As you all know, I've been having some health issues in the past several months. Some questions have been answered, but some have not. For example, we know my main health issues I have to deal with are:
Those have all been addressed and are being treated if they are able to be. However, I still have swelling and pain that keeps getting worse. I'm to the point now where it hurts to type, it hurts to walk, it hurts to do much of anything, and I am too young to even consider dealing with this forever.
Today I am 7 hrs away from home in St. Louis. Jay and I left yesterday and drove down here, as I have an appointment this morning with a specialist that came highly recommended by the NP I was seeing. He is an internist who specializes in combining eastern medicine (holistic) with western medicine to help heal the body in the best, most natural way possible. He also does specialized testings that only a couple of doctors in the US even do.
I'm not sure what all he'll be doing today, but I do know I am going to have testing done for just about every kind of food allergy there could be, and I'll also have testing for all kinds of toxins that could be "poisoning" my body. With our world today, everyone has toxins going through them, but some people are much more sensitive to them and can be made very sick by them. We'll find out if I'm one of those people and which toxin(s) are causing problems for me. We already know about the chlorine sensitivity and are using something different now for our hot tub.
We will also hopefully find out the cause of my pain. Many friends I have (who work in the health field) believe it's Fibromyalgia. If so, there is medication that can be taken to help control the pain, but from what I've been told, it never goes away completely. It's something you learn to deal with.
I'm not going to lie and say I'm 100% excited about this visit. I'm very nervous about it. I tend to be a worrier, but I am trying really hard to just go on blind faith. I do believe there is a reason I'm being led to this doctor, and I pray I find the answers we have been searching for. All I know is that the woman I was a year and a half ago, is night and day different from who I am today. Back then I was running for an hour on the elliptical and working out for at least 2 hours in a gym and with a trainer. Now, I can barely walk through the grocery store. I'd really like the other me back again.
But, I have to be honest and say that I'm scared about what I could find out today. What all could be wrong, what all I could be allergic to, and it makes me wonder just how drastically my life could change after today.
But, I'm even more scared that I may not find anything and we'll come home once again with no answers.
So I'm asking for prayers to have our questions answered please. Even though I may not like some or all of the answers I could get today, not knowing is much worse.
We'll drive home after my appointment today, so I'll try to post an update tomorrow.