Good News - Kind Of
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
This morning, I had an appointment with my neurologist. I reviewed my appointment with the neurosurgeon and he was shocked and disappointed. He kept apologizing over and over, since he was the one who had sent me to that neurosurgeon. Oh well, that part is, water under the bridge so to speak.
We reviewed all of my blood work. My month long sugar fest didn't affect the A1-C in the least. It was 5.3 so I'm not diabetic or prediabetic. All of my other tests were in the normal range too. The result is that I'm the in the 10-15% of those who have neuropathy due to unknown causes. The neurologist was concerned about the pain, numbness and spasms in my neck, left hand, lower legs and lower spine. I'm supposed to take a new medication, starting at bedtime. (If it works, I will increased the dosage to add in a morning dose.) He and my migraine neurologist are in agreement with this treatment. I will try it tonight and see if I have side effects. It requires that I be much more vigilant about keeping track of what I eat because it can cause weight gain. Oh goodie, as if need one more thing to slow my hypothyroid metabolism. Seriously! I will track my daily weight and food. In one month, I will return to the neurologist with my food and weight tracking and we will decide if the medicine is a good fit for me. If I experience any adverse effects between now and then, I will call his office and stop the medication.
Before my appointment was over, we discussed mobility and movement limitations/constraints. Things such as no heavy lifting, bending only with the knees, limit overhead movements etc. I'm okay to go to Silver Sneakers and should work with a personal trainer at a gym periodically to find exercises at the gym that I can do on my own without hurting myself. I am also supposed to continue with my home strengthening program in supplement to any other workouts. I will need to use my chariot (rollator walker) when tired or walking outside the house or I can use it all the time if I feel unsteady on my feet. He reminded me that there is no shame in using assistance devices such as canes or walkers, "Many people need them who are both young and old, " he told me, " It's just good common sense." Okay, so I use my chariot. I'm having fun with the seat covers, which I change to match my outfits. It never fails to get comments when we go out - most people ask where they can find them to use for themselves or for family members. I'm trying to embrace it!
I felt very hopeful after the appointment. I was relieved that I don't have any underlying disease causing the neuropathy. My main job is my overall health and fitness. I can do it!