Monday, January 15, 2007

Bleck

Ok, I guess I should say something but of course saying something makes it real and that is what I have been avoiding since November. I need to go to the doctor. The strange possibly kidney related back pain isn't going away and has led to an interesting host of other issues now...a new variety of poop coloration, and exhaustion. Serious, mind numbing sleep a lot exhaustion...which I would blame on other things but really don't think that is the case.

Of course, the problem is this...as with any unclear issue...do I see the regular doc or the g.i. doc? (are there any votes for just waiting some more to see if it goes away?)

4 comments:

Denise said...

I vote for ummm... when's the last time you had a blood test? 'Cause if it has been a long time, and I think it has, the dark lady of DNA is going to say "where's your bloodwork?"

And then she is gonna send you to stupid Primary Care Physician who I hate (we should find new ones).

So while I prefer the Dark Lady, I think that's mostly a wasted trip, at this point.

Emsxiety said...

So what did you decide?

Lucy said...

Umm...

Far out. I read somewhere that having a chronic condition is like an extra full time job. You do your normal job, try to have your life, and have the equivalent of a second job trying to stay well. I would go to my normal doc. and ask for blood work - especially kidney function, infection and inflamation indicators, and then head to my GI specialist and complain long and loud. Squeaky wheels and all of that. It always amazes me that doctors are so willing to put up with fatigue and pain in patients with IBD. BUT maybe they will be able to fix things (or at least intervene before something is permanently damaged) in which case it will have been worth it.

If it cheers you up, I have developed a minor doctor phobia, but finally went yesterday, and she was lovely AND managed to improve things a little. So perhaps there is hope...? Maybe...?

Lucy said...

I was just thinking...

You know, it could be something as simple as a kidney infection that's messing with your system? Any kind of cold or general bug really messes up my stomach. And I had a pretty nasty kidney infection once that gave me horrible back pain and made me feel pretty generally rotten. If it is something that simple, it would show up on blood tests (your white blood cell count would be right up) and could be fixed with some nice anti-biotics. In that case a trip to the scary, possibly mean, definitely time/energy consuming doctor will be well worth it. Just a thought, anyway. (I'm trying to give you courage).