GMA breaks silence: I need a cure

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2011 04:29 PM | Updated as of Nov 09 2011 06:35 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Despite 3 surgeries and a battery of medicines, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's reasons for going under the knife months ago are back.

Breaking her personal silence on her illness, Arroyo said: “The numbness of my fingers and cramps in my legs are coming back. I understand the cramps are an early symptom of hypoparathyroidism. The mineral bone disease may still be there and I want to find out what it is and if there is a cure for it.”

Some of the symptoms she had before her operations have come back, though they may just be part of the atrophy that goes with the long use of heavy braces, she said.

Arroyo said unless she gets proper medical attention, she won't be cured.  

"What the medical bulletin said is that there may be a rare bone disease. But without a tetracycline-labelled bone biopsy, they cannot specify what the disease is. You cannot know the cure if you do not know what is to be cured.  The tetracyline-labelled biopsy protocol has not been done here,” she explained.
She noted: “I may have an extremely rare metabolic bone disease but how rare and what it is, nobody knows without the tetracycline-labelled bone biopsy."
I know something is wrong
She said the feeling is hard, not knowing what illness she really has. "I feel like how any human being would feel not knowing the underlying disease. How would you feel if you know something is wrong with you but not knowing what it is? I know something is wrong.”
Arroyo said she chokes with every small pill or small food she has to take in. She used to take 25 to 30 tablets but has foregone half of it, such as pain killers.  
"For every tablet I take, I had to gulp down with lots of water or I will choke. So after all those 15 tablets are taken in, I am already so full and so tired," she said.
Arroyo said she could not ask the Singaporean doctors to come here because "the protocol has not been done here. I have an extremely rare metabolic mineral bone disease but how rare and what it is, nobody knows, even the doctors here do not know.”
Arroyo was supposed to see a doctor in Singapore today. She also has an appointment with the doctors in Alecante, Spain scheduled on November 14.