Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dr Results (Jennifer)

Its been a tough few months, but especially the past few weeks.  The stress ate me alive for sure.  Or should I say I ate my stress.  I am disappointed in myself but at the same time know it doesnt define me and I know I can get back to where I was and even better as far as the weight goes.

Today I had my appt with the ENT for the results of my CT scans I had before Christmas.   I hadnt heard anything about them so I was assuming all was good.  The other day they called with the automated system to remind me of my appt.  Fine, until I heard that I was scheduled with the dr?  I usually the the nurse practitioner and that is who I scheduled my appt with.  But whatever...maybe it was nothing.  So I go there today and I waited an hour just to get into a room.  The nurse talked to me about my symptoms and said "they didnt find anything in there".  Oh good, I thought.  Then as she was leaving the room I asked who I was seeing today.  She looked and said the doctor and the nurse practitioner.  I thought to myself, Oh God, thats not a good sign.  I waited another half hour in the room and decided it was because I had to wait for both of them to be free at the same time.  Thank God my mom came with me.  Then the nurse practitioner opens the door and tells me to come out.  What?  Um...this is the exam room and you are supposed to come IN!!!  I didnt say that of course.  What I did say was "OH GOD".  She must have see the worry and said not to worry its wasnt that bad.  I go out and there is the dr at the computer looking at my scan.  He showed me how I have sinus blockage which is probably causing my discomfort.  He said I also have TMJ which is contributing to the issue.  I knew that.  I have had it for years.  So, six weeks of therapy for my jaw (who knew there was such a thing) and then some sort of sinus surgery which is not as invasive as it used to be I guess.  And since the right side doesnt look normal either, but not as bad as the left, he will *fix* that too. He used all sorts of big words and medical terminology which totally lost me.  But, at least I wasnt crazy all this time. 

And on top of that(yes, its gets better), the new practice I saw a few weeks ago for a new primary care dr...well they called yesterday morning to inform me my thyroid function is low.  Hypoactive thyroid, and now they want me on medicine.  I have an appt next week to discuss that.  I have been tested tons of times for thyroid disease and nothing has ever been *off*.  Why now?  The thought of taking a pill every day for the rest of my life....I think I just need more information and be a little more educated.

So, I hope all of you had a great holiday.  I wish mine wasnt so stressful but overall it was a great time.  I definately gained some weight and I feel absolutely nasty.  And I mean that.  NASTY.  There is a roll hanging over the pants again, at least the ones that still fit(not kidding) and I have got some awful acne which I am sure has something to do with how poorly I have been eating.  Today someone from the gym said they were wondering where I have been, and that I look tired.  Yup.  Thats about it!  But I am on my way back.  Not having the frustration of not feeling well without knowing why is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.  Getting back into my healthy routine is tough but I am doing it!

Jennifer

18 comments:

Polar's Mom said...

I am glad your problem is amenable to surgery and therapy! Weird about the thyroid function test...but all in all not too bad of news! Now that you have answers, it's all uphill from now, right?

Polar's Mom
www.polarspage.blogspot.com

spunkysuzi said...

It's good that you finally have answers and can deal with how to go about fixing them.
Hope you feel better soon!

jennifer said...

I'm so relieved for you! I was worried. I'm glad that you are okay. I would definitely do some more research about the thyroid thing, though. I wouldn't want to be on a pill that I could never come off of unless there was no other way.

Jennifer
http://iamabeginnerrunner.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

Jennifer, at least now you have the information you were looking for. And it sounds as if it's fixable, even though it is surgery. Feel better soon!

J said...

So glad you have some answers finally. I agree, research that thyroid condition! My skin has been acting up, too. I agree, it is from all this EXTRA food! :) We'll get back on track now though! Hang in there,
J

The Fat Mom said...

Finally, you have answers and it's something that can be corrected! Once it's over you will hopefully feel 100% better.

Karen said...

Answers, answers....you got some answers!!! Like I said when we talked on the phone, even though there are problems, they are ALL fixable. Maybe not the way you would like, but it can be done. And I know how you are, you are probably researching the thyroid issue now. If you aren't doing that, than I am sure you are preparing questions to ask when you go back for your appointment! All in all, I'm happy all is well!

dawne said...

You will make your way back Jennifer. You will get well. It's your time...

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

You are tougher though, and will plow through this! It's the new Jen, remember? She doesn't back down and give in like the old Jen. Hang in there and keep that positive attitude! You are a rockstar, girl!!

~Margene

Shane G. said...

Jennifer, that is great to have news! Knowledge is power. Now you can process that news, figure out a game plan and move forward. I like that you immediately went to the gym!

Cub's Den said...

Jennifer, I recently came across your blog. and have found it very helpful in my journey. I am so glad to hear you have your results back and a game plan.

By the way you look great! I hope to run my 1st 5K in March!

Kristen

Shelley said...

Glad you finally got some answers! If it's deviated septum surgery, I had that after putting it off for over 10 years...well worth it, because I haven't had a sinus infection since, and I was practically living with them year-round before.

I had an abnormal thyroid reading one time, and was retested a couple of months later (because I too didn't want to go on medication for the rest of my life if I didn't have to). Guess what? Next test was normal...as was the first - it was just misread. Glad you are being cautious about this just in case.

Hope you can start 2011 with healthful hope now! :)

Jessica said...

Glad to know you have a soulution to your issues! My doctor has wanted me to take the thyroid meds for over a year now, but I just keep putting it off...

Lesia said...

Jen WE will do this together. I have a very strong feeling in my gut that I am going down the same road with you. Remember first it was you foot then my foot, then your TMJ now my TMJ well you can START getting better now so I can too. smile.

Hailey said...

My mom had a hypoactive thyroid - they took her thyroid out and she is on the pills forever now (it was prob 10 years ago that she started taking them...). Things have been much better for her now that they have her meds regulated - and she has been able to exercise and lose weight again - I guess with HYPO active, you gain weight and with HYPER active, you lose. Go figure, huh? Good luck with everything, glad you're finally getting some answers!! :)

Cozy in Texas said...

I hope this can all get sorted out for you. Here's to a better New Year.
Ann

Jen said...

I'm glad you have some answers now!!!

Jen
http://www.jenslosinit.com/

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