Time to fight…

I have decided it would be best to delete my previous post about chest pain.  I don’t want anyone to ignore it if they have it going on. 

I did end that blog by saying that I am worried with having fibromyalgia that I will ignore symptoms I’m having because I assume they are fibro related when they are, in fact, something more serious.

Something more serious has decided to pop up.

Sunday afternoon I started to not feel great.  Really tired, headache, nothing REALLY out of the ordinary with everyday fibro symptoms, but I knew I just felt “off.” 

Monday I made an appointment with my family doctor just to get checked out.  I almost cancelled the appointment because I didn’t want to lose time at work.  Thank goodness my husband talked me into keeping it.

My doctor ran some blood work and by the next day I got the phone call that something came up.  Something showed up in my Kidney function.  The next day I had to do more blood work and give a urine sample, and by today my Kidney’s were scheduled for an ultrasound with a diagnosis of acute renal failure.

I know very little at this point as far as what is causing it, or what I will have in store as far as treatment.  I am scheduled with a kidney doctor next Thursday and will find out more.  I know I should have paid more attention to some problems I’ve been having but, once again, I wrote them off to fibro.  The chest pain, obviously, bruising too easily, more headaches, etc.

As someone with Fibromyalgia there is a worry in the back of my mind that the pain medicine I have been taking/have taken has caused damage.  While I don’t know this for sure, I am struggling with a little guilt.  I’ve never abused pain killers, and actually take a lot less than a lot of fibro patients I know, but you never know how much it really takes to do damage.

At this point I am really curious if this is at all related to my fibromyalgia or something else.

We’re in the “waiting for answers” stage and it’s awful.  I’m feeling a lot of stress from this which is, of course, causing more fibro pain than usual but I’m too afraid to take anything for pain.

I’m taking a little rest from working out, although my doctor has told me I can continue my usual schedule, and that exercise is good for Kidney disease.  I went to Zumba Tuesday and it felt horrible.  I felt too tired and realized, as much as it kills me, that I needed a few days off.

They say people with Kidney problems show no symptoms and a lot of people don’t even know they’re having problems.  Everyone seems shocked I’m having this problem and I don’t need to be lying in a hospital bed and to be honest, I would assume the same thing if someone told me they were having acute renal failure.  I had no idea this is what it entailed. 

From what I’ve researched, and from the brains I’ve picked from the nurses at work, I can get this problem under control.  Hopefully a few diet changes or medication changes will resolve any problems I’m having.  Right now, however, my biggest problem is feeling depressed, stressed out, worried, in extra pain and not feeling like myself.  I’m trying to stay strong and positive; as I get more answers I know I’ll start to feel a little better.  I haven’t cowered away from any health battles so far, and I’m not going into this one without a fight.

If this is at all related to fibromyalgia, I’ll be screaming it from the roof tops in hopes that more can be understood about fibromyalgia problems.  My little fibro blogging family will be first to know!



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. S Forbes
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 22:55:46

    Hang in there.


  2. Shanon
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 23:29:30

    Love you! You are amazing. You are so strong, but we are all here for you to lean on.


  3. Margo
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 23:48:43

    I’m so sorry to hear this Jen. My fingers are crossed for you.


  4. Ginger
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 02:55:08

    I sure do wish you the best, I’ll be saying a prayer for you tonight and waiting for an update. Try to get as comfortable as possible and watch some funny movies, they might keep your mind busy.


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