I apologise in advance and say thank you to anyone who takes the trouble to read this.
My history is quite a long one going back around four years. But in essence after many symptoms and an ANA test that came back positive (and I asked for) I was sent to a rheumy who investigated me for lupus (I had redness across my cheeks and nose which is what convinced me it was lupus). All the tests came back negative and he diagnosed Fibromyalgia.
however I have always believed that my fibro was caused by something underlying. I have had tests for thyroid which have all come back negative but while investigating that I came across B12 deficiency (as many symptoms are shared with both hypothyroid and fibro) and in turn pernicious anaemia.
what has led me here is some recent blood tests I have had back. When the rheumy diagnosed fibro I have very elevated liver function tests including a bilirubin of 29. He referred me to a heptologist who took lots more bloods. Mostly they have come back normal except for the first three listed. That is how I ended up here - serum folate assay elevated with elevated bilirubin and cholestrol plus B12 at the lower end threw up PA. Can you please take a look at my results - would be great to know if I am barking up, yet another, wrong tree! thanks MP X
Bilirubin 23 (0-22) - it has fluctuated from 23 - 29 on a few different tests.
Serum Folate Assay >18 (3.0 -16)
Cholestrol 5.2 (0.00-4.0) - this is despite a very healthy diet and does worry me
Serum Vit B12 362 (150 - 900) so in normal range but I believe optimum should be 500??
MCHC 35.5 (31-36.5) - again in range but near the higher end.
MCV 84 (80-97)
HCT 0.392 (0.370 -0.470)
Platelets 266 (150-400)
Haemoglobin 13.9 (11.5-16.5)
Red blood cells 4.66 (3.80 - 5.80)
Red cell folate 327 (200 - 600)
Iron 14.9 (7 -29)
Serum Transferrin 2.84 (2.00-3.60)
Iron Saturation 20.9% (15-45)
Ferritin 21.7 (7-90).