Okay, so, relevant backstory, because this is what I was discussing on Gchat with feste_sylvain
I've been having numbness and pain in my left pinky toe for a month and a half, two months. I have not been talking about it because I have this nasty habit of believing really hard at myself that if I don't acknowledge a new symptom it doesn't exist. I know this is bad and wrong. Anyway. I did internet research - yes, I know diagnosing yourself via the internet is bullshit. That's why when I found sural nerve neuropathy
, which fits the type and location of the pain and is caused by trauma like ankle sprains, which I had in October, I called my mother, who works for a podiatrist, and asked her to ask him about it and tell me if I really had to go to a damn doctor. Okay. You're caught up now.
Feste: "I forget; can you take anti-inflammatories safely?"
Me: "Only Celebrex, and define "safely"."
Me: "Celebrex does things to one's heart, but -"
Me: "WAIT A SECOND."
Me: "I was going to say "but I'm prone to ulcers so I can't take ibuprofen" but WHAT IF I'M NOT."
Me: "They didn't find H. Pylorii
when they did my endoscopy."
Me: "What if the gastric and duodenal damage was from the celiac?"
Me: "And I didn't have an ulcer?"
That sound you hear is FIVE YEARS OF MY MEDICAL HISTORY REARRANGING THEMSELVES IN MY HEAD.
I had that endoscopy, in 2005, because of my drastic weight loss; they couldn't find a cause, and suspected ulcer. They found, frankly, a great big gastric and duodenal mess. But no H. Pylorii
. So it wasn't a classic ulcer, but eventually I "got better". Of course, I "got better" when I started taking Lyrica and had gradual but eventually extreme weight gain
, which camouflaged the celiac for years. And that gastric and duodenal damage? Totally consistent with celiac.
Does this make sense to anyone who doesn't know like my whole medical history? I don't know. I'm overexcited by the fact that maybe I can take ibuprofen now
. If I never had an ulcer and that was the celiac all along. Which seems likely, given the evidence.
MY MIND. BLOWN.