Monday, August 19, 2013

the diagnosis is in......

I know many have been wondering what's going on with the health this last week.  Until I got a firm answer from the physician, I wanted to wait to talk about what's up.

About 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with a liver hemangioma.  It's usually something that is not a bother or to be treated - just a benign tumor like thing made up of blood vessles, etc.  But the problem is, where "henry" (as I have called it for years) is located.  It sometimes causes flare ups with my entire digestive system.

This time, the fare up landed me in the ER about 2 weeks ago.  It was nothing I experienced before in terms of pain and over all feeling creapy.  I went to see my specialist who ordered a cat scan just to be sure.  Although those results are not back (I had it on Friday), the other tests done (ultrasound, etc) did show that I have a fatty liver.  It's the non-alcoholic fatty liver.  I am not surprised by the years of eating crap and I have had high cholestoral for at least 3 years.  My doctor said that just with what was reported with the ultrasound, she felt like that alone would have caused my symptoms.  The other thing that is complicating all of this more is my weight loss.  I've lost a lot of weight in a short time.  So, that again by itself could cause the flare up.

Mix all three together, I was a mess.  The good news is, I am feeling almost 100 percent and I feel that I can get back on track.  I had a week derailment and fortunately, it's not Belviq related.  With the blessing of my physician, I can get back on track and go strong.

I probably will have continued flare ups here and there - it's to be expected.  I just need to manage it better and not let myself get to the point I did.  I'm not very good at taking care of myself so this was a big lesson in "listen to your body". 

The doctor still wants to do an endoscope (and we did have it scheduled but I cancelled at the last minute because I live alone with no family in Houston and could not figure out arrangements to get me there and home).  I will see how it goes first and then reschedule if need be.

Thank you all for your kind words and prayers.