Saturday, March 01, 2014
So the stomach pains have finally been figured out, after much testing, and I have an ulcer. This is actually pretty good news as that's rather easily treatable. I also found that, in addition to numerous other problems with my spine (which I already knew about), I have degenerative disc disease. This has been tough because I've known a few people who had this disease, and I always told myself no matter how bad my pain was, at least I didn't have degenerative disc disease. Well, now I do, and that's been rough for me to process. This diagnosis means even more lifestyle changes, because I will need increasingly more painkillers as the disease progresses, which means I eventually won't be able to drive anymore. I must make sure anywhere I move has good public transportation options. This has been scary for me, and rather stressful, so I've put myself on maintenence calories until I can better handle this.