Thursday, August 15, 2013

Many Tests

After almost 4 months of increasing clusters of what I call silent pain, just loss of vision, dancing lights and numbness in my extremities, I had an incident last week where I heard and felt a 'POP,' in my head followed by the worse head pain ever and it went away after about 15 minutes of hubby rubbing my head.

I decided it was time to stop thinking these are going to go away and see my primary doctor.  I was shocked that she didn't seem to know about my hearing loss, since we talk about it frequently and my disabilities.

While I have told her about my Fibromyalgia and my Arthritis, she seemed to not recall any of our conversations about my medications and my Rheumatologist.

The other thing odd, she had to give me a referral to see the Ear Nose and Throat specialist when I lost my job and needed a second opinion for Vocational Rehab, so I am confused.

So, she felt I should have had a head CT Scan when I was diagnosed with my initial hearing loss and she nor the ENT recommended it.

I have not only lost a good deal of my hearing, I have these odd spells I can feel coming on, because I start to lose my vision, then these dancing lights starting moving around, my hands, arms, face and feet become numb and I must lay down and they can last 10 minutes to more than an hour.

I can have 1 in a year or none in 10 years but now they are back, I am having 3-5 or more a week and sometimes that many in a day and I have tried to keep details of when they happen, but there is no rhythm to them.

So, it is off to see an Opthmologist, have a CT Scan, EKG, blood work and see a Neurologist to see if there is something to worry about.

Then there are the times, when I stumble or fall for no reason, seem to have difficulty talking or say things backwards.

Yes, it is time to figure this out because like many things when it comes to my own health, I put it off and off until I can no longer do so! 


Sherry said...

A long time ago I read an article about self care. . . while I don't remember much about what I read I do remember the part that said (in my words). . . .

The ones that rely on you can't be helped if you don't take care of yourself first.

That has stuck in my head for a long time. AND, I will be the first to admit that I don't always take my own advice (that's why I've been suffering with a foot problem for more than a month). . . .but I try to be more careful with myself.

Good luck with the tests and all. . .hope that a solution (and cause) can be found to get you past where you are now.

NanaNor's said...

Hi, I am so thankful you are going to have all these tests-although tests aren't fun your situation sounds like they need to figure out what is causing all the symptoms and make sure it isn't a TIA or stoke. I have the black spots-floaters in both my eyes and have been told they are just age related. It is a concern your dr. didn't remember previous conversations when you told her things-I might look at getting another doctor. Praying for you right now. Please keep me posted.
Hugs, Noreen

pcflamingo said...

Good. I am glad you are getting this checked out. This sounds very "not normal"!