I had a shock at my dentists, of all places, this week. After a routine check up and clean,my dentist did some x-Rays and was alarmed to find I have a sudden large decrease in bone density. Now, besides worrying I may ultimately lose my teeth and end up looking like a Gummy Bear, I''m scared of what might be causing this. He said he feels my body is overreacting to the plaque I produce and thinks it might be caused by some sort of autoimmune issue. He suggested I get checked for Sjogrens Syndrome. So I got my doctor to do blood tests for that yesterday.
I also have an appointment with the optician today, as I'm constantly rubbing my eyes lately, as they feel irritated.
I'm also revisiting an osteopath as I have increasing burning sensation/cramp/pins and needles in my lower legs and feet which he thinks is a nerve problem and pain in my upper arms that restricts movement behind me or pain on stretching for something. He says this a rotator cuff problem.
I'm under a good nutritionist now who has me eating super healthy and is supplementing with 2,000 units of Vit D drops a day but is working on healing my gut first before supplemetng with other things,in case my body is not capable of absorbing supplements properly at the mo'.
As some of you may remember I already have Type 1 Diabetes, Hashimoto's Disease, Alopecia Areata , Vitilgo and POTS. Mentally, I just don't think I can face taking on board yet another autoimmune disease like Sjogren's. Is there anyone in a similar position to me that recognises my latest symptoms as Sjogren's?
The sudden decrease in bone density really scares me. I meant to ask my G.P. if I should have a full body bone scan to see if the problem is elsewhere in my body but forgot. I asked months back for a calcium test but was refused at the time. I'm kicking myself I didn't ask again about that yesterday. I feel sure he'd agree to one now and I'm surprised he didn't instantly suggest it., in view of there being a bone problem.
I'm going on holiday next week and I'm not feeling in holiday mood. Straight after I come back,I have to have another biopsy on the nodules on my thyroid found last year and now with this bone worry and the Sjogren's question mark hanging over me, I feel so worried.
I know there are always folks worse off than oneself and I do TRY and help myself and TRY and stay positive but it's hard when just as I get my head round one thing, something else kicks in.
Apologies for the lengthy email.