I am new here. 63 year old female. Hashimotos Hypothyroid, currently taking 125 mcg. Tirosint and 2.5 mg cytomel. I have both antibodies for this autoimmune Hypothyroidism. I have been injecting b12 for 5 years. I had to ask my internal medicine doctor 5 years ago to test me for low B12, as I had pretty bad plantar fascititis in my right heel, and was very tired. He had me on month injections, then I asked him to write the script for an injection every 2 weeks. It has been that way ever since. I have learned to do my own injections and have no trouble with that. I have been treated for high blood pressure for probably 15 years.
I have struggled with my weight, and am around 15 lbs overweight. During the past 2-3 years, I have gotten very large through my midsection. I am not built this way, this has developed over time. I have been to lots of doctors, trying to find out why my stomach is so distended. From the side, I look like I am about 5-6 months pregnant. It has been a great source of embarrassment for me, but finally got my nerve up earlier this year, and made an appointment with a gastroenterologist nurse practitioner. She had me checked for lactose intolerance and I had it, she ordered a stool check and that came back negative, and also ordered an upper scope with the doctor. I had no idea, but I had an esophagus which was affected, and also gastritis with hyper plastic polyp. I was also checked for celiac and was negative. I had H pylori. Doc put me on an acid reducer, 3 antibiotics for the h pylori. Had another scope 3 months later and my esophagus was better, but still had gastritis. H pylori was gone.
I recently had my cell antibodies checked, after I asked the gastro doctor to do this. These are my results: (I don't know how to read them"
Parietal Cell Ab SEE TITER NEG 20 SITE: m
Parietal Ab Titer POS 40 NEG 20 SITE: m
I now have plantar fascitis in my left heel. Is this bloated stomach that I have related to Pericious Anemia? (I forgot to add that I have had phlebitis in my left leg that was temporarily fixed by laser around 5 years ago. It is back, though, in the same place.
I have struggled to find answers to all of these things affecting me. I believe that they are all related, but the way medicine is practiced these days, doctors treat your symptoms, but never really get to the root of the problem and tell you how health issues could be related. I have a fairly good endocrinologist, who has worked with me on trying different meds. The only thing he will not do is test my reverse T3. I have taken care of my grand daughters since they were born 5 years ago, 2 days a week while their mom works. I also work 1 day a week in my son's lab, and take care of a good size house which I live in with my hubby. I want to look forward to a better future, health wise, but realistically, I am starting to loose faith.
I have my first apt. with the gastroenterologist Sept 21st. It will be the first time I see him in the office, although he has done 2 upper scopes on me. His office has not told me why my stomach is so bloated. It's a big issue with me.
Does anyone have any ideas for me?