I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how fibromyalgia has led, indirectly, to other health issues. (You can read that here.) While I don't have a completely clear picture of what's going on yet, I wanted to let you know that things appear to be better than they did at first.
It originally looked like my liver could be having serious problems, but further testing has shown that, other than having a small amount of fat, it seems to be doing just fine. The localized pain has decreased about 90% after cutting out my daily prescription anti-inflammatory. A cocktail of digestive meds has eliminated my nausea after eating and other digestive symptoms.
So what's going on? It looks, as usual, to be multiple things at once that, together, created a confusing picture. The methotrexate I went on for arthritis apparently was one drug too many for my liver and it got aggravated, which caused the pain.
We're still exploring the nausea and other food-related symptoms, but my doctor is thinking it could be an ulcer. With how stressful my life has been for the past few months, I guess I can say that I earned that one.
Add to that not one but TWO kidney stones currently working their way through the pipes, and you can imagine what kind of abdominal pain I've had!
This brings to mind an urgent care nurse practitioner who got to know me really well several years ago, who once looked at my husband and said, "It's never just one thing with her. You'd better get used to that." How right she was. And I know a lot of you fall into that category, too.
So now, it looks like the fatty liver was pretty much an incidental finding. Knowing that a problem could be growing there gives me added incentive to lose weight, but it's not the intense pressure and stress of serious liver disease.
Now, wish me luck figuring out the digestive thing. And a huge thank you for all the comments and well wishes a couple of weeks ago - they really helped me get through a scary time.
Do you tend to get clusters of problems like this? What have some of yours been? Leave your comments below!