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Lamia, I'd definitely get it followed up. It could be that you're still hypothyroid, which can affect memory, and also there are certain nutrients which -- if you're deficient in -- your memory can be affected. But it's always good to rule out the "big guys" especially when they already saw something concerning on previous brain imaging. Another possibility is a medication that you're on. Definitely a good idea to have your provider review your medication list (or you can, online, to see if memory loss is a side effect).

I've noticed that my memory has suffered since the Sarcoidosis. I used to be an actress and could memorize an entire play with ease. Same with music -- I'd memorize entire pieces of classical music and didn't need the sheet music. Not anymore!! I have noticed this, too, with my patients who have autoimmune diseases, they have short term memory loss. It's one of the more frustrating elements that we deal with and I know how frustrating it is, both on a professional, and personal, level.
 

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Not knowing how MS is going to effect me every single day is so frustrating and scary.

Last weekend I felt so good and did so much with more ease than I had in awhile.

Today I struggled and did virtually the same amount of errands etc.

Hate it.
 

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Not knowing how MS is going to effect me every single day is so frustrating and scary.

Last weekend I felt so good and did so much with more ease than I had in awhile.

Today I struggled and did virtually the same amount of errands etc.

Hate it.
Yup. I hear ya. I hate it for you. It's so f'ing unfair, and is so damn unpredictable. Hate it. Hate. It.

I took a blow to the chest which has caused me not only a great deal of pain but worsened my Sarcoidosis to the point where I'm nearly incapacitated from both the pain AND the shortness of breath. Naturally I had to get hit in my weakest spot -- the chest -- rather than, say, my ass which can take it. ;)

I'm taking tramadol, have increased my prednisone (instead of tapering, as I'd hoped) and really wishing that I'll heal soon. So frustrating.

Worst part? Being on blood thinners for my varicose veins/clots which basically means that if you look at me I'll bruise, so you can imaging what getting a bop to the chest has managed to do.

This is going to take a long,long, long time to heal. :(

So yes, I feel ya, sister. Chronic illnesses suck the Big Watoosie, and not in a good way, do they?
 

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Shit! That sucks so much, MV. :(

Yes, these chronic conditions are a huge pain in the ass. All we can do is the best we can do though, right? Sending lots of good vibes your way.

Take it easy!

Yup. I hear ya. I hate it for you. It's so f'ing unfair, and is so damn unpredictable. Hate it. Hate. It.

I took a blow to the chest which has caused me not only a great deal of pain but worsened my Sarcoidosis to the point where I'm nearly incapacitated from both the pain AND the shortness of breath. Naturally I had to get hit in my weakest spot -- the chest -- rather than, say, my ass which can take it. ;)

I'm taking tramadol, have increased my prednisone (instead of tapering, as I'd hoped) and really wishing that I'll heal soon. So frustrating.

Worst part? Being on blood thinners for my varicose veins/clots which basically means that if you look at me I'll bruise, so you can imaging what getting a bop to the chest has managed to do.

This is going to take a long,long, long time to heal. :(

So yes, I feel ya, sister. Chronic illnesses suck the Big Watoosie, and not in a good way, do they?
 

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getting a new knee on 10/09...been getting pretty excited about the other side of this...recovering, progressing slowly and feeling better!!!
only 3 weeks to go!!!
 

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I've had a weird sore on my breast for a couple of weeks. They think it's probably staph, and I've been on antibiotics for a week. I find out tomorrow if I need a biopsy.

Wish me luck :(
 

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I've had a weird sore on my breast for a couple of weeks. They think it's probably staph, and I've been on antibiotics for a week. I find out tomorrow if I need a biopsy.

Wish me luck :(
Luck, positive energy, complete and speedy recovery and a big hug.
 

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Luck, positive energy, complete and speedy recovery and a big hug.
Thanks so much!

I was referred to a breast specialist for a possible biopsy, and my thyroid levels were still low, so they raised that to 75 mcg.

I may or may not have had a shot of Patron at lunch to cope.
 

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Thanks so much!

I was referred to a breast specialist for a possible biopsy, and my thyroid levels were still low, so they raised that to 75 mcg.

I may or may not have had a shot of Patron at lunch to cope.
Mine was raised to 75 mcgs too. Mine is Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. Cheers!
 

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I'm at 75 mcg too! Maybe it's time to form a club... lol.
I got the okay to start adrenal support supplements and if the new dosage doesn't work, I'm going on T3 Cytomel which is like a rocket booster for the T3 (Levothyroxin/Synthroid).
 

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Not cancer, although he does want me to get a mammogram to be sure.
Thank goodness and let us know the date so we can send some more positive energy.

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Just started taking the adrenal supplements. Maybe it's all in my mind but I didn't hit the fatigue wall today. I'm FULL of energy and the fog has lifted. I feel very bouncy and quite giddy actually. Hope it is the supplements!
 

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I called out sick to work AGAIN today. I'm not at the point of being written up, but one more call out and I will be I think.

I am in so much pain it hurts to move. Every joint in my body is screaming at me. I was diagnosed with RA and Fibro back in the beginning of the year. Add that to the Osteo, Reynauds, Costochondritis and the super-obesity and I'm a walking (barely) pain magnet. I started on plaquenil but recently changed to methotrexate for the RA. The problem is that I think the pain is more because of the weight than the RA. And nothing is happening with that at any time soon (or not soon probably).

I'll soon be another one of the fat ladies existing on the mattresses on the floor, wearing a sheet for a dress. I see my future. :( That's my confession.
 

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Not cancer, although he does want me to get a mammogram to be sure.
So glad to hear it's not cancer (gotta say I started thinking about inflammatory breast cancer, darlin'). I'm glad you're getting a mammo. They're not fun but it'll give you a nice pretty picture of your healthy breast.

I called out sick to work AGAIN today. I'm not at the point of being written up, but one more call out and I will be I think.

I am in so much pain it hurts to move. Every joint in my body is screaming at me. I was diagnosed with RA and Fibro back in the beginning of the year. Add that to the Osteo, Reynauds, Costochondritis and the super-obesity and I'm a walking (barely) pain magnet. I started on plaquenil but recently changed to methotrexate for the RA. The problem is that I think the pain is more because of the weight than the RA. And nothing is happening with that at any time soon (or not soon probably).

I'll soon be another one of the fat ladies existing on the mattresses on the floor, wearing a sheet for a dress. I see my future. :( That's my confession.
Oh Mishe, I'm so sorry. You know, since finishing my classes for my nurse practitioner training I've been working in a pain clinic and we work with people like you all the time. i think family practice providers and even rheumatologists run out of options as far as pain management is concerned and that leaves the patient in huge amounts of pain.

A pain management specialist is someone who specializes in treating chronic pain. Here's a link to the Academy of Pain Management's website. I've personally heard some of the experts talk and they know what they're doing. I bet there is a pain specialist near you who can help.

It is unconscionable to me that your providers aren't managing your pain better. It's considered the "fifth vital sign" and bears treatment every bit as much as the first four.
 

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I was really scared it was inflammatory breast cancer too, Vicki. But after a week or two's worth of doctor appointments, it turns out it's folliculitis. The dermatologist thinks it will heal up on it's own, although if it gets full of stuff again he wants me to come in so he can drain it and cut the cyst out.

So Yea?
 

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So so so glad to hear that it's not the big C.


I was really scared it was inflammatory breast cancer too, Vicki. But after a week or two's worth of doctor appointments, it turns out it's folliculitis. The dermatologist thinks it will heal up on it's own, although if it gets full of stuff again he wants me to come in so he can drain it and cut the cyst out.

So Yea?
 

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I was really scared it was inflammatory breast cancer too, Vicki. But after a week or two's worth of doctor appointments, it turns out it's folliculitis. The dermatologist thinks it will heal up on it's own, although if it gets full of stuff again he wants me to come in so he can drain it and cut the cyst out.

So Yea?
Folliculitis? On your breast? Who knew???



My health related kvetch?

I had laser vein surgery done on my varicose veins last week and I have to wear compression stockings for two weeks. Can I just say how much I hate them? Now granted, they come in cute colors -- yesterday I wore my grape colored ones with an adorable dress -- but still, my legs feel claustrophobic.

I cannot wait until I'm done with this whole process.
 

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It could be worse, Vick... remember some of us have to wear them every day of our lives, and have to settle for beige or black. It does suck... a lot. ESPECIALLY in the summer when all you want is to wear sandals and run around with bare legs!
 

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