I've been fighting a little cold shared by my grand kids and don't feel like walking or jogging. How pitiful is that? Good for you!!!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 3/19/2014 10:16AM

    Glad to hear you and the doctor had a good conversation and found out the story behind the ANA test. Hope you stay pain-free and relationship with Dr. keeps improving.

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JANEDOE12345 3/19/2014 6:25AM

    Good to clear the air. Doctors are human too but really you would expect someone along the line to have noticed. Glad you are okay despite their best efforts. emoticon

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TIME4CARRI 3/18/2014 11:04PM

    Oh that is great that you have two days pain free. What a relief that you were able to clear the air with doctor too. It is good news that not much has changed technically but still a bummer that there is positive in there. It just shows what a trooper you've been all along!
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PINKNFITCARLA 3/18/2014 10:38PM

    I'm glad you got to clear the air about mix up with your results. I hope you find out what you need with the Rheumatologist.!

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NORASPAT 3/18/2014 10:37PM

    I am with 'M' the specialist will zero in on any issue you might have. I really trust my Rheumatologist and his PA .
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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/18/2014 8:52PM

    Personally I like specialists. You should find out what you need to know from the rheumatologist. I'm hoping it's good news. Whatever you have, if anything, isn't the acute type.

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deja vu all over again.....

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I'm definitely back on the roller coaster of life. What a couple of weeks (month?) it has been. As of my last blog, I was increasing weights and reps; doing great and feeling good. Uh-oh. emoticon Chest pain rears it's ugly head. No, not heart related but it felt like pulled muscles. On right side of chest, that achy pulled muscle feeling that, when you move a certain way, reminds you it's there. Ouch. On the left side of chest (actually on top rib) a burning sensation. It would wake me in the night if I moved from curled up position to stretch or roll over. Big ouch. During the day this pain was rare.
OK, so I pulled muscles. I will back off on routine. First, I eliminated the exercises that I thought may have caused the problem. Not better. Then I reduced the weights. Not better. Ibuprofen seemed to help a bit as did heat. But those pain issues just kept nagging at me. One day, nothing and the next it was back. Maybe the pain would be better but the burning would be there or the other way around. Just couldn't kick it. Tried Prilosec thinking that burning may be heartburn. No help.
I finally gave in and made appointment to see my doctor. My doctor had left so this is actually a new doctor to me. I liked her. She was VERY thorough. Lots of questions, thorough exam. She even apologized to ME for taking so much of my time! The only thing that bothered me was she seemed to tweak my responses.
Example: Dr. "joint pain?" Me: "no". Later in conversation; Dr. "so when do you experience the joint pain?" I had made a comment that some mornings I'm stiff when I get out of bed but it quickly goes away. This piece of info seemed very significant to her and she immediately was talking red flag, etc. I'm thinking "I'm 63 years old! Of course, I'm stiff!" So there were a few concerning issues during my visit. She decided to do blood work (checking for autoimmune issues) and a chest x-ray in case there was hairline fracture.
Now, many of you who know me may remember that 2 years ago I went through the same thing. My doctor thought I may have lupus so I had blood work. It was negative. I went to dermatologist who also thought I had lupus so she ordered a different blood test. ANA, supposed to be gold standard to test for autoimmune issues. It came back negative. WHEW!
30 years ago I was diagnosed with lupus. Medicine had not come this far and it was many tests and specialists later that it was declared a misdiagnosis. Are you seeing a pattern yet? emoticon
Back to the present. Doctor posts my test results on my medical page and they are all well within normal range. Whew! Doctor calls me--we talk a long time about each test and possible causes for the pain. (I'm convinced pulled muscles that I'm not "fixing"). We are both pleased at the negative outcome of tests. She asks for more bloodwork. OK, I reluctantly head to lab and give more blood.
The next afternoon I get a call from rheumatology saying my doctor had sent a referral for me to be seen. I questioned that and I was told that I had an abnormal test result and joint pain was indicated. I was not happy, I explained test results were normal, etc. Refused to make app't. till I talked to my doctor. Sent her an email immediately.
Yesterday, her nurse calls (doctor is out of office). She said an ANA was done and it was positive. emoticon WHAT?? Why was that test not posted on my page and/or why did doctor not share this info with me?? So doctor referred me to rheumatology and wanted more blood work. I had a little hissy fit with the nurse. I had a positive result that no one told me about? Totally unacceptable!! I did apologize; not her fault. So, I have a phone app't. with doctor on Monday afternoon. Trust me I have plenty of questions for her about this incident!!!
(If you are still reading, God bless you!) So, I will talk to doctor to find out why I was not informed, I will probably get more blood work, I will probably go to rheumatologist to follow up. I have no other symptoms. I am barely working out trying to heal my chest. This is NOT good!! I am staying in calorie range and tracking food.
I am trying to stay positive about test results. If I have something going on, I can't change that. I have to trust in God to care for me and the doctors caring for me to make wise decisions!
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CELIAMINER 3/20/2014 8:59AM

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How odd that you have had such diverse results for lupus tests for three decades. Do you think there is something actually there? Is there a similar autoimmune disease that may not be diagnosed but that may trigger a positive? Very confusing!

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LESLIESENIOR 3/19/2014 2:18PM

    Beth,
I'm sorry I missed this blog (and the update from yesterday)!! I hope that you get answers soon. I am actually impressed that you are able to get into the doctors and get results posted on line (even if they are not completely accurate~grrrrrrr) We are in a system that is "in transition". The results still come snail mail and very slowly. A call to my GP's office keeps me on hold forever. I usually have to go to urgent care for anything sudden.
I'm going to re-read the update and comment there too.
Please take care of yourself. I know frustrating this is.
This aging thing is truly not for wimps.

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NORASPAT 3/18/2014 10:32PM

    BETH, I feel I know what you are going through with new Doctors and electronic records not being transferred completely. I have taken to asking for every blood work results come to the house for both of us. We keep our own copies.
I hope all is well but better the Rheumatologist will tell you how to cope with any problem he encounters. Take care we are here for you just as you support us. (((HUGS))) and much love Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESSHAILE 3/17/2014 8:45AM

    First - here's a hug. emoticon

Second - good for you for standing strong when medical people gloss over your important need and right to know.

I'll be sending good thoughts and prayers for your rapid recovery from the chest pains and for a good diagnosis for all the rest.

and stay strong. Remember to tell yourself that no matter what happens you'll find a way to eat healthy food and move your body at least some.

More hugs to you

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/16/2014 3:28PM

    Try not to get too upset. There are more false positives with these tests as people get older. Sometimes the tests are negative when a person has it too. They need to do some further testing. And if you should have some autoimmune disease, it doesn't have to be horrible. There are ways to cope.

I've had Raynauds since I was in my 20s. R.A. since I was 38 years old. I am still going strong. I don't even take any meds for it. Just diet and exercise. This is one area that I can really help you a lot with if it should be true. If not we can breathe a sigh of relief.

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VEENAS1 3/16/2014 10:50AM

    I hope you get things straighten out with the doctor and you feel better. This changeable weather does not help! I cannot believe one day it is near 70 and then the next day we have a threat of snow. Take care.

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TIME4CARRI 3/16/2014 12:40AM

    Oh Beth how frickin irritating!!!
I hope you get your questions answered and there is a good explanation! Either way it is super commendable that you are staying in calorie range and proceeding as you know you want to regardless. Good health will be important no matter what. Please keep up updated and prayers that you are right. emoticon emoticon

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TENNESSEEWALKER 3/15/2014 10:16PM

    How frustrating! You really do have to be your own advocate in the doctor's office these days! I hope the day dawns when you call the doctor and happily report that the pain went away by itself, and you are back to your accustomed weights and reps!

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/15/2014 9:14PM

    Wow, sorry to hear all of this going on. I can't imagine why you wouldn't be notified of a positive result :-( I hope you feel better soon!

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SUZIB123 3/15/2014 5:45PM

    I did read all of this...and it's great that you can write everything down and let it go! Sometimes it helps just to share....I'm sending up a prayer!

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MOM2ACAT 3/15/2014 4:44PM

    I hope that whatever the problem turns out to be, it's something easily treatable. I'm sorry you had to go through all that with the doctors first though.

Prayers that you feel better soon!

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MEADSBAY 3/15/2014 11:07AM

    Definitely some breakdown in communication at some level.
Hope you get it resolved and your chest pain goes away soon.
It's not easy being partners with our docs in managing our health care, imho.
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JANEDOE12345 3/15/2014 10:17AM

    A little confusing to follow. It isn't clear why she didn't list the ANA test. Or if you even knew she had ordered it. BUT there is a good result -- if you have a condition, then it is a place to start. You are doing what you have to do until you KNOW what you need to know, hanging in there. I hope there is nothing really serious that has to be done to change your life. Maybe there is a big pink pill that will fix everything! Let me know if you get one and send one to all of us, lol.

Praying for your good health,
Pam

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