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16 March 2010 @ 09:56 am
Crap: blood tests show nothing but a surprise that doesn't help  
Well, here's my results:

I once *had* mono. But I don't now. The nurse, who spoke with a thick accent, said that people sometimes have mono and not even know it. "Maybe it was a time you felt tired and you didn't know why, but you don't have it now." I didn't think I had it now, but hey, what do I have?

White blood cell count normal. Blood sugar a little high, but I didn't fast before the blood test because it wasn't a requirement. Potassium is low, and they suggested I eat more bananas and oranges. I was already eating bananas and oranges, I guess I need more, or take a potassium supplement.

So what is wrong with me? "Keep on the antibiotics," she said, "and if you don't feel better, call us back in a week." My antibiotics ended today, and I really don't feel a whole lot better (although, I feel better today than I have since last week).

[sigh]

See, this is why I don't like going to the doctor's. I seem to get a lot of "there's nothing wrong, you big sissy." And after years of ignoring symptoms and things coming and going, I sort of take this approach that it's all in my head. If I can deal with the pain, I do so. According to half my friends, this philosophy will kill me. Most of you are very well-meaning, but I have to say when I get some alarmist, "IF YOU DON'T SEE SOMEONE ABOUT X YOU'LL GET Y AND IT KILLED THIS GUY I KNOW" I sort of tune you out. I don't want to be one of those hypochondriacs who pops pills and sees the doctor for every sniffle, screaming, "there's blood in my mucous!" Doctor's visits are $30/pop after co-pay, plus the meds, plus time off from work, plus everything else.

But this is a case where the pain is very real and it's affecting my day-to-day activities in a significant way. Right now, as I type this, I feel this bulge behind my nose right under my left eye. At times, the pressure gets so bad, it makes my eyeball not swivel right. My nose is always slightly runny, and my jaw and left ear hurts. The pain, when it hits, sends shock waves down my neck into my back which makes the muscles seize up like they do when you get an electrical shock. Throughout the day, the pain moves around, which is very confusing. Like, as I type this, the pain is centered on my left tonsil. This morning, it was my teeth. Last night, it was my RIGHT sinus that prevented me from shopping, and as I fell asleep, it was in my right ear. This marked the first time it was on my right side, so it's spreading. And whatever it is has started to adapt to antibiotics. Could be a rhinovirus affecting my sinuses, but I didn't go to med school for 4 years, nor have the 4+ years post grad work and residency to make a valuable judgment on those sorts of things. I am just impressed that I know "rhino" is a Latin root word for "nose" (e.g., rhinoceros = "nose horned").

Give me a busted Linux box, I have a great chance of figuring out what's wrong. Human body? Not so much. I approach all my medical issues like a Linux box where I don't exactly have root access, but I am still considered an administrator who is constantly swamped with other projects and not keeping good maintenance.

So now what? I guess wait. I suspect I will be in severe pain by the next few days since the antibiotics ran out this morning, and they will send me to an ENT specialist. Not looking forward to that.
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maugornmaugorn on March 16th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
They told you if you don't feel better to call them again. You don't really need to wait. They said that because most of the time it just takes time for antibiotics to work. Continued severe pain is NOT what they want you to wait for- especially if the antibiotics have run out.
If they're not sure what's going on, they can still maybe treat your symptoms or your pain, while they and you find you a specialist.
Don't feel guilty about seeking to alleviate your pain.
You've already proven time and again that you ARE capable of dealing with pain. Now that you've more than proven it, give your self the gift or retiring from that career.
The voice that says you're just being a sissy is not your voice, nor is it the voice of a competent care-giver.
"We're not sure what's going on" is not the same as that voice either.
Take care and don't be shy about insisting on getting care that you DO deserve!
I think I'll say that part again. You DO deserve getting good care and to alleviate your pain. I will personally kick the ass of anyone who disagrees- except for you. You're just wrong if you think that.
Tiger: CodeOwiedreamtigress on March 16th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
A doctor's visit is only a $30 co-pay ? I say "only" because I have lived without health insurance for over a decade. When I get sick enough to warrant a doctor's visit, I start studying my finances to see how to afford to *go* to the doctor. Thus... I don't say I will go to the doctor very often, and I am not quick to recommend the same.

In your case, though, I think a COMPETENT doctor is a requirement. The kind of pain and resistance to antibiotics sound fairly serious to me, and I am kind of saddened by the care you have already received.

I am pretty sure we'd all like to keep you around longer, and that you'd like to not be in this much pain. I really hope that you can get some better medical advice soon !