Those of you who follow me on faceache would know that in November I went for a medical - blood work and ECG. The blood work says my thyroid, liver, kidneys and prostate are working fine. Cholesterol is above normal but not in the YOU'RE GUNNA DIE range. Nothing some change to diet and a little more exercise can't fix. Blood sugar is above normal but not in the OMG DIABETES! range. My insulin level is a little higher than normal and indicates some insulin resistance. This is possibly weight-related. so a change of diet (less carbs, more fibre and exercise) to reduce the weight a little would help. He suggested a 20 minute fast walk every day at the Mall. The Mall? It's flat, and air conditioned.
The ECG showed a mild, occasional, irregularity in my heart beat; just before the main upwards spike there was a tiny downward dip. My GP said it was probably nothing. He said it's nothing to be concerned about.
So I had an appointment booked with a cardiologist. After getting the ECG resting, he put me on the treadmill.
Him: You're struggling?
Him: Chest pains? Shortness of breath?
Me: No. I've been a lazy bastard for four years.
Him: I'll slow it down a little.
Then he looked at my heart via ultrasound (ugh. goo) and examined the ECG. In the end he said "Right! Nothing wrong here. See you in 12 months."
So I am actually quite healthy, apart from being an overweight lazy bastard.
Crossposted from Dreamwidth.
The first cortisone shot 6 weeks ago was into the bicep ligament and went rather well and was largely painless. Yesterday's shot was into the gap between the ball and socket. i.e into the joint itself. This was not largely painless.
The procedure had to be done in the CT Scanner with me lying still. The tech put a target patch in my shoulder, sent me into the scanner, then returned and marked a spot on my back. This was okay.
The Doc entered the room, administered a local, and said "Okay, this might still hurt a little." He explained that he would put the needle in, pump in some saline, then put me through the scanner to see if he had the needle in the correct place. "Don't move!" he added.
I said "Aargh!" as the needle went in. And "AAAARRRRGH!" as the saline was injected. Then the doc removed the syringe but left the needle in place FOREVER while I was pushed through the scanner again. He'd hit the right place which meant he didn't have to removed the needle and start again. Which was nice.
"Okay, I'm going to inject more anesthetic before the cortisone, but it might still hurt a little."
It did. I said "aargh!" then "MMMMMMPH!" into the foam supports holding me in place.
And it was over. 20 minutes was all it took. It hurt a lot at the time but that pain quickly subsided into a sort of dull, constant ache I've felt for the last 24 hours. It's about a 2 to 3 on the 1 to 10 pain index. I didn't sleep well because the pain woke me when I moved and stressed the shoulder, and I'm feeling a little wrecked today.
The 3rd and final shot is in 6 weeks, and after that I'll know if I need an operation.
Crossposted from Dreamwidth.