You know how every time you see any kind of doctor, they ask who your primary care doctor is? I decided to find one. This was partly fueled by the fact that my prescriptions needed to be renewed, and I did not have anyone local to do it. After researching functional and holistic medicine, I decided to go to Health and Wellness of Carmel. The initial visit was pretty expensive, but also two hours long, so as a cost/time ratio it wasn't too bad.
After a long conversation with the female PA about my health issues and history, I came away with an order for lab work, all prescriptions renewed, an appointment for a thyroid scan, two new supplements, and a referral for a sleep specialist. The lab work turned out to involve at least a dozen vials and covered all sorts of interesting things, including food antigens.
The good news is that the thyroid numbers indicate a need to reduce my medication! My blood pressure is so good that I may need to reduce that medication too. In that way I am seeing the exercise as well as the medication having a benefit.
The bad news is that I have at least three virus strains producing active antibodies. In a way that's a relief, because from my studies, and from what she said, there is now treatment available for them. It also explains why I am so tired again lately. It's not just my weird sleep schedules. It's not personality. It's not just that I only do the things I'm interested in and let the rest slide. I'm sick--but I don't have to stay that way.
I also have signs of slight liver damage and kidney damage, but they are not surprising. The liver thing showed up years ago on an exam for insurance, and I passed a kidney stone last year. It does, however, indicate that my "filters" may not be working up to optimum levels.
My next appointment isn't until June, but it will certainly be interesting to get her take on my lab results.