Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What is Gilbert's syndrome?

(I wrote this on 8-4-11, and forgot to post it)

For the past year I have not been feeling like myself. I seem to catch every single virus within 100 miles, I'm constantly fatigued, have body aches and pains, weird yellow eyes, anxiety, insomnia and a plethora of strange tummy issues. I have had every test imaginable and tonight I was finally given an answer! Drumroll please...I have been diagnosed with Gilbert's syndrome.
Lovely. What is this?? Will it go away? Basically it's an inherited liver disorder that effects 8-10% of us. My body produces excess red blood cells and the bilirubin from this isn't filtered properly by my liver (hence my yellow eyes) and leads to all these symptoms. There are more but I haven't experienced those thankfully. There are also"triggers" like overexertion, dehydration, stress, and lack of sleep. Not doing so good on that list today, and something's got to give. :)
As far as a diagnosis goes I think this far outweighs the other options. However, it is not a great thing to hear you have something that's "mild" and has no cure. I am relieved to know what's wrong because it's been a long, long, road. So far I haven't had a big pity party but it may be coming so watch out!! Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and patience. I am hoping that soon, very soon I start feeling better for longer than 2 days in a row!!
Been clinging to this verse...
Isaiah 49:15-16
"I would not forget you! See I have written your name on the palms of my hand."

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Blessings from the Reeds said...

Well, dear friend I for one am covering you and your body in prayers. I know this has been a long road for you already. You are being watched over and God is going to give you "just enough" each day to get you through it. You just know that there are many like me covering you in prayer each day on this! And hey, if you need to have that pity-party go ahead..... I believe God gave us tears for a reason, so use them. When you are done, look up and see Him holding you. So sorry you have to deal with this. Ly, friend!

Melissa said...

Sweet girl, I am so thankful you have an answer. Is there a med or treatment to give you some relief? I love you and am always praying. Always.