Well, over the past two years I’ve gone from one specialist to another as I had various symptoms bothering me at different times. Dizziness, Palpitations, Dry Eyes & mouth, Skin rashes, IBS, severe fatigue…the list goes on. One after another each specialist would say that there are some symptoms but & don’t fall into any disease category.
A rheuma in another country checked my ANA & I tested positive at 1:80 hence low level of Auto-immune activity a year ago. Sjorgen’s Syndrome was one possibility that popped-up. The secondary blood tests came negative. So again I was left with no clear diagnosis…very cold feet, hands, fatigue, lower than normal blood pressure especially when I tried to sleep! A colonoscopy showed I had some ulcers in my terminal ileum => either TB or Crohn’s.
I decided to convert from full-time to a part-time work arrangement.
Back at home, I was told that all that I have is IBS and along the way my symptoms/flares got closer and more severe until I got admitted recently for severe tenderness in my entire abdomen. A balloon assisted entereoscopy revealed ulcers in my small intestine also. Now it is confirmed that I have Crohn’s Colitis. On Pentasa & Budesonide for now. ANA is now 1:640. ESR & CRP keep going high and back to normal levels.
I’ve decided to continue part-time work to keep my mind positively occupied and relax as well as do more voluntary work to take care of my spirit…looking for positive support from others