Hello everyone! I see there are lots of new members. Sorry to hear that Hallbashes and Heiferly have been dealing with so much, prayers to you both!
Not sure how many remember me, but here is my update. Had surgery this past August, an Endometrial Ablation, my periods were way too strong and since I'm very anemic the doctor thought this was what was causing my low ferritin levels. During surgery I had an allergy reaction to "something" was having trouble breathing and broke out in hives, I've been tested to all the meds I was given during surgery and I reacted to all of them but not enough to call it an allergy, so the test is inconclusive, they re-tested and the same thing, The Allergiest seems to think it was a reaction I had due to the stress I was under, they had only given me a mild sedation as they didn't want to take risks with full anesthesia so during the procedure I could feel quite a bit of pain, I managed to tell them and they up the meds it was at this point that I had the allergy reaction.
After the surgery, my period is basically none existent, very very happy about that. Now it has NOT helped with having my ferritin levels go up. I was at 6 before surgery, it's been 3 months without a period and I'm still at 6 now. The specialist is now considering IV Iron treatment, we'll be discussing that in a couple of weeks when I go again to see him. I'm unable to take iron pills as they cause havoc in my digestive system.
I still have unexplained swealling. My ankles swell during the day and in the morning after I wake up most of the time the swelling has gone down, but my fingers is the opposite, I wake up with my fingers swollen and during the day the swelling goes down and into my feet! The doctor doesn't seem to think is fluid retention, allegies have been ruled out, so what is it? circulation problems? I see my family doctor next week so we'll see what she other tests she will want done.
I spend a lot of of my days at home, I do not find joy in many things as it is a reminder of all the things I cannot do.
I have gained a lot of weight since I'm unable to excercise.
For those that are new to reading my story, my BP goes very high with very little movement same as my heart rate, although that has been much better. I'm still taking Clonidine, a very little dose, 0.025mg 4 times daily. I'm also taking Celexa 20mg daily.
Headaches have been much less frequent but when they hit they hit hard! Just had one this week that lasted over 24 hours.
I have also been taken to the ER twice this fall, I had a Niessen Fundoplication surgery 8 years ago, to control my out of control reflux and hiatus hernia, the side effect of this surgery is that I cannot longer vomit. I had two episodes where who knows what triggered it and I had to vomit, this causes extreme pain that is only relieved by going to the ER and having a NG tube put in that opens the sphincter and lets all the gas be released. It is an awful experience, I sure hope I don't get another episode any time soon!
I've been having less episodes of chest pressure or dizziness so that's good.
My husband is an amazing man, without his support I don't know where I would be. I also have 3 wonderful children who help around the house as much as they can.
Christmas is just around the corner and even though it is my favourite time of the year, this year I really could do without all of it, it is just so much work that I have no energy for. I can sleep lots and wake up feeling just as tired so I try to not spend my days sleeping but it makes it so I'm just dragging my feet to get anything done.
Well my washing machine has stopped so I better get at it!
Hoping you all are having a good day!