Hi! I'm a 37 year old male. Recently went to the doctor about long term back pain that had changed from feeling like an injury (which I'm sure it started out as) to constant muscle ache (kind of hard to explain!). I had researched it and suspected I had an inflammatory condition. When I told my doctor this he looked at my notes and said 'oh you are positive for mitochondrial antibody'.
Well that blood test was taken over two years ago and he'd only just spotted it! The test was taken as I had then developed vitiligo. I know that autoimmune diseases tend to come together so it's not a surprise although I had hoped it would stop with my back, but from the blood results does PBC seems likely as well? I've also realised that a small itchy patch on the outside of the sole of my foot could be a symptom.
I'm very concerned for my future at the moment, I live far from my family and therefore from help if things go rapidly downhill. I know that this can take a long time to develop if at all, but is it possible to continue with a normal life and importantly for me to work and have a career?