Thursday, May 10, 2012
Yesterday I saw my doctor for us to discuss my fibromyalgia to see where I am at and how to work on improving the situation. She is glad that I see that exercise is a definite help to feeling better. Her big concern at the moment is that for the question about how many days I felt good over the past week, I answered "0." I get up, go to work and do the things I need to do, but I have not felt good. I have to push myself to go to the gym because I feel so fatigued, but I make myself at least do the treadmill. She said that a pain log, as I brought her, is a great idea, and that maybe we can use that as well as me filling out the fibro questionnaire weekly for a little while to try to figure out triggers and ways to improve. So I am going to start making my pain log notes a little more detailed, including in it my cycle, unusual weather, stress level and what I did to counteract, sleep quality, allergies, and maybe even what food category I had the most of. I think I also need to keep track of the sharp pain that happens occasionally in my left shoulder where surgery was done in 2005. We figured out that if I see her twice a year for the fibro, that will give us face-to-face so she can physically see how I am doing as well as being able to discuss major concerns/problems. In between we will use the phone and email for the basics of how it is going. I truly hope that we can find a pattern that will give us a path to look at. Things are looking up, but I am dragging right now...lol
BTW, it is amazing what taking vitamin D and calcium with a meal that has some fat in it can do for raising the blood levels. My vitamin D level had not changed from November to February, so she put me on the weekly one for 8 weeks. I reasoned that maybe I need to make sure to have fat with it since it is a fat-soluble vitamin, so I really concentrated on that.... My number went from below normal at 29 to 66 in 8 weeks.
Have a good rest of the week!