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Two procedures upcoming.

Posted 1 Month ago by chiarizio

Just recently I had an MRI of my brain done. They gave me a website and a password to look at my pictures, but I couldn’t make it work. That’s probably not significant; I doubt I’d understand them anyway. But I’d still like to see.

A few weeks ago I noticed a new weakness and slowness and lack of co-ordination in my right forearm, particularly my wrist.
My Primary Care Physician was afraid I’d had a stroke; so she ordered the MRI.
My pshrink had already told me to consult a neurologist because of my worries about my memory; although my pshrink tested me himself and my problems are nowhere near as severe as the ones he was testing for.

June 25 I will actually meet the neurologist.
June 1 I’ll revisit my PCP doc.

My PCP doc also checked my blood for all kinds of nutrients and such, because deficiencies in nutrition can cause weird problems.
I’m betting that’s what it is. Ever since my stomach surgery I’ve been supposed to take certain nutrient supplements regularly. But ever since the pandemic quarantine stay-at-home lockdown, I’ve had trouble complying.

....

My urologist (not neurologist!) will operate on me May 25 to perform a more thorough cystoscopy (look at my bladder) and a retrograde pyelogram (X-ray my kidneys from the back).
I don’t know if I have to be knocked out or just sedated and locally anesthetized.
If I have to be put to sleep I have something to worry about; but I probably don’t have to be knocked out, and even if I do, the thing I’m worried about probably won’t happen.
...
The reason this specialist needs to do these tests is that he had two tests done on samples he collected from me.
One showed no evidence of cancer.
The other showed evidence of cancer; but it gives enough false positives that he doesn’t want to just trust it.

The CAT scan of my kidneys he had had done wouldn’t show him all of my left kidney and ureter, because I’m shaped weird on the inside.
Also, the cystoscopy he did under local anesthesia didn’t let him look at everything.
So, that’s why the more-thorough cystoscopy, and the retrograde (I.e. from the back) pyelogram (picture of my kidneys).

....

I decided not to worry about it yet.
A few highly paid professional specialists are worrying about it for me.
I’ll start worrying when they advise me to.
....
The weird thing is, that decision actually worked!
In years past, I could decide not to worry; but I couldn’t actually not worry!
So my psychotherapy must be working!

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Good luck with everything. You got the right viewpoint. Hope you overcome it.

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1 Month ago
Denida
 

I hope they can figure it out and your health will improve, chiarizio!

My PCP doc also checked my blood for all kinds of nutrients and such, because deficiencies in nutrition can cause weird problems.


Electrolyte imbalances can cause weird neurological issues because nerves rely on sodium/potassium ion channels and muscles rely on magnesium/calcium ion channels. Virtually everyone is deficient in magnesium -- wouldn't be surprised if that's the root problem.

1 Month ago
Riven
 

My PCP doc also checked my blood for all kinds of nutrients and such, because deficiencies in nutrition can cause weird problems.

I’m betting that’s what it is. Ever since my stomach surgery I’ve been supposed to take certain nutrient supplements regularly. But ever since the pandemic quarantine stay-at-home lockdown, I’ve had trouble complying.


I hear you on this. Not getting the right nutrients can lead to severe headaches, trouble focusing, lightheadedness, dizziness, and physical things like minor bruising when it doesn't make sense. So I'm glad you're considering this as a possibility and I really hope that's the main issue.

The other showed evidence of cancer; but it gives enough false positives that he doesn’t want to just trust it.


From experience, if there are lots of false positives with the test, go with the more conclusive one. Don't even worry about this. And if you're really worried, seek out a third ultra-conclusive test (if there is one). I had a summer (in 2013) where I had about 3 or 4 separate blood tests and ended up with a number of false positives for an ailment until I took the most conclusive test, at which point my PCP told me there was nothing at all to worry about. Sounds similar to your case so just something to consider if it's of any comfort :)

I decided not to worry about it yet.

A few highly paid professional specialists are worrying about it for me.

I’ll start worrying when they advise me to.

my psychotherapy must be working!


Great!!! Keep up the positive attitude and keep us updated as anything happens. You're on the right track and you've got a really healthy mindset, so just keep living your life. Do the small things if you can, like making a more realized effort to keep up with taking supplements and any other small things you can do for your health... are you able to get some exercise in? Because that's good for the body and mind if it's a possibility. Keep hanging in there chiarizio, you'll be fine :)

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1 Month ago
Weird Occurance
 

[@]Riven, Weird Occurrence:[/@]
Thanks for your encouraging responses!

1 Month ago
chiarizio
 

Hey man.

MRIs are weird. I found mine to be rather peaceful but I know they mess with a lot of people. What was your experience like? And do you know if they did the fat-saturated one too?

I stopped taking the proper Bariatric Supplement years ago and have been relying on double-dosing mega vitamins. I wonder if I'm dropping the ball there, hm.

Hope your Peek-n-Poke goes easily and turns out to be a waste of time.

And I'm very proud of you for forgiving yourself the worry. What can be done rn? Nuh-in.

1 Month ago
Tek Shmansen
 

I felt like this when I had a calcium deficiency and had a seizure not long after.

1 Month ago
Acca Larentia 2
 

@Tek Shmansen:
You wrote:
MRIs are weird. I found mine to be rather peaceful but I know they mess with a lot of people. What was your experience like?

Noisy, but not as noisy as they made me think it would be.
One time a new, loud sound startled me. I don’t know if anyone else there saw me jump. If so they didn’t say anything.

And you also wrote:
And do you know if they did the fat-saturated one too?

I don’t think I know what you mean.

The answer may be “yes” if nearly all MRIs are “fat-saturated”?
It is my understanding that fat is to MRI as bone is to X-Ray.
The atomic nuclei that do the most flipping and spinning are hydrogen nuclei.
The organic substance in the body with the most hydrogen is fat.

OTOH my PCP doc asked for an “MRI without contrast”. So nothing special was injected in me nor fed to me for the MRI.
If “fat-saturated” is something special, then the answer is probably “No”.

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@Acca Larentia 2:
You wrote:
I felt like this when I had a calcium deficiency and had a seizure not long after.


I’ve never had a seizure (except from ECT).

I suspect this is some kind of deficiency.
But probably not calcium; i ingest a LOT of comestible dairy products.

1 Month ago
chiarizio
 

I had the extended (?) cystoscopy and the retrograde pyelogram today.
I’ll have to make an appointment tomorrow for sometime next week to have the results explained to me.
But i deduce that there was nothing scary, because he had four “possible” procedures that he might do in case they were warranted, and he didn’t do any of them.

3 Weeks ago
chiarizio
 

Everything turned out normal.
My PCP’s first remark about the MRI was that they did find a brain!
But nothing abnormal about it.
My urologist also said everything he did turned out normal.

My PCP wants me to keep my appointment with the neurologist and my endocrinologist. She also wants me to get a colonoscopy and whatever they do to esophaguses, stomachs, and duodenums.

She did find a vitamin D deficiency. She prescribed me some supplements through my insurance company’s pharmacy.


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Thanks, everybody!

2 Weeks ago
chiarizio
 

Hey Chiarizio!

So glad everything turned out normal, except for a vitamin deficiency - happy it's just that!

Must be such a huge relief :)

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2 Weeks ago
Weird Occurance
 

My PCP’s first remark about the MRI was that they did find a brain!


Always good to have one of those.

She did find a vitamin D deficiency.


A lot of people in western countries have those. Good ways around it are eggs, seafood, or if you have the time to do it, ultraviolet-charged mushrooms.

Good to hear you're okay otherwise!

2 Weeks ago
Riven
 

Thank you, @Riven and @Weird Occurrence!
I have some eggs I need to eat.

EDIT: I ate one this morning.

2 Weeks ago
chiarizio
 

I didn't read it all but hope you become well.

1 Week ago
Marvalo
 

@Marvalo: thanks!

1 Week ago
chiarizio
 

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