If you follow me on social media or read my blog regularly, you’ll know I’ve been feeling under the weather for a while. Since March, I have had ongoing issues with my heart rate jumping and then dipping without explanation.
It’s been a while since my last health update post, so I thought I’d share progress…
I had an ECG, Chest X-Ray and VQ scan back in March, which ruled out a blood clot on my heart or lungs. I then had lots of blood tests, which picked up on raised liver enzymes. Over the course of April, these gradually decreased, which seemed to sort my heart rate issue out for the most part. I was having less episodes anyway.
I felt much better during May. That said, I still couldn’t run around after the kids like I did previously, and walking the dogs wasn’t something I could do alone. During May and early June, I had an ultrasound of my upper abdomen which came back clear, and a Heart Echo which I don’t have the results from yet.
At the start of June, I started getting pretty bad cramps in my pelvic area. As someone who has always suffered with ovulation pain, I assumed it was something like that to begin with. My cycle is really irregular so there was no way of knowing for sure.
2 weeks ago, I woke up with a bad headache and by Friday, the pains were much worse, so I went to the doctors thinking I had a urine infection. They said there was protein in my wee so I was probably right. They sent me on my way with antibiotics and the promise to send my wee off for testing and instructions to go back on Monday if I was no better. I spent most of this weekend doubled up in pain, so went back to the doctor on Monday. She said she wasn’t happy my headache was still there so sent me to hospital for a CT scan. (They definitely won’t be getting sued for medical negligence after being this thorough)!
After spending the day in hospital, they decided that while the Arachnoid Cyst I’ve always had in my brain is still there, it’s not causing any of my current issues.
So now it’s back to waiting. I’m still in pain, and popping pain killers for fun.
I have an early smear test later this week to check my cervix. I’m now waiting for an adrenal ultrasound and a gynaecologist appointment to check my pelvic area.
I am hoping all of these ailments are stress related as life has been full of that this year. I am, as always grateful for the NHS, and the fact I have access to free health care – something many people in the world can only dream of.
So while I’m no closer to a diagnosis, at least we’ve crossed plenty of things off the list. You can read more of my health updates here.