I’ve had a slew of follow-up and new consult appointments in the last month. I mentioned a few in my last post but let me go more in depth.
I finally saw a neurosurgeon about my back. It was to find out if my issues required surgery. They do not at this time. He also made many, many passive comments about my weight. Super irritating. Saw a rheumatologist about my arthritis or whatever the heck is going on. I have some vague immune disease (listed on my health summary as: nonspecific immunological findings). There’s a test called Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody study which showed that yep, my immune system was indeed attacking my thyroid. Good job, immune system! I was given a NSAID that was very mild in consideration of my CKD. It was working with helping keep the pain to a dull roar. At my follow-up with the nephrologist, however, he firmly told me NO NSAIDs. None. Nada. I’m borderline Stage 2/3 and he apparently wants me to stay more on the 2 side. Anyhow, I let the rheumatologist know and now we are trying another drug that doesn’t reach peak effectiveness for like six months. Oh, otherwise, my kidney disease is stable and I follow-up in November. I follow-up with the rheumatologist in September.
So, the neurosurgeon and the rheumatologist suggested physical therapy and maybe pain management. I’m leery of the pain management given all the stupidity around the opioid crisis. So I got a referral for PT. Which I started on Wed. It’ll be three times a week for six weeks. I’ve had two sessions. The team is great and encouraging. I have a variety of exercises to strengthen my back and core muscles. Plus some stretches to loosen the super tight muscles I have in my lower back and glutes.
I’m following up with my primary care doc on Monday. I’ll ask her to refer me for carpal tunnel since that’s started flaring up again. Super painfully. Both hands. Yay me.
The other specialist I went to see was an ENT about my weird voice issues. My left vocal cord is paralyzed. But with speech therapy, I should be able to have a normal sounding voice one day. Meanwhile, he wants to do a CT scan to make sure there aren’t any other processes going on. And he’s wondering about a connection with my immune issues. Follow-up with him in a few months.
Good times. I tell ya.
Mental healthwise. It’s been dark, black, darkness. I’m super down about my finances, about my relationship (the live-in one, the other one I’m only sad because we can’t visit as often as I’d like). Working on it. I still have weekly therapy sessions. I’m trying to come to a clear understanding of what would make me happy. Then we can figure out the steps to get there. I’m entirely dependent on my partner for shelter, food, transportation and clothing. So, I need to figure out how to remove that dependence and then look at the relationship.
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