What it’s not
July 5, 2011 3 Comments
So the saga of my health troubles continues – my exceedingly good rheumatologist examined my MRIs, EMG results, and enough bloodwork to keep Bill Compton busy, and the answer is… (drumroll)
no idea yet.
But the good news is that lupus, multiple sclerosis, brain or spinal cancer, rheumatoid arthritis*, and lyme* are not visible. The asterisks are there because those in particular can hide, so until there’s a confirmed diagnosis, they’re not fully ruled out. I had been thinking that I’d rather know that it was something horrible and incurable than be in the position of not knowing, but I will admit that ruling out MS is a good thing.
But one of the things which is evident in a true expert is humility about the boundaries of knowledge. In this case, my doctor is referring me to other specialists who might be able to pin this down. I sure hope so: the sensitivity to vibration is pretty severe – using an electric razor gets pretty painful, and I haven’t driven a car in over a week. This, of course, puts the daydreams of getting a motorcycle on the extreme back-burner.
I’ve long hated the period of waiting – my tendency is to want to make a decision and jump right in: like once I knew that I wanted to marry Sarah, I didn’t want to wait the eighteen months of engagement; once I decided to convert I jumped in with both feet, etc. So given this, this state of ignorance is exceedingly frustrating, and I hope that I’ll get some answers soon.