I saw my Neurologist for my 6 month checkup yesterday and got a few questions answered. I was right that my brain fog is coming from the Primidone, and not from the EM itself. He was also quick to agree with me that the Neurontin had caused the terrible nightmares and grogginess that led me to go back on the Primidone. He said there’s really nothing better that I could take that might not constipate me so badly, and was surprised to see all that I take each day just to keep my digestive system working properly.
I described some specific problems I am having defecating, and he said I am experiencing Dystonia.
We told him how exhausted I get by early evening, and I asked for a prescription for some Physical Therapy, which he quickly gave, so that I could be monitored while I try to increase my exercise level. I may not have a doctor watching me all the time the way they do on the Biggest Loser, but at least I won’t be so scared that I am doing myself harm and will be more likely to push myself a little harder. I have an appointment next week for an evaluation and expect to go several times and then wait several weeks and check in. I’d like to do that all this year if my insurance will allow it.
I did forget to ask him about the dry skin situation I deal with year round, and there’s something else I meant to ask him about, but now I can’t even think of it! LOL!! It will pop into my head when it’s good and ready.
We went out to eat afterward, but it started sleeting just as we got to the restaurant, so we came straight home after we ate.
I’ve gotten behind posting requests for help on the Search Service, since we went to see our younger daughter and her family this weekend. I enjoy seeing them all, and really miss having both our daughters close to us, but trying to sleep anywhere but in a recliner is a real problem for me. It’s taken me the last few days to get my back and neck settled down again. I cut back on my exercises the last few days, since I was waking up with so much back spasm going on. But I did 2 sets of 10 of everything today and used the mini trampoline yesterday and today. Two steps forward and one step back seems to be the norm these days.
So today I have been trying to catch back up with the posts on the Search Service, but it will take awhile to get caught up. I don’t know about other retired people, but I seem to stay busy all day long. I’m not complaining, mind you, as I would be bored out of my skull with nothing to do.
I continue to add to my house cleaning routine, and some parts of the house are actually staying straight most of the time now. Well, notice I said “some”! Certain places seem to be the dumping ground for things I straighten up from other rooms, but don’t know what to do with yet. So some parts are getting consistently cleaner, and others are getting progressively worse. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?? It took years to make this mess, and it’s going to take time to correct it all.
I’m feeling good about the progress I am making on several fronts, and looking forward to seeing the Physical Therapist next week. Now let me get back to posting!