Thursday, December 13, 2012

Medical Stuff

Well, that didn't last long... 213. Glad to be off the 214 train and hope I never ride it again.

I went to the podiatrist today for a follow-up on how my feet are doing. They are taped and I have been going to PT twice a week now for about 6 weeks with only about 30% overall improvement in the pain. He is concerned. He said usually if plantar fasciitis is going to respond to PT, it happens within the first couple of sessions. I am still very tender in my heels and it is still keeping me from being active. So he ordered some blood tests. Honestly, this has me very nervous. He talked about things like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. The tests he ordered are the basic metabolic panel and CBC, sed rate (to detect inflammatory response/disease), ANA screen (to check for autoimmune disorders), c-reactive protein test (another check for inflammation), and Rheumatoid factor (checking for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and sarcoidosis).

I probably don't need to tell you I am a nervous wreck on the inside but trying to just not think about it and assume all is well. No need to worry before I even know if anything is wrong, right? So hard for me to do. I hate this kind of thing... any kind of screening where they think you could have some awful thing wrong and then you have to wait for days or weeks to find out the results. I feel the same way every time I get my mammograms and paps. Hate the waiting. Well, all I can do is go get the blood draw tomorrow and go on about my days as usual, and try not to let it stress me out too much.

In the meantime, I'll keep going to the PT for at least another two weeks. After that, the doctor said if I am not vastly improved, I might want to consider not going and just continuing the exercises at home while we look at other options... like the shots or the surgery. But first we wait for the blood tests.

Last night we had carne asada for dinner. It was pretty good but the recipe I used had a lot of lime juice in it. Too much, I think. Next time I will cut back. I had my carne asada over a salad of Romaine with salsa and avocado, while the kids made theirs into tacos on fresh tortillas. I think tonight will be a leftovers night for the kids, and maybe I will make myself a favorite comfort food: tuna "noodle" casserole. I really didn't feel like I cared what I'd be eating for dinner until after that doctor's appointment, but now, I kind of care. That casserole might just fit the bill.

12 comments:

Deb Willbefree said...

That kind of thing IS worrying.

The tests you listed are fairly quick to come back. If you get the labs done tomorrow, the MD should have the results, easily, by Wednesday.

Quite frankly, when I had that work up done in the hospital where O worked, most of the results were on the computer by afternoon. If I remember correctly, the SED rate took til the next day. (Mine is always a little high, by the way, but I have no dx of a problem.

I've prayed that the the tests will kick up the problem, but it will be simple to correct and be done with. :D And you can get on with your life.

Deb

Becky said...

Please please PLEASE go to a rolfer. It fixed my awful plantar fasciitis in just one session. Seriously. It's worth the $100 or so that it costs. Please do this before surgery or shots. Your body will thank you! Go to http://www.rolf.org/find to find a local rolfer that can help you. I thought it was hooky when I first heard of it, but I was so desperate I went anyway. I was so very very surprised that it actually fixed it. Good luck!

Jeanette said...

I am SO glad you are heading in the right direction with your weight. Whatever might come at you, healthwise, you will be better equipped to deal with it if you are lighter/fitter/healthier overall. Wishing you the best!

stephseef said...

I have RA. There are painful days, but there are many, many more good days. It's manageable with good medical care. I hope you don't have a sketchy immune system, but hang in there even I the news isn't what you hope for -- you can still thrive!!!

Karen said...

Good luck with the lab tests. Although the faster test results will come back quick, the auto immune tests take longer and , depending on the results, could result in more testing or a longer time for diagnosis.

Talk to your doc about your anxiety around medical issues. Another great topic for a good counselor. My counselor was one stop healing. Serversl big problems, one place to work it out.

Stay 100% OP. Even without Exercise, weight loss is still possible. Both The Palelo solution and practical paleo books address diet and auto immune. I have had hashimotos since my 30's. I was mis-diagnosed for 4-5 months. No bueno.

The diet won't cure auto immune disease , but I can live my absolute best life this way. Take care Karen P

Mella B. said...

Hang in there, Lyn. You are doing so great on the healthy eating and being as active as you can. I hope you are proud of all the hard work you are doing.

I have had two steroid injections for my plantar fasciitis and it has helped tremendously. I get an occasional twinge in my foot and that is it - no pain. I can walk around first thing in the morning and not feel any pain! It might be worth a shot for you (pun intended). With the weight coming off I bet your feel will start to feel better, though they will still need some time to heal.

Be well :)
Kari

Lori said...

My prayers are with you.
Lori

Tracy said...

Testing is scary, but know that with results comes treatments. I had similar symptoms to you, I elected to go to a provider in my area from a friend (who's a dr) to someone who was certified in Graston Technique. The dr I went to was a chiropractor who was certified in this, and within 6 treatments I had minimal to no pain. http://www.grastontechnique.com/ will give you more information - this worked over medications and injections for me.

Also, I later was diagnosed with RA - and with some medication I have been pain free with a few bad days here and there. Know although it is frustrating, this is not the end.

Praying for you!

Lyn said...

Thanks Tracy, I did have the Graston technique for about 5 or 6 sessions with no improvement, so I switched to ASTYM which is similar but also somewhat different. I am getting some improvement, but it sure is slow going.

Anonymous said...

at least if you are diagnosed with something, you will be able to be treated. I've had RA for 26 years, it's manageable with proper meds. Julie from Australia

coopsmom said...

I feel your pain with PF. Don't know what shoes you wear, but I love Orthaheels. I have about 4 pairs...even slippers, and can't believe how they have helped my PF. My niece has the same problem and she loves them too, My favorite is the flip-flops. I get them off Zappos and they are so great with free shipping both ways (even for returns.) They run a little bit large so you might need to go down in size, but they give my foot just enough arch support to slowly get it to heal. Check out the reviews on Zappos.

Emily Gray Clawson said...

That is scary! Best wishes with your feet. I've had PF for years and its miserable.