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magistramarla
01-17-2008, 08:24 PM
I know that we've had this concern before, but here I go again. Has anyone heard from ILoveHistory? The last post that I've seen from her was Dec. 18. I know that she was really ill, and I do hope that she's ok.
Marla

hatlady
01-18-2008, 06:48 AM
I know, we're concerned too - hope she's on a good vacation!

mnjodette
01-18-2008, 07:57 PM
I remember that she was at risk of seizures, so her mom wasn't letting her near a computer screen (the lights, apparently.) Maybe that's getting in the way of her logging on. Sure hope it's nothing more....she's had a plateful for one so very young.

Oluwa
01-20-2008, 12:22 AM
Add me to list..wondering where you are and how you are.

I am missing your optimism, your matter of fact real posts, I Love History.

"If any life of mine may ease the burden of another, God give me the love and care and strength to help my ailing brother." unknown

In love and strength, with oodles of caring,
Oluwa

Miss you.

IloveHistory
01-20-2008, 08:18 AM
Hi Everyone!

How are you all doing?

I've been in and out of Hospital and doctor's rooms SO much recently, that I haven't been able to log in! :( I've really missed you guys and am SO happy to be back! Thank you all so very much for your concern.

Well, I am FINALLY in remission from Ulcerative Colitis! :) I also had a Gastroscopy recently, which was AWFUL (I was not asleep) and five biopsies were taken, which all came out normal! :) So, the Gastroenterologist increased my G.E.R.D. (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) meds from 20mg at night, to 20mg before breakfast, 20mg before lunch, 20mg before supper and 40mg before bed, which is working brilliantly! :)

However, the big problem at the moment is my bladder. I was diagnosed on Friday afternoon with Bladder Dyssynergia (by my Urologist), which, unfortunately, is apparently quite serious. I had a very large amount of white blood cells in my urine, so he's sent it away to the lab. because "at this point, it may be significant or it may not be." If there's an infection or some other simple problem, he'll treat it first and then we'll move onto treating the Dyssynergia. Here are some websites with information on Dyssynergia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bladder_sphincter_dyssynergia

http://americanmedicalsystems.com/conditions_detail_objectname_mens_desd.html

http://www.medcyclopaedia.com/library/topics/volume_vii/b/bladder_sphincter_dyssynergia.aspx

http://faculty.washington.edu/momus/PB/neurogen.htm

I started my final and most important year of school last week on Wednesday and managed to go to school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as attend an important school function on Thursday evening. :D

Keep well! :)

Regards
IloveHistory

hatlady
01-20-2008, 08:24 AM
So good to hear from you ILoveHistory! :D

You're in my prayers and thoughts about the bladder issue. (Note I didn't try to spell it...) Sounds painful and frightening. My hopes for you that the tests come back OK, and that all will be well.

May this most important year of school go brilliantly!

Saysusie
01-20-2008, 09:42 AM
ILoveHistory;
Congratulations on your remission, on your successful three days at school and at a school function. I am praying that your bladder problem is one that can be treated and not cause you any more pain or complications.
It was so good to hear from you and please keep us posted about your test results.

Peace and Blessings
Saysusie

IloveHistory
01-20-2008, 12:40 PM
Hi Hatlady and Saysusie!

Thank you so very much for your kind words and support! :) How are you doing?

Keep well! :)

browneyedgirl53
01-20-2008, 04:23 PM
Hey Sugar Bear.....

I was so happy to read your post...it brings comfort to me when you're among us. It sounds like you're getting great care.

We love you and will keep you in our prayers that you will have the strength to enjoy school this year.

Much love,
Browneyedgirl

magistramarla
01-20-2008, 05:47 PM
Hey ILoveHistory,
I've been watching for your posts for a long time. It's good to know that you are doing better! Keep posting a note once in a while, so that we don't worry about you. I'll be seeing a top specialist in movement disorders at Baylor Med School on Feb. 25. I'll post about what happened after I get back from Houston.
Bona fortuna in school this semester.
Marla

mnjodette
01-20-2008, 06:36 PM
Hi, ILoveHistory - sooo good to hear from you! I'm happy to know that you've had some relief of symptoms - remission is such a sweet word, isn't it? I'll keep you in my prayers as you face yet another new diagnosis. It DOES sound like you have excellent care, and that must be a comfort to you and your family. Being a Mom, I know how much YOUR mom must worry about you, though - I'll keep your Mom in my prayers, too!

Post when you can - we always love to hear from you. You are loved here - part of the family, you know!

Jody

IloveHistory
01-21-2008, 12:35 PM
Hi Browneyedgirl53, Magistramarla and Mnjodette!

Thank you SO very, very much for your kind words, concern and support! :)

Yes, I like my Urologist very much. He is very kind and gentle and good at what he does... :)

I will probably get my urine results back tomorrow, so will let you know...

My Matric Dance (I think it's what you call 'Prom' in the U.S.A.) is coming up on Saturday 23rd February and I'm SO excited! :) My friend is partnering me and today my mother and I went to choose some material for my dress, which is being made. :D

Marla: I sincerely hope that your appointment goes well! I will keep you in my prayers...

Keep well! :)

IloveHistory
01-24-2008, 02:08 PM
Hi Everyone!

My urine results came back clear, so that's really great! :)

I have managed to go to school every single day for the entire day so far this week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), including attending a school function on Tuesday evening and doing community outreach for an hour and a half at a children's Orthopaedic Hospital today! :D

I'm pretty cross with my G.P. Two weeks ago, I accidentally ingested a large amount of gluten, which I am violently allergic to (I have Celiac Disease). The next day, I began vomitting non-stop at 09:00 a.m. and only stopped at 15:15 because I went to my G.P. to get a Stemetil injection to stop the vomitting, otherwise it probably wouldn't have stopped! The vomitting was so bad that I perforated my oesophagus! :shock: Anyway, the injection was given into the upper part of my right buttock/very bottom part of my back. It would appear that my G.P. hit a nerve! :mad: Since then, I have been getting continually worsening pain in that area with erythema (redness) and severe itching. It is now sending sharp pains down my right leg (like sciatica) every time I move the leg! :mad: I don't know what to do about it?! Does anyone have any advice for me on what might help or what I should do?

Thanking you all. :)

Keep well! :)

Saysusie
01-24-2008, 02:56 PM
Oh... ILoveHistory;
Your good news was so uplifting and now, to have to hear of this bit of bad news. I have no suggestions for the pain, but I wanted to send you a hug and I hope that you get some relief from this new situation!! Perhaps someone else will have some ideas for you! I hope so!

Sending warm cyberhugs!
Saysusie

Oluwa
01-24-2008, 04:31 PM
Hi I love Histyory,

There you are....so many ups coupled with so many downs. You hang in there well for all you have...hugs.

Maybe I can help.. Sciatic nerve....Can you lay on you stomach and look like a pretzel?

Let's say it is the right leg that is affected. Put a pillow under your the right side of your pelvis. Put the pillow so that you are tilted. Right hip higher than left. Now extend your right leg out like a frog, bent too and elevate, and stuff pillows under your thigh and knee.... the same height as the tilted end of your pelvis. That should provide relieve when done properly. I hope I explained it clearly.

A body pillow works best! Or maybe a pillow may not be needed and just pivot your leg out while on your stomach....

Keep working it into positon with the pillows or have you Mum do it, till you find relief.

And another thing you can have someone do while in that position is to rub the cheek in the center with their fist, gently but firmly...moving the fist left right like screwing a bolt into the hole where the sciatic nerve is...it is deep in the cheek muscle.

I used to sleep like that, and also I a massage therapist applied the fist method...but she would manipulate my leg like a bent frog leg while it dangled off the cot. Lifting it above the cot...what a relief. I had two lumbar surgeries, herniated disks. I have permanent sciatic nerve damage....it causes pain down into sole of my foot.

Natural supplement for nerve pain, B6 and manganese. I also dosed with Gabapentin (Neurontin).

Icing the area may help too...

Hugs,
Oluwa

mnjodette
01-24-2008, 04:49 PM
You poor thing! I've had sciatic pain, and what Oluwa suggests (with the pillows?) works really well. In fact, it was the only thing that really helped the last time I had a 'bout'. Give it a try - you might need someone to help, and keep experimenting with the pillow placement until you find the 'sweet spot' that will give you some relief. Sending you a big hug!!

Jody

IloveHistory
01-25-2008, 04:34 AM
Hi Everyone!

Thank you SO very much for all of the hugs, concern and support! :)

Oluwa: Thank you SO much for your suggestion about the pillows; I will try it as soon as I get home from school today and will let you know how it goes! :)

I've managed the whole day at school today and am very proud of myself! :D Unfortunately, however, my school was having a VERY important Eucharist (my school is Anglican) today because our new headmistress was being installed (the Bishop came and everything!) and it was SO hot that three girls fainted (one girl quite badly) and I had a massive tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure just as the Choir (I'm in the Choir) was processing out of the Chapel! :( I feel SO embarrassed! :oops: I know that I couldn't help it, but still! :( The Chairman of the School Council had to pick me up and sling me over his shoulder to carry me out of the Chapel (I was also blocking the exit!)! :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

Keep well! :)

magistramarla
01-25-2008, 04:38 PM
Believe it or not, sweetie, someday you will laugh about the memory of that incident. We are Episcopalian (Anglicans in the U.S.), too. Once, when I was out of town taking care of my mother, my hubby took all the kids (we have 5) to church on Christmas eve. The archbishop of the diocese was there. Jeff was an usher, but since our two year old, Meghan, was being so fussy, he was carrying her while he was ushering. Just as he was escorting the archbishop, Meg threw up all over his new suit! That happened nearly 20 years ago, and we still laugh about it.
Keep your sense of humor, your head held high, and keep participating in life!
Marla

Oluwa
01-25-2008, 05:18 PM
You're welcome ILove HIstory.
Did he swing you like a sack of potatoes?

The "sweet spot" as Jody said. I hope you find it.
Oluwa

IloveHistory
01-26-2008, 04:44 AM
Hi Everyone!

Marla: LOL! :wink: :lol: That is SO funny! :lol: What did the Archbishop say? :lol: Wow! :o Five kids! :) That's really great! :) You must be a wonderful mother! :D I'd like four kids - two girls and two boys when I'm much older, but we'll just see what God has planned for me! :)

Oluwa: Yes, he swung me like a sack of potatoes! :oops: I was 'dead-weight' at the time because I still hadn't gained control of my body; I'm surprised that I didn't break his poor back! :oops: :lol:

Keep well! :)

magistramarla
01-26-2008, 02:54 PM
Hey, ILoveHistory,
I'm glad I gave you a laugh! I'm pretty fuzzy on what happened, since I was in St. Louis at the time, dealing with my mother having surgery. We attended a lovely little church there in Ohio, which was very family-oriented, so I'm sure that someone just swooped in and took care of Jeff & Meg.
Yes, we've raised 5 - 4 girls and 1 boy, and we've got a million funny stories. Jeff is a military officer, so we've traveled a lot and raised the kids in 4 different U.S. states. I'm just glad that they are all adults now. Heather, the oldest,is 30 and Meg, the youngest, is 21. Two of the girls, Hillary and Kayla, have a little boy of their own, so I'm getting the fun of spoiling grandsons and then giving them back to their poor, pitiful parents - LOL :lol:
I'm glad that you seem to be getting back to your old self!
Marla

IloveHistory
01-26-2008, 03:24 PM
Hi!

Marla: :D My mom's name is Heather! :D

Unfortunately, I have discovered today that I hurt myself quite badly during the seizure - my right arm is bruised, swollen and full of little sores! :( It feels like it's on fire because it's burning so much! :( I cut both knees and my left foot... :( Also, there was nothing to put under my head at the time and I banged my head pretty hard on the tile floor, so I can feel a big bruise on the back of my head and I'm struggling to get rid of the headache! :(

Anyway, on the bright side, at least I didn't bite my tongue or lose control of my bladder or bowels! :lol:

However, something is concerning me quite a bit... Twice since I had the seizure, I have passed visible blood in my urine... It seems to have stopped now, but I'm not sure... Does anyone know if this is normal? It's never happened to me after a seizure before? :?

Keep well! :)

Oluwa
01-29-2008, 05:59 PM
Hi ILoveHistory,

Well, you must have been a sack of Sweet Potatoes...

I have no answer on the urine....but I have lots of prayers...

Hugs,
Oluwa

IloveHistory
02-03-2008, 03:25 AM
Hi Everyone!

Oluwa: Thanks! :lol: :wink:

Well, I made it through school every day this week! :D I am SO happy! :D

I still have quite a lot of muscle pain from the seizure, but I'm getting there!

Anyway, I have lots of homework to do, so I'd better go get started! :wink:

Keep well! :)

IloveHistory
02-12-2008, 11:29 AM
Hi Everyone!

I thought that I was getting so much better, but now...

I am having terrible problems with my heart. :( It is picking up the strangest rhythms - sometimes it's so slow I am too weak to move, other times it's fluttering at about 250 beats/minute with a weak pulse and other times it's pounding so hard that I feel as though my chest might explode! :shock: :( These arrhythmias leave me terribly short of breath, exhausted, weak, drained and with the most EXCRUCIATING headaches! I can actually feel the blood, oxygen and glucose drain from my head and the pain is unbearable! When my heart doesn't pump properly, the bottom part of my arms and legs begin to ache terribly and my lips and fingernails turn blue... When the blood pools in my legs, my skin there starts to 'crawl' and it's horrible! I can't even make it up the stairs at school without almost collapsing and am almost always in a state of near-syncope. The arrythmias wake me up at night and they get worse when I change position. I've been collapsing and convulsing at school and it's just awful! Also, the arrythmias give my horrible chest pain and sometimes an ache in my left shoulder and a searing pain in my left jaw...

I went to see my G.P. today, but, typically, I was not experiencing an arrythmia when he took a 4-lead E.C.G., just an extremely rapid Tachycardia. So, I am going to see my Paediatric Cardiologist on Friday morning because I just can't cope like this... I think I'm going to have to have the holter monitor again to see if we can pick the arrythmias up...

None of this is psychological (all of that was ruled out long ago), which is pretty obvious since I can't even climb the stairs... Also, my O.C.D. meds would prevent anything like that from happening, anway...

I worry because there are loads of heart problems on my father's side of the family:

*My father has Rheumatic Heart Disease with lots of scar tissue, Mitral Valve Prolapse and Regurgitation, an Irregular Bradycardia, Cardiomegaly and a problem with the left ventricle
*My father's one sister has Wolff-Parkinson-White
*The other sister has Sick Sinus Syndrome
*My father's brother has Long-QT Syndrome

and that's only the tip of the iceberg...

Does anyone have any advice for me?

Keep well! :)

Saysusie
02-12-2008, 11:46 AM
Have you or your doctors considered a blood clot? There are different types of blood clots:
A thrombus is a blood clot that forms along the wall of the heart or a blood vessel. This type of clot can slow blood flow, and if the clot becomes large enough, it may stop the flow of blood in the vessel.
An embolus is a clot that forms in one area of the body, travels through the bloodstream, and lodges in another vessel in the body. Emboli are less common and more dangerous, because they can cause a sudden blockage in blood flow (embolism), which could be fatal. An embolism occurring in an artery will block blood flow to an organ or tissue, and could cause tissue damage or death. An embolism in:
* a cerebral (brain) artery can cause a stroke
* a coronary artery can cause a heart attack
* a pulmonary (lung) artery can cause shortness of breath or death
* a retinal artery can cause sudden blindness in one eye
* an artery supplying blood to a limb can cause tissue damage and possibly gangrene
* any artery leading to an organ can cause loss of that organ's function

Inflammatory diseases, such as Lupus, can cause blood clots. Plaque formation in the arteries (atherosclerosis) and damaged blood vessels both increase the chance of blood clots because they slow blood flow and provide a place for platelets to collect and form a clot. Genetic factors also play a role in tendency to form blood clots. Liver damage and cardiovascular disorders can also cause blood clots.

Symptoms can include extreme dizziness that occurs without warning. Sudden complete or partial blindness in one eye could indicate a clot within the retinal artery. A hard blue bulge in a vein, or unexpected pain in an arm or leg, along with numbness, weakness, or another sign that blood is not reaching the area, could indicate a blood clot. Blisters or ulcers on the skin may occur as well. A clot in an artery near a major organ like the heart or lung will produce pain or decreased activity in that organ.

I don't know if this is the cause of your current problems. However, your issue is very important and should not wait! Explain to your doctor that you do not want to have this issue dismissed or put on hold, you want action taken now to ensure that this is not a serious problem!! Please keep us advised!

Peace and Blessings
Saysusie

IloveHistory
02-12-2008, 12:42 PM
Hi Saysusie!

Thank you SO very, very much for your concern, input and advice! I really, really appreciate it!

Well, my G.P. did tell me that he was listening for a 'blockage' in one of my blood vessels; he pressed his stethoscope hard into both sides of my neck and listened, so maybe he was checking for that, but I'm not sure?!

My Paed. Card. is BRILLIANT though, so I'm sure he'll figure out what's going on...

Thanks again, Saysusie!

Keep well! :)

IloveHistory
02-16-2008, 09:22 AM
Hi Again Everyone!

Well, I saw my Paed. Card. yesterday and on Tuesday, he's going to put me on a treadmill and hook me up to the 12-lead E.C.G. and blood pressure monitor to see what happens to my heart when I exercise. He's also going to examine everything else heart-wise. So, I'll let you know how it goes!

Keep well! :)

sits_inthe_corner
02-17-2008, 06:19 AM
will keep you in my thoughts. Hope you get the answers you need. :)

IloveHistory
02-17-2008, 01:30 PM
Hi Sits_in_the_Corner!

Thank you SO very much for your thoughts and concern! :)

mnjodette
02-17-2008, 03:13 PM
We'll all be anxious to hear what you learn. Keep us posted! Our thoughts will be with you, and {{{hugs}}} too!

Jody

IloveHistory
02-18-2008, 09:40 AM
Thanks SO much, Mnjodette! :) Will let you all know tomorrow!

IloveHistory
02-19-2008, 12:06 PM
Hi Everyone!

Well, it appears that the problem is not my heart, it's my lungs! :shock: I currently only have 40% lung function! :shock: :shock: :shock: And this 40% lung function is while I am on steroids and other Asthma meds! :shock: My lungs are scarred quite badly from the enormous amount of lung infections I had last year... :( This is why I keep having seizures and fainting and picking up funny heart rhythms; my lungs are unable to pump enough Oxygen to my brain and to the rest of my body and this is also why I struggle so much with climbing stairs and with any form of exercise! So, I have been prescribed a special exercise program with very slow, simple walking and swimming exercises to improve my lung function. The other problem that appeared, which we've always known about, was my low blood pressure and the extremely fast rate at which it drops when I stand up after lying down...

At least it's not my heart! I can thank God for that! I can also thank God for my BRILLIANT Paediatric Cardiologist! :)

Keep well! :)

Saysusie
02-19-2008, 12:15 PM
Such mixed blessings, ILoveHistory. On the one hand, I too am very happy that it is not your heart. I am not happy that it is your lungs either :?
However, it sounds as if it is a problem that can, eventually, be corrected. I swim for exercise and I absolutely love it. It is one of the best full body exercises that does not overuse your body. And, it does wonders for your lungs. Be advised, your first time in the water, your lungs will ache a bit because they are exerting effort that they are not accustomed to. However, they will quickly adapt and by your 3rd or 4th time in the water, that particular discomfort will go away.
I wish you the very best...let me know how you like the swimming. We can compare notes on our water work outs! :lol:

Peace and Blessings
Saysusie

IloveHistory
02-20-2008, 10:55 AM
Hi Saysusie!

Thanks SO very much for your advice, concern and support! :)

That would be great if we could compare water workouts! :lol: :wink:

Keep well! :)

mnjodette
02-20-2008, 03:28 PM
Ilovehistory, I'm very glad your heart is healthy...that IS good news. And, if the lung problems have a solution, then the news is good all around. Thanks for keeping us posted. I hope exercise will increase your lung capacity so you'll feel stronger.

Jody

Pretti in Pink
02-20-2008, 07:08 PM
I love history,

Hang in there sweetie, you're a brave warrior and encouraging us along the way. You have a great spirit.

magistramarla
02-20-2008, 07:53 PM
Hi IloveHistory,
This quote from your previous e-mail caused me to "twig" on something:

quote="IloveHistory"]Hi Everyone!
The other problem that appeared, which we've always known about, was my low blood pressure and the extremely fast rate at which it drops when I stand up after lying down...

At least it's not my heart! I can thank God for that! I can also thank God for my BRILLIANT Paediatric Cardiologist! :)

Keep well! :)[/quote]

In researching this pesky ataxia that I have, I found this wonderful site:

http://www.bcm.edu/neurology/patient_education/pdcmdc/msa.html

It describes something called Multiple System Atrophy, and it also describes the blood pressure problem that you mentioned. Has your neurologist ever mentioned this as a possibility?
It might be worth it to read the site!
Here's to hoping that things are going better for you!
Bona Fortuna,
MagistraMarla

IloveHistory
02-21-2008, 01:38 PM
Hi Mnjodette, Pretti in Pink and Magistramarla!

Thank you SO very much for all of your concern, advice, support and kind words! :) They are all greatly appreciated, as are you all! :)

Magistramarla: I think I know M.S.A. as Shy-Drager Syndrome, but I'll take a look at your link right now! Thanks very much!

Keep well! :)

IloveHistory
02-27-2008, 12:06 PM
Hi Everyone!

After still having terrible problems with Tachycardia and excruciating migraines, I was put on the lowest dose of Pur-Bloka (10mg), which is a beta-blocker. We had not wanted to do this because of my chest, but eventually decided to try it because of my migraines... I started it on Monday night and it has definitely helped my migraines tremendously and I haven't had a single episode of Tachycardia since! :)

However, I have become more short of breath and am coughing a lot more, but I'll just see how it goes because it's helping the migraines so much... :x :roll: It also seems to have made my Raynaud's a bit worse; I don't know if this is usually happens? :?

Keep well! :)

Oluwa
02-27-2008, 05:45 PM
Hi I love Hstory,

You are so strong to have been through so much. Always back with a smile.

Always a give and take with Lupus isn't. And IT has been giving and taking alot, eh? Coughing vs Migraines..neither. Maybe one day we can gift wrap IT in a nice neat little package and ship it off into outerspace...

I hope It gives you a break...soon.

How's school? How's your family? Mum?

Thinking of you, I love History...
Head hug,
Oluwa

mnjodette
02-28-2008, 08:11 AM
Hi, ILoveHistory. So sorry you're struggling to find the balance! I also take a beta-blocker for migraines. Done so for years now. And you're right, it CAN make your Raynaud's worse (my doctor warned me about that.) But the trade off is worth it to me. The migraines just laid me out; I can accommodate the Raynaud's much easier! I worry about your cough, though. Hope there is a middle ground for you somewhere!

Jody

Saysusie
02-28-2008, 11:07 AM
Hi ILoveHistory;
I, too, am so glad that you are finally getting relief from your migraines. Unfortunately, a chronic cough is a side effect of beta blockers. They can also cause asthma like symptoms.
The cough is something that you should still discuss with your doctor. Other causes of chronic coughing are: congestive heart failure, disorders of the upper airways, disorders of the pericardium, bronchogenic carcinoma, interstitial lung disease, chronic pulmonary infection, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, and psychogenic disorders.
Since your cough started with the beta blockers, I would tend to believe that it is the side effects of the drugs that is causing your cough.
I, also, hope that you can finally find a balance that allows you to have as few symptoms as possible so that you can enjoy more good days! We are all here for you. You are so brave and so courageous, for someone so young, I truly admire you!!

Peace and Blessings
Saysusie

IloveHistory
02-28-2008, 12:25 PM
Hi Oluwa, Mnjodette and Saysusie!

Thanks SO very much for your advice, support and concern! :) School is going very well, thanks! :) I just have loads of work, including a HUGE Physics Test tomorrow!

Unfortunately, the beta-blockers appear to have given me Pleurisy and yes, I'm being 100% serious! :shock: :x :mad: :mad: So, I took a look at the package insert and what does it say? May cause Pleurisy in Asthmatics and others with lung problems! :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: What is the point of this stupid drug if I can't take it?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:

Now, I have another problem! :( I began menstruating again today and for the first time ever, my blood is coming out PITCH BLACK! :shock: I am also passing a sticky black discharge and the black blood and discharge smell like seriously 'off' molasses! :shock: Does anyone know what causes this? It has NEVER happened to me before and my mom is worried and wants to take me to see my Gynae. Any suggestions?

Keep well! :)

Oluwa
02-28-2008, 12:42 PM
Hi I love HIstory,

Dark, black menstruation...I was told it is old blood. The longer it stays in your body the darker it gets.

This happened to me when we attempted Invitro, our second round. I was frighten too, it was black for the duration which should have been a cycle. I was assured it was old blood. It never happened again.

I guess many women experience, dark, brown, black spotting but it was frightening when it was about 5 day flow.

The old blood I am assuming came to be from halting my menstruation with the invitro injections.

It is probably a good idea to see you Gynae, with a myriad of symptoms from your illnesses it couldn't hurt...follicle cysts maybe, nothing maybe? It will put your's and your Mum's worries to rest...

Here's to passing your test tomorrow...

Head hug,
Oluwa

IloveHistory
02-29-2008, 01:03 PM
Hi Oluwa and Everyone!

Well, I made an emergency appointment with my G.P. after school today regarding my menstrual problem. It is unusual to see black blood on the first day of your period (you would normally only possibly see it near the end of your period) and especially at my age (seventeen years and six months). My G.P. has prescribed Doxitab (Doxycycline) and Be-Metrazole (Metronidazole) for me because he thinks that I have an infection, among other possible things. Obviously, he can only examine me properly when my period ends, so I have to go back and see him then. He also wants to take a look at my urine and kidneys then.

He also spoke to one of my Neurologists and when he's sorted out my menstrual problem, he is going to prescribe something else for prophylaxis of migraines. I have stopped the Pur-Bloka completely and am still struggling to get my chest back to 'normal'. It's had a TERRIBLE effect on my chest and I was on the lowest dose possible for only two days! :shock:

Keep well! :)

mnjodette
02-29-2008, 05:54 PM
More "doctoring!" Oh, ILoveHistory, I sure wish you could be 'doctor-free' for a while. But, if they have answers for you and can give you some relief of these symptoms. it'll be worth it, right? We are with you in thought, Dear Girl. Keep us posted on the results. (I'm glad you quit the beta blocker....that chest problems sounded dreadful.)

Jody

Saysusie
03-01-2008, 09:14 AM
Ditto what Mnjodette said. Once again, I hope that you can finally find treatments that actually give you relief from symptoms (and not cause new ones) so that you can have some good days.
Sending you warm, tight cyber hugs.

Peace and Blessings
Saysusie

IloveHistory
03-01-2008, 11:25 AM
Hi Saysusie and Mjodette!

Thank you SO very much for your kind words, concern, advice, support and love! :D I really do appreciate it SO very much! :) Honestly, more than I could ever say in words! :)

Well, after starting the antibiotic and anti-fungal last night, I am delighted to report that my period has gone back to its original red colour and the horrible chemical smell is gone! :D

Keep well! :)

sits_inthe_corner
03-01-2008, 11:32 AM
IloveHistory

Thank you so much for this post....I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday morning...now I have something else to bring up to her. I have mentioned to her before about old blood. She never seemed very concerned about it...as a matter of fact told me it was quite normal.

Well It's not normal...and she will have to address it. I've had my whole period with old blood. It's time she did something.

If it wasn't for your post here, I would have gone on thinking everything was just fine. Thanks again. :)

IloveHistory
03-01-2008, 01:15 PM
Hi Sits_in_the_Corner!

It's only a pleasure! :) Glad that I could help! :) I sincerely hope that your doctor will address your issue and take it seriously! Let us know how it goes... Good luck! :)

P.S. Have you seen your Gynae. about it, perhaps?

sits_inthe_corner
03-01-2008, 03:52 PM
Gynacologists are few and far between here. Mine retired and no one took his patients. So we all pretty much rely on our family doctors. Mine is pretty good. I'm sure she'll check into it more, perhaps I didn't stress how often or how sevre it was happening.

I have no complaints with my family doctor. My bigest fear is that she will retire.... :shock:

IloveHistory
03-02-2008, 01:16 AM
Hi Sits_in_the_Corner!

That's terrible! :( What happens if you need an operation that can only be done by a Gynaecologist?

Keep well! :)

sits_inthe_corner
03-02-2008, 01:24 AM
IloveHistory

Our medical system is in a mess here...I guess the only choices would be a very long waite for the surgery or go to another province. Alot of people are choosing to go either to another province or to the states for treatments tests and opperations.

IloveHistory
03-02-2008, 04:34 AM
That's absolutely terrible, Sits_in_the_Corner! :( Are there not many medical schools in Nova Scotia?

sits_inthe_corner
03-02-2008, 05:39 AM
Yes IloveHistory
But most of our student's leave to go to the states or move out west where the money is. Very few stay here.

There are communites through out the east coast that have no doctor's what so ever. They advertise for doctor's an offer free offices and houses ...just about anything to get one to move there.

The university has set up a program that will pay part of your student loans off if you stay and work in the province for three years. But we have american hospitals coming here and offering out students jobs and transportation and in some cases homes.

IloveHistory
03-02-2008, 06:15 AM
That's a very difficult situation... I want to be a medical doctor, myself and we have similar problems in the rural areas here in South Africa... :(

Oluwa
04-11-2008, 07:01 AM
Hey ILoveHIstory,

How goes life in South Africa today? Thinking of you. Wondering how you are?

Did you already have Spring break? The USA schools are in the middle of theirs.

Have the migraines been sorted out...?

Hugs,
Oluwa

Oluwa
07-11-2008, 10:47 AM
Hey I love History...

I'm thinking about you...

Hugs.
Love,
OLuwa

Saysusie
07-11-2008, 11:32 AM
It is time for me to attempt to make personal contact with her, just to make sure that all is well! I will let you all know if I am successful.

Saysusie

mnjodette
07-11-2008, 04:17 PM
Thank you, Saysusie....we all miss her.