Hey guys! It's been so long since I did a health update, but I have some news. So, in my last health update, I mentioned that I had made a rheumatology appointment. Well, after months and months of waiting, I had my appointment yesterday. Well, I walked away with not one, not two, but three new diagnoses. Lucky me.
First off, yes, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After seven months of suspecting that I had it, my question was finally answered. And I'm not even upset about it. That's the funny thing about chronic illnesses, mental illnesses, and things like that. I think a lot of people know (or at least think) they have an illness before they are diagnosed with it. And by the time they get their diagnosis, they've already come to terms with having the problem. Like me. I'm not upset, I'm just relieved to finally have an answer.
The second diagnosis I got was another one I began to think I might have. I have allodynia. Basically, it's a heightened sensitivity to pain. And it makes sense. A few weeks ago I went to get a massage for the first time in months because I've been going through a pretty bad pain flare lately. Honestly? The massage hurt more than it did good. And then there's little things that suddenly began hurting me that never did before. And I'm pretty sure I mentioned in a previous health update that I've been bruising really easily, which never used to happen. Well, now I know why I've been bruising.
The last diagnosis I got answers questions that I've been having since I was a little kid. I have formication. Formication causes you to constantly feel like you have bugs crawling on your skin. And that's a problem I've had for as long as I can remember. For me, it especially seems to be triggered by clothes touching my skin, or people touching me. I hate being touched, it makes my skin crawl. And now I know why. I know that I've had this disease for a long time, because I remember one time in first grade I had to stay home from school because the feeling of bugs on my skin was so bad. I couldn't find anything to wear, because everything seemed to make the feeling worse.
Formication isn't the only disease I have where a diagnosis suddenly answered so many questions. It feels like every time I'm diagnosed with something new, all these things click into place. All these little things that I've felt or thought throughout my life suddenly make sense. So, even though it sucks that I have three new health problems, I'm glad to finally have some answers.