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It Eases The Pain

Posted 2011.10.20 21.17 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

Still dealing with this lame leg problem. I’ve been off the antibiotics since Sunday, and my leg hasn’t magically gotten any better. I’m starting to worry it’s getting worse, but doing it slowly so I can’t be 100% certain – like getting a teeny bit worse each day so I don’t notice any sudden changes.

Anyhow, not-getting-better is not acceptable so I went back to see the doctor today. She agreed that it wasn’t magically better — wierd how stopping the medication didn’t make things improve, right?

Anyways, she’s decided rather than try any more medication, she’ll send me back out for another few weeks of tests. The first one is a repeat actually – three years ago I went through all this fun, for my right leg. Only the problem, whatever it was, went away after a week or two, without anyone ever figuring out what it was. This time it’s the left leg, and it’s been over 2 months now that I’ve had the symptoms.

So the first test – radioactive bone scan. They inject me with radioactive ‘medicine’, then wait a couple hours for it to collect in my bones, then I have to lay very still while they watch me with a ‘gamma camera’. Last time I didn’t get any super-powers, so I’m hoping this time around I’ll be luckier. The point of this is that maybe the infection has gotten into my bones which apparently makes it harder for antibiotics to reach it, or something.

I don’t know what the second test will be, only that she’s sending me to a specialist. I don’t know yet what he specializes in. I can’t read doctor-scribble, but I think it says something like lymphblahblah so maybe she wants to test to see if the infection is into my lymphatic system.

In the meantime, not only did she not perscribe any antibiotics, she also left me to my own devices when it comes to dealing with the pain. So I perscribed myself a little retail therapy, and got me a shiney new iPhone 4S!

How does that ease the pain in my leg? Well, it doesn’t, exactly. It does help though. It helps ease the pain of iPhone4Slessness.

Hey Bacteria: What the Hell?!

Posted 2011.10.12 8.22 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

It’s been a full month now since I first saw my doctor about my left leg. Am I all better now?

No. Not even close. I can’t say for sure if it’s worse or not, but it sure isn’t better.

It hasn’t been a full month of treatment, mind you. Not yet. The first five days were taken up with separate sessions with the x-ray machine, and two different sets of ultra-sounds, by two different technicians, in two different offices.

So treatment-wise, it’ll just be reaching the 4-week mark in a couple days.

Since the treatment started, I’ve had four different antibiotics. Two of them intravenously, three of them in pill form. There was also the NSAID for the inflammation.

Has any of it worked?

I don’t really know. I think the IV was starting to work but then my doctor switched me over to pills.

The pills sure haven’t worked. The first ones didn’t do a darn thing, that’s when I ended up going to the hospital. And since the IV, the pills haven’t done anything either. Not the first lot. And the second lot seems to be coming up useless too.

So hey you bacteriums down there? What the hell do you want from me? Bugger off, I’m done with you jerks!

These guys are jerks.

The score so far:

  • Cephalexin pills: Useless.
  • Naproxen pills: Useless.
  • Cephazolin & Clindamycin together by IV: Maybe helped, a bit.
  • Clindamycin pills: Useless.
  • Ciprofloxacin pills: Useless.