About a month ago I had written a blog about some health concerns I was having with vertigo (https://changingliz.com/2013/11/12/just-when-you-think/). Since then I have seen about four doctors (my primary twice, the cardiologist, the neurologist and the ENT). I have gone through tests I thought I would never go through at my age like cuddling with a heart monitor, wearing a ridiculous goggles and getting a lot of blood taken.
You know you’re in for a good time when you walk into a lab and the Phlebotomist gasps at how much blood your doctor wants. Luckily, he did a great job and gave me a t-shirt souvenir in my bandage!
Thankfully my heart is fine. The ENT test came back fine (basically they try to induce vertigo and record your eye movements with the fancy goggles). My neurologist did not order an MRI, thank God, but she believes I have Vestibular Migraines. A few good things came out of this:
After years of sounding like a b*tch b/c I HAD to sit in the front seat on family drives to PA is finally proven that I do get car sick.
- I do not require any medication to prevent the vertigo because it only happens a couple of times a year so I remain MEDICATION FREE!
- Even though all the poking, prodding and weird contraptions lead to nothing traumatic I did get a physical which we should all get on a yearly basis.
- I can recommend a few specialists!
I also have PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome which is not news. I’ve had it for years and will be seeing my endocrinologist for a check up in the new year. In summary, it resists insulin which can cause diabetes down the road, makes it difficult to lose weight, but the worst of all is possible infertility. Luckily, I have made positive changes in my lifestyle so I’m hopeful it will help.