Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Oh, my spleen!

I keep checking here thinking there will be some update. I wonder, why hasn't anything popped up? Until I realize that I have to do the updates and I haven't really felt like it. Even though I did find a second greek fest and dragged the date there for lamb, dolmathes, and baklava on sunday.

I'm not sure if it's the UTI from hell, or what, but I am not doing well. I have burning in my lower abdomen all the time. I have back pain that I'm pretty sure is my kidneys. I have a swollen lump in my neck that could be a tonsil, could be something else (anything but adenoids, which I no longer have) and it's sore too. I've had blood drawn again this week, peed in a cup for the 4th time in a month, and today am getting a CT scan of my abdomen. Hopefully one of these tests will show what is wrong.

I also picked up some sleeping pills at full cost while the insurance company gives the pharmacy the runaround, so I can get some damned sleep. The burning pain keeps me from sleeping well. I didn't sleep much on monday night which left me mostly useless yesterday. I got home and went to bed at 7pm. I had to wake up at 8:15 and 9:30 to take calls from work, but after that I was dead to the world until 7am today. I'm still not sure if I'm foggy from too much iffy sleep all at once or if I just feel bad generally. So I came here to bitch about it.

I did get my cortisol test back and my AM level was 22.1. It listed "normal" as 4-22. I can't find anything on the internet about what a "high" reading really is. Is 23 high? Or is 50 high and 22 is an also ran? Also, it was taken on the first day of my period, so would it be affected by other hormones? I'm glad I picked up the number from the doc since they just told me it was "normal" and let it go. I think 22 of 22 is high enough to justify calling the endocrinologist. If only I don't feel too crappy to go to the doctor.

For the record, the title is from Encino Man, I think.


farmwifetwo said...

Hope you're feeling better soon.

S said...

Well, that stinks that you're still feeling so lousy. Did the CT scan show anything?

I did find some references that being on the pill will make cortisol levels higher; can't remember if you're on it these days or not.

CrankyOtter said...

Interestingly, I think the pill kept me from having the cortisol effects. I'm going to call an endocrinologist and see if I should just go back on the pill, and if so, which one.

The CT scan of kidneys, bladder and ureters was normal. However apparently there are some "nodules" in/on my lungs so they want me to go back for a chest CT. Huh. Still not helping the BURNING sensation that's now pretty constant in my lower abdomen. And the weird new back pain. At least the bladder infection finally cleared up.

It's really strange - aside from this weird pain and the greasy, acne prone skin, the allergies, and the not sleeping, I'm perfectly healthy. I feel well enough that it's hard to tell what is willpower overcomeable and what isn't.

Anonymous said...

so are we going to get to see pics of your CT scan???


CrankyOtter said...

I think I'll have to do a screen capture, but there's one view that looks a little like the scream that I want to post. Soon grasshopper.

Anonymous said...

like the scream? oh my, I wonder if we can use it like a Rorschach test? You see Munsch's Scream and I see a knife weilding bunny rabbit...