Latent; clinically latent; completely latent; asymptomatic; completely asymptomatic; totally asymptomatic; clinically expressed; overt; manifest; biochemical and clinically manifest. Over the years, many terms such as these have been used by doctors/scientists to describe patients’ acute porphyria activity (most notably AIP which has long been the scientific “darling” of the acute porphyrias). In 1994, based on […]
Acute porphyria diagnosis
Acute porphyria is… “horrible.” “excruciating, mind-bending pain, and more pain, vomiting, heart racing like crazy, not being able to breathe, brutal—just brutal.” “being treated like or talked to like you’re a hypochondriac, a junkie or mentally ill.” “doctors acting like I’m crazy.” “being told over and over that ‘everything’ is normal—but I know it isn’t.” […]
APRIL 6 – 13, 2019 NATIONAL PORPHYRIA AWARENESS WEEK Finally! An organization that understands… The New York State Rare Disease Alliance: A Place for Patients and Caregivers Who are the True Experts in Rare and Complex Disease Care This is why Closed Facebook Forums dedicated to Porphyria were established long ago and have continued to flourish […]
To all my porph friends—patients, caregivers, their friends and family members, I apologize for having fallen off the face of the earth for a while though I tend to do that when the porph devil’s dancing in Jill’s liver and overdoing things again. Because of that, I’ve been back on the exhausting documentation trail—and once […]
Home Genetic Tests May be Riddled with Errors… UPDATE…REQUEST UNDERLYING DATA FOR ALL DNA TEST RESULTS!!!!
On 4/3/2018 Huffpost published an article about home genetic tests titled “Home Genetic Tests May be Riddled with Errors, and Companies Aren’t Keeping Track” written by Anna Almendrala. It’s a great title; really draws attention. But it doesn’t tell the full story of how to find out if a snp is active or not. I […]
If the illness doesn’t kill you, the medical bills just might. Look elsewhere for answers. For an eye- and mind-opening information (and review of a documented case history) , check out 2018 STILL FEAR-RIDDEN, FRUSTRATED, FORGOTTEN AND FED-UP: Patients with Atypical Acute Porphyria Presentation STILL Stuck in Urinary Diagnostic Quagmire
Validation!! Enzyme assay necessary to confirm AIP diagnosis w/without US expert “Holy Grail” urinary output.
It is Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill (2/25-3/1/2018) and I have some great news to share. In the midst of writing my 2018 FFFF white paper (this year titled STILL FEAR-RIDDEN, FRUSTRATED, FORGOTTEN AND FED-UP: Atypical Acute Porphyria Patients STILL Stuck in Urinary Diagnostic Quagmire), I was presented with some game-changing information. There is […]
From the 1958 article “Porphyria in Africa” by A.G. Shaper, section titled “The Urine in Acute Intermittent Porphyria”: “To complicate matters, in a recent survey of 80 cases seen at the Mayo Clinic it was noted that no porphobilinogen was found in nine cases with severe CNS involvement and in six cases with abdominal crisis…It should […]
As this very wearying year comes to an end and I find myself firmly ensconced in the 2017 holiday season, I realized that an inspiring gift had come via the Internet some weeks ago. Just words, it might seem an obscure, small thing to some, but to others, the 88 words meant someone got the […]
I know I’m not alone in thinking it highly inappropriate that the apf coalesced around an AIP index case who did not produce holy grail darkened urine “naturally” and then joined forces with a group to set the bar for diagnosing ALL acute porphyrias based on excretion levels of of U-PBG (which, as it turns out, […]