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I Think I've Won the Genetic Lottery

Posted Oct 10 2010 12:00am
I feel like I'm watching my own life pass me by. My last post was in July. Suddenly it's October, and I'm about to turn 32.

I'm not a statistician, but the odds of having both CFIDS and epilepsy have got to be slim to none. Add in the fact that I have some not-so-common conditions (like thalassemia minor and unusual drug allergies) in addition to a combination of fairly common conditions (like PCOS and asthma), I am pretty sure it's safe to say I'm a medical oddity.

I think I must have won the genetic lottery.

This past year has been one of the most challenging of my life. If you're a regular reader, you'll notice I've modified the title of my blog. I've added my epilepsy diagnosis. The past year has been consumed with the exhausting task of trying (and failing) to find the correct combination of medications that works for me.

So far, no success.

I think that part of what is making everything so complicated is my CFIDS. My immune system simply does not seem to function correctly, so I don't react to many medications the way I'm supposed to. It's my dumb immune system that almost got me killed in May when I had an anaphylactic reaction to Trileptal -- an epilepsy medication. I'm still not ready to write about the entire experience, but you can probably figure out it was traumatic for me.

More recently, I reached toxic levels of one of the epilepsy medications I'm on. I started feeling extremely sick (more than usual) every day and would often wake up with my eyes rolling around with my head shaking. It was not pretty. We've backed off that dose, and I'm doing a little better (I think), but I'm still exhausted.

I have so much to say, but so little mental energy. Maybe I'll write another post in December...though I hope to write something sooner! ;)
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