I haven’t felt very well the past few days. Correction, I’ve felt crappier than usual the past few days ;-) . The Birch pollen season has begun, so I’ve been sneezing my head off and my eyes are dry and sore, although this year I know to keep all my windows shut, run the air purifier in my bedroom, always wear my glasses when outside and put some Hay Max organic balm around the inside of my nostrils before I venture outside which seems to work quite well.
But I’ve also been really muzzy headed, have had a sore throat and just felt generally drained and ‘not right’. My chest is also worryingly tight (although I bought a peak flow metre and my readings are excellent at 550) and I’m coughing my head off. It could be related to the pollen, but at the same time I’ve had reflux pain so it could also be a bad bout of GERD. I’m already on the maximum dose of Tagamet (H2 blocker), plus extra Gaviscon Advance especially before bed, but it’s obviously not keeping the acid at bay. I tolerate the H2 so well that I’m extremely reluctant to try a PPI instead, although if it gets much worse I might have to. So I’m wondering if the sore throat is from the reflux and coughing, or whether I do have some kind of mild throat infection particularly as I don’t feel ‘well’ (although my temperature is normal). My step-brother gets bad hayfever though, and he doesn’t feel well at the moment either, so it could also be the pollen!
That’s the problem when you have M.E. – every day you feel like you have the Plague, so how can you tell when you actually do have a virus? Or whether your increased symptoms are down to something else entirely, like hayfever or an MCAD flare? Or whether you’re just having a crap M.E. patch? Answers on a postcard please.
I gave up going to see my GP about anything about 10 years ago. She would either hand me a prescription that I couldn’t take, or refer me for tests which always came back normal. All the visits ever did was make me feel like a hypochondriac which wasn’t good for my psyche. But there are some symptoms I really worry about, like my lower stomach/pelvic pain which has been particularly bad in recent months. I am 110% convinced the pain is down to endometriosis, but what if it’s something more sinister? I have regular smear tests but that wouldn’t pick up ovarian cysts or internal tumours. About 5 years ago I actually think I had a burst ovarian cyst (I’ve never had pain like that in my life) but I still didn’t call an ambulance – by morning it had settled down a bit and I’m still here so whatever it was it didn’t kill me! There’s a saying in my family to “just keep your eye on it” – with everything that’s wrong with me it’s a wonder I can see straight ;-) .
The only time I’ve been to hospital was after I’d had a mast cell reaction to having chiropracty for my back. Within 5 minutes of the treatment I knew I was going to be really ill. And I was, including having tachycardia for 3 entire weeks and horrendous vomiting/retching. After 21 days of continuous symptoms (including losing 9lbs puking) and absolutely zero sleep, I had chest pain so bad it felt like I was being skewered by a bread knife. So at 3am one night I called 111 (the non-emergency number) and was told I had to call an ambulance. I said I didn’t want to, I’d be fine, but the Doctor on the other end disagreed and called one anyway! I ended up being blue-lighted to hospital, only for my ECG to be considered ‘normal’ (I knew I was having an allergic reaction and that there would be nothing wrong with my heart) and discharged 5 hours later in the snow, in my pyjamas and with no way of making the 30 mile journey home (a taxi would have cost me £80!). It’s not going to happen again in a hurry.
I might try some Claritin (H1 blocker) alongside my Tagamet to see if that will settle any hayfever symptoms down (although it gives me insomnia!) but other than that I’ll just put up with the tight chest. It does get me down though, as breathing is exhausting when it feels like there’s an elephant sitting on your breastbone!
I am, however, going to finish on a high note. I’ve had the biopsy results for the lump on my little dog’s leg and it’s just a benign cyst and nothing at all to worry about, yayyy :-) . And my Mum is definitely brighter now we’ve altered her medication – like her GP says, it’s a balance between quality of life and quantity of life. If I had a choice, I’d rather be well and die at 60 than feel like this every day and live til I’m 100!