finally… some encouraging news!

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I’ve decided after 10 months of very little results to try to find another physician. So, yesterday i went to an internal specialist / cardiologist for my migraines.   It was by far the most encouraging doctors visit I’ve had in the past year. 

Here’s an update on what we discussed…

1. it appears I have a heart murmur.  The doctor mentioned that depending on how severe this is, it could be the cause of the migraines and everything else that’s going on in my body.  He did an EKG and an echocardiogram to test further.

2.  he was concerned about the spot behind my left ear.  its a spot that started hurting right after i started having migraines and has not gone away.  some days its worse than others.  but its always there.  The MRI in February showed no tumor, but just to be sure, the doctor requested a CT scan.

3.  he is doing a full blood panel – to test for vitamin deficiencies, virus or bacterial infections, hormone levels, etc.   If any of these are causing the migraines, it should hopefully be an easy fix.

4.  we scheduled a sleep test in a few weeks.  he was saying that another cause for chronic migraines could be sleep problems.  when i told the doctor that i rarely sleep through the night and go periods of time without sleeping at all, he said he wants to test me for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

 

Overall, we still don’t know what’s causing the migraines.  Not yet, at least.  But I am very optimistic about this guy because he wants to test and look for a cause instead of simply medicate the symptoms away.  His goal is to take me off the anti-seizure medicine as soon as next Friday (when I go back for the test results / follow-up).  Praise God for this… I hate taking these meds because of all the awful side effects (and I’m still having migraines while on it, so what’s really the point?).  I’m grateful to find a doctor who is willing to diagnose.  I’m glad his goal is not to simply make the symtoms go away.

 

For the past few weeks I’ve really been struggling with having no direction.  Do I continue to pursue finding a cause and a subsequent cure?  Or do I resign simply that this is my lot in life?  I think its a mix of both.  I believe God is calling me to continue to pursue the root of this.  But He wants my hope to be in Him, not a medical diagnosis.

I know ultimately, we may not find a cause.  It could be that there is no medical reason and that God has simply ordained this to make me rely more heavily on Him.  I know if that is the case, He will provide grace to endure with hope.  But I also want to thank God for this direction from a medical viewpoint for the first time in 10 months. 

 

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.  Romans 8:11

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3 responses »

  1. Any time one of my residents is going through something like this, I encourage them to get a second opinion. I’m glad you did.

    When you said “I believe God is calling me to continue to pursue the root of this. But He wants my hope to be in Him, not a medical diagnosis”, I think you hit the nail on the head. God gifted medical professionals in this world for a purpose, but the purpose isn’t to replace Him. In fact, I think it is to point you TO HIM, whether in lack of a diagnosis or in God’s mercy in providing a diagnosis!

    Looking forward to more updates :)

  2. thanks Leanne,

    yeah, I’m very glad I got a second opinion. it was encouraging. I am looking forward to going back this Friday for the results.

    its such a struggle to find that balance… trust in God completely but also do my part. i find myself cycling between both extremes 1.) just pray and do nothing or 2.) do everything and forget that God is sovereignly involved.

    I’m glad my great Physician knows what’s going on. :)

  3. I also find myself cycling between those two extremes you mention, and even moreso in the last few months, when there has been so much to do (doctors I could go to…if I had insurance…applications for Medicaid/SSI…HUGE medical bills to find some way to pay…decisions to make about career goals for the future).

    “For the past few weeks I’ve really been struggling with having no direction. Do I continue to pursue finding a cause and a subsequent cure? Or do I resign simply that this is my lot in life? I think its a mix of both. I believe God is calling me to continue to pursue the root of this. But He wants my hope to be in Him, not a medical diagnosis.” I’ve been in that exact same boat. And I find God calling me to Himself.

    Not only does God want to call us to Himself during these times, but as we seek diagnosis, I think He also wants to use us, His children, to bring the Good News to others. We can bring the Truth to other patients and medical professionals, as the opportunity arises. John Piper prayed that God would help him not “waste [his] cancer”. I pray that I won’t waste my pain or sickness. How I rely on God through the trials gives testimony to who I believe My God really is. I want Him to be GREAT in my life so that others see that “All I have is Christ” and He’s all I want or need to be satisfied. I want others to want Christ because they see how much He loves me and how He sustains me through the mist of the pain. Wasting our pain would be a true tragedy! God, don’t let us waste our pain! In a miraculous way, perhaps beyond our understanding, may even our pain serve Your purposes and bring You glory.

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