Feeling Great On New Medicine For My Spasticity!

I’ve been on Baclofen for three years now since my stroke, for my night-time spasticity with very little success.  Yes, it helped…..mildly.  But even at the highest tablet dose, I was still waking up 4-5 times a night with my right leg & arm in spasms!

I didn’t want to add another, stronger medicine, to the others I’m already taking.

So, on my last visit, after telling my doctor again that the Baclofen wasn’t really working, and I was exhausted from not getting enough sleep, we decided to try another medicine:  REQUIP.  This is a med used for muscle spasms, mostly with Parkinson’s patients.

I was ready to try anything.  So for the last 2 weeks, I’ve been lowering my dose of Baclofen, while slowly introducing the Requip.

The last three nights, I’ve  taken 1 Baclofen (vs 4) and 3 Reqiuip.  And I am so excited to report it’s working great!!!!

The last three days, as the Requip was slowly upped and the Baclofen was taken down to 1, I’ve felt more alert, more “my old self”, with more energy and ready to “get moving”.  Best of all?  I am sleeping thru the night with no painful spasms during the night!

The folks I work with have even commented on the difference in my alertness, energy, and mood.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my body doesn’t throw a whammy in there and get used to the med and start spasming again, but for now, I’m HAPPY!

As always, it’s up to the patient to SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT, and MAKE THE DOCTOR listen!  If your meds, your therapy, your treatment, aren’t working, don’t just “go along”, assuming there’s nothing else.

Today, for now, I’m almost pain-free, sleeping great, and raring to go during the day, all because I didn’t give up and I spoke up!

Good News, But Need A Favor

Once again the medical profession has frustrated the hell out of me!  Four weeks ago I went to the doctor because a couple of my fingers were swollen.  He said he was sure it was Gout, but wanted to run a blood test and then have a couple x-rays done.  I said fine, had the blood & x-rays done, and waited.

Four days later, I got a call from his office.  The girl on the phone said, “The doctor wants you to come in and talk to him about your test results.”  I said, “So did I test positive then for Gout?”  She replied, “Looks like it because he wants to talk to you.”  So I made an appointment.

For two weeks I have been reading up about gout, symptoms, diet, lifestyle changes, and trying to figure out our budget for yet another prescription.

My appointment was yesterday.  Guess what?  I don’t have gout!  That is the good news.  I was so shocked, I didn’t even know how to respond.  I have good old, basic, Osteoarthritis.

I plan on calling the office manager today to let her know what happened.  I worked in the medical field for almost 19 years doing both front & back office procedures.  Being professional was ALWAYS a #1 priority with me and the people I worked with.  But today, the people who work in most medical offices I have been too, have lost that professional attitude.  I hear them discussing (aka: bitching) about patients BY NAME,  who have been less than cordial (part of the job sweet pea), and their curt manner on the phone drives me absolutely nuts!

Do me a favor everyone?  Next time you enter a medical facility of any kind, where you are required to sign in, sit & wait, and then be led back and questioned by someone other than the actual doctor you are there to see, be aware of the staff and their attitude.  If it is curt, rude, robotic, full of “attitude”, etc…. SAY SOMETHING!  We have so many young people going to these trade schools today to become a “front office assistant”, “back office assistant”.  The schools don’t care about teaching professional attitude.  They have their money.  They just want to push them to “graduate” so they have one more person to add to their “success roster”!  Most doctors aren’t aware how their staff is with patients unless you say something!

As If A Stroke Wasn’t Enough…….

Went to the doctor today just for a routine check of my blood pressure and to schedule a cholesterol workup.  Oh, and I needed to have him look at my middle finger on my right hand (why oh why is it always the right side?).  The first joint nearest the cuticle was inflamed and swollen.  And I had noticed that a couple of digits were starting to do the same thing on the same hand and one of the left hand.

So guess what?  The doctor thinks I have gout.  GOUT????  Are you kidding me?  Nope!  Had some blood drawn to check and will find out in a couple of days.