I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and Peripheral Neuropathy in 2006, but my symptoms seemed to take a turn in a different direction in late 2007, and the diagnosis was changed to Essential Myoclonus. Then in 2010 I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Finally, after a muscle biopsy, it was determined that I have Mitochondrial Myopathy.
Share my journey - coping with the testing, the medicines, nutrition, digestion problems, exercise, the emotions, uncertain diagnoses and no telling what else!
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 KJV
Monday, January 16, 2012
Battling a Cold
But yesterday I started coughing up blood streaked yellow mucus, and I knew that probably meant it had become a bacterial infection. So I saw my General Practitioner doctor today. We talked at length about Mitochondrial Myopathy, and I gave him a copy of the Table of Reported Drugs with Mitochondrial Toxicity from MitoAction. He asked me lots of questions and said he would be doing some research, too. I really like this doctor. I've been using him for years, and he is the perfect example of a doctor who makes me feel like I am the only patient in the office. I never feel rushed.
He prescribed a codeine cough syrup and an antibiotic Cpak, so I expect to be feeling better soon. This cold has really taken a lot out of me. That's not surprising when you realize that my cells are working on low energy to fight it.
This doctor visit is a perfect example of why having a definite diagnosis is helpful, even if there is no treatment or cure. The doctor was able to go over the list of antibiotics I should avoid and choose an appropriate one for me to take.