EDS Followup and latest period

I took today off work to see my primary doctor and the rheumatologist.

The visit with my regular doctor (April Fredian) went great, and she filled out paperwork so that I can get a blue parking spot placard for my car. I did more bloodwork as we continue to chase and confirm autoimmune symptoms, and I have pending orders to do a sleep study because with all the swelling going on, I also now possibly have sleep apnea.

The visit with the rheumatologist (Felicia Yang) went poorly. She absolutely refused to properly examine me for anything else on the EDS score list, and wouldn’t look at my notes or the photos I had taken of my translucent skin, crepe paper skin, scars and stretch marks as backup.
She very lightly pushed on my fingers and declared I did not meet the Beighton Score, so I glared at her and pushed my thumb to my forearm and cocked back my pinky fingers.
She responded with asking me to touch the floor with my palms without bending my knees, and when I could not, she fucking shrugged and said she could diagnose me with, at the very least, hypermobile EDS but nothing more, and that having it doesn’t make me chronically ill.

She kept insisting that I looked great for my age and am doing well, despite me telling her I am in fact NOT doing well and that it is a struggle to get out of bed and VERY painful to get to and from work each day, and that the whole reason I was sent to her was to get to the bottom of my condition, and she’d already ruled out Fibromyalgia based SOLELY upon the “tender points” test, and ruled out Lupus based upon my bloodwork.
So I fired her and I will start all over again with a more seasoned and professional rheumatologist in a different office. **UPDATE** Scratch that, people on the EDS forums are saying rheumatologists are useless for diagnosing EDS and to see a geneticist. So I’ll work with my general doctor and my insurance to get scheduled with a geneticist.

Regarding the results of the echocardiogram as relates to my heart murmur: both the regular doctor and the rheumatologist explained that everyone has some degree of heart valve regurgitation, and that I fall within the normal bounds of what was observed. However, my regular doctor sees the bigger picture that the rheumatologist does not, and will send me for yearly echos to follow up on my heart, since my regular doctor cared to know that there’s a family history of heart issues on both sides of my family, and I still have unexplained edema going on.

In period / endometriosis news, I finally got my period on January 16 after a 52 day absence, and have been in level 7 or above pain ever since, with continual flooding out and birthing squid and stingray shapes since Friday.

Level 7 endometriosis pain and flooding hit while I was at my primary doctor’s office today, so I popped a Tylenol 3 and ate some food after the visit.
Level 8 endometriosis pain and continued flooding hit right after the rheumatologist visit, and I popped a second Tylenol 3 on the way home. Now I’m home and writing to you from the laptop in bed.

I told both my general doctor and the rheumatologist that my goal is to file for and be awarded federal disability, because I cannot go on commuting to and from work in the continually increasing levels of pain I have been in over the past year. I am fully aware that in the U.S., it now takes a disability lawyer and no less than five denials from the courts before one is awarded disability, so until that time, I will look for ‘work from home’ office work that will pay me enough to continue eeking out an existence. If it comes to the point where I’m facing homelessness over this shit, I’m outta here.

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