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I have not been feeling well lately. I have all-over body pain. My legs are always painful, and I recently had a virus that just seemed to make it much worse. I also suffer from carpal tunnel-like symptoms in my arms.

I finally decided to be proactive about this problem. NOW. After taking care of other problems in my life and other people in my family, especially my mother (I'll describe that process in future posts), I have decided that I now need to take care of me.

Today I went to the doctor for the first time in a couple of years. He is an old-school doctor, who checked all the basics: heart, thyroid, reflexes. He took his time even though he had a full waiting room. He seemed like he actually cared and was not rushing everyone in and out of the office as quickly as possible.

I'm going to have lab work done to check for things like diabetes (which my father had), and have blood work done. I'll be tested for vitamin deficiencies and thryoid problems. I'll have tests for fibromyalgia and arthritis. I'll probably do this on Friday. I also have to see the doctor again in 3 weeks to discuss all the tests.

I'll also have go to the gynecologist (ugh, haven't gone in years) to check for bone density and a regular gyno checkup, and I'll also go to my dentist to have work done on my teeth -- I need a cleaning, and I have two broken back teeth.

I've put this off long enough. I really haven't gone because I'm afraid of what they might find! But really, that's a really stupid way to think. What if I have a serious illness and it's too late? Even though I've been pretty healthy (I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs), my family history includes breast cancer, hypertension, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease. It's about time that I got this done.

I've been paying a huge chunk of my salary each week for insurance, and it's about time that I use it.


  1. I have an auto-immune disease called Sarcoidosis. My symptoms first showed up in my 20's. They came and went within about a month and didn't show up again until my mid 30's. The symptoms were extremely painful feet, swollen ankles and then pain in my knees. Only about 10% of people with Sarcoid get the arthritis. If your blood work and everything else comes back fine, see a rheumatologist (sp?). Best of luck and let me know if you have any questions, you can find me over at Jersey Bites. ;)

  2. Thanks so much, Deborah! The doctor I went to see today is an internist because I wanted a full workup. I do eventually intend to see a rheumatologist.

  3. I'm sorry to read about your pain and that you have a job that requires you to stand. But congratulations on having what sounds like your entire body checked! It's a good thing. Good luck!

  4. I hope you find out what is going wrong and that it is nothing serious.
    I think the same way that you do, and you're right it doesn't make sense to think that way but I am always scared of what they might find, too, so I postpone doctor and dentist visits.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and making my SITS day wonderful. :)

  5. @Kathy, thanks so much! I have loved your blog, The Junk Drawer, for a long time. You are very funny and creative.

  6. @Jamie, thanks for my visiting MY blog on a day that must be so busy for you. You have a beautiful family. Happy SITS day!

  7. It sounds like you're getting quite the tune up! Think how much better you'll feel after getting all these necessary appointments out of the way and, hopefully, getting down to the root of your problem :)

  8. @LambAround -- I'm nervous about this (and some other issues I'm dealing with at the same time), but you're right, I will be so relieved when all the tests are done. Thanks for visiting!


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