The Waiting Game
If you read my post of May 11th, you'll know that I have been suffering a lot of pain lately. I have had to take some time off from my job, because I simply could not function. I am going to take every medical test I can to find the causes.
So far I have been to an internist, podiatrist, and even a psychiatrist. I went to the internist who examined me and then sent me to a lab to get blood tests and some disgusting other tests, I went to the podiatrist for continuing heels spurs, and I went to the psychiatrist because I was told that I might have fibromyalgia which is supposedly caused by depression. Well, I am suffering depression and anxiety, but that is because of the pain and because I cannot function because of the pain.
Tomorrow I go to the dentist, and next week I go back to the internist, where I hope that I finally will get the results of all those tests. I will also go to a gynecologist in two weeks to do the usual exams (ugh) and check my bone density. I might need some low-dose hormone treatments.
The reason everything is taking so long is because all of these doctors have long waits for appointments because of their packed schedules.
I spent the entire weekend in bed, because it was too painful to move, let alone blog. I thought that I'd feel better on Monday morning, but instead the pain was worse. I had tingling pain all over my body, especially in my arms and legs. It felt like needles. It was not pleasant. I have suffered for years from carpal-tunnel like symptoms but have never been properly diagnosed.
Several years ago my mother went for a long time without going to a doctor, because she did not have insurance. One day she was hammering a nail into a wall to hang a picture when she hurt her thumb.
She finally went to the doctor and they discovered that her blood pressure was sky-high. She was sent to the clinic at the local hospital where they gave her a complete physical and discovered that she had breast cancer.
Fortunately, it was caught in the early stages and she received no chemo or radiation, just Tamoxifen.
My father had diabetes and high blood pressure, and it killed him because he stubbornly left it untreated. He died of a heart attack. My mother now has Alzheimer's. Clearly, I need to be more vigilant about my health.
Hopefully, I'll have good news about my health soon. I really do urge anyone reading this -- male or female -- to get regular exams instead of putting it off. It could save your life.