Interestingly when a CIRS patient first begins to interact with the medical system describing their body as inflamed and or swollen with many other bizarre symptoms, most Physicians will order blood tests to start investigations of their patients’ claims.
Routinely this will include FBP (Full Blood Count), TFT (Thyroid Function Tests), LFT (Liver Function Tests), CRP (C-Reactive Protein), and ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate), which, most commonly with CIRS affected patients, WILL BE NORMAL.
Often times the Physician will stop investigating at this point and start to suspect a Psychiatric condition is present or the patient is a Malingerer or Hypochondriac. Many now diagnosed CIRS-WDB’s sadly report being referred on to have Psychological assistance or are handed an antidepressant or anxiolytic script.
This suspicion is usually cemented when the poor CIRS-WDB returns time and time again with the same strange maladies that have worsened, or, a NEW ARRAY of distressing health conditions that bear no relation to one another and seemingly affect every part of the complainant.
The Physician cannot find laboratory evidence of inflammation and the patient mostly looks normal. Certainly they do not fit the description of a severely ill patient.
Alternatively if the Physician is somewhat sympathetic to your plight you may be given a different diagnosis from a long and impressive list, as per Dr Shoemaker, which includes Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Allergy, Somatisation, IBS etc etc.
However, CIRS, (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) is a complex multi system, multi symptom illness in genetically susceptible people, and will activate Th1, Th2 and Th17 immunity, clotting factors and complement .
***Hopefully like the author of this site your Physician will trust that your symptoms are very real, very troubling and interfering considerably with your quality of life.
At no time should you feel slighted or disregarded when you are visiting a health professional.
If your investigating Doctor will not consider a condition or syndrome that was not taught to him/her during their initial medical training then perhaps you ought to find a more appropriate Doctor to partner you in your healthcare.
Medicine is not static. Advances are constantly being made and CIRS is a newly emerging field of medicine. ***