I currently have three autoimmune diseases and they are also invisible illnesses.
In 1994 when I was pregnant with my son I received my first autoimmune diagnosis for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I saw an endocrinologist when I was pregnant and then he dismissed me after. I’ve only been under my family doctor’s care for most of the time.
Type 1.5 Diabetes or Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults or LADA
In April of 2012, I received a diagnosis of Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults or LADA as a short form. I was first diagnosed as a type 2 but when I saw my new endo I was then told I was a LADA or a type 1.5 or a progressing type one. I had never heard of it but it’s the adult version of diabetes it just takes everyone a different amount of time for the body to kill the pancreas. I am currently on three different pills to control diabetes and have been begging for insulin for about a year now.
In November of 2014, I was finally diagnosed with Lupus SLE. It had been three years of feeling like I have the flu. No one test or person is the same with Lupus and mine seems to not like my liver. I get only a faint butterfly rash on my face and it comes and goes. I’ve had times where I’ve slept for two days straight and taking a shower means I have to nap afterwords sometimes. I’ve been delayed being put on Plaquenil because of the liver issue that isn’t an issue.
This is my Rheumatologist’s catch-all for my other symptoms.
I have chronic pain in my whole body. I have it really bad in my joints from lupus and fibromyalgia. I’m currently undergoing some nerve therapy shots to my back, hips and SI joints.
My migraines have plagued me since I was in my early 20’s. I got my first one about a month after a bump to the back of my head. To this day my migraines still occur in that spot. I’ve written a blog about the story of my migraines. My current treatment is receiving Botox. You can view that here.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
I received the Irritable Bowel Syndrome diagnosis at the same time as the Gastroparesis diagnosis. I really feel that I got this because after three colonoscopies and scopes they don’t know why I have so many bowel issues. Constant constapation, then horrible diareaha and it’s never a happy medium.
I received this after a gastric emptying study. I fasted overnight and then I was placed in a machine and they shoved an egg salad sandwich in my mouth with radiation in it, which was why I wasn’t allowed to touch it. So 90 minutes in the machine, not moving, only to be told to come back in two hours because the food had not moved. I was also not allowed to have any other food or drink. Fast fowward two hours later and I was put in a different machine and more photos taken. I was given a radiation card indicating that I had the procedure in case I wanted to cross into the USA. I saw my family doctor two days later and was given the Gastroparesis diagnosis.
Arthritis – Ostioarthritis
Depression and Axiety