Its been quite a year bendy-wise.
I thought I'd do a quick recap just to see how far I'v come in just one year.
*Xrays and Mri of spine show curvature of spine and degeneration of SI joints :(
*Assessed for my 1st wheelchair - sad times.
*Start investingations for Crohns Disease - come back clear - Yey!
*GI dr and EDS dr discover my Gastointestinal system is now affected by EDS.
*Reffered to endocronologist for suspected thyroid damage from medication
*Begin physio and Occupational Therapy at Leeds.
*Recieve my wheelchair. Amazed how much freedom I now have. :)
*Getting physio back at hartlepool. knees and hips getting weaker. Walking less.
*GI nurse and EDS dr agree lower GI system failing. :(
Start wearing ankle splints and hip belt to help walking.
*Using wheelchair indoors at least 3 times a week now. Standing becoming difficult.
*Pain med review no.8
*Pain becomes much worse.
*Pain meds review no.9. Introduce Neuropathic pain medication
*Start working with new physio who is keen to learn about EDS
*Try accupuncture for pain which triggers major pain flare
*Reffered for hydrotherapy
*Stomach gets symptomatic. Begin part-liquid diet.
*Begin Hydrotherapy with great success. Pain reduced and core stability improved.
*Major hip dislocation trigging escalating hip and pelvis instability
*Hip continues to dislocate and subluxate evenutally causing impingement and nerve damage.
*Referred to Orthopaedic surgean for both hips.
*Walking deteriates to point of needng chair outdoors full time and indoors most days. Unable to self-propel outdoors and sometimes indoors. Refferd for powerchair assessment.
*Begin fainting and admitted overnight after paramedics called after bad fall. Blood pressure very low and heart rate topping 143bpm when standing and 110 sitting. Dr on duty suspects Postual Orthostatic Tachychardia Syndrome. Rheumy agrees continueing readings and symptoms suggest autonomic dysfunction and requests further tests with possible reffereal for POTS testing.
*Rheumy requests refferal to Prof Aziz in london for GI isssues
*Endoscopy booked for 5th January for upper GI issues.
*Reffered to pain clinic.
Looking back its clear in which direction my EDS is heading for now. However I have found that even though my condition may have become worse over the past few months, my abiltiy to cope with it and the amount it affects my ability to get on with my life is very differnt to what it was at the begining of the year.
I wish all my blog readers and fellow EDSers a wonderful and healthy 2011!