Further to the recent saga over my blood test results, I have just had a follow-up appointment with my GP. The tests for celiac and serum cortisol came back within range - they were tested in case my low in-range folate levels* were due to malabsorption or overt stress - and she commented that my bloods are, quote, 'all very good'.
'So why am I feeling so awful?' I asked her. (The only time of day I feel remotely 'human' is around 7pm after my main meal.)
Her conclusion is that I am experiencing an ME flare-up as a result of mild concussion from a freak blow to the head last November, which also sent my pulsatile tinnitus into orbit. I asked her for her definition of ME, which she could not answer. She just related a list of symptoms and stated that different people experience ME in different ways. I told her I was trying to get to the root cause of so-called 'ME'.
*I had the BH thyroid 12 + test which showed folate levels of 10.9 (10.4-42). Seeing this as a Eureka! moment, I went to the GP armed with this information, thinking that she would link symptoms to low folate (fatigue, sensitivity to cold, splitting nails, irritability, cognitive problems, poor memory, digestive problems). NB B12 levels are high: 621 (250-725 pmol/L), which makes the low folate a bit of a mystery.
However, she is sticking to her guns and is adamant (esp now that the other tests are in range) that I don't have a folate problem.
But bizarrely, she is advocating I supplement with ferritin, even though my ferritin levels are fine: 109.8 (20-150 ug/L).
How illogical is that?
Should I heed her advice and/or self-medicate with methylfolate (NB I tried B complex from a well known and respected brand but after 10 days I was getting side-effects of itchiness all over the body so had to stop taking them).
I'm thinking of going down the private nutritionalist route (see post earlier today) as I don't think I'm getting anywhere with conventional medicine.
Oh yes, nearly forgot, she has prescribed antidepressants... enough said!
PS I'll be attending the B12 conference in June (www.b12deficiency.info/conference-2016/) so will be learning about the genetic links.
So very grateful to all who have been giving me advice and support via this forum as I trudge through the muddy minefield - a bit like how my brain is feeling at the moment!