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ProfessorTomoe

Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

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Today was shrink day.  Given the upheavals in my life this month, we decided to just keep the same meds for another month, then look at how I am doing.

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I hate my left foot.

First it was the infected ingrown toenail on toe #2 (counting left from the big toe). The podiatrist removed the nail and made it so it couldn't grow back. It's not bleeding, but it still looks infected.

Next, I broke toe #3. It seems to be healing slowly but surely.

Now, some unknown crap is going on with toe #4. It's turned purple and black for absolutely no reason whatsoever, and it hurts. I can't get in to see my doctor until Monday, and I can't see my podiatrist until the 19th. WTF is going on here?

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I am adding an item to today's appointment with my doctor: massive headaches that feel like a grenade has gone off down inside my skull. They're always on the left-hand side, and they always make me wince and bend my head down. I don't know what he can do for me with all of the other medications I'm on.

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I had an unusual occurrence today at the doctor's office. Many times, when you go to the doctor about a problem, the problem doesn't show up when they examine you for it. It's just like taking your car to the dealer for a problem: the car acts perfectly when the dealer looks at it. Well, I had the doctor examine me for my headache problem, and lo and behold, I got hit by a monster while he was in the exam room.

He's ordered a CT scan with and without contrast. He also sent a prescription for rizatriptan to my pharmacy, but unfortunately the pharmacy never got the prescription. I just have to pray that I don't get hit by another monster before Mrs. Prof can make it to the pharmacy (when they've got my prescription filled).

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4 hours ago, ProfessorTomoe said:

I had an unusual occurrence today at the doctor's office. Many times, when you go to the doctor about a problem, the problem doesn't show up when they examine you for it. It's just like taking your car to the dealer for a problem: the car acts perfectly when the dealer looks at it. Well, I had the doctor examine me for my headache problem, and lo and behold, I got hit by a monster while he was in the exam room.

He's ordered a CT scan with and without contrast. He also sent a prescription for rizatriptan to my pharmacy, but unfortunately the pharmacy never got the prescription. I just have to pray that I don't get hit by another monster before Mrs. Prof can make it to the pharmacy (when they've got my prescription filled).

Hm! Not good, but fortunate timing. I hope it is not anything too bad!

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1 hour ago, ProfessorTomoe said:

Verified this morning that the pharmacy never received my headache medicine prescription. Appropriate countermeasures have been taken. We begin launching missiles in five minutes.

I bet the doctor's office did send the prescription to the pharmacy... now it's a matter of which pharmacy...

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I've been fighting a migraine all day today and while It's "only" annoying, it's not responding to the ladder like it should.  I'm going to bed soonish and I hope that will do something.

 

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11 hours ago, Don Edwards said:

I bet the doctor's office did send the prescription to the pharmacy... now it's a matter of which pharmacy...

He did send it, to the right pharmacy. The pharmacy found it 15 minutes after I called to check on it this morning. It's now ready for pickup.

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Had to take the rizatriptan headache medicine today. That's my third dose. Knocked me out for most of the day.

This has been a wasted week. Between headaches and bugs in my music software, I haven't been able to get jack (censored) done.

Tomorrow is tech support hell day. Monday is the day I go in to get a CT scan of my brain to see if anything visible is causing the headaches. I'm guessing it's going to be another mystery with no obvious cause.

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I am officially a migraine patient. Damn.

Hello, mlooney, you're not alone anymore.

The CT scan definitively proved that I have a brain, and that there's nothing visibly wrong with it.

My doctor is keeping me on the rizatriptan for whenever a hand grenade goes off in my left hemisphere. He's also ramping up my Topamax dosage over the next 10 days from 200mg to 400mg. He warned me that it might make me more dopey (i.e., might make me "lose more words"). I start by taking 200mg in the morning and 100mg at night for 10 days, then switch to 200mg twice a day.

Just what I needed when I'm in the middle of a project. My anxiety level is going through the roof.

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2 hours ago, ProfessorTomoe said:

The CT scan definitively proved that I have a brain, and that there's nothing visibly wrong with it.

Take heart. That places you well ahead of a lot of people. The vast majority of Danish Parliament springs to mind.

Idiotic as this may sound, my initial reaction on reading this was relief. After reading a couple of other posts of yours I was terrified that it might have been cancer. Migraines are awful and I would not wish them on anyone, but after having had cancer in close quarters in my own life I have developed a terror of it I cannot adequately explain.

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3 hours ago, The Old Hack said:

Take heart. That places you well ahead of a lot of people. The vast majority of Danish Parliament springs to mind.

I would still need an EEG to prove that it's functioning,

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14 hours ago, The Old Hack said:

Take heart. That places you well ahead of a lot of people. The vast majority of Danish Parliament springs to mind.

 

10 hours ago, ProfessorTomoe said:

I would still need an EEG to prove that it's functioning,

I guess I'll be getting that.  I went to see a weight loss specialist, and one of the things they routinely worry about is sleep apnea.  Saw the sleep specialist, and even though I answered No to all of the screening questions except that I snore enough for my sister to notice if we're in the same room, and I occasionally wake up with a dry mouth when my nose is stuffy from allergies....they still want to do a sleep study.  So, I get to spend a night with wires and various other stuff and with someone monitoring and possibly watching me.  Part of that is an EEG.  Time to prove whether it's there and functioning!

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8 hours ago, ProfessorTomoe said:

Some actual good news for a change: I'm no longer diabetic!

https://dleejackson.lbjackson.com/2018/04/beating-diabetes/

Would this be a bad time to mention an article I read recently (in a reputable source) that said metformin may have anti-cancer properties?  ;-)

Don't mind me, I take four of those darn extended-release horse tablets every night -- well, every night that I don't forget -- and I use that study to console myself about it.  In my case, it's not for diabetes, but for polycystic ovarian syndrome.  Yes, an insulin sensitizer can improve other hormone disorders, too!  Hormones are weird and interact in unexpected ways sometimes.

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