Medical Mysteries – A peek into my “What If?” life

Hello Friends:

At this time tomorrow, I will not be enjoying air-popped popcorn as I am now…rather, I will be bitchy and wanting to smack someone savoring the feeling of hunger as I fast in preparation for an early morning blood test. You see, I have a host of small but benign medical issues – environmental allergies, occasional stupid anxiety, weird skin sensitivities that flare up at random times, toe nail issues. I was at the doctor this week for a physical, and when questioning my diet and exercise plans, he started to ask me some small, seemingly non-threatning questions.

“Do you smoke?”

“No.”

“Do you ever get cold hands or feet?”

“Yep, why?”

“Do you get shaky if you don’t eat?”

“Yeah, why?”

“How about tension headaches?”

“Yes, why?”

Pause.

“I don’t want to worry you, but we’re going to order a thryoid, diabetes and lipids test. You never know what’s going on, and sometimes all of these small symptoms can be the cause of something easily treatable,” said Doctor.

LYSSA BRAIN – GO!!!! *Image of me lying on a hospital gurney, gaunt, bags under my eyes, holding hands with my loved ones, saying something hopefully poetic and meaningful in my last moments of life.*

“Either condition wouldn’t be a big deal, and it could be totally treatable. We’re going to check just to be safe and rule out any underlying triggers,” said Doctor.

At this point in my mind I’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, high cholesterol, hyperthyroidism , and, apparently, some form of cancer that just cropped up from hearing about possibly having an easily treatable, un-fatal ailment. Yup. That’s how my brain works. It aint ideal, but it’s kinda funny. I’m the Queen of “What If” – a position I hope to step down from soon, thanks to clever books with weird titles like “Things might go terribly, horribly wrong”.

So this is all strange, because of course I don’t want either thyroid issues or diabetes, but it brought up an interesting question. WHAT IF all of these (see? there I go) random little ailments were part of one larger issue? Would that be better than having all these medical ankle-biters? Β It’d be cool to be liberated from random headaches and grass-induced hives and the occasional storms of anxiety that sweep through me like electricity – but it wouldn’t be cool to know I had a jacked-up thyroid or an inability to process insulin and sugar. (He’s less concerned about diabetes as I recently had a test for that and was fine – and yes, I spazzed out before that test, too.)

I’m trying not to get all worked up, because as talented as I am at spazzing, I need to learn to let that hobby go. I’ll head in Friday morning and probably have results on Monday, so in the meantime, I’ll cross my fingers that my blood is balanced and happy and red. As Dexter says, “Blood says so much”.

Have you ever been faced with a medical mystery? Are you the type of person who goes immediately to a doctor at the first sign of something wrong, or do you wait it out and see? If facing a potentially alarming diagnosis, do you suffer from “What If”-itis?


9 thoughts on “Medical Mysteries – A peek into my “What If?” life

  1. First, *hug* because this is always un-fun (and because hugs are awesome!)

    Second, I’ve sooooo been there sister! And yep, I was pretty freaked out while waiting for results. After having spent a year exhausted ALL of the time for no good reason (I was sleeping plenty, eating relatively normally, exercising, etc) I had to be tested for a whole army of auto-immune diseases (because we have a nice little history of fibromyalgia and lupus in the family–as well as depression, bi-polar, etc).

    I was basically told, “You might have chronic fatigue–and there is no treatment and you will eventually get worse.” I was like, “OH MY GOD IM GONNA DIE.”

    The test came back inconclusive…not the answer I wanted. So my doctor said, “Well, it might be your problem, but let’s put you on some meds and see if they give you the energy boost you need.”

    That was a year ago, and that’s when I started on Wullbutrin. Although I’m not 100% back to normal, I’m about 80%—and all things considered, that’s better than anything I imagined. I probably didn’t need to freak out quite so much, but alas, that’s what I did and I’d probably do the same thing again.

    Hmmm…that said, I obviously do what you do πŸ™‚ Yay for da crazies! I hope that helped in a twisted, humorous way. LOVE YOU!

    • It does help!! You’re the best, and I’m so glad you’re feeling better so we can giggle about absurd things like using tampons as writing utensils.. Ha!!!! See you Weds! <3

  2. Oh man this topic has been coming up between me and my roommate. I knew the symptoms of diabetes and once I started recognizing myself having them….I quickly made an appointment with my doctor. I think in my head I had already diagnosis myself…but it didn’t make getting the confirmation any easier.

    My roommate loves to play the “what if” game, actually she may be up for taking your spot. She has been having chest pains over the last week or so but believes they will go away. However, in my mind, any chest pain is a concern….so on that note i told her to go to the doctor. She then started with “what if i have a heart condition?” Well you won’t know till you go and find out. As of now she is “meh, going to wait it out.” I know she will continue to play the “what if game.”

    Hope everything is okay! And I really hope you don’t have diabetes!

    love ya,
    Moni

  3. I have thyroid disease and I’ve had cancer, so I was giggling a bit reading this. πŸ™‚ I honestly think everything will come back 100% fine, but know that if something does come back, it aint no thing. You just deal with it and move on. πŸ™‚

  4. I totally hear ya. Don’t get me started on how I felt before my x-ray… is my pelvis fractured? Do I have cancer? And now that the bursitis pain is bothering my RIGHT side… and now my right shoulder is hurting too… I can’t help but play the “what if” game. Although any time something HAS been an real issue (well, I guess mostly just the PCOS) I was kind of blindsided and hadn’t played that game with myself. So maybe I am destined to always freak out for no reason. Anyway, keep us updated on the results!!!!!!!!!! Heart you!

  5. I actually have a thyroid disorder…I was diagnosed when I was 16. I just read that everything is ok (hooray!) but if it ever happens, it’s not a big πŸ™‚

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