Found out today that I am get a second attempt at a lumbar puncture, this time in a private hospital which my neuro arranged for a nominal fee. An actual Anaesthetist will do the procedure and knock me out. Phew, what a relief that I won't have to go through the agony of that again wide awake!
Would you believe that at the public hospital "The Department" ( I suspect he means the Neurology Department ) is being renovated and I would not be able to get an appointment until mid 2007! Will have this done next Tuesday morning so I hope that this will be the last diagnostic test for a while. I am really sick of Doctors appointments, I've been to so many! My blood pressure is still soaring 171 over 104 so my Doc has started me on another drug as well as the ones I was already taking. I have to go for tests in two weeks as apparently the new drug can affect the potassium levels in your blood. They will check my bp then. My Doc has gone to the USA to see her sister, lucky thing! She leaves today.
I was lying in bed Sunday and needed to get up and I just couldn't do it. Really freaked me right out the pain in my body was overwhelming and I was thinking of going to hospital it was that bad. Anyway, after 10 minutes the pain stopped and I was ok. Does anyone else have this problem?
I also forget and lose things.This week so far, forgot and missed a Doctors appointment, lost my mobile phone, paperwork on my medical condition, and tossed out a brand new packet of millett seed in the rubbish bin. (I have several birds as pets). I also misplaced some of my bangles which I had taken off before I went to hospital last time. It took me a full week to find them, I had hidden them! I spent two days looking for my phone, it was in the clean clothes basket! Why I put it there I can't remember. I forget what I am doing and why at least 5 times a day. Makes me feel like a real idiot! How does everyone cope? I have to write things down which I do all the time now like the grocery list, then, heaven forbid I forget to take the list with me! I've also noticed that my spelling ability is slowly but surely getting worse. I used to be good at English, loved reading, crosswords etc. Now I struggle with the spelling of words or can't think of a word to use. Sometimes I think of one word and say another or can't remember what to say. Does anyone else get these symptoms? I also get leg and arm feeling extremely cold. I have noticed this happening a lot. Affects my left side. My arm and leg are really cold to the touch. Unpleasant feeling but not that bad. This happened to me in the hospital when I was in for my skin condition and they thought I was having a heart attack. My heart has checked out ok as well as thyroid and kidneys so I'm thinking that this may have been my first attack. My vision went really fuzzy and I had this flickering in my right eye. It took me a good day to get over whatever it was. The nurses said I went really pale. I was short of breath and had pain in my chest.
Thinking of you all
Hope everyone is keeping well