Monday, March 03, 2008

Creepy Red Eye™, or more?

When I went to see the doctor about my broken toe, I also mentioned my 3 times of getting Creepy Red Eye™. The doctor ordered some bloodwork and also referred me to an opthamologist (for which I still haven't gotten an appointment, but that's expected with the backlog for those right now). I was back at the doctor last week to get the results.

All of the tests came back great, with the exception of one. My ANA result was off the chart. I had a level of 1:640, where the desired level is 1:40. My doctor is concerned that there is possibly some kind of connective tissue disorder going on, and my optometrist had told me that Rheumatoid Arthritis was the #1 thing that Creepy Red Eye™ could be indicating. My grandfather had RA, and my younger brother has Lupus, diabetes, RA, among other things. There are definitely reasons for me to be checked out further by specialists to determine if there is something more serious going on. My doctor ordered a chest x-ray to check for any other areas of inflammation, and has referred me to a rheumatologist, more of a cautionary measure for the referral.

The good news is that I am not experiencing any symptoms other than Creepy Red Eye™. My rheumatoid factor was negative, and I tested negative for Lupus. I'm getting older, and thus don't feel as peppy as I used to, but other than that I'm fine. This could just manifest itself in my eye and then do nothing else, but it's best if I continue to investigate. John, being very familiar with this area, tells me that my blood test result wasn't uncommon, but it is still on my mind. Is this why colds/flu have hit me so hard in the last couple of years?

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