Friday, April 23, 2010

Long Overdue Update!

I can't believe I haven't been in here in 2 months! I think I may have run a total of 6 miles between then and now. But I'm hoping that is about to change!!!!!

I decided to call the GI doc I saw 5 years ago for stomach pain at the time. I had burned my entire GI tract from too much Excederine back then. I was taking that for pain...(had a hysterectomy 5 years October) and the doc said it would take years for the tract to heal. I have been having pain ever since, but chalked it up to that. I'm a PRO at ignoring stuff.

When I told him my symptoms he immediately said my leg problems are from being dehydrated!!! I thought " WHAT"????? How can that be???????? It's been 2 years since these problems started. Can you be dehydrated for 2 years and not catch it in the labwork??? So I have cut out beer (one week today) and trying to cut back on coffee. I've upped my fluid intake and am drinking more water.

Anyway...I saw this doc last week and he did an upper endoscopy last Monday. He said I have gastritis and a possible infection. He took a biopsy to identify the infection and I see him Tuesday afternoon to find out how he's going to treat it. I am soooo hopeful this is the answer! I do notice my headaches have stopped. I love that!

My fingers are crossed...my toes too!!

6 comments:

Believe said...

Hang in there Kim. Sending positive thoughts for positive results! Glad you are getting it taken care of!

Steven Cohen said...

Wow, dehydration can do all that? Hoping everything turns out great for you!

Danielle said...

Glad to see you back!

Isn't something like some 70% of headaches due to dehydration?

(I totally made that number up, but I think it is in the ballpark!)

Sherry said...

Sending hugs your way. I hope that everything turns out OK with the biopsy.

Nitmos said...

Best wishes to you!

Sarah said...

Hi Kim, I've just discovered this blog as I'm picking-up running again after a few years off. I also have issues with hydration and this causes all sorts of problems. I have a lot of lower leg pain and I don't sweat enough (which makes my face go purple as I don't cool down effectively and my head throbs - not a good look). I also have the issue that, if I drink more, I have to go to the loo constantly. Just need to break through that barrier I guess. The bonus is that I live in Amsterdam so the heat definitely isn't an issue for me ;-)

Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for sharing your story online - it's inspiring, motivating and also good to hear your very open and honest runners perspective. I'll be sure to check back to see how things are going with you...