I’m going to ignore my stupid left hand for a minute and let y’all know what’s up with a few things.
I’ve had pain in my left leg for months, as well as really odd stomach pain (pain in the area of my stomach…not pain that necessarily originates in the organ called “stomach”). The leg pain is not affected by my movement or anything of that nature. My stomach pain depends on how I move, how long I stand, etc.
They began around the same time, but I know they’re not related.
I was supposed to go to the doctor about them last week, but had a seizure and had to reschedule the appointment. So I went yesterday.
I will gloss over the nurse who is just apparently shitty to everyone (and forgot about me last time I was there, then tried to bring a patient into my exam room after 40 minutes), and just focus on the basics.
I had an initial exam of both my leg and my abdomen, and got two very different impressions from my doctor about them.
I’m on Nexium for the next few months to see if the stomach pain is related to an ulcer. I’ve had pain from stomach acid and whatnot before, and it wasn’t anything like this, so I’m still really not convinced, but if the Nexium helps, I certainly won’t complain. If it’s not the lining of my stomach being worn away, I think the next step is probably an endoscopy, followed by CT or MRI and various O GOD scenarios of confusion. So we’ll go with “ulcer” for now.
My leg’s a bit more complicated, even though I’m fairly certain it’s “just” nerve damage.
They sent me to get an ultrasound (ah, the radiology department, where a nurse whose daughter was in band and is my age continues to update me on her life whenever I go in there, even though I met her daughter one time at an honor band, and only remember her because we talked longer than 5 minutes – don’t get me wrong, the nurse is a nice woman, and her daughter’s very successful, and I’m happy for them, but it’s hilarious), where I got to be pantsless, again, while that gel stuff was smeared all over my leg and I giggled incessantly at the noises my veins made when the tech pushed them closed with the ultrasound wand (for diagnostic purposes…but it sounded like a dog coughing).
The results were inconclusive as far as any other issue with my veins is concerned, but the pain’s not caused by a blood clot, and there’s no other fluid build-up that could be seen off-hand. The doctor will review the results and call me to confirm, in which case the next step, if they really want to figure out what it is, will probably be some sort of nerve study, because that’s honestly the only other cause, and the one that I felt it was when I went in…but you know, they have to make sure you’re not going to drop dead after they tell you nothing’s wrong with you, thus the ultrasound.
So…Nexium and a disc with more pictures of my innards on it. My collection of “weird things for a 30-year-old woman to have” is growing steadily.
And that’s all I’ve got, because my hand is threatening a mutiny.