Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dog Sitting


I've been begging my husband for a dog, but we live in a condo and that's his excuse to say no. Plenty of our neighbors have dogs and we have a Greenway nearby, but...still no. Lucky for me, he LOOOOVES my sister and bro-in-law's dog, Colt. So much, in fact, that agrees to dogsit. At first we had to stay at their house because he didn't want a dog here, but the last two times Colt *was allowed* to stay here. Starting today, we're watching him for about 1 1/2 weeks!

This isn't news, but pets can be good for your health. We already went on a 45 minute walk today, 10 minutes of that running without stopping (huge for me). He's a sweet dog who stays calm unless you want to play, and then he gets all wild and energetic. I don't think I've ever met a dog who listens as well as he does, and I'm not just saying that because he's my "nephew." Maybe one day (when we go back to a house) I'll have a dog of my own.

Not related to Colt, but I haven't done a health update in a while, partly because my health has been weird. Of course I'm still having the headaches and a lot more migraines than I'd like. Luckily Aleve (for headaches) and Butalbital (for migraines) still help, as long as I limit my use. Which means the majority of the time I suffer through the head pain (it's not as hard to do since I'm not working full time anymore, but it still sucks). The thought of the meds not working in the future absolutely terrifies me, to the point of tears sometimes. I hate relying on drugs like that, but at the same time I'm thankful for them.

But here's the weird part (dudes will probably want to stop reading at this point). Twice over the last few months I had bad cramping incidences that weren't during my period. The first one woke me up at night and I went to the computer to research it but I couldn't figure out what it was. I finally was able to go to sleep once I got my heating pad. The second incident was a few weeks ago. It felt like I had menstrual cramps and they kept getting worse and worse over a few days until finally it was almost like I was in labor; it would come and go in waves and I'd almost have trouble breathing the pain was so intense. I made an appointment with my gyno because I was due for an annual visit, but the pain went away that day, until she did the exam and felt my ovaries, that is. Ouch. She said the left one, which hurt the worst, felt weird (I can't remember the exact word she used). She wouldn't do a consultation with me about the issue in addition to the exam, I guess because my insurance would want them to be two different appointments - lame, I know - so I didn't find out anything else.

When the pain went away, I assumed I had an ovarian cyst that ruptured. But then when I started my period yesterday the cramps were way worse than normal, and "normal" is bad for me. Last night I read about endometriosis, one of the conditions that came up in my earlier research, but reading the description and diagnosis options made me so nauseous my face turned green (seriously), so I had to stop.

Maybe all this is related to the progesterone I'm taking, who knows. I'll probably schedule an appointment with my gyno. In the meantime, if you think you might know what's wrong with me, I'm all ears. :)


Jessica said...

Ok...I think it is totally insane that your gyno felt "something weird" on your physical exam and did not investigate further. You should have been sent for an ultrasound! Sounds like it could be endometriosis or like you mentioned, an ovarian cyst.

As far as your meds no longer working....that's my issue. I have to take more and more in order for anything to work. It sucks! And is so frustrating! I hate being dependent on pain pills.

Migrainista said...

I totally agree with Jessica. You should have that checked out. It could be either endo or a cyst, or both, or something else altogether. I have both...

Your nephew is adorable! Hope you have a great time and that your hubby eases up on the whole no dog in the condo bit. They are tremendous companions, especially when you are a chronic babe.

Jamie said...

You should head back to the gyno. A few years ago, my gyno thought that I might have endo. We did a laparoscopic surgery to check, and she was shocked that I didn't have it... still not sure what's causing my horrible cramps, etc... and that was 6.5 years ago. :-(

By the way, Colt is so adorable! Take care, hun.

Sue said...

I totally agree - I would get it checked out.

Love Colt!!!

Design Concepts said...

I have a lot of headaches, and they can start out if I skip lunch, or if I am hungry or if I go without tea or coffee for a long period or for some other random reason. Different doctors have suspected it to be migraine or spondylosis or sinusitis. But the best help for me most times has been sleeping it off or breathing exercises. I am no doctor, and I am a male so cant relate to cramps much, but consult a good doctor, avoid researching the net to self-medicate.

Heather said...

I couldn't agree with you all more. I woke up in the middle of the night with cramping again last night...this is getting ridiculous. Today I left a message with my gyno and I'm waiting to hear back.

Thank you all for your advice. :)

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ashley said...

i have had similar night time cramping, and never got a clear diagnosis. it stopped during pregnancy after the first month. my cramps are mid-month, and probably ovulation pain - called middlesmertz. funny name huh?? if you can track it on a calendar, it should happen for a few nights in a row (maybe) about 2 weeks before you start your cycle. this was nice to discover b/c i can take 2 aleve before bed and it is SO MUCH BETTER. i hope that is helpful!

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