Right now all I can say is "ouch!" At least it doesn't hurt as bad as it did yesterday when she did it. I guess I shouldn't have gotten her talking about geocaching. LOL She hadn't heard of it. The first six or seven vials of blood went fine, but the last one was so bad I cried.
Scaryann, I'm sorry. I hate bloodwork, because typically 2 out of 3 times they either collapse the be Erin "chasing" it, or the vein stops following and I have to be stuck again. I hope you are doing well in spite of it today. I'm praying you will come back with good news; praying it won't be an added health issue. 🙏🌼
Yep, I do completely understand where you are coming from on that. I've had that happen to me on at least 2 occasions at the lab and it does hurt like a biatch. Have you tried using ice to perhaps calm it down a little bit?
Thanks everyone. Amanda, thanks for the suggestion, I did try ice briefly this morning. It didn't work very well. For some reason it made the muscle in my arm cramp up and hurt almost as bad as the pain was yesterday when she did it. I gave in and wore my spica splint most of the day, it didn't help much, but at least it gave me the feeling that I was trying to do something for it. Right now I have it wrapped in an ace bandage and that's not doing any more than the splint did.
The bloodwork is testing hormone levels and other things to try to find out why I can't loose weight. I weigh 300 lbs and only eat 1500 calories a day. I also start allergy testing next week, to see if allergies are part of the problem. I know it also doesn't help that I was on a starvation diet for 20 years. It took me six months to get over 1000 calories a day. I still have days when I struggle to eat. Today was one of those days. I did eventually get to my goal of 1200-1500 calories (thanks to half a 20 oz bottle of Pepsi with real sugar) and a bag of popcorn. LOL
Same with me.. I had my thyroid removed because I was diagnosed with Graves Disease (hyperthyroidism) and then really blew up. That combined with my pain and bone degeneration, I don't get the exercise I need and with anxiety and depression issues I find it hard to force myself out unless someone needs me to be there. Then it doesn't matter how I feel, I'm there by that person's side. I hope you get the answers that you need. It's very frustrating process.
I'm hoping to find out more next week when this run of tests come back. Every time they check my thyroid (in the last 20 years) they ask me how much thyroid medication I'm taking and when I say none, they say "oh, okay, it's fine then." Really makes me wonder.
I know what you mean with not being able to exercise like you need. I sprained my knee in November putting cinnamon rolls in the oven. Then in December I dislocated my ankle walking down the hallway in my house.
I guess when I heard someone said they were "falling apart" I decided to take it literally.
I'm scared to death to ever have my thyroid out. We lost my Mom in 1994 because she had her thyroid out. It's a long story but she never came home from surgery. She had the surgery October 19, 1994, she passed away December 10 th that same year. The day after my younget nephew was born. She only left ICU for three days in that time. The remainder of that time she was on a ventilator.
Thank you for feeling bad for me falling apart, but there's nothing they can do for it, so I learn to deal with it and try not to let it get the best of me. :-) Some days are a pain though.
ScaryAnn, I'm really sorry about your Mom. I had my thyroid chemically removed. You swallow some radioactive pill and within a few days, your thyroid dies off and shrinks to the size of a pea. It was the after effects I couldn't bear. Believe me, I was in such a horrible place in my heart, mind and soul that after a few weeks, I just wanted to curl up and die. It was one of the most horrible experiences I've ever had. I hope that you get some relief and that you have better results sin am
So sad about your Mom. Try not to relive that pain over and over again. I know it is hard, and 1994 sounds like a long time ago, but if it's traumatic enough, I know that sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday. Feelings like that increase your pain. And it's not just in your mind. A tragedy will make you feel vulnerable. Your problems may have nothing to do with your thyroid. Get the doc focused on determining what the actual problem really is. Ask them why they assume you are on thyroid medication. Ask them lots of questions. You are not your mother, and I'll bet she wouldn't want you to be. Allow her to make you strong.
I don't think you should feel as if you are falling apart. What would help glue you together? If you aren't sure, tell your doc the outcome you would like to see, then ask them how they can help get you there. If they tell you to do something you can't do, tell them (or even show them) why you can't do it. Docs must see you as a person before they really help you efficiently. Make them want to help you get better. Be interested in their tests and what the results indicate. See if there is advanced reading material they can suggest to help you understand your predicament. You need to leave that doctors office feeling empowered, not defeated. Find out how your doc can help you feel that way. I think it's the first step to feeling better. Don't get discouraged, and don't let other people minimize your problems or put you down. This is not your fault. If it is you can change your behavior ( but I strongly feel it's nothing you are or are not doing). If that's the case, then you just need to know what to do to make things better for yourself. You have the power to at least take control of the information surrounding your illness. That alone, I suspect, will give you some degree of relief. All my best wishes! Know we are here for you!