Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I have an Electromyogram (EMG) of my legs scheduled at 10 AM tomorrow and Dr. Dense is NOT the neurologist. Instead I am getting Marcus Welby, MD, the kindly reassuring older neurologist everyone in town respects and loves, the one that never takes new patients because his roster is always full. I wasn't expecting anything until next January or February at the pace they do things at the local neuro clinic. My PCP must've motivated somebody - I'm totally surprised. WooHoo!!
I didn't take any pain meds today, and won't tonight or tomorrow. I am afraid of skewing the EMG results with medication, so I decided to hurt instead. This certainly has been a week of doctor appointments.
I saw Dr. Calm, the immunologist, today. He is running tests for mammalian meat allergy and the genetic mutations (c-kit mutations?) for mastocytosis. Apparently if I have mammalian meat allergy I won't be able to eat beef or pork because of some kind of enzyme in the protein. Well, I would rather have that than mastocytosis but I really don't want to have either, so hoping the tests come back negative!!! No changes in the cyclosporine dosage. I am not supposed to eat any beef or pork until I hear back from the tests. We were going to have ham for Thanksgiving, so I think I am going to risk it and take more benedryl that day to counteract the possible mammalian meat enzyme allergy.
Had to arrive late at work due to Dr. Calm's appointment, then leave early in the afternoon because they messed up my blood samples for the tests and I had to go and get poked again. Apparently they took "serum" samples and they needed whole blood. Wonder what the difference is, because it comes out of my veins the same.
Very on edge this evening, suspect it is because The Legs are misbehaving. The pain will get better or it won't. I just am having trouble sitting still - have dancing legs! Very hard to concentrate, and little things are getting on my nerves. I will practice my breathing this evening and my biofeedback and try to concentrate on something else!