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Mounting Health Problems

Monday, May 19, 2014

This month has been a whirlwind of doctor's appointments and lab visits for me.

On Wednesday the 14th, I went in for an optometry appointment to get my prescription updated for new glasses and contacts. At the appointment, my optometrist noted some fuzziness around my optic nerve, and sent a note over to my doctor to have me scheduled for an ophthalmologist consultation. I didn't think too much of it and happily went on with my life. The next day, I got a call from the ophthalmologist's office saying I needed to come in pretty much immediately for my exam- the referral was sent urgently. So on Friday, I spent two and a half hours having my eyes poked, prodded, dilated and flashed (so. many. bright. lights.). My final diagnosis was bilateral disc edema: basically, the optic nerves in both my eyes are more than 50% blurry around the edges, where they should be pretty sharp. This is apparently most common in young females who are overweight. Check and check. Basically, I have elevated intercranial pressure, which could be caused by one of a few things: a mass in my head, such as a blood clot or tumor, or excess fluid (possibly caused by hypertension and fluid retention in my brain).

They think it's unlikely to be a tumor or blood clot, but I'll be having an MRI sometime in the next few weeks to definitively rule it out. So that leaves excess fluid. After the MRI clears, I'll have to have a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to confirm there is excess fluid in my brain, and from there, I'm not sure what's going to happen. But I was explicitly told that if it is the excess fluid, it's being caused by my weight and I must lose weight. I'm supposed to go back to meet with the ophthalmologist sometime in August, and by then she wants me to show some serious weight loss. She suggested 10% of my body weight, which is something like 27 pounds, but she wants to make it a nice even 30 pounds. 30 pounds in 3 months seems a little crazy to me. I'm not sure if I can do that in a way that's healthy. But I really want to give it my all, especially if it's in any way related to the passing out and other hypertension problems I've been having.

I hate that it took these health problems to get me in gear, but I'm hoping that this really gives me the kick I need to change my life.
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    oh my dear, i will be praying for a nice siimple thing, like the fluid, and doesn't that sound awful to say, something simple like it is just thef fluid thing .. but that seems so much more like a good outcome will come with some positive changes you were trying to make anyway, so i am sure you understand what i mean .. and i agree, just get as close as you can to the weight loss they want because you must do it safely, especially if you have health issues to complicate things ... i will be praying too for the lumbar puncture .. that is goes smoothly with no problems .. i will be praying for you .. please add me as a friend if you want if you need someone to vent too .. i am a medical assistant so can certainly empathize .. i will add you back if i see you have added me.. .. keep us posted for sure .. will be praying for you for these issues and for no new ones to come up !! be blessed !! emoticon
    1490 days ago
    Health uncertainty is never fun. I wouldn't focus on the hurdle of 30lbs, but just take it one step at a time. One day of good eating, one workout (as much as you can per what the doc recommends), etc. emoticon
    1491 days ago
    emoticon So sorry to hear about all the mounting health issues, but thank goodness you'll be hopefully getting some answers and some clarity. 30lbs in 3 months is a lot, but you can do it - or at least get close to it which is a huge step. Just keep pushing! Stay focused.

    1491 days ago
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