I am now 6 weeks after my excruciating breathing, ribs, and shoulder pains started. I am sadden to report that I made only minor improvements. Chest wall pain also started since last week. It’s like the affliction is spreading or I’m literally falling apart from the inside. Due to this, I decided to return to the clinic yesterday. I saw a different doctor than last time and he sent me to the hospital for a battery of tests to find or eliminate the possible causes. I spent a span of 2 days in the meat grinder. Here’s the details;
I didn’t hear all the medical lingo used but I first got tested for my heart. I had over 10 probes connected to various parts of my body. Results were negative. Although I figure that my fiancée will eventually see her fat, Wendy’s Baconator eating, and poutine lover fall down in cardiac arrest sooner or later. Maybe in a decade or two…
Second, were 4 different blood tests; gallbladder / liver, other gastric issues, and body infection. All were ruled out. One positive test was for pulmonary embolism… but a blood test for that has very low accuracy.
Third, was a radiography of the lungs and ribs. After a unhealthy dose of X-rays, negative results came back. To the next test…
Fourth, was to evaluate all pulmonary causes (embolism, cancer, etc) once and for all. Part un was to breathe radioactive gas then off to a scintigraphy scan. Part deux was to be injected with radioactive isotopes and retake the test for comparison basis. I’m not sure why I was a bit disappointed when the results returned negative… maybe I wanted to grow a goatee paired with my already shaved head and go full Breaking Bad. Oh well, maybe next time!
What then? Having eliminated almost all other possibilities, I left with a diagnosis for a really bad costocondritist case paired with intercostal strain and right shoulder tendinitis. Three for the price of one! At this point, Tietze syndrome also is not ruled out but unconfirmed at this point in time. Let’s just say that it fucking hurts. I got new stronger meds with steroids.
To make it worse, I also began to have problems with my teeth. I haven’t got dental insurance post-2001 so I never got any work done since. I surely have a dozen cavities by now. It’s also not supposed to be a good idea for a guy my age to still have his wisdom teeth. Anyhow, I most likely have an infection to the lower right one. Swollen jaw, pain, sore throat, you name it. I took the opportunity to have the doc prescribe me antibiotics to deal with it. I’ll have no choice but to dig money somewhere and get that fixed too.
That’s where I stand right now. After my herniated disc back in February / March, I really thought that I was going to get a break. No rest for the wicked, ‘eh? Even benchwork is becoming tiresome but I will soldier on to make some aspects of the project progress. I might have something to update in the next few days / next week…
Life is wonderful, right? Anyhow, I’m not dying so I should consider myself lucky. Some people have it way worse than me. I’m staying positive in the mindset of what’s another extra year added to the last six I already went through? Wabi~Sabi will live on jackstands for now. Supposedly, spending too much time like that is not good for unibody cars (what do I call mine though, a bibody?). Yet, it must have accumulated about 2 years of sitting like that, but it’s still straight as an arrow. Roll cage FTW I guess!
…and yes, I’m eating fucking poutine tonight and bacon at breakfast tomorrow! Place your bets! 😉