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I've had health problems on an off like a yo yo since I was 10 but despite my protestations I've always been told it's just ibs and stress/anxiety and to go away and get on with it. The last two years however I ended up being so ill I couldn't work as I had such bad fatigue, IBS/digestive symptoms, aching muscles if I did anything and various other lovely symptoms and was mostly either bored out of my skull on the sofa or asleep. As I could just about watch TV but wasn't even able to read/process large chunks of text etc because I couldn't concentrate and just felt like an imbecile (I have a 1st class degree and am usually reading 4-6 classic novels concurrently). Anywho... I finally got to see and endocrinologist who said he didn't think I fit the pattern on chronic fatigue syndrome, as not enough pain/headaches etc as although I do get them, apparently not frequently enough.
So I got a part time job again as I'd had enough and couldn't stand doing nothing anymore. I managed ok with my 20 hrs a week for the first few weeks as long as I did absolutely nothing else but then had to drop to 10 as my symptoms started returning, to the point that now, I've been off for weeks, with continuing fatigue, I was getting intermittent low grade fevers that made me feel awful, low ferritin (6-10), breathlessness on some days but not others when I go upstairs etc, as well as my last three BP reading being low on top of a consistently low white count (neutrophils specifically) and the odd finger joint randomly swelling up and taking over a week to go back down as well as my menstrual cycle suddenly becoming totally messed up and having symptoms like sore breasts which normally follow a very specific pattern before my period arrives lasting double the amount of time compared to normal (and no I am most definitely not pregnant as I've sadly been far too tired for anything like that in longer than 9 months!).
I then requested my blood results which the endocrinologist did last year that he said was normal.
The ANA result says Moderate Positive, and the pattern and titre say Speckled >1/100 (++) - I have no clue what that all means as underneath it says positive can mean nothing?!
However now, after several weeks of those symptoms, the fevers appear to have abated and I am back to not feeling like death (fingers crossed) but wiped out after doing hardly anything - I certainly don't feel able to work yet which is rubbish as I've been off so long, but have a rheumatologist appointment on 5th Jan. Does the fact that some of the symptoms appear to have disappeared mean it's def not autoimmune?
Sorry if it doesn't make much sense. Feeling pretty sleepy for a change....
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