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Colonoscopy Recovery

Oct 09, 2009 - 0 comments
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Treximet



So I woke up feeling like a dizzy, weak, headachey mess.  I lost 4lbs in 12 hours (and they want me to GAIN weight!).  The only thing keeping me going was that after around 3:00 I would be able to take some of my Treximet and get on with life.  Not so much, it turns out.  First off, I woke up feeling incredibly nauseous and didn't want to eat anything (despite not having eaten for over 30hrs at that point), so taking anything with an NSAID wouldn't be great idea.  Then they told me they took biopsies even though everything appeared normal.  Said biopsies then began to bleed a little, so NSAIDs were really not a good idea.  FML.

Luckily, as it did the last time I had a procedure, the anaesthia did something for my headache.  When I woke up it was gone.  I felt pretty good for a good hour or two.  But then in the middle dinner with the family, BAM!  Back again!  It was like every sound echoed, lights hurt, I couldn't even watch TV with my grandfather.  Ridiculous.  AND I still couldn't really eat.  So I went home and went to bed.  

In the morning (Friday) I woke up to get ready for work and felt absolutely awful.  My head was still pounding, my eyes felt like they were popping out of my head and pulsing, and I was incredibly nauseous.  I called off work.  There was no way I was dealing with our new screamer all day with a 3-days-in migraine.  So I tried to tough it out for a while longer after I called off, but I eventually gave in and took my Treximet.  Who knows if it actually did any good, because it didn't go away right away.  It was a gradual process.  By 1:00, though, I was pretty much feeling better... at least my head was.  The rest of the recovery turned out to be quiet an ordeal.  *sigh* Why is nothing ever simple?

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Colonoscopy Prep

Oct 08, 2009 - 0 comments

So starting at 12AM I was on a clear liquid only diet.  Not so much fun.  Basically I was allowed to have ginger ale, water, chicken broth, and some italian ice (as long as it was lemon flavored).  I knew from about eleven that morning that I was going to get a headache.  I could feel it.  I tried to keep as hydrated as I could and keep my salts up with some chicken broth at mealtimes, but it just didn't matter.  By around 6 that night I had a headache... on top of the unpleasantness of everything a colonoscopy prep entails.  I tried sitting in a dark room, I tried ice packs, I tried all of my usual tricks but nothing worked.  I couldn't even sleep it off because I was running to the bathroom every ten minutes!  Eventually, though I did fall asleep but it wasn't any better when I woke up those 3-4 times during the night.  

This was yet another clear reason why I should get some Immitrex as a backup med.  Treximet has an NSAID in it... a no-no when there is a potential for biopsies.  

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EGD

Aug 21, 2009 - 0 comments

So I had the scope done (upper endoscopy) and everything appeared normal.  They took a few biopsies of my stomach and small intestine anyway, though, just for kicks I guess.  My doctor just isn't quite buying that the Topamax is the reason I've lost 45 pounds in about a year.  My neurologist doesn't think that the Top should be doing that anymore either, but he also told me that Midrin shouldn't make me drowsy.  So I'm not putting much into what he says.  But anyway, they didn't find any ulcers or tumors, so that's the good news.  Only about half of my bloodwork came back (don't know what the holdup is there), and that appears "largely normal."  I don't know what that means, and he did not seem to want to discuss it at that time so I did not push it.  I'll just wait until my follow up appointment.  

All in all the procedure was a breeze.  I got a pretty wicked blood sugar headache though from having to fast from midnight the night before until almost 2 in the afternoon, though.  That wasn't so fun, but afterwards they gave me a coupon for Perkins (I cleaned a dinner platter.  That's impressive for me).  I thought it was going to turn into another migraine, but as soon as I woke up from the anasthesia, it was gone.  That stuff was pretty cool.  It hurt like hell when she injected it into my IV, but waking up was pretty nice.  I thought I came out of it pretty quickly and without issue, but apparently I was rambling on about a glass door and Papa Roach for a few minutes that I don't remember.  Ha ha.  Whatever.  I definitely felt pretty good afterwards.  And props to the nurse who did my IV.  Almost 24 hours later, and still no black and blue.  On me, that's an accomplishment.    

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8-19-2009: Med Block

Aug 19, 2009 - 0 comments
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Imitrex nasal



**POSSIBLE TRIGGERS: I went out last night, but I only had one small drink.  Other than that, I have no idea.

** It was pretty much inevitible that I would get a killer migraine in the five days I'm not allowed to take any of my meds.  Thank heavens for my sister who had some Imitrex left over.  I probably would have ended up in the ER, because this one was getting worse by the minute.  

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