Looking back my symptoms were coming on slowly. But after I became ill with mononucleosis at the age of 40, I’ve never recovered. After several years of no real answers from my family practitioner or neurologist, I made myself an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
There through a random blood test, a rare genetic disease called Glutaric Acidemia Type 2 was discovered. My life as I knew it has ended. I went from being supermom, to someone who lays on the couch most days. If I do have to go somewhere, I rest up ahead of time, and will definitely need time after to recuperate. I’m now 47. I have a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist, a neurologist, and an endocrinologist on my “team.”
My future is unknown…this is a fairly new found disorder and they are learning more every day. I would like to say that my family practitioner first told me I had “fibromyalgia,” which I believe is a misused diagnosis when doctors really don’t know what’s wrong with you. I encourage others to reach out to specialists, don’t necessarily accept one doctor’s opinion on what’s wrong with you. Whew, I need a nap now….
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