Well, here's what's been going through my head last few days: I read Linda's post and started researching the crohn's angle and it sounds a bit like the symptoms I've been having. Infact, a gentleman at church stopped me after worship and said I had an ulcer, and then did a healing right then and there. He said I had to go off all sugar and start flax oil. I'm already a flax freak, but giving up sugar (that would include alchohol) was not in my game plan, and my husband dismissed it with a "he just heard your belly rumbling after that bowl of chili you ate last night - ha-ha!" The symptoms did get worse (diarea, hives) prompting me to start this thread. See, I always blamed it on a friend's unpasturized goat cheese I ate which gave me flu like syptoms (cramping, diarea) last year even b4 surgery, the episode from which I have never felt 100% since. I even had to call my friends and delicately warn them of my concern, as a public service, and they confided in me about similar reactions to this cheese. I'm thinking this was the introduction of the bacteria and the the autoimmune caused the imflamation to my intestine. But interestingly enough, with the onset of Lent, I gave up the sugar and my beloved wine (and became pretty militant about food), and behold: hives go away and stomach upset lessened until I overate pizza with the kids tonight: Hives popping out, stomach in turmoil. Forced diet.
So now I am occilating on giving up the rhuemitologists apt. because this appears to be controllable with diligence. Also, panels have been run on me in 12/07, turning up negative, even though I have been diagnosed with Raynaud's Syndromeas a child, and these syptoms - seems if you are not having a flare up, the tests are inconclusive.
But I have been heartened by Judy and Clarice' exchange about aging. I had always felt not a day over 25, then woke from surgery and this year has made me realize I am indeed 44, What happened to the in between?! Although I can wait to be a Grandmother
(my kids are young), I am looking forward to it, and you both set good examples of how to do it. I do give PT BIG credit, too.
Well, Lori and Darlene, I have only half the kids; nearly twice the dogs ( we have only three, but the kids continually hounding
me for a lizard should count as 4), but feel a kinship with you guys anyway. (we window shop at Herpeton)
Soundy, I too like to stay busy with the kids at school/activities, but haven't gained the wisdom not to do it all in one day yet - and I pay dearly the next day for it with fatigue: will try to get better paced and come to peace with the "new" me.
In conclusion, like Amy, I think I'm not going to persue this right now. I just got my life insurance renewal, which we had bought in a 10 year block and is due this month. I already have to anti-up about the brain tumor, so I figure another diagnosis would not sit well with them. I just won't have anything for a couple calendar years!