13. July I went for my first appointment with a holistic GP at the Balder clinic. In their own words, the premier clinic in Europe for functional medicine. And I have to say this – they have a very different approach, compared to a standard GP. It costs quite a lot more, as it’s not part of the official health care system, but the attitude towards me as a patient is also vastly better. As this was my first time, we had 90 minutes. 90 minutes where my medical history was recorded, and she was digging into childhood issues as well as family issues. Afterwards I filled 13 of those blood test tubes, got test sets home for 24-hour urine sample, two day fecal sample (with instructions and everything going needed to send it to the lab in Denmark), and paperwork for a gluten/celiac blood test. Which I will take after 3 weeks of eating gluten to make sure there is a reaction. I had a croissant the first day, which was absolutely delicious. After 30 min I was queasy, and then my legs became more painful than they’ve been in a very long time. It’s now been 11 days with daily gluten intake, and I’m very happy I’m almost halfway through. Those blood tests better show something, because my mood has changed – and not for the better. I am constantly itchy, it’s like I’m itching inside my blood vessels, and it’s rather horrid. I don’t sleep well, and I’m constantly tired. More exhausted than I usually am, more forgetful, more zonked out. But it will be good to come to the bottom of this, and hopefully find a way towards at least some healing.
I’ve also got a tip on a good chiropractor, so I’m going to call him tomorrow. Maybe he can convince the renegade disc in my neck to align properly. A disc started sliding last winter, so it’s squeezing the spinal chord, which is affecting both arms, but especially the right. I can hardly carry anything anymore, and that’s very wrong (I was nicknamed “Mother of Force” at a former workplace, not much of that left now). Also annoying as I’m right-handed. Anyway, the specialists won’t operate until there’s no other option, and I really don’t mind. I just want my body to work… So fingers crossed for the chiropractor!