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  • Writer's pictureShruti

The Dilemma of Diagnoses

If someone had told me 20 years ago that I'd be happy to get new diagnoses I'd have told them they're nuts. Who wants more diagnoses? Well, people who can't get treated because the doctor's don't know what's wrong with them do. Or people who can't be treated because technically their test results are within standard ranges.

I recently gained a new diagnosis. My whole life, my doctors have been testing my thyroid function. I have had all the symptoms of a hypoactive thyroid, but they couldn't treat me because my test was always just barely in range. Until... it wasn't. Suddenly my thyroid test was off the charts and my doctor was finally able to treat me. I am honestly so relieved to finally have a test result that means insurance will cover treatment I've probably needed for much of my life. It sucks to have one more thing to list on my medical history, and one more med to take, but hopefully this will help with some of my issues. I have almost no appetite, I'm tired and sluggish all the time, and doctors keep telling me my thyroid gland feels a bit swollen.

The thing is, the low thyroid hormone was only one reason for my crippling fatigue (other than the lupus and fibromyalgia, of course). It turns out I'm also severely anemic. Oh and my vitamin D is low. A tiredness trifecta. So, in addition to taking thyroid hormone, I'll be getting iron infusions and supplemental high dose Vitamin D.

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