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rhnicks
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   Posted 2/7/2013 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not have a dx of Lupus but every time something happens health wise I read about symptoms and ALWAYS have Lupus come up, have people ask me if it's whats wrong with me, have had doc at ER ask me about it as well so I appreciate reading the posts here.

I just had my first ambulance ride yesterday and had the joy of another day in ER with no real answer just dx of UTI (again!) and an ovarian cyst. The doctor working is very nice and last year he actually is one who spent a long time looking at my history and was concerned about my situation, but he was not busy that night. Yesterday he was also super nice but brief. I wasn't comfortable asking many questions. I mean each time I've gotten the UTI dx and I ask why is this happening (I have no fever, no common symptoms but each time at the ER they tell me I have horrible urine and thats what is wrong) I'm told its a female issue, take cranberry supplement, make sure I'm using proper hygeine, all things I do.. so what gives? LOL You are welcome to give me advice if you want - PM me.

Instead of following up with my regular doc I am supposed to go to Rheumy Tuesday and figure I will talk with him. My concern is this, how do you balance seeming a hypochondriac and asking the right questions to the docs?

bluejeans
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   Posted 2/7/2013 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Why did you need an ambulance?

couchtater
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   Posted 2/7/2013 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Explain what's been happening in detail, how long it happens, and when it happens. Don't try to self diagnose. Just present the facts and let them take over.

If you do it logically he/she will listen better.

I never run a fever with my UTIs. I just "lock up" and can't pee.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

bluejeans
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   Posted 2/7/2013 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Why did you need an ambulance?
Post lymphoma,Spleenectomy, Lupus, Sjorgrens, RA , Fibromyalgia, GERD, short bowel syndrome, scolisis, arthritis of spine, spondylosis, splondylesis, DDD,DJD

Faith in God, the love of my family and a good attitude keeps me going.

rhnicks
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   Posted 2/7/2013 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I had a bad reaction to a codeine tablet. I was feeling fine except for my neck/shoulder. I've pinched a nerve and having sharp pains shoot up my neck and head, so I was icing it after lunch and decided to try the codeine and a nap. I felt the med kick in and suddenly got this pain in my chest - like someone had shoved a hot poker into my chest. Then I started vomiting, and the pain was so intense I just started yelling. I didn't know what to do and I knew I couldn't get outside and into our van and then face sitting in the ER so I told my folks to call the ambulance. It was horrible, I've had lots of pain but usually it builds up over time never that suddenly. I was kicking my feet on the stretcher and asking if they could knock me out. Once I got the zofran, and morphine it died down but it was a rough few hours.

I thought (because I have had gastritis, have GERD) that it was a ulcer, and when my WBC was high Doc said to make sure I didn't have Pancreatitis or an ulcer I had to have a ct scan. I just can't get away from this feeling that there is an underlying cause of my body constantly having issues, and always taking antibiotis.

about the UTI. I don't have any usual symptoms the first time they told me I was so confused.

Post Edited (rhnicks) : 2/7/2013 7:26:57 PM (GMT-7)


rhnicks
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   Posted 2/7/2013 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Explain what's been happening in detail, how long it happens, and when it happens. Don't try to self diagnose. Just present the facts and let them take over.


Do any of you keep a journal? I would love one with the little human figures they ask you color at the Drs office, to show the painful areas.

couchtater
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   Posted 2/8/2013 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Find one on the net and print it off.

Maybe look up body outline? or human body diagram?
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))
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