As many of you know, this past year has been super rough for my health. Last October I started having EXTREME shoulder pain while in cosmetology school. Within 2 months I had a full blown frozen shoulder. This confused my doctors tremendously, a pretty much healthy 19 year old doesn’t just have a frozen shoulder. I went through physical therapy and it seemed to get better. However, I was still exhausted and fatigued all the time. I ended up withdrawing from cosmetology school. My doctors started to run more test, they thought I had a vitamin deficiency. Well, my vitamin levels were low, but my ANA also came back positive. My doctor told me she thought this was a FALSE POSITIVE, but was still going to send me to rheumatology. In the mean time, I was having other issues as well. My prolactin levels were very high, so I had to see an endocrinologist, he suspected I had RA. Also, we found out I have Factor Five Leiden, so I saw a hematologist who suspected Lupus. I went December 4th to see my rheumatologist for the first time. This time, he did a more in depth panel and found something interesting. My ANA came back positive, and my RNP levels were high. This led to his diagnoses of Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder (MCTD). This is a rare autoimmune disorder!! I feel so relieved upon this diagnosis, even though it sounds stupid. I feel so much better knowing despite what everyone assumed, it wasn’t “just in my head”, and I wasn’t “just fine”. I’ve truly been ‘sick’ this past year, and I can’t thank everyone who stood behind me and knew I was telling the truth enough. Blood work doesn’t lie folks. I might not EVER be able to finish hair school, or do everything I want, but I’ll always push myself as much as possible.
Now onto a journey of feeling better. 🙌🏻 #MCTD #GravesGilbertClinic