The Health Update I Promised You All

I have been promising you all a health update for quite a while.
It’s difficult for me to talk about these things, because there are so many different, interconnected pieces. It’s so easy to get lost, jumping from one topic to the next – but I’ll do my best to keep things straight.

Current Health Issues

As you’re probably aware, I’ve been dealing with a lot of health issues over the past 9-10 months, seeing lots of different doctors. Each of these doctors have sent me through a variety of tests, leading to the (current) list of diagnoses:

  • Inflammatory arthritis (currently being treated as rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)
  • Chronic headaches / migraines
  • Celiac Disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Eczema
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety (cause who wouldn’t be anxious when dealing with such a list of health issues)

The symptoms of these various diseases overlap, making it pretty damn difficult to figure out what disease is causing what symptom – and how to best treat it.
Personally, I think it’s likely that there are deeper, underlying causes and issues expressing themselves in different ways.

My GP believes that all (or most) of these issues are autoimmune in nature and my rheumatologist thinks that I am the kind of person who is very sensitive to all (most) kinds of stimuli, such as light, noises, smells, stress, etc. and that my body is currently so overstimulated that it’s reacting strongly to everything.

As previously mentioned on the blog all of these health issues began (or flared up) after my surgery last fall. My work was incredibly supportive and went above and beyond, what I could expect from any company.
I first worked part time, then had to go on full time sick leave back in March and finally had to be let go by the end of May.
While I wish circumstances were different, I have no doubt that right now this is the right thing for me to be able to focus completely on my health.

It’s Not All Bad

Freya as a tiny puppy

Freya as a tiny puppy

While this part year has, without a doubt, been the most difficult, challenging and painful year of my life (so far), things are not all bad:

My partner David has been incredibly supportive of me, every step of the way. Even going so far as physically looking after me on the days when I am unable to do so myself. I am so incredibly grateful to have him in my life. When I became too sick to work, he asked me to marry him and got me a puppy (both things, which we had previously discussed).

Freya is very playful

Freya is very playful

Freya, our adorable Yorkshire Terrier, lights up my day-to-day life. She gently pushes me to go out for walks, when I might not have bothered to do so “just” for me. She’s incredibly bright – albeit a little monster at times: her favourite things are to lick faces and chase her toys (which she will thoroughly “kill” before handing them back to you). She’s my therapy dog, can always tell when I’m feeling unwell and her puppy cuddles make everything better.

(For more pictures of Freya + my daily life feel free to follow me on Instagram).

Plans for the Blog

My blog is going to be dealing with more “serious” topics going forward.
It’s important to me, that I write about the things that I’m currently dealing with; the stuff that takes up my time and my thoughts.

It won’t be a negative space though. It’s my hope to share practical information on some of these illnesses that (most) people might not be familiar with, as well as the tools that I’m currently using to help me manage my life.

I hope you’ll stick around.

Let me know if you have any thoughts, questions or health issues of your own – I would love to hear from you.

Thanks,
Rebekka

5 Comments

  1. I’m glad you have your bright spots during your sickness. Cute Freya pictures. 🙂

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    • Thank you Susanne, I really appreciate it. I am working on being grateful for the little things – and when you take the time to stop and appreciate it, you find that there are quite a few little things to be grateful for on most days – even with all the illness and pain. And Freya is adorable and definitely brightens every day.

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  2. SolidSoul

    The health benefits of positive thinking

    Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

    Increased life span
    Lower rates of depression
    Lower levels of distress
    Greater resistance to the common cold
    Better psychological and physical well-being
    Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
    Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
    It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess.
    ——————————————————————————————–
    I was a regular visitor when you were “a MUslim for few months”.
    My inspiration for positive thinking : {So verily with every difficulty there is relief. Verily with every difficulty there is relief.} (Al-Inshirah 94:5-6).

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    • Positive thinking is definitely part of my treatment plan, although it’s not a cure on it’s own 🙂
      Thank you for taking the time to comment!

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