Friday, October 15, 2010

Well bless my little heart......

I have to bless it myself cause no one else will.....teh hee. I have had a terrible week since Sunday morning. Got up and had this burning raw extremely odd skin deep pain on my right upper abdomen. I MEAN EXTREME PAIN...as if someone took a dull razor blade and scraped all my hide off. It went around under my arm to my center back. Are you following me here? All you medical folks out there are probably right on the same page as I was on Sunday, doing the self diagnosis of "Shingles", right?

Well being a nurse in an office I knew I was covered by Dr's and other nurses who could confirm my suspicions. However the typical shingles rash with the watery papules were not there. I took mega doses of over the counter analgesics with very little relief from the pain. Worked Monday and Tuesday as scheduled but the pain was horrible. Still no rash. So onto the world wide web for some research. What do ya know.....the biggest reason for "skin pain" is sarcoidosis! Oh no! I did not need another terrible symptom of sarcoidosis. The inability to breathe is enough isn't it?

I already had an appointment with a new family Dr scheduled for Wednesday so surely I could wait til then to discuss this pain. With shingles most all the time it is only on one side of your body. Tuesday evening the pain was going down my left side. So of course this was sarcoidosis.
I told the new Dr about what was going on and she agreed with that diagnosis, and it would just be something else to live with.

Then 2 days later.......I woke up this morning with the shingles rash that followed the same pathway as the extreme pain did!!!! Great!! Well actually this is a good thing cause
shingles will be treated and leave,eventually, I hope!!! If it was sarcoidosis I would always have problems with the pain. I don't think I could stand very many weeks like this one. I have a slew of medications to take and a nice 6 day break from work since this is contagious. I can not use my arms enough to quilt with my new quilting apparatus but I can sure get some piecing done while I am recouping!!!

So that's what's going on in my world. What's going on in yours? I will have time to do some way overdue blogging too!!! God Bless you all!!

9 comments:

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Oh I feel so sorry for you, I hear they are very painful!

Get better. Take a break and rest.

Lorilee said...

I'm so sorry you are suffering. My cousin is just now on the recovering side of a shingles outbreak.

The Hobbit said...

What is up with shingles.I had it this pass winter and like you it did not follow the usual expected path.For me it's over and just a vague memory Wishing you a speedy recovery. And how about that great news "It's a girl"

Brenda said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery. I'm glad it's not as serious as it was looking. Take care!

the canned quilter said...

O Wise Onw had shingles years ago and they went down to his fingertips and across his face. Doctor had never seen that. They were over quickly though. Hope ya feel better !

OurCrazyFarm said...

So that's why I woke up praying for you today...... Sure hope you feel better soon Becky. You can't even quilt~uggghhhh!!!! So good to hear from you again! You've been missed in blogland:))))) I know, I know, you've got a real job now, but we still miss you:)))))

COUNTRY GAL said...

Sorry to hear that you are in pain, hope you get better soon, take it easy and just rest ! Have a good painless day !

Rebecca of Sunny Morning Farm said...

Thanks girls! This stuff is whipping my butt now. I don't like having my wings clipped and I am a slug right now! I can hardly stay awake to do anything! I think I will take a nice long nap now :-)

Love you all!!

Gail said...

I had two friends that were "blessed" with shingles recently.

It is not easy but you will survive, you will doubt it some days.

Hang in there, you are in my thoughts and prayers.