lyndacarol wrote:Toni – You seem to have a very healthy attitude about finding a doctor to work with and pinpointing the problem (or as you say, it could be several).
I believe that there is now a simple breath test for H.pylori – it is now recognized to be the bacterial cause of most gastric ulcers. The scientist, Barry Marshall, who discovered the connection was awarded the Nobel Prize 20 years after his discovery! Medicine moves slowly; I know that some doctors even today still think that ulcers are only caused by stress.
There is undoubtedly a blood test for it as well.
If it can be the long-standing cause of ulcers, if you have it, it seems reasonable that you can have it for an extended period of time.
As for the glucose numbers…, jimmylegs is correct – 100 to 126 used to be called "pre-diabetes"; diabetes was considered to be anything over 126. Recently, I heard that some doctors are considering that diabetes begins at 100 MG/DL.
As for the thyroid hormone tests…, as far as I know you have them all covered. Others here are more knowledgeable, I'm sure, and will jump in with more information. In the book, The MS Solution, by Kathryn R. Simpson, the author explains why she believes her MS was connected to a thyroid problem (or in general, hormone problems).
jimmylegs wrote:hey toni is it an itch you can scratch? or is it one you try to scratch and can't really 'find'?
jimmylegs wrote:i used to have something i called 'phantom itch'. at first i chalked it up to a new higher folic acid b complex pill. i had my blood tested and my folic acid levels were certainly through the roof. i stopped that b-complex and the problem resolved.
the curve ball: just recently i realized that my current b complex also has the high level that used to give me trouble. so maybe with the other low nutrient levels i used to have, i was more sensitive to high folic acid, or maybe my body just wasn't handling it properly so my serum levels just climbed up over 2000.. i don't know!
jimmylegs wrote:here it is: http://www.thisisms.com/ftopicp-128490.html#128490
jimmylegs wrote:here's some info on h. pylori testing:
http://www.labtestsonline.org/understan ... /test.html
and a serum zinc test is a great piece of information.
the 'normal' range is 10-20 umol/L.
zinc levels seen in ms patients cluster in the low teens on average. there is a related low uric acid level (194 umol/L is the average in ms; normal range 140-360; healthy controls 290-300).
zinc levels seen in healthy controls in societies where gluten grains are consumed, average in the mid teens.
zinc levels in healthy controls in societies with low gluten consumption (eg thailand study), average in the high teens.
oh and i had a look at the glucose thing too:
this is just from wikipedia:
"In general, the normal range for most people (fasting adults) is about 80 to 110 mg/dl or 4 to 6 mmol/l.
A subject with a consistent range above 126 mg/dl or 7 mmol/l is generally held to have hyperglycemia, whereas a consistent range below 70 mg/dl or 4 mmol/l is considered hypoglycemic.
In fasting adults, blood plasma glucose should not exceed 126 mg/dL. Sustained higher levels of blood sugar cause damage to the blood vessels and to the organs they supply, leading to the complications of diabetes.
Hyperglycemia occurs naturally during times of infection and inflammation.
When the body is stressed, endogenous catecholamines are released that - amongst other things - serve to raise the blood glucose levels.
The amount of increase varies from person to person and from inflammatory response to response."
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