Well I said I was going to take care of all my issues at the doctor today and I did not lie. I feel like I spent the entire day doing things in some form with doctors. First was the appointment with my primary care physician.
I go to a family practice so there are a few doctors there. I’m new to this practice, so I don’t know any of the doctors yet, really.. Today while I was in the waiting room, a doctor called a patient in and just by his abrupt manner, I thought, “I hope that’s not the doctor I’m seeing.” Sure enough, it was. All was well, though, as I turned out to really come to love his no-nonsense style once I was his patient. So here’s the low-down of what he told me.
1 – About the arm – he didn’t really have any idea after looking at it and asking questions – so he gave me a referral to an orthopedic specialist
2 – About the dizziness – he did a bunch of tests – had me walking on my tiptoes, had me watching his finger, had me do resistance testing when he pulled on my limbs, etc. all kinds of stuff. After he got done, he told me those were tests to see if I had a brain tumor or a stroke!! Ack! Thankfully, he doesn’t think I do, and thinks it may be related to the “allergy” or hearing loss problems. He told me the name for the dizziness I have is benign positional vertigo. Sounds important, huh?
3 – About the allergies – he says he doesn’t think I have allergies, but that I have something called vasomotor rhinitis. The symptoms are similar to allergies, except not too much itchy, watery eyes and the causes are related to the weather, changes in temperature, etc. – all things I have problems with. So he gave me a prescription for Flonase for that and also Zyrtec D if the Flonase isn’t enough. It will take 3-5 days for Flonase to start working. So he said if after about 2 months of the new drugs I’m still experiencing the dizziness, then he wants me to get an MRI of my brain to make sure there are no tumors or anything. He also was interested in my history of hearing loss and was surprised that I don’t have a regular doctor that I see to monitor it. He sort of read me the riot act about that. He gave me a referral to an ENT so I can establish a relationship with a doctor for my ears, and also to discuss the possibility that my vertigo is related to the problem with my ears or vasomotor rhinitis.
Whew, right? So now here’s my schedule of doctor’s appointments for the week.
Today I also called the the hearing aid doctor and was able to get right in – so my hearing aid is fixed. Yay! I also stopped back at my primary care doctor’s to pick up a script for an X-ray to have taken before I go to the orthopedic specialist. And, I called the GYN to reschedule my appointment I missed yesterday.
Tomorrow morning at 10, I go to the ENT. Thursday night I go to the orthopedic specialist and some time before that I need to get the x-rays. And my GYN appointment is rescheduled for August, in case you’re interested – ha!
So there you have it – I’m officially falling apart. Heh! I actually feel really good about taking care of all this today. I feel hopeful and positive about my treatment options. I’m still kind of stunned that the doc doesn’t think I have allergies since I’ve been taking Zyrtec for years now. He said he was surprised it’s been doing anything on its own.
I’ll be sure to keep you all apprised of the progress.
Edit: I forgot to add the best part! My doctor wrote down the names of the things I have and told me to Google them. Then he told me to email him any time!! LOVE HIM!!! LOL! I almost asked him if he read my blog.