Monday, March 17, 2014

Health Quandary

Things have been a little crazy here over the last two weeks.

I have not been feeling very well for a while now. I have had some digestive issues and pain in my lower left abdominal area and my migraines have been brutal. They happen almost every night and involve ear aches and sore throats.

Since this started when I was unemployed, I had to wait until I had health insurance and since I now do, I went to the doctors. The doctor sent me for a colonoscopy and they found that everything was hunky dory in that department so they sent me to get a pelvic ultrasound.

The pelvic ultrasound showed that I have fibroids, which I have had removed in the past. The gynecologist today said that fibroids are not causing my digestive issues and pain and he said I should have a cat scan.

It is just frustrating. It makes me think it is all in my head.

On top of this, Pumpkin went to the vet last week and because she is so young and has an advanced case of gingivitis. The vet thought to test for Bartonella , which can manifest in cats with gingivitis. It came back positive. So Eli and Bailey have to be treated with antibiotics. Me and the guy are probably going to be tested as well.

Perhaps, my crazy headaches have something to do with the Bartonella. It can’t hurt to be tested.

My Google investigation of the “stealth pathogen” does not instill good vibes in me. Just so you know Bartonella can cause a few things including cat scratch disease. God knows I have been scratched and bitten enough by my precious cats. We shall see.

Meanwhile, the gynecologist made a comment about me “losing a 100 pounds” to feel better. I know I have to lose weight. I know I need to be healthy. I just know the pain is more than weight.

9 comments:

  1. I hope you feel better soon! My boss's cat had gingivitis recently and she made a full recovery - I hope pumpkin does the same!

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    1. Hopefully, the Bartonella treatment will help Pumpkin. She loves tuna fish so they should like the medicine.

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  2. Do you think some of the effects could be from stress when you were unemployed? I know it sounds like maybe too simple of an explanation, but I know other people who have had stress manifest itself in migraines/headaches and digestive issues when they've been unemployed or having a miserable time at their job.

    Sorry about the colonoscopy - I have to get one every 2-3 years, so I literally feel your pain on that one...they're no fun! And finally, as a fellow migraine sufferer, I always like to pass along when I find/learn anything new that works for me, so here's what's helping me lately: Migralief/Migravent! It's a supplement that my doctor recommended for me that has definitely decreased both the frequency and the intensity of my migraines (which granted, aren't as bad or frequent as yours were to start). The hippie health food store in Quincy Center has Migralief. It has feverfew, riboflavin and magnesium in it - may be worth checking with your doctor to see if they think it will help!

    Hope you (and the kitty!) are feeling better soon!

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    1. I will have to try that supplement. I take calcium with vitamin d and minerals so I can get the magnesium, which I read was supposed to help.

      The cats and Bailey all need to take the antibiotics. It is going to be a fun time for me luckily, the animal pharmacy said they can get a tuna flavored syrup.

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  3. I hope you feel better soon! I know it is frustrating to feel so bad and have no answers. I hope Pumpkin feels better soon too.

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    1. It just makes me feel like it is all in my head but my guy says it is part of the process, ruling things out. I am trying to look at it in a positive way but it is hard.

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  4. Find another doctor if yours is simply writing it off as a 'weight issue'

    That said, my stomach was always messed up when I was at my highest and hardly ever messed up at my lowest...as I gained I saw the problems start up again...so they 'could' be right. That said, follow YOUR instincts!

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  5. I hope you feel better soon and that the doctor gets to the root of the issue. Also, I agree with MaryFran. If your doctor is writing it off as just a weight issue, you need to find a doctor that will actually take the time to figure out what's really going on.

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  6. Hope you get some answers and feel better soon!

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