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Thank you Sadie-Mae and Wanda B! My doctor has not fully evaluated my thyroid function yet, Sadie. I can't believe how long this diagnosis process is taking. My doctor is the most thorough and supportive doctor I've seen yet, and I know he's trying to hurry up the process of diagnosing me, but sheesh. My initial appointment was over two hours long as it covered my entire history and twenty pages of questions, with my doctor and I carefully going over each question. I just had my second appointment, and that was the physical examination, and that was yesterday. He spent a lot of time doing an abdominal examination and was worried about swelling in my lower right abdomen, my severe stomach distention, my low weight, and my body temperature that is always 97 or a little below (since I became ill.) Anyway, he's going to call me this week to discuss what tests my insurance covers, and THEN I have one more appointment (in 10 days) and then I'm going to actually go and get the tests done. Before that, though, I might make a trip to the ER because I cannot deal with being as incredibly sick as I've been. I keep having mini-crises of some kind (symptoms are adrenal-like symptoms), and I can't function at all. Yesterday was probably the worst ever, and it carried into today. I think tonight I'm going to make a hospital visit, if I can get someone to go with me. I do have my own vehicle, but I'm scared to go by myself, as silly as that may sound. Anyway, I do drink a TON of water, but some days I slack off some. I have increased my salt intake, through food, and it seems to really help. I constantly crave salt as it is, anyway. I also am going to start taking magnesium. Oh, and I finally DID go to the bathroom, so I'm going to ditch the idea of laxatives, because I can't afford to complicate my problems. Thanks for the advice:)

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