Health Update

  Hey guys! It's been so long since I did a health update, but I have some news. So, in my last health update, I mentioned that I had made a rheumatology appointment. Well, after months and months of waiting, I had my appointment yesterday. Well, I walked away with not one, not two, but three new diagnoses. Lucky me.

  First off, yes, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After seven months of suspecting that I had it, my question was finally answered. And I'm not even upset about it. That's the funny thing about chronic illnesses, mental illnesses, and things like that. I think a lot of people know (or at least think) they have an illness before they are diagnosed with it. And by the time they get their diagnosis, they've already come to terms with having the problem. Like me. I'm not upset, I'm just relieved to finally have an answer.

  The second diagnosis I got was another one I began to think I might have. I have allodynia. Basically, it's a heightened sensitivity to pain. And it makes sense. A few weeks ago I went to get a massage for the first time in months because I've been going through a pretty bad pain flare lately. Honestly? The massage hurt more than it did good. And then there's little things that suddenly began hurting me that never did before. And I'm pretty sure I mentioned in a previous health update that I've been bruising really easily, which never used to happen. Well, now I know why I've been bruising.

  The last diagnosis I got answers questions that I've been having since I was a little kid. I have formication. Formication causes you to constantly feel like you have bugs crawling on your skin. And that's a problem I've had for as long as I can remember. For me, it especially seems to be triggered by clothes touching my skin, or people touching me. I hate being touched, it makes my skin crawl. And now I know why. I know that I've had this disease for a long time, because I remember one time in first grade I had to stay home from school because the feeling of bugs on my skin was so bad. I couldn't find anything to wear, because everything seemed to make the feeling worse.

  Formication isn't the only disease I have where a diagnosis suddenly answered so many questions. It feels like every time I'm diagnosed with something new, all these things click into place. All these little things that I've felt or thought throughout my life suddenly make sense. So, even though it sucks that I have three new health problems, I'm glad to finally have some answers.

Health Update

  Hey guys! I just thought I'd give a health update. I'm haven't been doing too good the past few days. On Saturday night I started to feel really sick. I was hot, my stomach hurt, and I had pain all over my body. It was both the shocking and cramping kinds of pain. 

  It's now Tuesday morning as I write this, and I'm not doing any better. But today is the release of Election Year 2050, so I have that to be happy about. I keep getting really hungry, but then once I eat I feel like throwing up. And then I have swollen lymph nodes, which I'm not sure what to do about. All I can really do is lay in bed. I'm trying to be happy about my book's release, but my body is making it kind of hard.

  Anyway, that's pretty much it for now. I have a doctor's appointment to get a refferal to a rhuematologist, so we'll see how that goes.

Health Update: Test Results

  Hey guys! I know it's a little late, but I'm finally sharing the results of my EMG AND my allergy test! I had three doctor appointments last week. I had a gastro one and an endo one on Tuesday, and on Wednesday I had my neuro appointment. Without further ado, let's get into the results.

  Since I went to the gastro first, I'll talk about the allergy test results first. The allergy test came back negative for everything. I have no allergies. So, it seems like the only thing causing me problems (in the gastro area) is my hiatal hernia. The gastro said that it's tiny, so it surprises me that it's causing me so much trouble. Although, I have been taking two stomach medications that seem to be really helping. I'm down from throwing up three to five times a day, to throwing up three times a week at most.

  Then there's the EMG test. That came back negative as well. Great, right? Well, kind of. I still don't know what's wrong with me. So, now I'm being sent to a rheumatologist to be tested for fibromyalgia (which is what I suspect I have). So, we'll see how that goes.

  On the bright side of all these health problems, my bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders seem to be under control, as well as my Hashimoto's. Anyway, that's it for now!

Health Update: EMG Testing

  Hey guys! You might know that I️ have a health blog called In Sickness and In Sickness. Well, running three blogs is a lot of work for me. So, In Sickness and In Sickness is now going to be a part of this blog. What I️ mean by that is instead of posting health related things on In Sickness and In Sickness, I’m going to be posting that stuff here. And this is my first health related post. If you’re lost at any point, check out insicknessandinsickness.blogspot.com to see what I’m talking about.

  I've been having a lot of nerve pain lately. Well, for at least a year. But lately, it's gotten worse. Everything I have read leads me to believe that I have Fibromyalgia. So, in January my mom made an appointment with a neurologist, even though I said I was supposed to see a rheumatologist. Anyway, the neurologist saw me in February and said that my symptoms are definitely not normal. Especially not for someone my age. So, I made an appointment to have an EMG done. And last Thursday, I had it done.

  If you don't know what an EMG is, there are two parts to it. The first part is where they use this little machine to shock you in different parts of your body. They're looking for nerve damage. They started with the arms. This part wasn't too painful for me. It definitely came as a shock (no pun intended) at first, but after the first few jolts, it didn't bother my arms. And then we moved on to the front of my legs. It hurt my right leg so bad. I don't know why. I'm hoping the results will tell me why. But my left leg was fine. But then we moved on to the back of my legs. They mainly focused on the back of my knees, which is up there with one of the most painful experiences of my life. It felt like someone had set the back of my knees on fire. I felt like I was going to cry, but luckily they stopped before I could. That part took about twenty minutes. The lady who did this part told me that it sometimes took up to two hours, depending on the difficulty of the patient.

  The next part wasn't horrible, I guess. For this part, the actual neurologist did the test (the first test was done by a nurse). The neurologist explained that he was going to put electrodes into my arm and leg muscles. It hurt more than I expected it to. Needles don't phase me. But, considering the needles were put into my muscles, which doesn't normally happen with needles around me, I see why it hurt. He did five on each arm and leg. I still have the marks from some of them. I've found that I'm scarring very easily lately. Anyway, they don't hurt anymore. They didn't really hurt at all once the needles were removed, but one of the spots of my leg itched for the rest of the day.

  I go back to the neurologist to get the results next Monday, and I'll update you guys probably a little later in the week. I just want answers, and I'm this much closer to getting them.