And so, there I was, at my Dr’s office. I was sick. I mean, not the sniffles, not a sprain, but all of a sudden, My-brain-says-lets-go-but-my-body-says-no-sick. That is a frustrating kind of sick, the kind where your brain is fine, but your body won’t cooperate. But I digress. Lets get to my doctors questions. It went a lil something like this:
Doc: How’s your stress level?
Doc: Any changes in diet?
Me: Nopers. (I am, at all times, a goofball. What can I say?)
Doc: Any over the counter supplements?
Me: Is red wine a supplement? (Like I mentioned, goofball.)
Doc: How are your hair and nails?
Now what kind of quackery is this? My hair and nails? Take blood samples! Urine! Plasma! Weight! Height! Blood Pressure! Anything! (He did do these things,but sill!) But to ask me about my hair and nails? Well, wait.
Doc: I want to know if your hair is dry and if your nails are brittle.
Yes. My hair was dry and my nails were brittle. But I didn’t think this was out of the ordinary. I mean, yes, I am getting older, and these things happen, right?
Um, well, no. Not to the extent that it happened to me. However, I was too busy fixing my hair with oils and butters, and adding cuticle oil and strengthening polish to my nails, so much so, that it became my routine. I didn’t notice that my hair really was always dry lately, and that my nails were not as strong. I was always putting on the band-aid, quick fix, and calling it a regimen.
Here’s the scary part: I didn’t always have to do it. Two years ago, After wearing blow outs for almost 7-8 years, my hair changed, and I knew it was heat damage. So I big chopped again. But my hair stayed dry. Now everything made sense. I was so busy covering up the surface- Newly dry hair, newly brittle nails, combination complexion that suddenly went dry, Hyperpigmentation, etc, that I didn’t mention it to my doc. I just changed the things I put on the surface of my body, until the inside got ticked off and- gave out.
This time it was bad. I had assumed that a lot happened over the past two years- Graduating college, new job, new location, etc. So of course when I got unbelievably tired, it was just all the activity, right?
Wrong! My Doc says that the level of fatigue I was experiencing, with the bodily changes, and the frequency of the “flare ups”, as he called them,warranted further attention. Also, my sleep was down to like, 3 steady hours. On a good night. So after a month of tests, and a whole family history work through, He found that I have/had: