Erin, sorry to hear that you've been so sick. It sounds like you've had a fun couple of weeks :) Glad to hear that the doctor thinks it was just viral, and not caused by one of your afflictions. At least we know that a virus will run its course and normally vacate. Both of my twin daughters have had a viral stomach bug in the past 3 weeks or so too. They weren't having a lot of fun. So far, I've caught nothing, but that's because I'm usually at work all day and they're home with their daddy.
Glad that you're feeling at least well enough to type a little.
take it easy erin, if you remember, the regular (not stomach) flu hit the whole household here in January - and it knocked me down for 6 weeks! And, honestly, I'm still not 100%. I've been very very tired this week as well - so, just relax, get LOTS of rest, drink LOTS of fluids (I know that doesn't feel good coming out, but you were recently dehydrated and that will make you so much worse!)
I hope better days are in your future soon!
hi & welcome! thank you for your post.
if you have cervical spond. you could see a spine specialist or even a rheumatologist. a rheummy will be familiar w/ this issue.
have you an autoimmune disease?
a cure i am not sure there is...but there are definitely therapeutic help, medicines, and medical interventions that can help this problem.
is your c-spine causing a lot of pain?
as i tell many....quick action, early treatment, being aggressive.....keeps a lot of problems from arising and prevents things from getting worse.
what type of MD do you see currently?
take care & don't worry...school's almost through! SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE!!!!
awe...gosh you really hit the nail on the head! yeah, i would say see at least a rheumatologist. i mean, sounds like it's extensive osteoarthritis and degenerative arhtritis! even a bone and joint hospital would be an excellent place for a consult if you can find one.
i feel though, that neurosurgeons are too "scalpal happy" you know? but depending on the compression of the c-spine, you really can't fool too much with that.
so do you think all of this is sports related? injuries? you sound quite the athlete. it's really the pitts when young! i'm 25 and been dealing with the worst of this RA since 22. from 16 to 20 it was OK because i could still workout, work, have a social life, and do everything!....at 25 i say, "oh what i would give to be 17 again!"
pain management is critical. whether it be NSAIDs or other analgesia....it's a lifesaver in regards to performance & quality of life.
what do you take now for treatment? or haven't they started anything yet?
thanks for your kind words about the ordeal with my "father" if ya can call em that. but nah...i'm wiping my hands clean of him. i've always left my arms & heart wide open to him...but he makes no attempt. what can ya do? i am not letting it weigh heavily on me, i can't physically afford that. (truthfully...he's making the wrong friends! i mean, his daughter's in the nursing field?....wouldn't ya WANT to be nice, YOU'RE GOING TO NEED HELP ONE DAY POPS! LOL) but i will not allow any emotional abuse in my life from him.
i love my grandmother. she lives far away so i see her not often. she's a big support to me. she called me "her hero" when she was beating Colon Cancer! now that's a compliment!
so let us know how this week goes with your docs and calls and all. healingwell is great, especially the arhtritis forum. we've all grown tight-nit real fast, even brand new members. all types of RA, OA, PA, autoimmune diseases, discs...YOU NAME IT, YOU'LL FIND IT HERE! hah!
have a goodnight. erin
I'm so sorry to hear how rotten you are doing erin! Take care! I hate steroids to - man, they make you SO jittery!
I hope things start getting better for you..............it's been too, way too long for you!