When Failing is a Good Thing
When it comes to certain health tests.
Today I got my results from the tests my rheumatologist performed three weeks ago. Negative for lupus, spondylitis, and any other rheumatologic disorder. Yay!
However, I do have fibromyalgia. (There’s no test for that though.) That can be managed.
There are some other things she did find as well. The most surprising to me was a significant vitamin D deficiency. I’m close to having no vitamin D in me (of course that’s probably not even possible, but my score is far below the minimum.) This is not a horrible thing. I have to take 1,000 mg a day and be rechecked in a couple months.
I didn’t know that a vitamin D deficiency can cause muscle aches and joint pain. I have more research to do, but it’s nothing serious.
They also found a benign cyst on my right femur (up near the hip), which is absolutely nothing to worry about, the doctor said. She said it in such a way that I think she was trying to politely tell me this is common as women age. My physical therapist said this could also be the cause of some of my hip pain.
Lastly, with my ankle, she found that I have something where two bones that should be together are too far apart. Likely a direct result of a serious fall down some stairs about ten years ago where I badly sprained my ankle. So, she has referred me to a foot surgeon who will take an MRI and determine what to do. Possibly I may need some sort of pin in my ankle, otherwise, my ankle bones may degenerate too prematurely.
Still no cause for the edema. But my personal theory is that it is a symptom of many things, not one. Once the vitamins get where they should be and my ankle gets fixed, then I’ll feel better about exercising and walking and dieting and it may just resolve itself. And that’s okay by me.
At least it’s definitely not all in my head, the muscle aches and joint pains are real. Life could definitely be worse. I’m happy today.