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I’m keeping my New Year’s resolution simple this year. Sometimes it’s enough to just keep hanging on.
Fortunately I think I’m closing in on a primary diagnosis for my transient dysautonomia: A salt wasting disorder in my kidneys, just as I’d suspected. I had my genome mapped by 23andMe and sure enough a few of my solute handling genes are all messed up! I’m drinking 3 liters of salt water per day, taking prescription strength potassium, supplementing with OTC magnesium, and feeling better today than I have in ten years. I have also not passed out since last September(ish)! I’m seeing a kidney doctor who’s been very supportive, even though I don’t have any symptoms during my office visits and my labs look fine. Of course my labs look fine, because I feel fine. My symptoms are like the Michigan T Frog: They make a big display when I’m at home, then disappear in the presence of authority.
By mid-March I will know if my new doctor thinks my genetic data is enough to warrant an official diagnosis. Even if he doesn’t think so, the treatment appears to be working, and that’s really all that matters.