Antiphospholipid Syndrome - Do you have thick blood? This disorder is easy to test for and cheap to treat, but it yet doctors don't seem to routinely ask their patients if their blood seems thick or if they have trouble bleeding for finger sticks or when attempting to donate blood.
It is another autoimmune disorder, but I think I have had this from an early age. Migraines are a symptom, and I had those as a child. Also had Raynaud's, that blotchy look on my thighs when I was cold (I forget the name, but it was not terribly uncommon to see back when girls wore mini dresses), have had leg aches that I couldn't tell if were vascular or nerve pain, and had a sallow tinge to my skin, having a golden tan all year round. My thinking often seems dull, but I thought it was just from Celiac disease.
I started treating it with Ginkgo biloba, hoping to get smarter in my new job, and my skin color turned a normal pink and my leg pain improved.
Apparently it's a good thing I was too exhausted to think about having kids, because I would have miscarried.
So the good news is that antiphospholipid syndrome is easy to test for and cheap to treat. I would like to avoid blood thinners including even aspirin, so I hope I will be able to treat it with diet and supplements. Interestingly, this can also cause symptoms like MS, and when those who actually have this are given blood thinners, they can get out of their wheelchair!
I feel like my whole life has been a medical mystery that was only of interest to me.
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