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Don't know what the future holds for me

In the last few weeks I've developed a strange syndrome:

1) I'm cold all the time, even though I have plenty of T3/T4 in my bloodstream (I'm getting enough Levothyroxine, combined with what my thyroid produces, to show normal levels of thyroid hormone in my bloodstream).

2) On each shin I have large, open, weepling sores that won't scab over and won't go away, and they seem to be getting bigger.

3) I'm light-headed all the time.

4) My feet, ankles, and lower legs are so badly swollen I can hardly get on the shoes I bought a few months ago, which fit just fine then. And the skin on my lower legs feels tight, like it's ready to burst due to fluid buildup in my legs.

5) I may have a bladder and/or kidney infection.

6) I seem to be anemic.

7) On many of my fingers I have deep, painful cuts. I don't know how they came to be there. They hurt like hell.

I'll be seeing my doctor on June 13, this coming Friday -- but if there's a cancellation before then and I can make it in to see him that day, I can come in earlier. I don't know what he'll recommend.

I feel dreadful. Sick, tired all the time, slightly queasy. I wonder what's going to happen to me.


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Jun. 8th, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
I hope he can find the cure.
Jun. 8th, 2014 08:25 am (UTC)
As do I.

I went through a round of similar afflictions, which are easing now — and blood tests revealed a number of problems which were addressable with supplements.

I am monitoring the blood tests closely (every ten days), and adjusting dosages as required, but it is helping. The swelling in my feet is reducing, bones are doing better, skin issues improving and so on. For months, I was declining and expecting not to live halfway through the year. Now I anticipate next week being better than this week.

I sincerely hope that something similar can work for you, Yael.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle
Jun. 8th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
Quite likely it could. Part of the problem, though, is money. I am very poor, and can't afford much in the way of supplements, certainly not the kind you take every day, every month, for a long time for problems like this. Medicaid and Medicare won't cover them. When I was in my 20s, 30s, and 40s, I had sources of income because of which I could afford the supplements I needed then, which came to $60-$70 a month sometimes. And they got me over problems I was having then. I have no such sources of income now, though, other than SSI and what little I make as a phone psychic, which isn't much. Maybe something will break loose and I can get them -- I know I need vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin C, balanced mega-B spectrum vitamins, and minerals. I am taking vitamin D, 2,000 units a day, so I don't need that. As for the rest, that's a definite maybe. :-/

*hugs* And thanks.
Jun. 8th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
I hope so, too. But I just found some vitamin supplements in my cupboards that can help: folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C, and citrus bioflavinoids. They may help my legs to heal. :-)

Jun. 8th, 2014 11:51 am (UTC)
The leg sores sound like venostasis ulcers, which I have as the result of diabetes but can have other causes. You basically have to keep your legs elevated and wear compression stockings/Ace wraps while bandaging them to prevent opportunistic infections.
Jun. 8th, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
The Ace bandages I can see. But I can't wear compression stockings because that requires a garter belt to hold them up, and the only one I could find in my size has garter tabs that are way too short for that. As for elevating my feet, I can't do that, either. I live in a studio apartment in which there is no room for a recliner, and I have nothing I can put on my bed for elevating my feet. I don't know what's going to happen now. But I'm seeing my doctor next Friday or sooner, and he knows about all this, and he and I will discuss possible remedies then.

Jun. 8th, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
The compression stockings I have from the VA (made by Jobst) don't require a garter belt; they have a 2" elastic band around the top that does the job.
Jun. 8th, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
Is there any other way to get them than from the VA, do you know?
Jun. 8th, 2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
Sure. Most medical supply shops carry them.
Jun. 8th, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
Ah-hah! I'll look for that on the Web. Thanks! :-D
Jun. 11th, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
Get well soon!
Jun. 12th, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
Thank you. :-D I'll be seeing my doctor this Friday (6/13/14) to figure out what to do about all this. Bless you for thinking of me.
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