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So I've been through the barrage of tests and, basically, I'm fine!  Which is nice to know :)

Thyroid = healthy
Vitamin D = low to very low - not so good
Cholesterol = bad is low, though good is also low
Blood sugars = low
Ferritin (iron) = high to abnormally high - not so good
Insulin = badness! 52 WTF?? Its gone up another 10 points in 3 years even with going to the gym and losing quite a bit of fat.  Sucks.

So she's officially called it hyperinsulinemia, but said that because my blood sugars are consistently low, I'm not for the time being at risk of diabetes.  So that's a plus.  She's a little concerned about the iron levels, but said that it could be from the inflammation in my spine at the moment, but will test for haemochromatosis next time.

My xray and SPECT CT scans were inconclusive.  The xrays show marked decrease in disc space between L4/5 and L5/S1 from last time (6 years ago) and I've got about another 4 osteophytes growing down there too.  Joy.  But all in all, I think I'm slowly improving after this past episode.  We really hit a plateau about a month ago, which is why nice!Physio sent me for imaging, but hopefully its getting better.


So it is nice to know that I am, in general, not going to drop dead suddenly.  I'm in pain about 80% of the time, and obviously the insulin resistance takes its toll as far as making it incredibly difficult to lose weight, in a physiological sense, but I'm all good.

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wadjet_theperv
Mar. 20th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Complicated, but good news overall :)
stephicozar
Mar. 20th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
Quite complicated, I agree - I was in the doc's office for about 40 minutes. But overall optimistic also. And I won't be stupid and look any of these things up on the intaweb LOL!

*hugs*
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