Patient Empowerment. I am trying to figure out if I should push for finding out if something neurological is going on. One of the ongoing arguments Jim and I have is whether or not I have EDS. If you listen to his side he thinks that I am going to make myself worse my resigning to accept the diagnosis of EDS. He can even say this after he sees me put a joint back in! I don't think he realizes how I feel really, really hurt by this is and how angry him saying that makes me feel. Sometimes I feel so embarrassed at my symptoms. I'm sick of yet joint slipping around. I'm sick of walking unsteady. I sick of passing out and trying to make no big deal of it when really it is scary to me. I'm sick of visual disturbances and falls. I walk so slowly with my cane I hate it and it's embarrassing. I've been trying lately to not cry from pain and thus show how bad I hurt by digging my fingernails into my palm and concentrating on the feelings in my palm. I also use this method to keep myself from crying from anxiety. It may not make sense to cause pain to keep from crying from pain, but it is actually more complicated than that. I hate myself so much sometimes for always being sick. I'm not sure what I did to piss what god off or karma or whatever. I must have been really, really bad in a past life. I've been getting up and getting things most of the time rather than let DH get them because I'm trying to hide how bad I really hurt. Part of my unconscious is always taken up with pain so it makes it hard to learn, remember conversations, names, or dates.
Okay, I'm back. My DH has to put the joints right for me. Sometimes I can, sometimes I can't. This was a can't. This was also a particularly painful time on my right ankle. I'm scared because my rheumy will not let me into physical therapy, pain management, or who ever makes braces/splints. I'm scared because no one will give me a "game plan." I don't have a primary care physician. None of the doctors I've tried seeing don't want to see me because of my medical problems, and if they do "excuse" the other medical problems they refuse to see me because of the EDS. Even then, in the rare instance a doctor doesn't care about the following, they don't believe I'm in pain. My rheumy is who I'm thinking of. Her and the other doctor at the practice don't believe EDS hurts, EDS patients wear braces/splints, or that my H-EDS is even something that needs following up on. I went and saw a cardiologist and she was really nice. It was great to have a nice experience with a doctor. Usually the only doctors I like are my gyno and endo. So the cardiologist did a Tilt Table Test to check for Dysautonomia but I had to stop after awhile because I couldn't stand up the full length of time. I was in agonizing pain after standing as long as I did. Then they did an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of the heart. My chest muscles are painful so when she pressed the instrument that she used over my heart it was so very painful. I cried during both procedures.
I have what I believe are neuro problems as I went into on this blog entry and I posted a reaction to the comments on this entry. I see tiny dots all of the time as well as blocks of color. I just call them visual disturbances. Let me differentiate a visual disturbance from a hallucination for those who don't know:
"A hallucination, in the broadest sense of the word, is a perception in the absence of astimulus. In a stricter sense, hallucinations are defined as perceptions in a conscious and awake state in the absence of external stimuli which have qualities of real perception, in that they are vivid, substantial, and located in external objective space." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HallucinationThis means a hallucination is something that you think is real. I know that the colored rectangles I see and numerous colored circles are not hallucinations. I also don't think that they are floaters.
I don't know what to do. I know that I have to be my own patient advocate. I know I need to appear strong, whether I am or not. I'm in enough pain now I don't know if I'll be able to stop the tears.
This isn't getting me closer to an answer. Often writing helps me to make decisions, but this time it didn't. I feel more confused and scared about my health that when I started.