Today is my one year explant anniversary. It has gone by so quickly, even though there have been some incredibly tough times during the last 12 months.
Most of my symptoms have gone. I no longer suffer with hair loss, fatigue, dizzy spells, crazy headaches (although I have had a two in the year and put them down to detox). My periods have become regular, although still heavy. My chronic neck ache that I visited an osteopath most weeks, has gone. Brain fog, poor sleep and constantly being ill with colds all gone.
I still have tinnitus and even though I haven’t had any joint pain, like I did post explant when I was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at the end of 2015, I have suffered with discomfort in my wrists now for many months.
As my wrist and hand joints weren’t stiff or swollen, I just put it all down to tendonitis symptoms. However when the pain got so bad over the last few months, with significant small swellings in each wrist, I decided to go back to see a GP.
Diagnosis : ganglions
I was then referred to see a consultant, who also agreed with the diagnosis, and I was sent to have them drained.
The ultrasound on my wrists to removed the ganglions was first thing this morning. However, it turns out that they aren’t ganglions after all!!
The scan has shown that my wrists are in a current state of inflammation. I was obviously hoping it was something as simple as a ganglion pressing down on tendons that was causing the issue, not another symptom and sign of RA. I was treated with two steroid injections in each hand, and I now need to re book with rheumatology and see what they say.
I have to admit this has thrown me somewhat and tears have been shed. With my anti CCP count dropping so drastically over the last 6 months from 284 to 97.5, which I was informed would never happen, I really thought I was heading down the right path to a ‘normal’ life. Especially as my recent Hair Mineral Analysis results have shown that my copper has dropped by another third, which also correlates with my anti CCP drop.
I will still continue to detox for the next 4 months to remove the last of my high copper and I obviously hope that my anti CCP will also drop down further. But what about these dastardly wrists!! Why are they inflamed if it isn’t RA?!?!
I know that my health is so much better than this time last year. For that I am truly grateful. But I have to admit, I am tired of detoxing, tired of watching what I eat and tired of the battle with consultants regarding the ‘grey area’ of implants. My positivity is waning today, but after a good nights sleep, I’ll just bounce back and find the fight again.