My Personal Journey

Health Update Sept 2018

First Health Update for you guys! I am going to share my misadventures of Doctor visits, diets, fitness journeys, and everything else about where I am right now.

A lot has been happening and it’s good that I’m doing all this but today I am feeling like my entire life is one big doctor appointment. Let me try to explain.

Trying A New Doctor (for the second time)

About a year ago I accidentally made an appointment with Columbus Physical Medicine. I was trying to find some where to get a medical massage but instead found myself meeting a doctor who wanted to work with me to find a way to lessen my pain. At the time my insurance was not very good and the copay would be too much for us, then a month later I found out I was pregnant, so never followed up after the first appointment.

Fast forward to now, I had my baby and realized I need to get a handle on my health. It’s clear that as time goes on, my health issues are going to become harder and harder to cope with while taking care of a growing boy. I remembered the nice doctor I met a year before and make an appointment. That was 8 weeks ago and I have been going once a week since.

Dr. Codner and his staff are amazing. I have never felt so cared for. They have started a treatment plan for me that we have built on over time. They have the perfect balance of natural treatments and medicines. I really can’t say enough good things about them. I’ve seen real improvement since starting there a couple of months ago.

What We Have Done So Far

The Nurse Practioner started by giving me shots in the major pressure points of my neck to help with migraines. It was an awful experience. I was so tense and it was incredibly painful. I started seriously ugly crying while a nurse had to hold Leo. They talked to me for a little while and asked if I had anxiety. I told her that I didn’t know and she suggested that I might have postpartum anxiety.

This, by the way, was the third time someone asked if I had anxiety. I didn’t even know I did. I always just said I get stressed out easily and have sensory overload almost all the time and my chronic pain gets worse when I get stressed out. Thinking about it over the next week it clicked. I have anxiety and that sensory overload would be better described as panic attacks.

The next week I discussed with the Dr Codner my frustrations with food. Basically I feel sick and get sharp pains in my torso when I eat anything. Most of the time it won’t keep me from eating because I like food more than I dislike pain. But there have been times where I’d rather just go without. It turns out that it’s not normal to feel sick when you drink water. I’ve felt this way for as long as I can remember so I didn’t even know to share that tidbit of information. He’s pretty sure that at least part of my food issues are anxiety related as well.

Who knew anxiety affected so much?

Since then he’s given him the supplements Gabatone and Nero-Mag. I have been more alert since taking the supplements which is awesome. He has also been doing chiropractic adjustments every week. I was skeptical about how much it would help, but man! I have been sleeping a bit better. My Fitbit shows that my resting heart rate has improved. I even started seeing improvements during my workouts, which before I was getting nowhere with them.

Here’s my controversial thing I’m going to share. They helped me get my Low THC CBD oil card. I say controversial but I’m sharing because it shouldn’t be controversial. I shouldn’t feel bad for using a miracle plant that God created to help with my chronic pain and anxiety. It’s a whole lot safer than all those pain meds I used to use. Since I started taking the oil 3 weeks ago everyone at the doctors office has noticed a difference in me. I don’t seem like I’m in as much pain, and I seem all around happier. It has helped so much with my anxiety that I have been able to be more out spoken with my doctors to further my treatments. My anxiety improved enough to take another big step in my health journey. 

Conquering My Fear And Going To The Dentist

Confession – This was the first time I’ve been to the dentist in 5 years. Yes I know that’s bad. Dentists terrify me. It’s partly irrational and partly bad experiences. I also have a bad gag reflex just to add to the unpleasantness. Taking steps to improve my anxiety allowed me to take the first steps and find a place to make an appointment. Of course, doing so shot my anxiety through the roof, but I’m still counting it as a win. I searched for a place that does sedation dentistry, Chattahoochee Valley Dental, and made an appointment. 

I have know been 3 times. First a consultation, then a cleaning, then the first cavity fillings.

Thankfully my first appointment showed that while I have quite a few cavities the damage isn’t too bad so no scary root canals or anything. 

During my cleaning and my fillings they had me hooked up to laughing gas. I am so grateful that they did. This was the first dentist appointments that I didn’t tease up so much that it caused muscle spasms or caused my pain level to shoot through the roof. 

I will have a few more appointments in the future but I’m no longer nervous. I feel like I conquered a fear.

High-Stress Few Weeks And Latest Treatment

The past 3 weeks have been intense. Between Leo’s checkups, my pain, and many many doctors appointments and the everyday stress of a 4-month old, I don’t know how I’m in one piece. 

The newest thing Dr Conder is trying is an IV treatment. Basically it’s an IV filled with good stuff like Magnesium, vitamins, and amino acids. I had high hopes for this. So high of hopes in fact that when they had to postpone in a week, I had a melt down. 

You can read about that in my post I’ve Been Putting Too Much Hope In My Next Medical Treatments

This past Thursday, I had my first IV treatment. It was amazing! I felt so relaxed, my muscles loosened and I was calm enough to talk about uncomfortably topics. My muscles were so relaxed I was able to get the shots in my neck for migraines again. This time it wasn’t so bad.

I’ll be doing these IV treatments every week for the next 4 weeks. I’m truly excited to go to my next appointment.

Excited to go to the doctor? Who am I?

Because I Wasn’t Already Dealing With Enough

I got the IV treatment, everything was looking up. I was relaxed and happy, enjoying dinner with some friends who had watched Leo for me that day. 

Then pain struck. Like falling in love is explained in The Fault In Our Stars, “it happened slowly, then all at once.”

Our time with friends was cut short and I couldn’t stand the pain any longer. Of course, stay you can’t stand it doesn’t make it go away. The pain grew as we drove home. I very pitifully made it to the couch where I sat panicking and trying to decide if I should go to the emergency room. I would have if I thought it would help but I’ve had this pain before.

Two years ago I went to the emergency room 4 different times, including once on Christmas Eve, for this pain. It was after that I had the surgery to diagnose me with Endometriosis. After recovering from the surgery I found out I was pregnant before we could try any treatments. The pain was much worse during my first trimester as my body went through so many changes, but I haven’t had to deal with it since. 

The next day, meaning yesterday, I made myself an appointment to see a doctor. I didn’t want to go back to the OBGYN who diagnosed me because he’s an ASS. I’ll be nice and not post his name but if you ask me I’ll gladly tell you. Luckily another Doctor was able to see me on such short notice. I was glad they believed my pain and talked to me for a while about my options.

I guess my face is more expressive now because the nurse guessed my pain level right away.

My best shot for getting rid of these issues is the have surgery and rip out the works (hysterectomy) but I’m only 23 and that would mean no chance of having more children. There are other options like different birth controls, hormone injections, and pain medicines. There are no options I like and I am scared of needing another surgery to scrape away the growths. It’s a sensitive topic with lots to consider and no good answers. There’s a lot of decisions we are now going to need to make a lot sooner than I had hoped. I’m thankful that pregnancy and breastfeeding have kept this at bay for as long as it did but I wish it would have stayed gone. 

They were able to give me a shot of pain medicine in the meantime. Shots in the ass are never fun, but the intensity of the pain has died down. At least died down enough that I’m able to feed Leo and not cry while doing it.

This Won’t Be Forever

God never gives us more than we can handle right? This is a crazy season of my life. I have a lot to deal with but it is only a season.

I will keep reminding myself of this throughout all this stuff. I can handle it because I have God with me and through Him everything is possible. He will give me strength and peace. He has a plan.

…So…Yeah…

Well this has been my health update. I’ll keep updating you on how things are going.

This is where my life is right now and yeah it feels like I am living at doctor’s offices.

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Here’s Hoping!

Feel free to message me to talk about anything or share words of encouragement! How do you get through hectic times in your life? Also do you want to babysit because I have another doctor’s appointment coming up? 

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