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The Cough of Doom kept me awake most of the night. Given the complete lack of response from my regular doctor on Friday, I didn't even bother calling them this morning and went straight to the walk-in clinic.

Lungs are clear, it's probably viral, and so on. Rather than prescribe the cough syrup with the codeine, he gave me these cute little translucent spherical pills which are cough suppressants. We'll see how it goes. If they work, I'll be thrilled, because next time I'll be able to ask for them directly without triggering off warnings the way you do if you come in asking for codeine. ([livejournal.com profile] swimpaddlz, I did try what you recommended, but it didn't seem to help. I'll keep it around and maybe next time it'll help hold off the bad stuff.)

Also, my blood pressure was 114 over 70, as opposed to the unusual 140 over 90ish at the regular doctor's a few weeks ago. I note that not only I have not reduced my salt intake, but if anything I have increased it out of indignation. However, I did take a couple of days off work, and I did do some things I find relaxing, which tends to confirm my personal opinion that it's stress-related.
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[livejournal.com profile] ourika reminded me yesterday that I haven't really discussed the insufficiently-diagnosed-condition-that-causes-me-pain publically online, and so for her and possibly some of my other long-distance friends, my whiny post on Saturday was a bit surprising and unclear.

I do usually avoid talking about it when it's not immediately relevant. So many people, including some of my friends, have problems so much worse than mine. I feel like a selfish jerk when I complain about my issues, as if I'm trying to compete with or trivialize their real problems. That absolutely is not my intent. Even on my worst days, I can still function and live my life, so I feel like I should just shut up and get on with it, and keep it between me and my doctor. Saturday just took me by surprise.

However, since [livejournal.com profile] ourika asked, here's an extended explanation and backstory:

No new information if you have heard me talk about it in the past. )

This is almost certainly way more detail than anyone else could possibly want, but it's good for me to have it written out for my records.
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Holy God, but this is a pain day. I haven't had a day half this bad since starting on the anti-depressants last year. Clearly this is the part that backs up my argument that it's not all in my head. Monster storm kicks my ass. Or, rather, the hands, then a knee, then the feet, then the shoulders... When I started driving down this morning, it was just the hands, but when the knee started, I wasn't sure I was making it all the way to PA. My endurance used to be better than this. Then again, it used to be chronic.

I burned through a standard dose of Advil in about two hours. Trying a double dose now, and if that doesn't last, I'm just giving up and living with it.

One more for the list to discuss with the doctor at the physical.

ETA: Still metabolizing too fast. Steady levels better. Hoping sleeping it off will be sufficient. As I have said way too often, I'm too young to feel this old. I continue to hope that tomorrow shall be a better day.

ETA2: [livejournal.com profile] ourika points out that not all of what I'm referring to has been public, and what has been was years ago. I will try to write something up in the next day or so explaining the history.

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Feb. 9th, 2010 04:52 pm
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Followup post on today's followup appointment from the subject of last week's copious TMI:

1) Fastest medical appointment ever. Appointment time was 4:15. I walked in the office door at 4:10, they took me immediately, and I was out the door at 4:25. (Don't tell my boss, I went home instead of back to work.)

2) Next time I have what I shall delicately call an encounter of a personal nature, it had damn well better be actually PERSONAL!
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How can it be December already?

Once again, I've failed to update for almost a month. This last year, it's been hard to find the time to babble much.

So, here's the good, the bad, and the somewhat surreal: )
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Since I know my admiring public will want to know this:

I finally got a good recommendation for a doctor. I have scheduled an appointment for a physical. It's not till the end of January, but if I've waited this long, a few more months shouldn't be a problem, and if I need urgent care I can call them.

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