June 03, 2010

The "D" Factor

I went back to my internist today to find out the results of my tests.
Even though not all of the tests have been completed (the lab forgot to do some!) 

I found out that while I have slightly elevated sugars I do NOT have diabetes (that's the one I was most concerned about -- my father had it). It's a situation that has to be monitored carefully. I am very careful with my sugar intake, though, and I am slim, so hopefully this will not become a problem in the future. I would exercise more, but my pain prevents me from doing so. Perhaps I should go swimming. I might be able to do that without pain. Besides, I really love swimming.

I do, however, have extremely low levels of Vitamin D and am now on a pill regimen to up the intake. The Vitamin D deficiency is important because it may -- and I stress MAY -- be at least partly behind my chronic pain. Ironically, because I don't lie out in the sun, and I use strong sun block when I do because I burn easily, is keeping me from getting enough Vitamin D. So the temporary high-dose pill regimen (twice weekly) is my best bet right now. After surfing the internet it turns out that many Americans have a Vitamin D deficiency.

I was also quite low in Vitamin B12 levels and will be taking daily supplements. The pain is still strong most days. I even struggle to walk from my car to my apartment bill because it's on an small incline -- it should be easily walkable but it's a struggle right now. I feel like I'm about 80 years old. Hopefully this pill regimen will help.

I go back to the internist in six weeks. I am still waiting for the gyno appointment -- what fun! The dental appointment went well. I still need to have some broken back teeth fixed but will have to wait for that. I also plan to go to an eye doctor for an exam. I might as well do it all when I have the chance.

May 18, 2010

A Year Without Television

In 2008 I moved twice. I went from a six-room apartment with my mother, to a 3-room apartment with my mother and boyfriend (a disaster!), and now a room with my boyfriend, Mark.

That's right. A room.

May 14, 2010

Sister, Can You Spare (Two) Dimes?


In addition to my health troubles (see my previous post), I recently received my employee review. I received an excellent review and my manager informed me that I received a raise.

Twenty cents an hour.

May 12, 2010

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.

May 11, 2010

Pro-Active!

 
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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.