Thursday, May 20, 2010
2009 was a very difficult year, and 2010 isn't much better. Needless to say stress has led to my gaining back most of the weight I lost. Now my doctor wants me to get serious and get the weight back off which she feels will help with a few of the problems I have been having. Let me go back a bit and explain what's going on.
In early April I started coughing a bit. Thinking it was allergies I decided to up my vitamin C intake. After 3 weeks with no improvement I went to the doctor. What started out as allergies had turned into an upper respiratory infection. So I was put on antibiotics, cough syrup, and allergy meds. A few days into this new med regimen, I noticed my feet and legs swelling. My feet and legs do swell on occasion and I though nothing of it. Usually propping my feet up for a while reduces the swelling and next day I am usually back to normal. This time that didn't happen. Every day my feet and legs were swollen and the left foot was getting painful. I finished my 10 days of antibiotics, but the cough lingered. Three weeks later, I still have a lingering cough, I am still feeling short of breath, and my feet and legs are still swollen. Then I started experiencing mild chest pain/discomfort. I thought, must be gas trapped in my chest.....but I wasn't expelling any air (no burping and no flatulence). After 4 days of this with increasing frequency and duration, I called my doctor. She listened to my heart and lungs.....CLEAR. She did an EKG. Again nothing showed up. She then recommended that I go to the emergency room and let them do chest xrays and blood work to get my enzyme levels. So off I go to the hospital. At the hospital they again did an EKG which was normal. They also put me on oxygen and did blood work. My enzyme levels are fine. At that point they told me they were keeping me overnight so further testing could be done. I was scheduled for a stress test and a doppler test for blood clots in my legs. I am happy to say that I passed both tests. Heart is fine and there are no new blood clots. After 24 hours I was released from the hospital. Their diagnosis is stomach irritation from the pain meds I was using for my arthritic knees. It seems that the Naproxen irritated the lining of my stomach and the pain radiated up into the chest.
So now I have nothing to use for the fibro and arthritis pain. The doctor at the hospital did prescribe Tylenol with Codeine for me, which does nothing for the pain and only puts me to sleep and the swelling of my feet and legs continues. I was also told to take Prilosec for 2 or 3 weeks to heal the stomach lining and a low acid diet was also recommended. So now I hurt all the time, but the chest pains are gone.
I went to my family Dr. on Tuesday for my sugar recheck (diabetes type II) and for a follow up to the hospital visit. She has now put me on water pills and potassium to try to reduce the swelling. She also wants me to get this weight back off and to get more exercise AND to prop my legs and feet up above heart level for at least 10 minutes twice a day. I started the water pill regimen yesterday and for the last two days have elevated my legs and used my exercise bike. So I am back in the saddle and praying I will stay there and finally get rid of the weight and some of these health issues. Just hoping this renewed motivation to get serious stays with me long enough to accomplish my goals.