Absent for a while, not doing very well

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Boomer13
Boomer13 Member Posts: 1,931
edited 24. Apr 2014, 02:02 in Living with Arthritis archive
I'm not having a good time at all. Trying not to get overly anxious but my hearing/ear problem is turning out to be severe and possibly neurological. I'm having a flare of other neurological symptoms too and my GP is thinking I may have something additional to PsA. I have thought this too but it's been quiet since Dec, so I had been hoping it was under control. Hopefully I will receive a diagnosis now.

I'm finding it hard to follow the forum stuff at the moment so I think I will be off for a little while. I've been put back on a good dose of pred to hopefully settle it down.

I'm struggling without OH at home. Seeing GP on Sunday and hopefully will be fit in with the ENT doc on Monday. The pred can kick in anytime.
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  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi
    I'm sorry you are having such a rough time......I do hope you get some positive news from your doc
    If you disappear we'll know why.......we aren't going anywhere....well not for long :wink: We'll still be here if you pop back in

    Love
    Hileena
  • villier
    villier Member Posts: 4,426
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    Sorry you are having it so rough at the moment Anna, having a neurological condition myself it certainly is not a lot of fun. Hope your appointments with your GP and ENT consultant gets you some answers, if possible please let us know how you get on, will be thinking of you ((((())))).......................Marie xx
    Smile a while and while you smile
    smile another smile and soon there
    will be miles and miles of smiles
    just because you smiled I wish your
    day is full of Smiles
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    Oh Anna, I am so sorry to read this. You go and do what's best for you, don't fret about trying to keep with the forum because we will still be here when you return. I am not surprised that you are struggling without Mr B but we're half way through now, yes? ((( ))) xxx DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • destiny0321
    destiny0321 Member Posts: 88
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    hi sorry to hear you are having a rough time at moment,
    i have only just come back on last few days i nearly had a breakdown over christmas plus my asthma is playing up at moment as well.
    i do hope your oh is home soon. thinking of you sending you
    ((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))) take care destiny
  • toady
    toady Member Posts: 2,284
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Sorry to hear you aren't doing well Boomer, the worsening ear problems must be a very unwelcome & nasty added element to your PsA (+ possible 'other'), hope you get some relief from the pred, & can settle while you can see the ENT etc. Hopefully your 1 or 2 helpful friends have been able to pitch in a little and help tide you over til the return of your OH (who I hope is doing ok with family too). All the best while you aren't around. xx
  • dibdab
    dibdab Member Posts: 1,498
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Oh dear, so sorry to hear how rough you're feeling. Hope the pred does its stuff really quickly. sending hugs {{{{{{{{{{{{{{ }}}}}}}}}}}}}

    Deb xx
  • DebbieT
    DebbieT Member Posts: 1,033
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Anna,

    I can't believe the rough period ure enduring at the moment wot with ure poor hubby, ure continued poorly controlled PsA & these undiagnosed neuro problems!! :(

    I've been very lucky that I was swiftly sent to a Neurologist after the brain cyst was found ... I was diagnosed with complex migraines which was the cause of the left sided numbness/tingling & since I've also got vistibular migraines too, they involve vertigo & neausea!! None of these are pleasant but knowing wots wrong makes it a little easier to bare.
    I do hope the ENT can figure out wot exactly is going on & if not then refers you on to a neurologist for further investigations!!!

    Take wot ever time you need huni. I'm so sorry I haven't been here for you but the beauty of the ACF is that somebody is always here!!

    Look after & be kind to ureself.

    ((((Hugs))))

    Xxx xxX
    Healing Hugs
    Debbie.x
  • Numptydumpty
    Numptydumpty Member Posts: 6,417
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I too am sorry to hear this Anna. Things are always scarier and harder to deal with when you're on your own.
    I hope the pred helps.
    Take care, ((((()))))
    Numpty
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Anna, I can only echo what the others have said. I don't often do this but I do feel for you very much so hold on tight. (((())))
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • celebrationb
    celebrationb Member Posts: 134
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I cant get on to the forum much myself, sending all my best wishes to you.
    Having a rough time myself so thinking about you.
    lots of hugs to you
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    Hello my lovely, I hope that things are at least a little on the up for you. ((( ))) xxx DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • Boomer13
    Boomer13 Member Posts: 1,931
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Thank you very much for all of your kind supportive messages. Who would have thought I would find such a terrific virtual family.

    I've always taken balance and hearing for granted; wow, you miss them when they are not working properly! My next appointment with ENT guy is Wednesday and will be getting an mri, hopefully soon. The pred is helping somewhat; I haven't had a really severe episode of whatever-it-is in two days. I'll take the worst PsA days/weeks over this.

    I will admit to being terrified, but somewhat calmer the past couple of days. I have a wonderful GP, she been great.

    xxAnna
  • villier
    villier Member Posts: 4,426
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    I am glad the pred seems to be helping a bit Anna, I live on my own and know how frightening things can be especially when there is no one around. Hope your appointment on Wed gets some answers and you get your MRI soon.................take care...................((((()))))..........Marie xx
    Smile a while and while you smile
    smile another smile and soon there
    will be miles and miles of smiles
    just because you smiled I wish your
    day is full of Smiles
  • Boomer13
    Boomer13 Member Posts: 1,931
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Thanks Marie;

    They are horribly scary and that much worse when you are alone :shock: . I have a new appreciation for OH and everything he does when he's here. Somehow I found a good'un. Unfortunately, I think he got a dud with lots of problems.
  • Numptydumpty
    Numptydumpty Member Posts: 6,417
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    Sorry Anna, I disagree, I think your OH got a good un as well, and I'm pretty sure he knows it :wink:
    I'm pleased the pred is helping (it does have it's uses) and hope it continues to do so.
    Take care, (((())))
    Numpty
  • villier
    villier Member Posts: 4,426
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    Aww Anna, I totally agree with Numpty we all have our own individual problems it is what is in the inside that matters not what is happening on the outside, you are a lovely warm caring person, so my reckoning OH has a good 'un as well :wink: .....................Marie xx
    Smile a while and while you smile
    smile another smile and soon there
    will be miles and miles of smiles
    just because you smiled I wish your
    day is full of Smiles
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    He got a dud? Don't be daft, he has a courageous and resourceful wife - what man could ask for more? I hope the steroids are now making a far better difference to matters but I agree, the not-having-your-balance- thing going on is far from pleasant. :( I am thinking of you and I hope you are doing as OK as possible. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • Boomer13
    Boomer13 Member Posts: 1,931
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    :oops: I was having a very low day....Too many things happening at once. But hey, I'm good at starting over. So much practice :roll:

    I am unsure if I can really update my thread, I don't know much about what is wrong (except I don't like it :) ). "Secondary endolymph hydrops" but not quite Meniere's disease. The ENT doc said I could have many things causing it from neurologic disease, vasculitis, tumours, autoimmune inner ear disease, etc. Quite a list! I had something dreadful happen last week that he thought might have been several seizures? but, obviously ENT guy can't diagnose these things. Must wait now for an MRI and,

    a) try not to worry
    b) prevent anymore hearing loss or disturbance to inner ear.

    To that end, I've been prescribed diuretics and been told to avoid salt, sugar and stay hydrated (I do these anyway :wink:)

    I don't think I will be starting antiTNFs as promised. Sigh.

    Today, I'm listening to music and trying to enjoy my remaining hearing. Hopefully, I won't lose any more of it. And, the sun's out :D

    Thank you lovely people,
    Anna
  • Numptydumpty
    Numptydumpty Member Posts: 6,417
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    ((((())))) x
    Numpty
  • Megrose489
    Megrose489 Member Posts: 779
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    You're really going through it, Anna. Be kind to yourself and take it easy.

    Meg
  • villier
    villier Member Posts: 4,426
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    Oh dear Anna you are gong through it at the moment, gosh, half of the stuff you mentioned I have never heard of let alone understand. I am keeping my fingers crossed they get to the bottom of it quickly and get it treated, you look after yourself you know we are here any time...............take care..............Marie (((()))) xx
    Smile a while and while you smile
    smile another smile and soon there
    will be miles and miles of smiles
    just because you smiled I wish your
    day is full of Smiles
  • DebbieT
    DebbieT Member Posts: 1,033
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Anna,

    I'm sorry ure left so unsure of wots going on :(
    ((((Hugs)))) I hope a virtual hug may help, even a little.

    It seems SEH responds best to a rigid regime regarding meal times & drinks of water etc I'm glad they've put you on a diuretic already as its meant to push the fluids thru the kidneys & that will help keep ure liquid content more stable, which is the goal, I believe!! The other good news news is the hearing loss isn't as severe as it is with Minieres, it's more of a stabilizing process until they figure out the underlying cause & deal with that!!

    I have vistibular migraines which cause very similar symptoms to ures, it's vile!! I've been put on a high dose of topirimate (migraine preventer) & Domperidone to combat the nausea & vertigo but I have to take a triptan wen I'm struck with it, nothing else helps!!

    Will you be referred to a Neurologist now hun??

    I hope ure helped really soon & that the SEH measures assist you asap. How long til hubby returns?

    Please be kind to ureself!! ((((Anna))))

    Xxx xxX
    Healing Hugs
    Debbie.x
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    Oh hon, I am so sorry, this is SO not needed at the moment. Cosset yourself as much as you can - the sun is shining here too, I have the windows open and the birds are chirping away. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • Boomer13
    Boomer13 Member Posts: 1,931
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hubby is home in one week. I'm feeling pretty shattered with the dizziness, headaches, etc and that makes me feels so vulnerable when I'm alone. But I made it through last week, one more to go.

    Debbie, I'm having some very severe migraines and a constant headache that gets worse all day. Migraines have left me alone for a couple of years and now are back worse than ever. It's at night that something is happening that is seizure-like, and I'm afraid now to go to sleep!

    Doctor did not mention a neurologist referral but maybe that will depend on the mri result? Thanks for the info Debbie, I'm following the instructions regarding no salt, sugar, small meals frequently, etc. and I bumped up my rheum appt to mid-April so I can get his opinion.

    Were you diagnosed by a neurologist Debbie? I've never had any testing regarding migraine or seizure but it runs in my family.

    Sadly, I'm missing my old painful problems.
  • toady
    toady Member Posts: 2,284
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    Thinking of you with hubby nearly due back, hope you will not have to wait too long for the mri and something useful arising from that hopefully.. xx