Preparing for my next PCP doctor's appointment.

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   Posted 11/26/2009 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a general followup with my PCP next week in regards to my toe infection, the epidural I had and an "How's every thing going" type of visit.

The only good news is my toe. It is healing slowly but just fine. I had a podiatrist look at it a few days ago and he said all things considered he does not expect any problems.

The rest of it is not looking so well. The steroids I had before and during the epidural are still wrecking havoc with my blood sugar. I have almost tripled my insulin and the best reading I can get is about 200. For those who are not in the know BS readings of 80-100 are considered "normal" and my personal target at this time is under 120. (Yes I am diabetic. 10+ years)

Then it looks like the epidural is going to be a wash. I felt pretty good, as compared to how I normally feel, for 3 or 4 days after the procedure but now every bit of pain I had is back with more frequent flair up. At least so far it is not constantly worse like after the facet injections.

Also I have come to a decision on the Dilaudid I have been prescribed. I am not going to take any more of it at the current dose and time regimen I have been given. It only provided me about 45 min to an hour of relief and I am only suppose to take it every 8 hours as needed. To me the rate of return is not worth putting more chemicals into my body so I am going to take the rest of the script in with me and give it to my doc with an explanation of the why. I just hope I am not having a real bad pain day that day cause I only want to state and discuss the facts and not come across as an azz.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 11/27/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I will wish you well for your appointment and hope that things go good...
I'm sorry the steroids are wearing off for you...
Prayers and lots of soft hugz
make a list of all this that you want to talk over with your doctor, so you don't forget...
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...


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   Posted 11/27/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Jim wish you well at the appt. I think you will be fine. Considering your BS problems tf sounds perfectly reasonable to decline any further steroids. As for the Dilaudid not working, again, pain meds are trial & error. Your dr should understand this. I do not think you are coming across bad at all. Good luck.


<FONT>crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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