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Scaring myself:

Another fine product of...

Over the last ten days or so, I’ve been feeling moderately rocky – and over this weekend, *very* rocky. I’m really not sure what’s going on, but it’s gotten bad enough that I’m going in to see my GP doctor to see if she has a clue.

Early on stuff – a really bad heartburn that I chalked up to having drunk way too many cups of coffee and glasses of cola for the caffeine jolt – my ADD meds had run out, and I was having a lot of trouble being productive. That sort of upset has happened several times in the past when I did something similar, and this one was bad. So I laid off coffee and pop, and shunned things that were spicy, acid or tough to get down, and ate more yogurt and the like. As I did, the problems started to recede…

A little later, I started to notice other things happening; shortness of breath, lack of energy, way lower ability to deal with heat – sweating like mad and quick energy loss. Since I had a new prescription for the ADD meds filled on Thursday, all this went off the charts, and half of Saturday and all of Sunday, the problems with shortness of breath really kicked in – *any* effort to do stuff made me out of breath and energyless. I managed with difficulty to put away lunch leftovers and gather and run a tub of dishes, over several hours, and it really knocked me on my keister.

By mid-afternoon Sunday, it was pretty clear that I was seriously ill in some manner, and took my temperature – normal. I got on the Internet and set up an appointment with my GP doctor for 11 am on Monday, and can Elle’s my other commitments for Monday, including work.

A couple of really dire thoughts – a major change with my leukemia or cancer of the esophagus – came through my mind, but I just don’t know WTF is going on.

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salexa
Jun. 3rd, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
Please make sure to give the doctor the full list of symptoms today even if they seem to have gotten better. There are a couple of other possibilities to be concerned about as well with that list of symptoms. I hope they can figure this out soon!
jrittenhouse
Jun. 5th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, the d-dimer was 1535; the doctor seemed only mildly concerned, and was more concerned to get a stress test done from small EKG changes when they compared them closely. Any thoughts?
salexa
Jun. 5th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
That is a different d-dimer method or scale than I am used to, but if the doctor is only mildly concerned that is a good sign. A stress test should see possible heart damage that might have occurred due to all your medical issues over the years. I am glad they did not see enough trouble to send you to the hospital right away, which they would have done if a PE or acute heart attack was suspected.
jrittenhouse
Jun. 5th, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
The d-dimer scale was that anything under around 600 was (unless you had serious history otherwise) a definite negative. Or at least that's what the docs' note said. She seemed to treat it as a *maybe*, for what it's worth. She's usually a very good diagnostician.
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jrittenhouse
Jun. 5th, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
Uh-huh.
crenelle
Jun. 4th, 2013 07:26 am (UTC)
This is good.
Stay frosty. Be vigilant. Be active. Push the envelopes.
buggal
Jun. 5th, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed!
jrittenhouse
Jun. 5th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
Do I know you?
buggal
Jun. 5th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
Not IRL. I've been following your journal for many years, but rarely comment. I told you about Kentucky Down Under, remember?
jrittenhouse
Jun. 5th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
Hum. I remember someone suggesting it, but I'm dad-ratted if I can remember who did that. Have to check my stuff on that.
jrittenhouse
Jun. 5th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
OK, went back there and checked...that helps. Sure, I remember you. I just have been getting a pile of spam comments, and it's been driving me bugs.
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