How Rare Can We Go?

Source:  How Rare Can We Go?    Tag:  porphyria types

Did I not mention in a previous post that I did NOT want to be in that rare 1-3% that DNA would not diagnose? Well I am.

Dr. Premier called today with the AIP DNA results.... negative. 98-99% negative. Honestly, I wasn't too shocked, I never thought AIP totally fit. However, in the last couple of weeks I have been researching the types of AIP and hoping that the results would prove me wrong.

So where do we go from here? No I'm really asking. Anyone out there have an idea?

Well this is the plan:
- go to Rheumatologist because they are the only specialist left to go to. Due to the rash we need to apparently rule out rare forms of Lupus (even though I've been tested for Lupus like 7 times).
- was planning on seeing Dr. Bloomer in Birmingham, AL (specialist in Porphyria) but he doesn't accept my insurance and once I questioned why I was really going (I'm not having severe attacks at this time so he can't see me sick, I don't have a rash he can examine) that visit was ruled out. Oh and he was "too busy" to even talk to Dr. Premier on the phone regarding my case and what he advised to do next.
- if rheumatology tests come back negative, Dr. Premier will proceed with a differential diagnosis of Porphyria.
- call genetic counselor at Mt. Saini tomorrow morning to discuss possible ALAD-Deficiency Porphyria. Yes, this is so rare I can't even believe it's a possibility, but it's either this type or I have a new mutation that prevents DNA analysis.

So that's where I am. I can't believe it. Rare disease was good enough for me.... now I've been catapulted into the rarest of the rare. Anyone else out in porph world been in my shoes?