Medical professionals: HELP.
I am a 40-year old American woman of African descent. I am at my wits end to find a medical team willing and able to take on my care. I have several serious issues that are likely related and if treated holistically possible cured. Currently my issues are all being treated as separate issues and given separate medicines to address individual symptoms. I do not know what else to do to avoid becoming a statistic – older person of color, overweight (due to medications that cause weight gain), sick, and tired (due to adrenal issues from chronic stress, pain, and overmedication).
I have great insurance, before I medically retired I was a federal employee. Less than 3 years ago I had a 15-year career doing amazing things for an amazing agency. I have a graduate degree. Now, I am unable even to understand basic information in my insurance documents to determine what is covered and what isn’t, much less what do to when my Medicare kicks in as a secondary insurance to my Blue Cross Blue Shield.
I am tired all the time, even if I sleep for 10 hours. I cannot process information intellectually like I used to. I am in physical pain all the time, in my joints and across my body, especially when someone hugs me – yes, sharp pain to the touch. I have nightmares every night. I’m sure my cortisol and epinephrine are high and worry what adrenal fatigue might cause. I have an exaggerated startle response. I am hungry often, but get full fast. I dissociate. I become overwhelmed when in social settings. I have chest pains. I experience inflammation daily. I grind my teeth. I have IBS. I have been diagnosed with endometriosis. I experience reflux. I have been diagnosed with PCOS. I have been diagnosed with PTSD. I experience post-exertional malaise (PEM). I may have an auto-immune disease. I may have ME/CFS. My normally low (110/68) blood pressure is (as of last week) now 145/97. I eat well, low sodium, and mainly plants. I am not an expert, I am in search of one.
I could go on… but I need to find a medical team that will help me. Please, if you are a doctor or know doctors that do this kind of work please let me know.