The Progress: Part 5

Hello! I bid to any kindred souls who’s actually reading my rants here. How are you doing today? Great, I hope. I’m feeling better too. Much better. In fact I felt good enough to drive around for 3 hours today (I had a lot of errands to be done).

I think in my last post I talked about going to my GI for a visit around end-Feb. Well, the outcome from the visit was my GI was somewhat happy with my progress so far, although he was worried with my excessive mucus production. With that in mind, he prescribed more probiotics, to help with the gut flora, and ordered a stool sample. Yup! He’s apparently interested in something called “Occult Blood, Ova and Cys” which to my understanding is blood content, and parasite eggs/youngs. I hope the test will be all clear so then I’ll have really nothing to worry about and just continue life trying to understand IBS.

However, IBS aside, I’m still trying to understand my other symptoms (which my GI/GP is attributing to anxiety) such as shortness of breath (SpO2 was 99% the whole time I was warded), constant mild headache (trying out sinusitis sprays – lots of phlegm and mucus) and random body aches and spasms. As I’m typing this, my left index finger just randomly began to hurt. Great!

And then there’s the tooth issues too. Had a follow up with my dentist for the root canal, he’s switching my meds to a different type, so far it feels better, but there is still some occasional discomfort. And the darnest thing happened yesterday, I went to a dentist hoping to extract a broken root. As much as she tried, the tool couldn’t extract it because it was too small, and covered with gums. So now, I’m in pain from all the trauma from the extraction area, with no results to show. I would sure mind the pain less if the extraction was actually successful. This is almost like self mutilation at this point. The X-Ray verified that root was too small to be normally extracted. She said I could have surgery done, but she doesn’t actually recommend it due to the rather invasive nature of the procedure (cutting the gums, shaving some bone off and removing the root).

Lastly, I’m starting to think that my headaches might be actually caused by an aggravated TMJ pain instead. My jaw has always popped, and grinds, sometimes even lock slightly, but there was never any pain – at all. However, since the root canal was completed, my bite felt odd, and my bottom tooth kept touching the filling. So perhaps, a prolonged shift in my bite (unconsiously) and the long sessions with my mouth wide open had aggravated the joint, causing my shoulder ache, headache etc. I should probably point this out to my GP on my next visit. Been trying a TMJ exercise/stretch I saw on YouTube by Dr. Jo, and it seemed to have slightly helped.

That’s all I could rant in this episode of “No One Actually Cares!”. Be healthy everyone and have a great day! No seriously, as bad as you think you’re having it, there will be someone out there that’s worse off. So please, be happier and more thankful with what you have now, and maybe you’ll eventually get better (a message to both myself, and any fellow readers).

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Just a random shot from my recent trip to the zoo. It’s always so boring to have a wall of text, especially one about being sick. Bleargh!. Just trying to liven things up here for a change! 🙂
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The Progress: Part 4

Well, it’s now officially been 2 weeks since I stopped Dicetel, and a very eventful two week it surely was. To summarize, it’s been all about headaches, sensitivity and mucus. Lot’s of mucus.

Urgh, where do I even begin! It all began when I had a burger. I don’t know what it had that triggered such a violent response from my body, but it did the trick alright. It’s been quite some time since I had gas/bloating related issues, glad to inform you it’s now back. Once again, I’m greeted with morning cramps and bloating, until I either pass all the gas or have a bowel movement.

If the gas and cramps weren’t enough, there’s always the sea of mucus spewing from my back-end. Okay, I’m exagerating here, but in all honestly, my movement are either now covered in that stuff, or it’s more than enough to be expelled as a clump or plug of mucus. But I could live with it. It’s not always bad. I can afford to be far from the toilet for extended hours without too much anxiety setting in. Just today I went to the zoo for a whole 6 hours, including trip time. Sure, I had my down/panic moments, but at least I had a ton of fun. You can read about my zoo trip at my other blog here.

What I can’t stand however, is everything else. The random tooth sensitivity, and now somehow, headaches. It’s not like I’m not doing anything to it, I had a procedure done and everything. But somehow, it was better before I had the procedure done. The abcess would come, and it would go. Now, the abcess bump is always there (a very small bump however). I’m now seriously considering just extracting the tooth. Adding insult to injury, I’m also having random tooth sensitivity at my other teeth (just a few specific ones), which I just am ignoring currently. It comes and goes. Sometimes it’s completely fine and some other time, it just feels sensitive for no reason (not particularly to hot/cold).

Last annoying sensation is feeling as if you have mucus stuck in your throat, almost constantly. This also comes and goes, but it’s rather annoying truthfully. The mucus sorts of smells too (not like puss/rotting kinda smell, but just has a distinct scent to it). My muscles around the body randomly gets sore too. The most recent muscle that got rather sore was on my left knee. It fixes itself, but it’s getting quite annoying to be dealing with lots of sensations throughout the day.

To whomever that’s reading this entry, please, if you’ve ever experienced anything like this, just drop me a comment on what it is so I’ll at least have an idea what I’m having.

That’s all I have for this entry. I wish for the best of health for you all! Thanks for reading!

The Other Issues

Random thought of the day; I strongly believe that toothaches could legitimately be used as a weapon at some point in the distant future. I’m having a toothache as I type this, even though I’ve tried my best to go to the dentist and actually tried fixing the damn tooth! 

Some backstory; I’ve always had bad tooth, even as a child. At one point in my life, I honestly think I went to the dentist more than once a month just from the sheer number of work I actually needed on them. My dentist attributes this to a) having shitty genes and b) acid reflux. 

My tooth got significantly worse (and better) around the time I got braces. It’s better because it’s at least more neatly arranged now. Worse because they had to stop treatment slightly sooner than expected due to a minor complication. A complication which involved my tooth chipping. Badly chipping. When is say bad, I mean like really bad. Most of my front tooth had to have composite cement to reshape them, quite an unsightly thing to behold. More than 70% of my tooth has had work done on them.

But I got used to it. So did the people around me. At first I was embarrassed, but now, not as much. I don’t actually mind them looking bad, but with cavities, come toothaches.

However, they still do chip, and break, and get cavities oh so easily. I actually envy my other friends. One of em hardly ever brushes his teeth, but with very minimal cavities. I brush mine twice a day and I use mouthwash each time, but what do I have to show for it? Cavities. 

I honestly envy those perfect smiles of the people around me. When my teeth first started going bad, I developed a habit of shielding my mouth when I laugh. It’s second nature now. But I’m glad my friends don’t mock me (at least directly) about it. 

There are worse things to have in the world honestly, compared to IBS and poor dental health, but sometimes, you just can’t help of dreaming, “What if I’m….normal”. 

Oh well, that’s all I can’t rant about today while I’m sitting here trying my best to ignore the pain. It comes and goes, but I’ll survive.

Next I’ll actually tell you guys what’s with the pain I’m having now! Thanks for reading my rants! As always, have a nice day!