Thursday, September 29, 2005

Abnormal Nervous System Activity

That's what it said on my file at the hospital. Just reading that made me feel a lot of abnormal nervous system activity I can tell you.

The doctor was a cardiologist - the head of the department- which wasn't terribly reassuring either. He asked me a few questions if I still feel numbness & loss of sensation(yes), if my fingers also felt numb(no), if I had trouble moving or controlling the arm(no), if my family had a history of heart disease or diabetes(yes to both), if I smoke(yes). He told me that migraines do sometimes cause limb numbness but that it isn't usually continuous & it shouldn't last so long. I asked so what does this mean. He said it means we need tests to assess a few possibilites. Possibilities like what?Heart attack?Diabetes?What?

No, no, no he said. It's just routine. Then he sent me off for tests.

Have never had so many tests in my life.

1) Ultrasound of the neck: Mom said this one is normal so I am not a TIA risk. What is TIA Mother?A stroke. A stroke? A STROKE?She was worried about a stroke & she didn't tell me?

2) CT scan of head & spine.
3) X-ray of my right side.
4) 5 different blood tests.

Have to see the doctor tonight.

If all of these turn out ok there are still 2 more tests I have to take before am pronounced all clear. They're called electromyography(muscle response) & last a lumbar puncture(Cerebral spinal fluid test) which is supposed to hurt like crazy.

So it wasn't a stroke. But I might be paralyzed?Or diabetic?Or what?

What I hate about doctors here is that - unlike doctors in the States - they don't bother to explain anything to you. In the US if you're going to have a test they tell you what it's for, what they suspect. Here they just smile & tell you it's routine & we'll know when we get the results.

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13 Comments:

Blogger roora said...

Don't worry ya Loulou, enshaaAllah you will be fine and yes sometimes they make tests for routine for extra check

Try to have some self relaxation .. be away from anyhing that gets youin tension , stop thinking and try to do some relaxing activity or sports that you like the most it really helps , when i was stressed i used to go in track and run and it really helps.

and also please try to reduce from the rate of smoking it might have a negative effect on your nerves.

Take care , life is much simpler than that! :)

9/29/2005 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger Mohamed said...

Hate it when doctors don't explain too and give you this look when you ask.

One thing for sure would help you; Don't worry. Other people will on your behalf, so leave that to them. I know you can't do it still.

If its any consolation, your nervous system activities look more than normal to me :)

9/29/2005 06:04:00 PM  
Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said...

I suspected the stroke (jaltah) matter when i read ur Migraine blog but i was afraid to say anything especially that ur mom is a doctor, so she knows better. Anyway whatever it was i hope you get better soon.

I should say that all day you were on my mind everynow and then and i just came back home and logged to see if you were alright ;)

Take care.

9/30/2005 12:19:00 AM  
Blogger Charismatic Soul said...

Alf salama lou,insha'allah the test results will all be normal.

i hate to say this, but doctors here suck big time, thy dont know shit, but you're lucky your mom is a doc, she probably knows the best in town.

keep us posted, and insha'allah khier.

9/30/2005 12:33:00 AM  
Blogger Alina said...

I'm sure it will all be just fine! Romanian doctors also have this bad habit of not explaining to much of what they do. they don't sayif it's routine or not, just send you off to your tests. Unfortunately, they sometime tend to act the same way when it comes to results!

9/30/2005 04:33:00 AM  
Blogger LouLou said...

roora,

Definitely I will try to relax.But after all this is over. There is no way I can relax now. Too worried.

9/30/2005 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger LouLou said...

mohamed,

Hate to say it but even my own mother. Acting so worried & protective but not explaining anything to me.

She didn't even want to give me the painkiller for my migraine until she called someone first to ask if it was ok to give me tranquilizers. Huh?Since when?

Then she takes me to the hospital for tests. She could have just filled out the insurance forms & sent me off for tests herself. But she says no it's better that I see a specialist. Another red flag. All our lives Mom has been our family doctor. She doesn't send us to see anyone else unless it's something really serious.

And still she won't tell me anything. And the doctor she sent me to also doesn't explain anything. He examines me, asks me some questions then before I am out the door he's on the phone to my Mom.

I know they think they don't want to alarm me but really do they think am stupid?Unlike Around_the_Clock I wasn't thinking of a stroke but I knew that suddenly not feeling your shoulder & arm can't be a good thing. And didn't they think I'd notice something with all these people acting like conspirators around me?

I know Mom isn't like that with her patients though. Am just getting special treatment because am her daughter. So she treats me like a child. Poor Mom. Can't be too upset with her. She's a Virgo too. I know how worried she must have been.

Last night I got K to explain all the tests for me.Should have just asked him from the beginning.

9/30/2005 11:30:00 AM  
Blogger LouLou said...

around_the_clock,

Ok I guess your medical info is better than mine. Thanks for not telling me inti kaman:)

9/30/2005 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger LouLou said...

kayla,

I think doctors who don't explain really do believe patients are too stupid to understand. Or maybe they just don't have the patience to deal with questions.

9/30/2005 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger MoonLightShadow said...

Get well soon isA ya Loulou.

9/30/2005 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger doshar said...

salamtek loul. these tests are getting you worried, and inty mish naksa, you are a worrier aslan!

these tests, as serious as they seem, are indeed routine. this is because they need to exclude the most serious and severe reasons. even though they are probably unlikely (percentage of people who have your symptoms ending up with something really serious is extremely low), they can not take that chance.

if someone indeed has something very serious (even if it is a one in a thousand chance) and is over looked and misdiagnosed because the tests were neglected, and so the condition gets worse, the hospital is under great legal threat, liability is great. not to mention the ethical responsibility. that is why they are routine fe3lan.

eb2y tammeneena 3aleiky

9/30/2005 02:38:00 PM  
Blogger Me said...

"As2al Allah Al3atheem Rab Al3arsh Al3atheem 2an yoshfeeki"

9/30/2005 03:47:00 PM  
Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said...

Hope u get better asap ;)

As for the medical info i am an honor member of the Lebanese Red Cross and strokes are one of the things we learned during the first aid courses. Besides i am a Migraine victim since 15Yrs and i've been through the worst situtaions from trying millions of medicines to banging my head to the wall but never numbness. I didn't tell u for your mom is a doctor and she knows better i didn't want to start putting things into ur head that do not even exist.

By the way i found that Voltarene 50 or 100 mg suppositories are the best for treating Migraines but if anyone is reading this please double check with ur mom or doctors before using it, so loulou ask your mom and see if she recommends it to you for your migraines.

I really wish you get better soon.
Take care sweetie ;)

9/30/2005 10:36:00 PM  

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