Puzzle

I thought of me, I thought of being a sinner - and now I thought of Puzzle.
Everyone say a prayer - looking forward to hearing from her, and how it went.

That's right! She was

That's right! She was nervous about her visit to the doctor today.

Good luck, Puzzle!! Hope everything turns out to be okay!

Good luck Puzzle! Your

Good luck Puzzle! Your friends are rooting for you!

what happen to puzzle(?)

what happen to puzzle(?)

Hope it went well for

Hope it went well for Puzzle

I've been somewhat out of the loop
on where everyone is with their
medical dilemmas.

Was it for a diagnosis of some type?
Poor gal - it's tough being a single
mom and trying to brave through an
illness at the same time

It's still early where she

It's still early where she is--I'm sure she'll be on later to update us.

Alert, I'm not sure if she is going back to the dentist today or following up on all that weird gyno stuff from this fall.

Wisher, thank you for

Wisher, thank you for thinking of me.....and remembering that I'm a sinner, too!

I was quite nervous about that visit! He was checking my kidneys and liver and doing other blood work. He is a new family doctor for me, and I just was hoping things would work out going there, too, in addition to the tests. My first visit seemed too good to be true. I have never in my life had any doctor spend more than even 15 minutes with me. My first visit, he spent at least an hour, talking to me and everything. I simply couldn't believe it. He also had listened to me. I mean, really listened. So, I went back today for my results, and to see how this visit would go.

The blood work he did was okay. (Whew!!! I have abused my body in the past, and one can't be too sure about those things. Kind of scary when I think about it all!) He did not, however, like my heart rate. At rest it's been in the 100's. It was 104 the first time I went (odd, because I wasn't really all that nervous or anything. I was happy to be there and relaxed). Today it was 106 at rest. I've also had some problems with it racing and stuff lately. I tried to help shovel snow last Saturday, and I had to stop almost right away. My heart was racing and my chest felt so heavy. He ended up giving me some of those awful beta blockers. All I could think about was when I took them before and how I cried. I couldn't get off my couch or out of bed to take care of my kids, they made me SO tired. He said for me to just try half. He gave me 25 mg tablets of Metoprolol. Ugh. I'm afraid to take them. I will try to take them before bed or something. And I will only take a half like he said I could. I have to be able to function!

He's also sending me for an x-ray of my hips, and a cat scan of my lumbar spine. The problems I've had with my pelvic/hip area aren't getting better. Sometimes my hips hurt so bad I can hardly walk and it hurts to drive. Other times, it's not so bad. The gyn was not helpful. She did the pelvic U/S in her office, and said everything looked fine. Now, I'm not a radiologist, or a doctor, or even a nurse, or anything. But when I looked on the screen, I saw an outline of something by my ovary. I don't know what it was. Inside of it was the same grayish color as the rest of the "background". The doctor said it was nothing, it was a "shadow". And told me whatever was wrong it did not have anything to do with what she could help me with and I was dismissed. I just didn't think a "shadow" could have an outline? But who am I to say? Of course, then I became more upset when I looked down at the paper she gave me to check out with. I may have had 5 minutes with her if I was lucky. She circled 30 minutes on the paper for her time spent with me. Nice. (wonder if my insurance company would be interested in that?) She kind of made me feel stupid for being there. I didn't like that. (I could swear the pain is coming from there, at least partly! Plus I had a couple other things happening. She dismissed them, though. Said it was nothing. Maybe it's not. Who knows. Sad )

Anyway, he is going to see if he can find the cause of what is going on, and so I will have the x-ray and cat scan. I never had a cat scan of my lumbar before. I wonder if they use that contrast dye? He seems like a really great doctor. I am lucky to have found him. I just want some answers is all. Now, my mother told me that when I was 4, I had been admitted into the hospital because of pain in my hips. She said I couldn't walk (or maybe I wouldn't because it hurt to do so?) They kept my hips and legs packed in ice. I actually remember that! I hated it cause it was so cold. I remember the nurses giving me popsicles, though, and I liked that! She said they told her that the strep throat I had didn't clear up with the antibiotics they had given me, and the doctors told her that it did something or other and that was the cause of my hip pain back then. I'm not sure what to think. Perhaps somehow, it has something to do with that. (I wouldn't think so, though. That was a very long time ago! I am 31 now!)

Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers! You guys have all been very supportive and helpful. And I will, of course, let you guys know what happens as it unfolds. (just like a soap opera, eh? lol) I'm sure I'll have questions along the way. I always have questions! Evil
(like about cortisone shots in my hips? the doctor mentioned that might help, and he is going to wait and see what the x-rays say.)

Puzzle

I'm glad that there will be

I'm glad that there will be further investigations. I wonder with that U/S, and the time, was there time behind the scenes, that you are not aware of? I don't know anything about any shadow and if that would be significant; hopefully you can trust that the answers that you got were honest answers.
I'll continue to think of you and remember you in my prayers.

Well, Puzzle, it sounds like

Well, Puzzle, it sounds like you got yourself a good doctor who is taking you seriously!
So glad to hear it! Hopefully he'll have some answers for you soon.

Puzzle wrote: ...... But

Puzzle wrote:

...... But when I looked on the screen, I saw an outline of something by my ovary. I don't know what it was. Inside of it was the same grayish color as the rest of the "background". The doctor said it was nothing, it was a "shadow". And told me whatever was wrong it did not have anything to do with what she could help me with and I was dismissed. I just didn't think a "shadow" could have an outline?

Puzzle, I wouldn't be too concerned about background shadow images. I don't have a Grey's Anatomy with me and my recollection of human anatomy is really the pits. However, a x-ray beam through additional (organ) tissue will be more greatly absorbed by the tissue than that volume of tissue surrounding it (more cavity). The outline is formed by the lack of dense tissue outside of the organ. Outlines enable those interpreting radiographs to distinguish your soft tissue anatomy. If a higher intensity x-ray beam were employed, the outlines would tend to diminish.

I wouldn't worry unless you saw something like missing ribs (an obvious problem Laughing out loud ), a myriad of small dots or patches within the outline of the lungs (pneumonia, cancer associated with smoking), etc.

It sounds to me that you found a winner of a GP, and that s/he is pursuing the indicated investigations.

Mic

Puzzle, I just got back from

Puzzle,
I just got back from two doctors and signed on right away to make sure you're okay. I'm glad you have a doctor who is finally investigating that pelvic pain. I know it's been bothering you and weighing on your mind for a while. It's always great when you find one of those docs who's on your side! Smiling

Puzzle, Please don't be

Puzzle,

Please don't be overly concerned about the Pelvic ultrasound. This is not a radiological test, but created by sound waves bouncing off of tissues, and it takes a very trained eye to interpret that film/screen. To the untrained eye, it only looks like a blizzard with shadows and outlines, and that's the way it's supposed to look. You need to just wait for your official result. As to the tachycardia, I believe that you have had that before and have seen an electrophysiologist? Didn't you have an EP study and had some type of tachycardia? Do you recall exactly what that was? Given your strep infection, do you have a mitral valve prolapse? I also hated taking BB's when I first started on them, but your body does adjust to them, and it helps if you take it just before bed rather than in the morning.

I hope that they find some answers for you w/r to the hip pain.

It sounds like you have found a wonderful PCP, and congratulations on that. That's a huge comfort.

Pam

Yeah, I'm not going to worry

Yeah, I'm not going to worry about the U/S. Worrying does nothing to help anyways, right? I am very glad I have found this doctor. I have never seen a doctor like him before, and he is going to figure out the problem and fix it. (hopefully!)

Yes, Pam, I have had a tachycardia problem for years. It began when I was 19, just after I had my wisdom teeth out, but nobody would listen to me about it until I was about 25. IT wasn't until my heart wouldn't slow down by itself that they listened to me about it. I did once upon a time have a creepy electrophysiologist. He was going to do an EP study. I cancelled it, though, and never had it done! I just couldn't go through with it. So I've been on a variety of medicines. Digoxin (I'm still on it), beta blockers (metoprolol, I took it before, but stopped it on my own. And now I have to start it again), Cardizem CD (I'm not sure what this did for me? I never noticed a difference before or after I took it) After the testing they did do (an echo, a bunch of EKG's, and some other ones I forget) the doctor said it was very likely I had AV Nodule Reentry Tachycardia. The second Electrophysiologist said it could be that, or another kind (I forget what the other one was she said). When I have the tachycardia, I have a very fast, steady rhythm. It's like my regular heart rate, only on turbo or something. Laughing out loud

As for the strep throat thing when I was very young, so far as I know, it never did anything to my heart. The doctors told my mother something about it would become rheumatiod (ap?) arthritis. But, I have had doctors tell me as an adult this is wrong, and I do not have that or any type of arthritis. (which is good!) They also told her I'd be in a wheel chair by the time I was 20. I am 31 and I am not in a wheel chair! I haven't even had so much as a problem with my legs, or hips or anything. Until now.

I did take the beta blocker before bed last night. half of one of them wasn't too bad. I think I slept better than I have been, too. I've been waking up in the night lately, and I even discovered that sometimes I've been eating in my sleep! I don't know what is up with that, but I don't like it and would like to find a way to stop doing that. (I mentioned it to the doctor and he said it was fine and not to worry about it.)

It is SOOOO cold today. It's 2 degrees F, and that is without the wind chill. I'm glad the kids have school, because I do have to work today, yet part of me wishes they didn't have it, as it's just too cold, I think. Oh, how I wish Spring could come soon!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!!! Smiling

Puzzle

Puzzle wrote: It is SOOOO

Puzzle wrote:

It is SOOOO cold today. It's 2 degrees F, and that is without the wind chill. I'm glad the kids have school, because I do have to work today, yet part of me wishes they didn't have it, as it's just too cold, I think. Oh, how I wish Spring could come soon!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!!! Smiling

Puzzle

Hi Puzzle...It's days like today (and the upcoming ones eek) where we're at -20 celcius that my husband starts entertaining a job change. This week it's Atlanta. LOL
p.s. Try not to worry, and I'm glad you have a doctor you really like. It takes so much pressure off your own shoulders because you trust that they are looking out for you. Smiling

Daenerys wrote: Puzzle

Daenerys wrote:
Puzzle wrote:

It is SOOOO cold today. It's 2 degrees F, and that is without the wind chill. I'm glad the kids have school, because I do have to work today, yet part of me wishes they didn't have it, as it's just too cold, I think. Oh, how I wish Spring could come soon!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!!! Smiling

Puzzle

Hi Puzzle...It's days like today (and the upcoming ones eek) where we're at -20 celcius that my husband starts entertaining a job change. This week it's Atlanta. LOL
p.s. Try not to worry, and I'm glad you have a doctor you really like. It takes so much pressure off your own shoulders because you trust that they are looking out for you. Smiling

Brrrrrrrr!! It's 23 degrees F. here and I've been complaining all morning!! I know I just couldn't handle it, but then I spent the most of my life in Florida........my body would go into shock!!

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