Current medication: Diltiazem, Zyrtec, Vitamin D (high dose- taken on Wednesday), Gilenya, Ibuprofen, Baclofen, Lamotrigine, Tizanidine, Lyrica, Vicodin
Mood: Sad, frustrated.
Physical: right foot numbness, jaw pain, headache, nausea, chills, scratchy throat, tingling lips, cough, extreme fatigue, dizziness, sharp pain in right calf, stiffness in both legs, hypersensitivity in both legs, shadow-like presence in lower right quadrant of right eye, difficulty with balance.
Neurological: difficulty focusing/multi-tasking, occasional slurred speech/lazy tongue, confusion, difficulty saying certain words.
Sleep: On 7/18/11- 7 hours uninterrupted, 1 “sleep episodes” around 1:30 PM.
Other (falls, dropping items, etc): None
Tests/Results: closely monitoring blood pressure-still slightly elevated.
After seeing the NP last Tuesday, I went home to rest. Basically, she wanted to see me and make sure I was OK. They took my blood pressure, gave me ibuprofen, and monitored me for a half hour. I was released home and cleared to return to work on Wednesday. She also reminded me to take Zyrtec twice a day to relieve some of the discomfort (it isn’t working).
Since then, things haven’t changed. I am in a lot of pain and have increased all forms of pain management without much relief. The pain level makes every day tasks even more difficult than they were a few weeks ago and it is slowing me down immensely. I feel like my head is full of oatmeal. Not good.
I am still moving forward with Gilenya. I received my first 28-day shipment today and didn’t panic or freak out. That’s good right?!?! Yes, let’s take our victories as they come.
Now I just need my body to work better so I can cut that list of meds down again. I was doing to so well for months without such a long list. My budget will thank me, too.