I've been searching for a diagnosis for a while, and I'm beginning to worry that I may have scleroderma. I'm getting referred this week to a rheumatologist this week for testing, but perhaps some of you can lend some insight in the meantime while I'm driving myself crazy. Next week, I'm having a colonoscopy too to rule out anything like Crohn's.
Here's my timeline:
age 22 started getting intermittent constipation
age 25 started getting some serious heartburn
age 26 started getting chronic constipation
age 27 alternating diarrhea and constipation
age 28 abdominal pain + the rest of the GI stuff + Hashimoto's Thyroiditis + high ANA readings
As of this month, I got my thyroid under control with normal blood work (I'm not cold anymore, woohoo!), but all of my GI discomfort remains unchanged and my ANA remained elevated. Over the last month, my joints have started to get twingy-achey. I just have my blood pressure taken yesterday and again today- it's high at 154/99. Always in the past my blood pressure has been low normal. Also I have a white stripe, about an inch long that recently appeared on my arm. I urinate 12-20 times a day, and I've been suffering recurrent yeast infections.
My grandmother had lupus. My mom also has hypothyroid (probably undiagnosed Hashimoto's) and high blood pressure, so those are definitely in the family.
In all other ways I'm healty-- whole food, high fiber diet, exercise, etc...
Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?