Last week I headed to the Dr. to get a physical. I haven't had one, like in, never. Okay maybe not never, but it has been since my basketball playing days 16 years ago. Man writing that down just completely made me feel old! Sorry major digression started there.
Anyway...we discussed my aches and pains that he looked into last year. Yes, I am still dealing with all of those issues and probably a couple more. We brainstormed for a little bit on ways we could figure out what is wrong and how to naturally deal with it.
I am adamant about NOT taking medication unless it can be 100% declared I have a medical reason too. And he understands and respects that decision. I love my Doctor for that reason! He keeps up with the latest homeopathy and naturapathic research and is always open to those options instead of turning to medications to cover up conditions.
This is where we stand:
- I can get my nerves checked out for possible neuropathy. It is hereditary and since my dad deals with severe foot pain, that is always an option.
- I can go to a rheumatologist. Where they can give me more specific blood tests. BUT if they can't find anything out from those blood tests, they will group me in the "fibromyalgia" group and want to give me harsh medications that often are worse on your body then the actual disease. I don't feel comfortable taking medications for a disease that I *might* have.
- I can get my gall bladder tested but if it's dead then getting it out may give me worse side effects then I already have. So if I can manage the nausea and diarrhea naturally now, why get it out?
- My doctor also explained I could have a condition that I am already feeling but hasn't manifested enough to show up in my blood tests! And that each year, if they pain continues, I should get the same tests done just in case it decides to manifest it's ugly head!
So this appointment left me feeling discouraged all over again! My only hope was that he took more blood and that something would show up. He took a blood test that checked out my TK levels. I am not a doctor but from what he explained to me I guess TK level in our blood tells us if our muscles are recovering at a normal rate or not. I guess the higher the TK levels the harder it is for you muscles to recover. Which would give us some answers on why my muscles ache and I have a hard time recovering from my runs.
Well, I got my blood work back and EVERYTHING came back normal except...
I have high cholesterol! Go flippin' figure! My bad cholesterol was high along with my overall! Which is so funny in a not-so-funny ironic twist! I eat better then most people I know. Right now, we don't need to manage it with medications just diet and exercise! HA! Because I don't get enough exercise and don't eat right already! Oh well! It is what it is I guess! I am trying to reevaluate other options to add to my diet, but really everything I am reading, I already do!
So his advice to me? This is good stuff people and why we pay him the big bucks:
"No matter what you do Cortney, DO NOT stop running! That is the best thing you can do for yourself until we figure out what is wrong with you!"
There you have it people! I guess I am stuck running until I die! On the days my pain is too much, I should go running. On the days I feel good, I should go running. Running, running, running. Running will keep me strong and flexible until we figure out what is going on!
I guess it's a good thing I have been running? Right?
Does this mean my insurance will pay for all my running shoes and clothes? HA!