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Thursday, October 15, 2009

More tests, pokes and proding

My health and weight loss journal

I am too lazy to review my last health and weight loss post to see where I left off telling you about my health. So I'm going to try to make this short... Recently, I've been electrocuted (that's my sarcastic way of saying I had some type of test where your nerves are shocked to see how they're responding to pain) in both hands/forearms and I still have to return to get my lower legs/ankles/feet done. Thankfully, there isn't any nerve damage in my hands, which would mean that the lupus strain is affecting my nerves. I just have carpal tunnel in the right wrist and slightly in the left wrist. I have to wear wrists braces every night for six weeks then return to get some type of shots in my wrists.

That doesn't sound pleasant and I haven't decided if I am going to keep that appointment. I probably will, but the fact that I don't know what they're going to be shooting me with let's me know that I turned out right after she said "shots."

The doctor wasn't surprised that there wasn't any sign of nerve deadening in my hands because it normally doesn't start there, but she didn't sound as hopeful with my legs. I also had an appointment the GI who told me again about the strain of lupus, which is called sjogren's disease. When I looked it up I think it said "syndrome" instead of "disease." It's an autoimmune disorder just like lupus. They aren't sure that I have sjogren's, but I do have a lupus strain in my blood. If the nerves in my legs and feet are being affected (I've been suffering from numbness, tingling, etc., in addition to the pain) then it's possible (likely?) that I have it.

I've also had an ultrasound of my stomach to ensure there aren't any other signs that my body is attacking itself or whatever, and - as usual - I've had tons of blood work done. Still waiting on results.

I guess there was no way to tell that quickly and I'm sure I'm forgetting something. It's so much that it can be overwhelming. Overall, I don't feel any worse than I normally do. The things I need to do more of, or better, are exercise and get more sleep. Both of which are said to help those who deal with chronic pain.

Anyone wanna be my personal trainer? I'm willing to barter. :)

On the weight side of things: I'm maintaining very well. Just gained about five pounds, but that's to be expected from someone who has been eating a lot of sweets and chocolate lately. I'll get back on track within the next week.

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