Well, the good news is that I am resoundingly normal. Seriously… nothing at all to report from the blood tests, except that my triglycerides are a little elevated. My doctor has suggested I reduce my carb intake and that will help that number.
The bad news is that the pain I have in every joint in my body is, according to the doctor, because I have lost weight and if I continue to lose weight then I will magically stop being in pain and it will all be fine. What a total crock. I am so angry. I had hoped that this GP would be better than my last one. To be fair, he was lovely about it, and was not rude or belligerent, which is a nice change, but still the doctors in this country won’t look at the person in front of them as an individual. They see the symptoms.
The doctor has told me that I have to get down to a BMI of 25. You all know my thoughts about BMI in the first place (another absolute crock) and I have done the calculations. To have that magic number on my medical records, I need to lose 91 and a half pounds from where I am now. That is 6 and a half stone. For goodness sake. It has taken me 13 years to get down 6 stone, and another year to lose the last 28 pounds. I am fighting for every sodding ounce to leave my body. Another 91 and a half pounds? Someone pass me a saw and I will lop a limb or two off. Seriously, I just can’t see how I am can keep this up.
However… I am supposed to be training to be a herbalist and naturopath, so I will do the whole “Physician Heal Thyself” thing. I have done my research… assuming I have fibromyalgia, which is what I think I have, I need to top up the Vitamin D levels, fish oils need to be in my diet, preservatives are out as is “fake sugar”, I have to cut out or cut down on caffeine (*sob*) and I need to up even further the number of fruit and veg I have in a day. How, I am not sure, but there you go.
Needless to say, I am a little overwhelmed with this at the moment. Once I have a plan of action, I will let you all know and we can see if I can sort myself out where conventional medicine has singularly failed to do so.