Hopeless and frustrated...
Hey everyone! Thought I would join in the conversations. I have been getting Iron infusions (Injectafer) for about 10 years now. In the last 3 years my B-12 and now Folic Acid have also disappeared. I am taking a B-12 injection every month on the first and folic acid supplements daily. I just had my quarterly bloodwork and it appears that all my levels are extremely low once again. Now my eosinophils are high. Its looking like that last Iron Infusion only lasted me about a year maybe 11 months. I am worried about constantly getting these infusions, wondering what long term side effects are and how it will effect the other problems I have.
I am super frustrated. I am accumulating autoimmune diseases like cards in a poker hand. I recently saw a neurosurgeon for a cyst on my left petrous apex that is secreting hormones that are making me lactate. He didn’t want to perform surgery but wanted to refer me to an endocrinologist. I haven’t had that appointment yet. I also became diagnosed with celiac disease about a year and a half ago. It seems that none of my doctors want to talk to each other. I feel like these issues are connected some how. I have also contacted Mayo Clinic to do a comprehensive second opinion and review my case. Those appointments start January 2021.
Just to fill you in, I have celiac disease, seronegative rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s disease, fibromyalgia, megaloblastic macrocytic anemia, sleep apnea, thyroid disease, gallbladder disease, and diabetes myelitis (type 2 diabetes).
I should’ve added I am only 36 years old and female. All these problems seem to be a million times worse since having my children at 24 and 35 years old. The reason we found the cyst in my head was because I have been lactating since I had my last baby, off and on. The doctors thought I had a pituitary tumor. Prolactin levels are elevated, but not off the charts. I believe the highest number in the range was 30 and mine read 36.