Dec 13, 2019 01:44AM ChiSandy wrote:
Fingers crossed for good PET scan results, petite1!
After a brief freeze, we had a warmup today. Alas, I've not felt well enough to go outside since Sat. night. The cold & laryngitis have turned into bronchitis. My PCP confirms that not only is there an adenovirus going around, but also flu & even pertussis (whooping cough). I'm up-to-date on Fluzone Hi-Dose and TDaP vaccines, and I've had neither a fever nor that croupy pertussis cough. He says to try to ride this out unless my rescue inhaler fails to work (have had to use it only once since I got sick) or I spike a fever--it's still most likely viral and therefore self-limiting. OTC (except anything with a decongestant in it) and home remedies are all I can & should do.
Here's an interesting note, though. I mentioned the occasional nocturnal dystonias in my R leg over the tibial-plateau-fixation hardware implanted 23 years ago this week--shin spasms, my foot dorsiflexes and my toes splay. It wakes me up and is agonizing. Don't want to take Lyrica, because it makes me dopey and causes weight gain. Been using a massage roller, lidocaine roll-on, magnesium (oral prophylactically and spray for relief) and cursing up a blue streak. My PCP suggests...wait for it...CBD! Of course, DEA prescribing guidelines don't allow him to directly prescribe it, but he says the code words that most CBD-friendly doctors do: "my patients report good results with it."
A friend of mine who is a longtime cluster headache sufferer and Oxycontin user wanted to see the doc up in Evanston who certified I qualified for an MMJ card, but she closed her practice to deal with her own advanced gastroesophageal cancer. So he asked his PCP who is part of the NorthShore health system (where all my providers except my PCP practice--he's with Amita, a Catholic health system). Lo and behold, his new PCP told him he could get either Oxy or MMJ, and suggested the latter. And the process in IL for opioid users to get a MMJ ID has greatly accelerated--took me almost 3 mos. to get my card, but he got his in 48 hrs. Recreational MJ becomes legal here on New Year's Day, but MMJ users can buy more, grow plants, and save 30% on sales tax.