- CASE FILE
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, ILD, Anemic, Anxiety, Colonic Polyps, NASH, potential Kidney Absorption Disorder, Polyarthritis, Si Joint, L4/L5/S1
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Around 2002-3, I was diagnosed in college with high anxiety and severe depression. I have always had and remain today with those Dx. At my first year of teaching, after a student bit me, out of the blue I got sick and was hospitalized when I was diagnosed with Lupus. For the next 5 years, I began developing exhaustion, fatigue, and overall pain throughout my body for no reason(Fibromyalgia Dx). I have also had GI problems since elementary school due to a phobia of public bathrooms, I would wait until school was over each day, soiling my clothes daily. This continued until I began college. I had an ulcer fixed up, but I was not allowed to see a psychiatrist about this and other paranoia issues due to my father. As a result, I have developed polyps and a small prolapse not to mention GERD and a lot of intestinal issues. Lupus doesn't help. As I have been overweight most of my life, currently 5'10", 235#, I have been socially removed a lot, except in college, but I began teaching with an ultra-conservative principal whose mission was to delve into my sexual identity. This added immense stress on me while I was beginning teaching and getting my Ph.D., so my depression and anxiety got to extremes. After 6 years unfortunately, I succumbed to my Lupus and Fibromyalgia not to mention my nagging other ailments like tremors that has rendered my handwriting and minor muscle movements horrible, that seemed to begin popping up and my mental health was taking a dive, so I had to file for Disability in 2010. Several problems have come along such as the most obvious to me, the lower back L4/L5/S1 and Si joint pain. Injections, rhizotomy, opiate medications, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy have helped some, but the pain is still there. I am at the end of my rope. I feel suicidal, but not enough to act on it, just the depressed feeling of knowing that I am 45 and have to live like this for the rest of my life. Due to labs, blood tests, CTs, MRIs, X-rays, etc, we have made several diagnoses since 2004, especially since 2010 when things started on a slippery slope. I am also polypharmacy as you might imagine and I would love to find that one fix-all pill instead of 20 pills. I really could use anyone's help if they are in the same boat with having a hematologist, rheumatologist, gastroenterologist, psychiatrist, neurologist, pain specialist, physical therapist, massage therapist,and I am sure there are a couple of other ologists that I am not thinking of right now for any of your stories, advice, stay-away-from advice like spinal surgery...I would greatly appreciate it because it appears this train of disorders have just added one by one since I had a strong hit with Lupus/Fibromyalgia killing my career and social life. I am very astute to the medical terminology and what ramifications each resulting lab result shows, but I just feel like I am being misdiagnosed all the way around. My depression/anxiety is an imbalance that I have had as a child, so I can rule that out for saving, but the immediate onset of Lupus right after a student bite and then supplementary diagnoses and ailments that have been very life changing and profound...something is being missed.