Had me some sinus surgery because since i moved to NJ from Miami I have been suffering from major sinus issues 4-6 times a year.
began to see an ENT that from the moment she found out I had a history of Sarcoidosis she began telling me that she sees granulomas in my sinuses.
this was 2016 after a year of hearing this bullshit I got tired and started to see a new ENT that said the same thing. He's the one that ordered the ACE test.
Pathology report from all the crap the obtained from my nose.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
When reading and researching sarcoidosis back in 2008-2010 my findings were that a good percentage of people who suffer from sarcoidosis go into remission after about 2 years. A very small percentage ever had it returned or that it was highly unlikely after having it for the short bout that sarcoid would return. I'll mention that those outside of this suffer from sarcoidosis their whole lives.
I have been having nasal and sinus issues that were thought to have stemmed from my allergies for the last 5 years or so. They have been getting worst. I changed ENT doctor and this new lady upon learning about my history with sarcoids was convinced that's what was going on again. She urged me to see a pulmonologist and to get an ACE test to see where my levels are.
I saw her for about a year and change before I started to get sick of hearing it was sarcoids. She even went ahead and said, "if it looks like a duck and quacks like one then it's probably a duck" I felt that this was an easy way out and it would be harder to find the real reason for my sinus issues.
This really pissed me off and I sought out another doctor. Saw him for the first time a month ago and he also took the sarcoid route claiming he saw granulomas in my nose. He ordered an ACE test which today i find the results. My ACE levels are at 74.
ACE stands for Angiotensin Converting Enzyme and converts angiotensin 1 to angiotensin 2.
typical ace level in the blood is 8 to 53. Usually in a sarcoid patient the level is on the high side. In my case the test came back 74.
Usually high is an indicator that the disease is active but as I have said before there is no definitive diagnosis for sarcoidsosis and it's a sort process of elimination.
either way stay tuned new adventures to come. Please feel free to comment on your ace levels and experience.
Posted by DRojo at 8:56 PM
Not sure where sarcoidosis is in 2012 as far as research and delopement for treatment goes but I can say I have noticed 2 things. An increase in traffic on this blog and a ton of more blogs. Both are great because it can only mean increased awareness. At first I thought it meant more people with sarc but then this brain of mine got a volt of smartness that brought me to the conclusion people dealing with this horrid disease have always been around it's just that they are talking about it more.
Posted by DRojo at 11:53 AM
Monday, September 24, 2012
I never came across this till now but though I would share an article on Bernie speaking of sarcoidosis.
Posted by DRojo at 8:10 PM
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The month of April was declared National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month by US Congress in 2008. Many organizations are observing this and it's a great month t participate in walks, garage sales and many other ways to raise funds for research.
Here is an article I read this morning about April being Sarcoid month and how Social Security does not yet lists sarcoidosis. http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/business/press-releases/article/April-Is-National-Sarcoidosis-Awareness-Month-3479935.php
Also please read this really great article on the Huffington Post
And lastly click on the Link to go the FSR site and find activities to participate in.
Posted by DRojo at 7:18 AM
Monday, April 16, 2012
I just received a pamphlet in the mail on the annual Autoimmune Walk for a Cure. There is one in NYC for those of us in the metro area. I'm wondering if anyone is interested putting together a team to walk this thing and raise money for this cause.
Although I no longer suffer from sarcoidosis I am forever linked to autoimmune diseases where ever I happen to look.
Let's start with my brother, he has suffered from ulcerative colitis almost his whole life. I have a cousin who suffers from chrons disease. My mother-in-law (RIP) suffered from chrons. My brother-in-law (RIP) also suffered from chrons and who know how many others I may not know about.
I believe this organization is the key because it's every disease united. That means more money for research. This is one of those find a cure for one you may have them for all. Even if science can find a way to control inflammation long term without shutting down your immune system and taking steroids then at least millions of people can live a little better.
Let me know if you live in the tri state area and are interested in walking and raising money for this worthy cause
Posted by DRojo at 9:02 PM