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    I Need Some Positive Words ... Feeling a little down ...

    What is something positive that you could share with a chick that needs to feel a little more upbeat? I want to get out of this funk so much. Anything POSITIVE or encouraging or motivating is welcome. Or if you need to vent, that's okay, too!

    #Anxiety #Depression #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar1Disorder #ChronicPain #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #LivingWithPOTS #Narcolepsy #prolactinoma #sibo #smallintestine bacteriaovergrowthsibo #RaynaudsPhenomenon #LeukocytoclasticVasculitis
    #SpinalStenosis #Lumbarfusion #SpinalFusion

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    Feeling down and depresses

    I am feeling somewhat down and depressed plus anxious. I joined The Mighty a few days ago and I'm just now feeling more comfortable telling my story. In 2006 i was diagnosed with Leukocytoclastic vasculitis. I had purpura all over both legs and it was very painful. It took a few months but I recovered and was relatively healthy for several years. Then as soon as I hit 40 it was like my health fell off a cliff. I was extremely tired all the time, depressed, and had night sweats. My doctor repeatedly checked my hormone and thyroid levels but they kept coming back "normal". Then I went to an ENT to get my ears cleaned. During the exam he felt my throat and said my thyroid was enlarged. I had an ultrasound and my thyroid levels checked, again. Finally I was out of range and I started synthroid. I noticed over the next few months my symptoms got worse and my neck was getting bigger. I had another ultrasound and talked my doctor into increasing my dose. The ultrasound showed I had nodules on my thyroid so he sent me to a pathologist who I well known around me for only testing the thyroid. I had a fine needle biopsy which came back benign. However, he said he could tell by looking at my thyroid I had hashimotos and sent a note to my doctor to test my TPO. It came back way, way out of range at over 800. My doctor said I had hashimotos in the past. By this point though I had been doing my own research and new that wasn't correct. Plus I went to an endocrinologist who was concerned I not only had hashimotos but graves disease too given how large my thyroid was. The graves test came back inconclusive. Meanwhile, I was on a hormone rollercoaster plus I developed shingles. I wound up in the hospital a few times and was taken seriously once till shift change where the new doctor brushed me off and sent me home. My primary care doctor was not happy the hospital brushed me off because I had chest pain. I saw a cardiologist a few times, was taken off synthroid then back on because my thyroid levels were all over the place, then after about 6 months everything calmed down and I was stable. I ended up changing primary care doctors since I couldn't get the old doctor to believe I had hashimotos plus he wouldn't check my iron levels. The new doctor checked my iron at my first appointment and found my ferritin level was very low but never tried to figure out why. Fast forward a couple of years and I start having severe pelvic pain. After seeing 6 doctors in the span of 2 months I finally get diagnosed with adenomyosis and fibroids. Nothing was helping with the pain and I had a total hysterectomy only keeping my ovaries. I woke up from surgery and the pain I had been in daily for several months was gone. Then about 7 months later the thyroid pathologist told me my thyroid was getting so enlarged I should see a surgeon about getting it removed. The same week I severely sprained my ankle and lost my insurance. Two months later with new insurance and still dealing with the sprained ankle I went to a pain management specialist and he sent me the physical therapy. By this point it was December so the holidays interfered with starting therapy and my Achilles tendon quit working and I was on crutches. Meanwhile, I couldn't work because I worked in catering and had a heck of a time getting on disability. I ended up having to quit my 2nd job because I just couldn't walk and be on my feet as long as that job required. Over the next 6 months I faithfully went to therapy and doctor appointments. I wound up in a walking cast at one point, sprained my ankle again, and had the big toe on the same foot sprained after someone walked right into me and stepped very hard on my foot. This caused me to go on workers compensation because it happened at work. Meanwhile at the same time my landlord decided he didn't want to renew my lease so I had to fight him in court and look for a new apartment. Oh and my insurance decided I had enough physical therapy so they cut me off. This brings us to January 2020. My whole family got sick in January with what we now know was covid, we didn't then. While I was still recovering we moved. I was able to return the physical therapy for a brief period till lockdown in March. I had a few virtual appointments then I was discharged about a month later. In September I went to a new endocrinologist and she looked at my records, ordered a new ultrasound. She confirmed my thyroid was way to large to even figure out what was thyroid tissue and what was nodules. She sent me to a surgeon who immediately scheduled me for surgery for a total thyroidectomy. I recovered from that, my anxiety spiraled way out of control and my husband took me to the emergency room one day. That got me into the counseling and with a psychiatrist right away and I'm on medication. With my anxiety getting under control of course something else had to start. In October I started having what I think are vasculitis flares. I tell my doctor who prescribed gabapentin and also started me on a statin due to high cholesterol because genetics. I am allergic to dairy, have gluten intolerance and overall already eat fairly healthy. So I started both new medications and immediately break out in hives over Thanksgiving. I stop both new medications and the hives don't go away. So after 2 rounds of prednisone they finally go away. The doctor wanted to wait a few months before trying anything new again. Meanwhile, the pain my legs gets worse but mostly tolerable. Then one day in February I'm doing normal housework and halfway through the day I am in so much pain I can't walk. I'm laid up in bed for a week. I make an appointment with a rheumatologist who I saw last week. He was really thorough, nice, and clearly explained his thoughts. He doesn't think it's the vasculitis flaring up and runs A LOT of tests, 12 vials of blood and a cup of urine. He briefly mentioned fibromyalgia. When I Google fibromyalgia I do check a lot of boxes for it. He said expected all the test results to come back negative but they didn't. I did what I know you're not suppose to do but I Googled the test results that came back out of range and the only things I can speculate is maybe I do have fibromyalgia, the vasculitis is flaring, and I may have a mild case of a hereditary blood disorder that is in my family, my dad had it and several cousins have it. It's spherocytosis. The only reason I speculate on the fibromyalgia is the soles on my feet really hurt and that does not go with vasculitis. I'm currently learning that I can't push myself or I over do it and wind up in a lot of pain. My feet constantly throb. I am starting to pace myself. I see the rheumatologist the first week of May to go over the test results. So that's my story, sorry it's long.

    #Anxiety #hashimotos #Hypothyroid #Adenomyosis #Hysterectomy #HighCholesterol #Undiagnosed #Fibromyalgia #LeukocytoclasticVasculitis #ChronicPain #MultipleDisabilities #Spherocytosis #ChronicPain

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    Don’t let the sun go down on me… #firstflareoftheyear

    This Sunday I had the worst flares #LeukocytoclasticVasculitis and #AnkylosingSpondylitis at the same time, I usually have a high tolerance to pain I never cried or yelled on natural birth of my daughters, but this Sunday I thought I was breaking into little pieces, when my husband tried to help me get up I thought I was tearing up in two… everything hurt my spine, ribs, hips, legs, arms, knees, ankles, feet, not to mention my hand an my toes… I thought I could die any minute… But I try to stay positive and don’t let the sun go down on me… #LeukocytoclasticVasculitis #AnkylosingSpondylitis #osteopororis #Fibromyalgia #ChronicPain #firstflareoftheyear

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    Am I invincible? #invincible

    I used to think that I was invincible, that I could do everything and anything, that I was unstoppable… but suddenly illness stopped me on my tracks, #Vasculitis appeared in my life and it brought with it #AnkylosingSpondylitis amongst other things, I always try to stay cheerful, to be and advocate for people like me who are living with invisible illness… but there comes a time when you can do so much, I’m tired, I just want to lay down, rest, not to think… but my head keeps on spinning, thinking about the future, my future, my family’s future… I keep thinking, am I invincible? Or am I already down and out… #LeukocytoclasticVasculitis #AnkylosingSpondylitis #Osteoporosis

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    Besides the spots that pop up everywhere on your body (below the upper chest and neck), what other symptoms can you share that you have experienced?

    I got diagnosed in early February 2021. It was alot of spots n edema in my left hand but they didn’t hurt. 5 flares later, I now have joint pain in 3 fingers n left ankle, the spots HURT N BURN, but I’m extremely nauseous. I can still snack on soft bland food but it’s very non-stop. I want to blame this on the vasculitis, but I’m not sure if that’s a symptom.

    Also, I was in the hospital about 5 weeks back and I had very low blood count and platelets. So, having a current flare, with each new spot, I’m concerned. I’d like to ask other people their experience. Doctors have knowledge but other people have lived with this. Thank you.
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    My support system #Familymatters #Support #Pets

    I’m so grateful for my family, they have been with me through the good, the bad and the ugly... my loving husband who drives me to my appointments (3 hr drive) both my daughters who always are willing to help and our two pets... #LeukocytoclasticVasculitis #AnkylosingSpondylitis #Fibromyaliga #Osteoporosis

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    First flare of the year #Flareup

    After having been in remission for more than 6 months I had my first flare... I went to my reumathologist and and had an IV, tens on my feet for Plantar Facitiis and an infiltration in my ribs due to cartilage inflammation...
    I hope you feel better than me...
    #LeukocytoclasticVasculitis #AnkylosingSpondylitis #PlantarFacitiis #Osteoporosis #Fibromyalgia #fightlikeagirl #LiveStrongandMighty #Flareup #CheerMeOn

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    Stay strong and Mighty #DistractMe

    we’re all in the same boat, let’s row together in this life of ours... I think that if we support one another we can make a good life for ourselves... #StayStrongandMighty #AnkylosingSpondylitis #LeukocytoclasticVasculitis #Osteoporosis #Fybromyalgia #Migraine #DistractMe