I'm sure if you have followed this blog at all you know that I have been battling various ills off and on now for quite awhile. Truth be told I came to France in pretty bad shape. The doctors poked and prodded me as is their way and gave me lots of meds. Nothing really seemed to work right but I have been maintaining as best I could. I sufffer from a lot of pain, I have severe insomnia, fatigue, terrible cramps in my legs and arms and the list goes on. Also although I eat very little I have not lost the weight I put on a few years back. I was sure once I arrived in France it would drop off me in no time. I have been here two years and I only lost 15 pounds. I eat like a bird.
SO...it was with great relief that Friday night at my doctors I was told she had discoverd the cause of ALL of my problems. Thats a big pill to swallow but after reading about it on the internet and going for tests yesterday I believe she is right! It's actually a compound problem...and part of it I discovered myself. I realized a while back that I was starting to crave ice in a bad way. I insisted on getting my blood checked for low iron and sure enough I was diagnosed as being anemic. That alone can cause most of my problems but she took it a step farther and did a LOT more blood tests. She discovered that I have hypothyroidism. I went yesterday and had a sonogram done on my thyroid, as this problem can be caused by nodules growing on your thyroid that can be cancerous. I was much relieved to hear that there were no nodules on MY thyroid. It is irregular though, suppressed so it no longer secretes the hormones I need. She also found that I am very low in Vitamin D. The combination of these three elements being scarce in my body...well its a wonder I even function at all!
So I have started on my meds and I've been told it will take about 4 months to get my body back up to speed. I have also been told I should feel like a new woman. I cant wait! She said it will help me think more clearly, take the muscle pains away, banish the insomnia and the terrible itchy restless leg syndrome and chase away that awful bone numbing fatigue! I could cry I am so happy! I have always been a person that could do most anything I set my mind too. I would rearrange my furniture on a consistant basis. Remodel and paint my rooms. I was always in the middle of ten big projects at a time. I havent been like that in quite awhile. No energy. Even my art comes in spurts. I go for long periods with no new ideas. She told me that this even affects how well a person thinks...so I have great hope.
So celebrations are in order I think! I am moving to a beautiful new home and I have a new lease on life...I couldn't be happier!