I haven't posted much over the past year, but I felt a need to write today. I guess writing has always been therapeutic for me. And another part of me is hoping someone out there may be able to relate with me!
For the past year and a half, I have been anemic (iron deficiency anemia). It was first discovered by my family doctor during routine/annual blood tests. So, over the past few months , I underwent two GI procedures (upper & lower endoscope and I swallowed a pill camera) to rule out Gastro bleeding. Both tests were clear.
(Oct 2013: Here's a picture of the camera pack I had to wear while the camera traveled through my intestines.)
Later on, I was sent to my OB/GYN for evaluation to see if anemia was caused by monthly periods; and four months (June) ago I underwent an outpatient surgery (endometrial ablation with a DNC) which permanently stopped by monthly bleeding.
Other strange things happened over the past year. I had some mild arthritis in my hands and fingers (ANA blood test ruled out rheumatoloid arthritis). A routine urine sample showed I had protein in my urine, probably a UTI (took a course of antibiotics). Oh--and one day, I had weird stings or nerve zaps throughout my body (felt like someone had a needle and was randomly pricking me in different spots every few minutes! I joked that I had an enemy sitting at home with a voodoo doll!). And many nights, I complained to my hubby that I had "knots" with pain in my back and hips (stress?). But most bothersome, I have had a constant pain (some days mild and some days much stronger) over my upper right abdomen.
Let's fast forward...this week everything went crazy with my body! Last Friday, I woke up with a huge swollen bottom lip (told by doc to take antihistamines). On Monday, I woke up drenched in sweat. On Thursday, I had lots of pain in my jaw, neck and upper back (took a muscle relaxer). And Saturday, I woke up with bright red dots all over my chest and stomach (not sure if they are cherry anginoma or a strang virus or allergy).
ENOUGH, right!?! Feeling at a lost, and most importantly just wanting to feel HEALTHY again, I saw a specialist this week. To my surprise, an ultrasound showed I have swollen lymph nodes under both arms (axillary nodes). YIKES...
Over the next six weeks, I will be having more medical tests done. This specialist is a little worried and wants to take the lead on my case. She has scheduled the following: more bloodwork, a CT-scan of the abdomen, a visit to a Hematologist/Oncologist, a MRI of the breast (next month) and a follow-up with her (Dec 1).
The good news is I have had NO weight lost (whew, well good for health reasons; maybe not good for vanity, ha). Unfortunately, it will be a long six weeks of waiting for answers but I understand these things take time and I’ve put in God’s hands. I promise to keep you updated.