First, I want to send you some hugs! (((((((((Dani))))))))).
Boy, it sounds like you've had a very eventful week! That is fantastic news about
your insurance coverage (and rebates). Who would think, an insurance company giving you
money back! It's also fantastic news that you have part of a diagnosis (although it's not good that you have hypoparathyroidism, of course) & that you can prevent & even possibly improve the damage done by the calcium loss AND that with a stable calcium level, you might now have "some options!" There is hope for you yet!
But boy, losing 2 inches in only a few months! That is really scary!
I don't know all the details regarding the steroids, but I'm pretty sure that I've heard that, about
the maximum amount of steroids your body can handle within a certain time period. Besides reducing inflammation, steroids also influence a lot of other processes within your body. For example, they weaken your immune system. There is probably only so much that you can put into your body before you start causing other problems/damage. I'm sure you could find some more info online, or ask your doctor.
I've never been on tramadol, but like anything else, I've heard good & bad things about
from people who have been/are on it. I really hope it gives you some relief! I know that you've been having a really hard time lately! And you deserve nothing less!
Hopefully you'll get in to see that specialist really soon & he'll be able to give you even more answers & treatment options! I know what you mean about
not knowing how to pronounce the guy's name! There are some really strange names out there. One doctor that I saw had a french name & I had no idea how to pronounce it. I think I absolutely slaughtered it the first time I said it on the phone when I called his office to schedule an appointment. Fortunately, they knew who I meant!
It's also good to hear about
the new medical complex. It sounds really high tech -- MRI's, CT's, x-rays, and a full lab all in one place?! Wow! Fancy! It's like a mini-hospital -- or at least the radiology & pathology departments! I wish we had stuff like that around here! With the exception of blood work & occasionally x-rays, around here you have to go to the hospital to get diagnostic tests done. And what's more, the hospital nearest me doesn't even have an MRI machine. They have a CT scanner, but if you need an MRI you either have to wait for the mobile MRI to come (yes, they have an MRI in a truck which comes once every two weeks or so), or go to another hospital in one of the city's. I remember the first time my orthopedic surgeon (in NYC) sent me to a private MRI facility near the hospital, as I needed an MRI asap & the hospital was booked solid for the day, I was floored! I couldn't believe that they had such things! There's nothing even remotely like that in the small country towns out here! We're actually very lucky that we have a nearby hospital at all! Although I still have travel anywhere from 40 min to 3 hrs to see most of my doctors.
Can't wait to hear this story about
the crazy nurse! I'm sending you lots of happy healing vibes, Miss Dani! I hope you were able to have some Halloween fun with the girls tonight!