Saturday, August 31, 2013

Down With The Sickness

Last Thursday I woke up in immense lower abdominal pain and proceeded to puke my guts out repeatedly. All weekend I couldn't successfully eat more than applesauce and orange sherbet, so on Tuesday I decided enough is enough and went to the doctor. Turns out I have a bacterial infection! Shouldn't really be a surprise because one of the side effects of the steroids I was on last week is an inability to fight infections. I was given some nausea meds and that has helped some, although I'm still only eating soft bland foods. After eating only applesauce and orange sherbet I'm happy I can at least add things like mac and cheese to my diet.

Yesterday was my follow up with the neurologist. Turns out I have arthritis in my neck! I didn't even know that was a thing. I was given a handy Neck Owner's Manual with tips to hopefully keep things from getting worse and some physical therapy exercises to do at home. There are two different injections I can get if the PT isn't enough. I would try one of them right away but we don't have insurance right now (DH's job just cut his hours) and both of them are quite expensive. I don't know just how expensive because the billing person had left for the day, but the doctor acted like it would be a stretch for self-pay patients. One of them is called the Cervical Facet Injection and is cheaper but probably less effective. The other is called the Cervical Radiofrequency Ablation and is more expensive but also more effective. They said I can give the PT up to two months before doing either injection which gives us some time to figure out the insurance situation.

So now with all of this I'm like a human pharmacy. I need to get one of those pill boxes old people have lol! Right now I am on:
  • Nausea meds 4 times a day
  • Probiotic 3 times a day
  • Pain meds 2-3 times a day
  • Antibiotic 2 times a day
  • Anti-inflammatory 2 times a day
  • Muscle relaxer 2 times a day
  • Endometriosis meds once a day
  • Chronic chest pain meds once a day
  • B-Complex supplement once a day
  • Calcium supplement once a day
I should also be taking Niacin and DHA but you have to take those with meals and I usually forget. Last week I also had to take my migraine meds for a few days but thankfully the migraine is gone now. I usually only get migraines once every month or two so hopefully won't have to take them again for a while. So that's what, 20 something pills a day? I don't think I was taking that many even when I was on fertility drugs! Also three of the things I'm on cause drowsiness so I feel like a bear hibernating for the winter. But hey, it's not cancer and at the moment surgery isn't on the table so things could be worse!

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