A new day . . . a new diagnosis

I have to wonder if anyone really ever reads this stuff.  Fortunately, I just like to vent and this is a good place to do it.

So . . . today I went to the specialist. A Rheumatologist. I guess I expected too much.

He’s not sure I have polymyalgia rheumatica. Since I went on a cruise in January. He wants to test me for MALARIA. Even though I had NO symptoms until at least a month later, and none of those symptoms are even remotely related to the symptoms I’ve explored for Malaria.

Next . . . let’s test for Hep C. Again . . . the symptoms don’t really match up, and I’ve never been exposed.

He’s also looking at Lyme Disease. The most probably of the three; however, I contracted it in February . . . in the middle of the coldest month of the year. Pretty sure there were no ticks in my back yard as I walked across it in my boots and ear muffs.

Why would he search for another disease?  Because I’m too young for this one. Most people don’t get it for at least another five years.  Obviously he has no idea how good I am at breaking through the statistics.

And when I asked, “Will the Vitamin C I take for my seasonal allergies compete with the Prednisone?” (Since Prednisone suppresses the immune system and Vitamin C ramps it up). His answer was a confident, “I don’t know. I’ll have to look that one up.” And he didn’t look it up while I was there, so I still have no answer.

I feel frustrated . . . like I wasted $60, half a tank of gas and half a day of my life.

I’m going to go back one more time to see if he’s any better the second time around, but so far I’m not impressed.

He did give a little more advice on the Prednisone dosage, so I’m hoping that’s better.

Other than that . . . it was a bust!

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