My brief medical History

With all of the issues I’ve been going through, the constant visits to doctors, specialists and shrinks – along with the ‘new’ set of diagnosis that have been thrust upon me as part of said visits – this joke really struck a chord with me:

Two immigrants meet on the street in New York.  “How’s by you?” asks one.

“Could be worse, and you?”

“Surviving.  But I’ve been sick a lot this year and it’s cost me a fortune.  In the past 5 months I’ve spent over three hundred dollars on doctors and medicine.”

“Ach, back home on that kind of money you could have been sick for two years!”

I’m in two minds about the whole visits to the many medical practitioners – on the one hand, we’re attacking everything head on – catching things early, dealing with things and making a difference. On the other hand, it just depresses me further at how ‘broken’ I am and not to mention the average of $500 a week pumping out the door!

Logically I know that going through everything right now and dealing with it allows me to have a potentially better life going forward … but emotionally, I feel like crap shat on from a great height worse than when I first started this damned journey.

For the record, I don’t use the term broken willy nilly – here’s a brief on my (pertinent?) physical and mental medical history as it stands today (along with links to useful and informative pages on each one):

“Mental” Illnesses:

  • Panic Disorder
  • Chronic Depression (Dysthemia)
  • ODD (misdiagnosed as Asperger’s for a while)
  • Thanatophobia
  • Recurrent Migraines [Some known precipitants – avoided]
  • Eating disorders
    • Binge Eating Disorder –
      • 2003/4
        • Ix Body Composition
        • Ongoing therapy with Psychologist and Nutritionist/Physician
        • Intra Gastric Balloon
        • VLC diet
        • reduced from 170kg to 110kg
      • 2012-4
        • Weight returned to 155Kg as of Aug 2013
        • Laparoscopic gastric banding implemented to regain control –
        • slow gradual decline ~125Kg at Dec 2014
        • Psychologically Struggling with stress eating, especially binging on HC slider food items like ice cream
    • Anorexia Nervosa during late teens w/ Associated jaundice
“Physical” lIllnesses:

  • Colon Cancer (and Polyps obviously) Dealt with!
  • Proctalgia Fugax
  • Acute-Angle Glaucoma — now treated (bi-lateral laser iridotomy)
  • Recurring Acanthosis Nigricans
  • OSA/H
    • Treated with CPAP
  • Recurrent (R) eye Central Serous Retinopathy
  • Fatty liver
  • Dermatitis
  • Epiglottitis
  • Lumbar vertebrafracture
    • Ongoing Physiotherapy/Osteopathy
  • (R) shoulder injury, recurrent dislocation – (R) shoulder reconstruction
    • Occasional Physiotherapy
  • Glue Ear (Grommets in childhood – remaining perforation in left ear)
  • Potential Mild ImmunoDeficiency (not fully diagnosed)
    • Immune system intact but direct-infection methods (e.g. live-Virus vaccines) provide open door, piggy-back access for viruses
      • Received Measles vaccine : developed measles
      • Received Mumps vaccine : developed internalised mumps, followed by encephalitis (and perhaps coincidentally) meningitis
      • Never received a chickenpox vaccine – never had chickenpox (have been tested negative for chickenpox antibodies)

As you can see, it’s a great little collection of fucked up shit challenges that I have to work through …

My ‘mental’  meds have changed again so I’ve now gone from Aropax -> Xanax -> Zoloft -> Zoloft + Endronax -> Endronax -> Effexor XR … plus a collection of antibiotics and other pretty little pills to deal with some of the other joys.

I’ll finally get to see my GP next week and sit down and discuss which of the surgeries we will need to tackle in what order.


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