The Mysteries of Physiology #2: the Sjogrens Follies
Friday, May 20, 2011
My day got derailed yesterday, and I wasn't really ready for it to do that.
I went to the old-ish, new-ish doc, and got diagnosed. Which is somewhat good and somewhat bad. I know now that I'll need a nother kind of med for the aching, and there's nothing to be done about the neuropathy but watch it get worse, and it's a bit of a downer; but I also talked with him about the endorphins helping more than the med at this point, and he even said he also wears the ShapeUps that I told him help my back as well as my aching. We ended up laughing about that we'd both prefer to put on a pair of shoes than to take another pill! He was really very nice, and sent me for one more test and gave me a follow up appointment and a scrip. This is the same guy who's famous for his awful bedside manor, lol! Anyway I resolved to make it a real habit of my own to walk at least 2 mi a day, since it helped so much! yesterday. Didja know that endorphins release a chemical in the brain (is that right?) that is very much like morphine? And me, a recovering alky, lol. It feels good, tho, srsly! Thanks Hannah [she says "Lizzy- indeed endorphines are the body's natural painkiller. Not only do they work in a similar way to morphine, there's a theory that they actually block the pain receptors in the brain to stop you feeling pain in the first place (whereas morphine just makes you less aware of it.)"] ! SO! I AM on the right track to deal with this! WHOOT!
I plan to get back to the point that I can do gymnastics again, asa I drop a bit more weight. Or, at least! rock climbing! LOL can you imagine me hangin' off a steep slope of granite, trying not to look down? I live within driving distance of a few places with climbing walls, but it would be a day trip, so I'll have to plan. When I lived in newz joisey, we had a place that had rock climbing AT THE MALL, lol. ...of course, there was also a 7-8-9 store. Grrr.
So I got the news I'd been expecting anyway, but it still kind of hit me. Luckily I was busy for the rest of the day. Even better, DH's & my niece joined our TOPS chapter today! And we're going to be eating together at least once a week, and she's decided to come before work to take our boxer dog on a walk with her for exercise! That won't happen until she moves closer, but I think it may be in a few weeks. DH made her strawberries w sugar instead of our kind w splenda, and when she didn't want to take it with her I split it in two and added a cup to my 3c of greek plain yogurt.
As you can see, I'll continue to look at this in as positive a light as possible. There's no cure for sjogren's, but it's a bit like lupus and they've made some breakthrus recently with that. And since I'm not 55 yet, there's plenty of time for me to thrive even with it. I PLAN TO!!!
HAVE A WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC, ABSOLUTELY GREAT DAY!!!