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Life Continues Unabated

October 29th, 2018 at 11:37 pm

We got the biopsy results back today and there was no sign of disease, so they figure those areas were just badly inflamed. Other than the gastroperesis and an overly large stomach valve, there is nothing wrong with her G.I. tract.

So our next course of battle there is to see if we can wean her off her escitalopram to determine if it is in any way contributing to her extreme nausea and vomiting symptoms. She has not had a panic attack since going on the medicine for adrenal insufficiency and hypothyroidism. Both of these conditions, when untreated, can lead to symptoms that are very similar to panic attacks, so it is possible she was never having panic attacks, but was instead having adrenal crises.

So we meet with her GP tomorrow about reducing her dose and the schedule for doing it. She would start by going from 10mg to 5mg and then it would be whether that is for two weeks or up to six weeks before dropping to the next level or stopping altogether.

Meanwhile her emergency referral to the urologist came through and they had a cancellation with the P.A. for Thursday so she will be going there Thursday morning. Fortunately that does not interfere with my afternoon appointment with the rheumatologist. Wednesday I have to take Mom to the orthopedic surgeon for what should be her last appointment there and then she has her last PT on Friday. Next week is wonderfully empty of anything at the moment, although I do have to make an appointment for DD for another ACTh stim test and who knows when that will be.

Also on my list is to contact the sleep doctor about getting new c-pap supplies now that we have different insurance. I need to see which place I should go to get them. I also need to go to the doctor myself for a persistent sinus thing, but who has the time? Maybe next week.

I am currently working on chapter thirteen of my novel. Word count is at 32,101. I decided not to do NaNoWriMo. I don't need to pressure myself. I am happy with writing three chapters a week on my own timetable. It's working so why mess with it? It still feels like the only thing that is keeping me sane.

6 Responses to “Life Continues Unabated”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    That's good news, no disease. I know it doesn't solve the problems though. That was a tough med for me to come off of, but it was worth it once I finally committed to embracing the withdrawal symptoms. I pray your daughter can find the healing her body needs.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    That's some positive news and good that there are new things to try that might help. Continuing to think of you and your family.

  3. Wife of the Deacon Says:



    I agree that no disease is good news. But I understand the frustration of trying to determine the root cause of the issue. I hope that she's feeling better and you're able to find relief.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    You and your daughter are in my thoughts, Robin.

  5. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Good news finally. I hope more comes your way.

  6. Elitaylor646 Says:

    Be very careful weaning off escitalipram. I am suffering through that myself. I am 3 months of slowly stepping down and had to slow the last step drastically. Diziness, body shakes, and racing heart hit. It sucks. And supposedly a second withdrawal period happens 3 months after completely stops. Not looking forward to that.

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