Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases…
Yesterday I finally received my long-awaited hormone test results and find myself holding a mixed bag. It was a long wait; I completed the month-long test on April 30th. Three months later, I have the results.
Now I need to see an internist and/or endocrinologist to figure out where to go from here:
Thyroid TSH – low
Cortisol – 2 lows and 1 high
DHEA-S – low
Cortisol/DHEA-S ratio – high
Interestingly enough, the googling I’ve done about these levels just slides another piece of information into my fibromyalgia diagnosis — it turns out that 95% of fibromyalgia patients have low DHEA-S levels and other issues with cortisol and thyroid glands.
However, because these kinds of levels are also associated with damaged or diseased adrenal or pituitary glands, another visit to the doctor is in order.
In a weird way, it’s good to get confirmation that there really is something “off” with my system. I’ve been feeling so “off” for so long that sometimes I wondered if all these weird symptoms were in my head. It’s very difficult for my family to understand what I mean when I try to explain the leaden fatigue in my legs or the way the skin on my back burns when it is gently touched. Sounds like a crazy person, right?
The good news in this mixed bag is not only that I WILL be healed one day by the Lord, but also that more pieces of the puzzle that is me have been revealed which a wise doctor will be able to put into practice.
Now…to find the wise doctor! I’m trusting the Lord to lead me in this one. You can help me by praying for me to find and follow the right path, by praying for the doctor to have wisdom in making decisions about getting me back on the road to health, and by joining me in praise that there is One who indeed heals me.