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Update from the Allergist

Thursday, July 10, 2014

So, after finding out I'm not allergic to anything I had at CT Scan of my sinuses which turned out to be mostly normal. I also had a chest x-ray that showed some bronchitis so the Allergist/Asthma doctor wants my to do a trial of an inhaler - Symbicort. I am supposed to use it twice a day and then follow-up with her in 3 weeks. I had been using an Albuterol inhaler before exercise and I think it just made me cough more.

So I picked up some samples of the inhaler today and started it. Then I went out for a run this afternoon. I'm not sure if it works this quickly or if its a placebo effect, but I felt really good. I was not winded or coughing and I was actually running at a better pace than I normally run. So, I guess I'll see how it goes. It was even close to 80 degrees and sunny when I was out there.

I'm hoping this is the answer since I need to ramp up my running for the half marathon training. Hope everyone is having a great week!
Noreen

  
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LUCKYDUCK2 7/12/2014 8:59PM

    I hope this continues to work for you too so you can continue to do what you enjoy. HUGS

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GAILANN48 7/12/2014 3:26AM

    Hope is a GOOD thing, but it sounds as if this may be the answer instead of a placebo. Good for you to keep after this instead of just accepting. I hope this is the beginning of the end of your breathing problem.

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STAY39 7/11/2014 8:57PM

    Hope you continue to feel better!

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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 7/11/2014 3:04PM

    So glad you had a good run with no coughing. Your status says you ran three miles. That's emoticon !!

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SWEETNEEY 7/11/2014 9:42AM

    Hope this medication brings you the relief you desire. Running in 80 degrees - You are my IRONWOMAN of the year.

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KJDINSC 7/11/2014 8:17AM

    Glad you're feeling better.... good luck!

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/10/2014 9:00PM

    All my fingers and toes are crossed that this is your answer! emoticon

Glad you didn't give up and "live" with it.

Ally

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GEORGE815 7/10/2014 5:35PM

    Good luck on your marathon training. Seems like your health is kind of back.

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MSHEL7 7/10/2014 5:21PM

    Won't it be wonderful if that does the trick? Great news. I hope it continues to work for you.

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Into July

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Well, I thought the antibiotics were helping at first, but not really much better. Still congested and coughing. Back to the Allergist yesterday and she didn't think I was much improved. So next step is a chest x-ray and a CT scan of my sinuses and see if anything shows up. It has been a busy medical week - Monday I had my follow-up endoscopy for my Barrett's esophagus - still there and I do have a small hiatal hernia. They took some biopsies and I'll have to wait for the results. No treatment for the hiatal hernia, it is small and I do not notice it and the GI doctor told me there is no good surgery for it. That is good news since I would like to avoid any and all surgeries!

Meant to go to Yoga last night, but I was just so tired. I did go for a short run in the afternoon and then went for a walk in the evening. I am planning on getting some strength training in tonight. I did treat myself to some Bluetooth headphones since the cord is always a pain. I do like them, so far 2 thumbs up!

Plan on getting back on a regular running schedule starting tomorrow morning so I am ready for training starting on July 19th with the running group. Should be a low key weekend - BBQ with the neighbors on Friday.

Hope everyone is having a great week!
Noreen

  
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ALEXTHEHUN 7/6/2014 12:37PM

    Holidays are great, but I find I thrive when there is more structure and schedule.

Still, you don't find me turning down the opportunity for a day off!

Hope you're getting better.
Cheers!

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STAY39 7/4/2014 11:08AM

    Sorry you are not feeling better yet. I too have a small hiatal hernia. Are you on Prilosec because that really helps me? That and avoiding crappy food of course. You must be anxious to get back to running. Feel better soon!!

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GAILANN48 7/3/2014 12:17PM

    I'm so sorry the news wasn't what we'd hoped, Noreen. I have confidence that your allergist will figure it out, though, and that you'll be right as rain soon, even if a season change might be necessary. I wonder if you might be allergic/sensitive to something in the air besides pollen?

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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 7/3/2014 11:57AM

    Hope you feel better soon. Sounds like you're not letting your health keep you down. Good for you!

Happy Independence Day!

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SWEETNEEY 7/3/2014 7:55AM

    Ooh Bluetooth headphones. I don't have those - Gotta get them emoticon . I have a lingering dental problem and I need to deal with that. So, I get inspiration from you and others who MAKE appointments and keep them.

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QUEENIEBELLE 7/2/2014 5:22PM

    Good job on taking care of yourself through all of this. Enjoy your BBQ with neighbors on Friday- that's what we're doing too. I'm bringing the deviled eggs so I know what's in them! Went to the beauty school today and got a pedi- red nails, and mani- blue sparkly nails! Living on the wild side lol. Have a nice long week-end off from work.

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/2/2014 2:04PM

    So sorry to hear about your continued sinus issues. Praying that the answer will come soon with a quick surgery free fix.

So glad you are still taking care of yourself though all this too. emoticon

Have a great fourth if we don't talk before that. emoticon

Ally

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RUNNING-TURTLE 7/2/2014 1:34PM

    emoticon Have a great week.

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ROCKNP90X 7/2/2014 11:38AM

    I hear you on avoiding surgery!! I have had three in the last 5 years and wow, no thanks!! Sure pray you get better with the issues!! You have a fabulous weekend!!

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MSHEL7 7/2/2014 11:32AM

    I'm so sorry that you are not much much better. I'll be praying that the situation improves quickly for you with no major problems.

Have a wonderful weekend, we're off to the mountain again this afternoon. Take care.

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Busy Weekend

Monday, June 23, 2014

Today I am halfway through my antibiotics and I think they are helping! I have not taken any Zyrtec in over a week and I really don't need it anymore. It was a busy weekend. Last week I went to a massage therapist for my hip flexor issue and had the best massage ever. She really loosened things up. She recommended I check back in occasionally while I'm training for the half marathon and I agree. She was impressed with my flexibility and thought I could benefit from some Yoga - my trainer has also suggested this, so I think I'll try a class tomorrow.

I went for a 3.1 mile run before our family reunion. My leg felt great! My breathing was good - I used my inhaler. My pace was 11:07 for the run which was really good for me on a solo run. Then we went off to a family reunion for my husband's family on his Mom's side. It was at a forest preserve and the weather was great. There were about 90 people there and it was a great afternoon.

As usual, the weekend flew by and back to work. I'm heading to the gym for strength training class tonight, yoga tonight and a workout with my trainer on Wednesday. I'm going to try and get up in the morning to go out for a run on Tuesday and Thursday when it's not too hot. We'll see if I actually get out of bed!

The new 5% challenge started, so I'm really going to try and hit the 5% this time. We'll see how it goes. Have a great week everyone!
Noreen

  
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1BEACHWALKER 7/1/2014 3:14PM

    Noreen you are a dynamo or should I say the energizer bunny with your exercise!! emoticon
Glad you are feeling better! Have a great week and holiday! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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QUEENIEBELLE 6/27/2014 1:12PM

    Glad you're feeling better, Noreen. A good massage therapist can really make a difference. The family activities sound like so much fun they make me homesick for family! Wonderful you have people nearby. Way to go on your weight loss! emoticon

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STAY39 6/27/2014 12:29AM

    emoticon great pace on your 5k! I hope I can get there some day! I am glad to hear you are feeling better!

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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 6/26/2014 1:02PM

    90 people?! That must have been a fun reunion. Sounds like you have a lot of really great things happening. I've never run in any kind of marathon, but I'd like to give it a try one day. Between working and training, you sound like one busy lady. Good for you!

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ALLYCANDOIT 6/25/2014 7:13PM

    Really happy you are feeling good and feelling good after exercise too!

Love Yoga (when I can breathe bending over that is---lol).

Ally

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MATTEROFHEART 6/24/2014 12:48PM

    So glad you are feeling better and that the antibiotics are helping! You are doing such a great job with your consistency! I have been all over the place the last several months and am just now finally finding my center again!

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MSHEL7 6/23/2014 7:27PM

    I'm glad that the allergies are better. I think yoga would help a lot as well, if you are flexible. I'm not very flexible and have been doing a little yoga. I do like it but wish I was more flexible. You're doing great with your running and stuff. It has been way to hot to get out here and run the last few weeks, treadmill time for me. Have a great week.

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GAILANN48 6/23/2014 5:09PM

    Sounds GREAT, Noreen. :) Yoga has really helped my flexibility - hope it does the same for you.

I just read something about temporary weight gain being a common after effect of antibiotics (because of the effect on gut flora/fauna), so don't worry if you see a scale jump. :) Getting healthy again is first - and you're certainly keeping up with your activity.

Hope your work week flies as fast as your weekend did...and then it'll be the weekend again!

:) Gail

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Not Allergies after All!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

So, all this time I thought I had allergies. Stuffy nose, post nasal drip, coughing - especially bothering me when I am working out and running. Pretty much driving me crazy. I've been taking Zyrtec and using a prescription nasal spray. My sisters both have allergies and are doing allergy shots. My doctor referred me to an allergist and on Tuesday I went in for allergy testing. They poked my arms with little needles with all sorts of allergens and no reaction - except to the histamine control. Then they did little injections of all of the allergens - still nothing!

They also did a pulmonary function test where you exhale into a tube and then inhale. My results were very normal. But then they gave me an albuterol inhaler and my results improved by 10% - which was pretty significant. Bottom line. Chronic sinus infection with lots of junk ending up in my lungs. So, I'm on a 2 week course of antibiotics and I have an inhaler to use before exercise. If it does not clear up in 2 weeks, then she wants to do a CT scan of my sinuses. Not really what I was expecting, but hopefully it clears up and running will be more enjoyable!
Noreen

  
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QUEENIEBELLE 6/22/2014 4:09PM

    Bummer! emoticon Hope this clears up 100% and frees you up for an even more enjoyable run. emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 6/21/2014 9:05AM

    My nose runs when I run (no pun intended) but it's usually when the weather is cold. So I have to take tissues with me. Is that sinus?

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1BEACHWALKER 6/21/2014 12:45AM

    UGH, I just had a sinus infection and the anitbiotics did help. Glad you have the help. But, sometimes if they do go on too long, it can lead to Bronchitis! That has happened to me before a couple times! In my opinion, take it easy with the heavy exercise at first, just in case there is more to it. I sure hope not! Take care and thanks so much for voting on my photo in the contest! emoticon

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MARIANNMC 6/20/2014 11:24PM

    Yikes! I guess that's why they call it the "practice" of medicine. Good luck with the antibiotics. I hope in two weeks time you feel GREAT!

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KJDINSC 6/20/2014 7:19AM

    Sorry you're sick, but glad you finally know the cause. Get well!


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STAY39 6/20/2014 12:22AM

    I am glad you know what it is and will hopefully be on the road to a quick recovery! emoticon

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MSHEL7 6/19/2014 4:00PM

    Wow, that is really something. I'm sure glad that you persisted to find out what was going on. 2 weeks to wellness!! Feel better sooner than that though, okay!!

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GAILANN48 6/19/2014 3:41PM

    Oh, Noreen, I'm so sorry to hear this...but very glad you're getting the treatment you need to clear it up for good and all. Breathing easy is one of those things we don't truly appreciate until our ability is compromised. I'm rooting for the two week solution to your illness.

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MOMINE 6/19/2014 3:34PM

    Sorry to hear it was so much worse than you thought. However, knowledge is power, and now knowing what you are dealing with, the fight will be much more fair. I will send some healing prayers your way that the CT scan will not be necessary.

Glad you will soon be feeling better!

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BOSTONBLUESGIRL 6/19/2014 3:15PM

    Ugh, that sucks! I hope you are better soon. :-(

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Saturday 10k

Monday, June 09, 2014

Saturday was my 10k - our graduation from our Running 201 class. I had not been running long distances for a couple of weeks prior to this due to my lower back and leg pain and it was a hot day, so my goal was not a PR - it was just to finish! I was able to run most of it, but at mile 5 I did walk a little bit. My friend Colleen ran most of it with me and we just kept a steady pace. When I stopped to walk, I told her to go ahead! At about 5.8 miles, her husband met me and ran the rest with me - what a nice guy! My official time was around 1:21:00 - but we had a 2 minute stop where I stopped to check on a young runner who was having chest pain. I think she just went out to quickly and got overheated. I checked her pulse, got her some water and waited until help arrived. Being a nurse, I just couldn't pass up someone in need.

After the run, I stopped at the physical therapy booth for some much needed stretching and the therapist told me my right hip is very restricted and that I would benefit from physical therapy. That afternoon, my husband and I went on a wine walk in Downtown Naperville. We went to 12 different stores that each featured a different wine and appetizer. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. While we were there, I stopped by the running store to thank my coach and ran into my previous coach and I was talking to her about my hip issue. She recommended a massage therapist that she uses and gave me her card. I have my first appointment next week and I'm hoping it helps. I spoke with her today and she asked me what issue I was having and she felt she could help me and get me on my way to my running goals.

Speaking of that, the half marathon training starts in mid-July! I really need to be able to run 6 miles and be at about an 11 minute per mile pace so I really need to step things up! My personal trainer is working on some speed and agility drills with me to help me get there too. I think it is really going to take a village to get me there!
Wish me luck!

Here I am with my running buddies before the race.
Noreen

  
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STAY39 6/27/2014 12:59PM

    This is awesome! Great job! What exactly is your plan for the 1/2 mile? When do you schedule in your walking? I am curious because I like to see different approaches. You look fabulous! I use a massage therapist for my back muscles once a month and I find it so helpful!

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BRADMILL2922 6/19/2014 2:37AM

    So awesome! You are doing great and I love the picture! Good luck with your new training!

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QUEENIEBELLE 6/14/2014 12:13AM

    Noreen what a great picture! You look so good. When I was a massage practitioner full time (a lifetime ago) another LMP and I volunteered our services after some of the running events. We had a tent and did on-site sports massage, stretching etc. A good LMP will do wonders for you. A stretch of the IT band can hurt but in a good way. As a nurse you know to drink lots of water after a massage I'm sure. Sounds like you were given a good recommendation. Take care and keep on! Love the pink!

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MOMINE 6/11/2014 11:17AM

    No doubt you will meet every one of your goals and more. You are doing so well at doing so well!!! I am proud and inspired. I think your blogs and pics do as much to inspire the lost "runner" in me as anything. Keep on Keeping on!!! We are rooting for you ALL THE WAY!!

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1BEACHWALKER 6/10/2014 5:42PM

    What a great pic of you all! emoticon emoticon

Hope the therapy helps your hip! My chiropractor gave me some stretches to do for my tight hip muscles and it really helped. She suggested massage therapy and I will if it flares up again. I hope you do ok in the summer heat! I swear I am having a hard time this year with our hot humid days so far and we aren't even into summer yet!! emoticon emoticon


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SWEETNEEY 6/10/2014 5:07AM

    You're already in elite status to me. You'll soon need an agent emoticon

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ROCKNP90X 6/10/2014 12:03AM

    Yeah, you look awesome!! You will make it and the speed and agility drills should help.

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TMCAT1129 6/9/2014 7:59PM

    You are doing so great! I didn't even run that good when I was in boot camp in the Army! You are so inspiring, like the Energizer Bunny! emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 6/9/2014 7:42PM

    You're doing great. I think that is a wonderful time considering you stopped to give aid. I worked with a girl once who twice stopped on her way in to work and had to do CPR. I've never had to do it outside of the hospital. I agree, you look fab in the pic!

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MSHEL7 6/9/2014 4:03PM

    Wow, you just look unbelievable!! I love this picture the most yet.

Great job on your time for your 10K, that is great. Get that training going, cause I can't wait to hear about your marathon!! You're doing super dee duper!!

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