Day 40 – It was a long Monday, filled with testing and feeling exhausted. I’m not sure why I’m so fatigued– I’ve been eating a lot cleaner maybe my body is detoxing– or maybe it’s something else.
I hate hate hate Dr. Google right now. I spent a good part of my Sunday being overjoyed at the results of my recent blood work. I’ve been eating vegetarian for many weeks now and now am eating mostly vegan.
I read books and have gone to lectures that promote a plant based diet for good health. While I believe all of that, there’s always a small voice inside me that questions it. ONLY because I have an autoimmune disease and many people find success with controlling it with things like a paleo (meat) diet, a diet heavy in organ meats (YUCK) and bone broth. So naturally, while my mind and conscious feel better eating this way, there’s always the question, “Am I making my condition worse?”
Well, number one: My bloodwork showed my Uric Acid is slightly on the high side. This would support Dr. Tent’s diagnosis of Gout. It makes sense that crystals form and move around in my feet–probably why my pain moves around. So I looked up how to lower your Uric Acid and it said to avoid the following foods:
Well look at that! I don’t eat ANY of those, hooray!!!!
Secondly, my B12 levels are HIGH. Mine are 1751, and normal is 200-900. B12 is something you need to worry about when not consuming animals, so this was nice to see.
I took this as a sign from the Universe that I was on the right path and all is well. It provided me an immense amount of comfort, as I said before that little voice was always questioning this way of eating. And another great thing, is that after recently putting on almost 10 pounds, in the past couple weeks that I’ve been eating cleaner and running harder, I lost almost all of that. I was SO excited about my health.
Enter, Dr. Google….
Mid morning today, I decided to see what to do/what it means when you have a high B12 level.
I did not get the answer I expected. Liver damage, kidney damage, leukemia and a few other weird (but fatal) diseases could cause your B12 level to be high.
Well, all my chemistries (BUN, CREATINE, ETC) were normal, so I’m assuming my kidneys and liver is ok.
So, it’s official. I am dying. My fatigue and weight loss make sense now.
I mean, I’m a little comforted by the fact that when my rhuemy called me to give me results she said all was fine except low iron stores and slight anemia (I sometimes need iron infusions). So SHE wasn’t alarmed. But, I don’t trust her to pick up on things. Like she knows I have horrible pain in my feet, you think she would have seen my Uric Acid and told me to try to lower it with my diet.
So.. I printed all of my results after work and emailed them to my hematologist (who manages my iron/anemia) and stated that I was concerned about the high B12.
And so I wait. And worry.
I hate you Dr. Google!
It looks as though I might not be dying after all! Spoke with the nurse at the hematologist’s office. They are not concerned with the B12 level. I will stop my supplement and get 2 iron infusions one week apart. My appointment with the hematologist will be a month after my last iron infusion and she will check my B12 levels. She did not see any reason to be concerned though. Furthermore, I read that low B2 can cause the B12 levels to be high. I have several symptoms of low B2, so I’m going to try to eat more B2 rich foods. That is all!!! I didn’t want anyone to lose sleep over my predicament 😛