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Hey guys,

I've posted on here a few times in the last week, as I've been seeing a lot of doctors to try to figure out what is going on with me. I've been gluten free for 3 years and Paleo for 7 months now. About 3 weeks ago, my leg went totally numb, and since then it's stayed that way plus tingling/numb hands and feet. It took me 3 doctors, but I finally found one who ran some tests and found out I'm vitamin B12 and D deficient. She then referred me to an immunologist because I get some sort of cold/strep/whatever almost every 2 weeks since I've been sick, so the immunologist ran a metabolic panel, tested my IgA and IgG and my ANA and everything came back fine, except my ANA which was 1:80, but the doctor said it's a low positive so we will wait to see if it develops before we do more testing. About a week ago I started having awful joint pain in my knees, ankles, wrists, and elbows, and I've just been insanely tired. My stomach has also been terrible for about a month now. I'm only 21 and I feel like my body is just fighting me right now. I feel like I'm 80 or something, and the tests have been inconclusive so I just don't know where to go from here. Does anyone have some suggestions, advice, or maybe just uplifting words?

Thanks!

Amber

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There are connections with autoimmune diseases, once you have one you are more likely to have more. If you are getting joint pain you should get referral to a rheumatologist - they do autoimmune diseases of the connective tissue variety (RA, Lupus, Sjogren's etc)- and your symptoms along with your ANA could point to that.

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Your doctor may have already checked it but if not, you may want to have her check your thyroid function also. Hypothyroidism can cause tiredness like you describe (although so can many other conditions so this is just one possible cause). Be aware that what some labs call a "normal" TSH score may actually be outside of the more ideal "functional" range. Good luck.

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Just another thought. Do you consume soy products? Soy for me is a no go because it flares my joints and give me tummy issues.

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