I think I might have some kind of autoimmune thing, but I've never been to a doctor. I'm considering going now, although many of the health issues I have/had are now greatly diminished or nonexistent - as long as i'm eating right. I'm definitely not 100% awesome yet though. I reckon I have a little more diet-tweaking to do and I realize that healing/recovery takes time, maybe years... I can deal with that. But would it not perhaps behoove me to know what I'm working with? I didn't even know how sick I was until I started getting better. I do realize that compared to many, I never had it THAT bad. I've gratefully never been obese or diabetic, for example.
How useful would it even be to get a diagnosis? Clearly my symptoms are mediated by my diet... it's not like I'm going to start taking Predisone or something. I'm not exactly a big fan of western model of disease/treatment, to understate my feelings.
Data interests me though -- I'd really like to see my CRP and thyroid numbers, I'd like to get tested for allergies, and of course I'm curious about my lipid levels, even if it doesn't matter. And a diagnosis -- well, I guess it would be somewhat validating? Lame, and true.
My main complaint now is intermittent but knock-down fatigue. Some residual jointy-achey stuff sometimes, too. But since I appear pretty healthy, I'm afraid I wouldn't be taken seriously by the clinician ("Oh, poor thing, she's tiiiiiired."). Btw, I'm uninsured and would be going to a community health clinic.
So should I make myself sick again, if I decide to go? I know just what to do/eat to cause a bunch of inflammatory symptoms that used to be normal (ew), like: psoriasis, arthritis, hives, cystic acne, edema, GI probs, PMDD, depression... but is it worth it? Also, theres a chance that even those symptoms won't warrant a serious investigation ("Here's some Zoloft and cortisone cream, go home and take some Advil" ) <--- actually that's pretty much what happened when I went onemillion years ago, in my 20s. Now I'm 40.
tl;dr: Is a medical diagnosis of disease/s that seem/s to be resolving through careful diet choices useful; and if so, should a person induce a relapse to get the diagnosis?