Saturday, 12 March 2011

My Current Health Status

Since 2008 I have struggled with fatigue, mood swings, times of cloudy thinking, muscle weakness and even depression.  I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid levels) and given appropriate medication.  Even with the medication I have continue to be tired, weary, and lethargic.
I have also suffered from essential tremors.  My doctor has been very concerned about me and although I have thought I might be suffering from adrenal fatigue, he hasn’t been convinced.  Blood tests showed that my hormone levels are at acceptable levels.   
However, in an attempt to find out what has been ailing me, Dr. Asaad sent me to a rheumatologist in January.  The rheumatologist ordered a urine screening and also more blood tests.  The results came back:  I am suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency.  There was also blood and protein in my urine, but no sign of infection. 
On 10th February I went back to my GP, taking a urine sample with me.  Once again it showed blood and protein in the urine—significant levels.  
Dr. Asaad referred me to an urologist, whom I went to see on 24th February.  From my medical records he could see that I had reported blood in my urine in 2008, as I was referred for a cystoscopy (2008).  A cystoscopy is a procedure that uses a small, flexible camera to do examine the inside of the bladder.  The Urology doctor has referred me for another cystoscopy and an ultra sound for my urinary tract.  If these current tests come back clear, then I will need to be referred to a nephrologist (a doctor who specialises in kidney function.)  The cystoscopy is scheduled for Monday, 14th March and the Ultrasound is on Friday, 25th March. 
I did some research and found that Vitamin D deficiency can cause depression, mood swings, and fatigue.  I also found out that it is the job of the kidneys to convert Vitamin D into an active form. 
One contributing factor to a vitamin D deficiency is being overweight.  However, with my severe fatigue I haven’t been able to exercise.  Whilst we do have a shortage of sustained sunshine here, my diet has lots of calcium and vitamin D rich foods—egg yolks, cheese, oily fish, and whole grains. 
In the back of my mind I can’t help but think that there is some sort of connection between the problematic finding of protein and blood in my urine and the vitamin D deficiency.  
My prayer partner and I have been praying about health problems.  I do believe that the real cause of my fatigue and other associated symptoms is coming to light.  I have started taking Vitamin D supplements.  I do seem to be improving.  However, I want to be totally whole and healed.  I need to have my life back and have a routine.  Establishing a daily routine is difficult when I have no energy for one or more days in a row and then have one or two good days. 
I have a peace that we are finally on the right track and that an answer is on the way.  I covet your continued prayers regarding these issues.  I will keep you all apprised of any news and progress.
Serving Jesus, Author of our faith

1 comment:

  1. Wow you've really been through a lot ... I really hope the Vit D supplements make a big difference to you. My Mum is convinced that's what's wrong with me too, it's just that buying vitamins is over my budget but I'll def keep an eye out & see if I can get any at a good price.

    Keep the blog coming! Regards from C-A xo