Doctors Visits last week.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Well, I finally sucked it up and went to the doctor last week.
I went to ask for advice about losing weight.
Here's why I went:
Generally speaking, I feel like I work pretty hard, eat pretty healthy, and seem to have a very hard time dropping any weight. In fact, I feel like I actually hurt myself in the process. My knees hurt very often, and seem to "go out" as if they are not there. Something "slips" or feels sharp all of a sudden when I'm working out or sometimes just walking down the street. Then, ever since the honeymoon, I have a new phenomenon of getting severe muscle knots, particularly in and around my calves. All of this pain and misery is preventing me from keeping a nice and balanced approach to my weight loss.
I keep going full tilt "on board and losing weight" and then I have to recover from the pain and I fall off.... and the cycle continues.
So, from our conversation, the doctor asked me to do two things. He gave me a referral for an appointment with an orthopedic specialist and he also wants me to come back in to have my blood work done. He wants to look at basic things like my cholesterol levels, thyroid, and other things that could point us to something being "off" with hormones or anything else that might be going on.
Secondly, he listened to my description of what happens when my knees "go out" and he agrees it could be from dancing and competing in high school, or rather that could have added to things. Perhaps I have a weak ligament around my knees, or there is something that hasn't quite torn all the way that needs repair. I have to go to the specialist to find out. My younger sister already had some work done on her knees, but that was involving a meniscus problem that I really don't understand. This is all new to me.
I have to go in for the blood work tomorrow, and schedule not only the Ortho appointment but a dentist appointment that has been overdue (their office has been on vacation for two weeks and I've been due for my 6 months checkup, as well as feeling some bad toothache feelings I wish were in my imagination, but alas!)
MEANWHILE I also dragged myself into NYC to go to an OBGYN, which I haven't been to in a long time. Everything seems fine, I am just trying to plan ahead, knowing that I still have a lot of weight to lose and we want to plan to have children soon. I need to be comfortable and find a doctor that can handle a high-risk pregnancy, since I have a genetic blood clotting disorder, I will have to be monitored heavily through my pregnancy and delivery.
Theme of the week: better to start preparing now and be less scared as health things come up. Its good to take care of yourself, even if it takes a lot of appointments and time away from work. Sometimes it is necessary!