Blood and Guts

I am back from another trip to see my nature path. This visit was primarily to get an interpretation of my results from a few weeks ago. We spent well over an hour going though the whole report. There are three tests that gave him a baseline. They were a Cardiac Reactive Protein test (CRP, High Sensitivity), Hormones (thyroid, reproductive, etc) and Cortisol. There were countless others including a food reaction test but we focused on the big three.

I am going to do my best here to give you a layman’s version of what he spoke about and what the plan is for the immediate future. I did some basic research (which really means I googled it) to give a bit more back ground into the whys.

So about this CRP (no, not short for crap). It is a test to actually help determine your risk for cardiac disease. It is an indication also of how inflammation affects you overall health.  I hit on the very high-end of the scale for this one. General base for this test is less than .9mg/L, I hit it at 30.3mg/L.  Doc was not too surprised as this test is also used on fibro patients and he was expecting an elevated result.

I was actually very encouraged with this result. Nothing pays with your head more with chronic illness then the thoughts that “it’s all in your head”. Granted there is not an actually blood test just specifically for fibromyalgia – but the ones I have had give me a more valid diagnosis.

I would like to think of this tests results as the umbrella on top of the other findings. It is everything underneath that we are dissecting and getting a closer look at to get me to my optimal health.

Hormones, oy! I am happy to report that my thyroid is in good shape. It’s doing the best it can do send out the necessary signals to create the what my body needs. All the T3 Free floaties in my body are in working order. My progesterone, however, is tanked. This explains a lot too.

With the low, low amount of this mighty hormone (like to think of it as estrogen’s big sis) my body has been in “we must save the fat or we’re gonna die” mode. Now here is the kicker, did you know that a study has shown that low progesterone can be linked to heavy periods? Me either!!

The doctor is having me utilize a progesterone cream at intervals during my cycle. We will be carefully guiding my body into a normal range for once in my life.

Cortisol anyone? Yet another test that validates the myalgic encephalomyelitis and fibromyalgia diagnosis I have. The normal range for this test 6.0 to 18.4ug/dL.  Your girl is at 6.0ug/dL. Whattheheck?Talk about the stress hormone being stressed! Lordy.

This poor little guy has raised the white flag and surrendered. No wonder my fat has taken up residence. There is very little my body is doing right now to aid in the metabolism of fat, carbs and proteins

We are gonna aid this malnourished adrenal by the use of hydrocortisone in pill form. With it being so low, it affects my weight and most importantly, my sleep.  What I wouldn’t give for a solid eight hours of sleep.

I am very happy for what I learned with my blood tests. I feel encouraged and ready to get these unwanted pounds off my body.

More to come next month on the progress of going diary-free and reducing my gluten intake.


The Honey Badger & The Sloth

By now, you all have been introduced to the lingo that is for us Chronics. Spoonie being the most popular. Christine M’s Spoon Theory is the basis that a lot of invisible illness suffers use for an explanation for their illness.

And then there is for mine, The Honey Badger and The Sloth.  These two encompass what I would consider to worse parts of illness. I even poke fun at it myself on my Pinterest boards My Patronus is Honey Badger and Sloth Are My Spirit Animal.  If you have no idea what I mean by Honey Badger, if offer you this link.

So what does this have to do with myalgic encephalomyelitis and fibromyalgia? Honey Badger does not like noise, traffic, shopping malls, big crowds, small crowds, tends to anxious and will bite if bothered. This is when I have had my fill of the world, explaining my illness for the billionth time (no, it doesn’t get better, ever!) or just over done and cranky.

The Sloth in me cares very little about eating when she’s in a flare, has to bribe herself on the days it hurts to get out of bed, drinks way too much soda, has to have a reminder set to remind her to take her meds, and just doesn’t wanna. The Sloth doesn’t make plans (because they will change, always) and tends to not stray too far from her habitat or her bed.

As much as I try to keep the badger and sloth happy…often they follow me around town. Or work. My co-workers have been warned.

I honestly believe having a sense of humor every once in a while about your illness is an important part of self care. I makes you aware, accountable and if need be tractable. There is so much that goes with CFS/ME and Fibro. The side effects have side effects (and that doesn’t come with the medication). There is so much to be aware of that a little humor goes a very long way.


Dear Readers, I’m taking a hiatus for three weeks in September. I am happy to report that this is the first summer I have blogged my way through in quite a while! Much love to my blogging BFF Ms. Hope and the support of family and friend.

Let’s go get ready for Fall!

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