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May. 10th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Ok--so that subject really doesn't apply but I wasn't sure what to call it so... I have to give you props for your positive attitude. I do not know what all of your health related stuff is--other than what I have heard in that post, but I do know from personal experience that a positive attitude in dealing with physical pain is a good thing, and also can be rare to see. Anyway, I am not saying that you don't have bad days--but I have to commend you on your enthuisiasm and spirit! It is very encouraging!
May. 10th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Let's see... A little run-down... A lot of my health issues are sort of hazy and mystifying. I started out as a premature baby who did very well: all I had to deal with was retina trouble. I ended up developing a whole bunch of complications from that, and I'm now being followed for several eye problems.

I had chronic respiratory infections and allergies since I was nine years old and just two weeks ago had nasal polyps removed. Wowie zowie! When I heal, I'm gonna feel completely new! To go on with this, I had asthma diagnosed when I was 23, and it's been controlled at various levels over the years using various amounts and numbers of meds. Life with these illnesses gets pretty scary. I have sleep apnea, which is generally no big deal unless I'm stuffed up and can't use the machine because it blows air up through my nose.

I have had migraines (not just headaches but full-blown episodes with strange symptoms like vertigo and disorientation with or without pain) since I was 14 as well as episodes that resemble complex partial seizures. Whether or not they are epileptic is still up in the air 20 years later, and I may never know the answer. They respond well to antiepileptic meds; but doctors want to call that mood disorder-related anxiety. They are experiencially nothing like panic attacks, which I also have. Someday I'll convince a doctor to listen to me. LOL! They may also be part of my migraine symptoms, except that they come and go up to five or six times a day.

Most recently, I've been checked for arthritis... My tests are normal, so my pain is elusive. I'm not really sure what happens next with it, so I'll see when I go to the new internist. My GP is moving in August, so I just initiated the Medicaid change-doctor process. My life is a blast lately!

That's a pretty quick overview... I never thought I would be dealing with all of this stuff... I always thought I was just dealing with blindness and the world was my oyster. It's been a very hard road.
May. 10th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
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I understand. I have been blind from birth because of prematurity, but no other health problems (that I knew of anyway) up until around '99. I started having all sorts of pain that I could not explain--sometimes excruciating everywhere, sometimes not. The fatigue was another story! I couldn't function. Walking around my apartment was a chore because i was afraid I'd pass out. Anyway, I was eventually diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I went from a person who hardly took assprin, to a person who took all sorts of meds. I am taking less now, but I also have migraines--something that is common. I also have endometriosis--which will rear its ugly head on occasion! There are days when I feel like my body is much older than my young age of 32! lollollollol! I suppose that God gives us various challenges for a reason. hehheh
May. 10th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Tee hee! When the nurses ask me about my meds, I ask how long the page is. LOL! Last time I counted, there were 13 in the cabinet... When I went to get my last dog guide, I was talking over my health stuff with the instructor. He said after about ten minutes, "You are like 90 years old!" LOL!
May. 10th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Yeah I was originally told that I could not get a guide dog due to the fibromyalgia. Now that the pain and fatigue are under control I will be able to be accepted. I will have to wait until I have finished my degree though. Yay! Another year of cane travel! lol
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