I had a second visit with my primary care physician this week as part of my annual physical. My new doctor is very nice, very young, and she told me I am complicated. I actually appreciated that. She didn't tell me I was confusing, just complicated.
Why am I complicated? Because I have a whole bunch of confusing health issues that she can't find causes for. Why is my blood pressure high? We aren't sure. It has actually been testing lower recently and getting back to normal levels. However my pulse is running high. High thyroid levels can cause high pulse and high BP. A high BP can contribute to a high pulse but not the other way around. So if my BP is coming down why is my pulse staying high?
My thyroid levels are reading in the lower part of the normal range but they have tweaked my thyroid dose a little (one day a week I take half a pill instead of a whole one). If they lower my thyroid dose too much, then I can have all sorts of other issues. Now the plan is to come back in another month and see how my pulse and BP are doing.
I also have some mystery symptoms of cramping feet and lower legs - even with stretching regularly. Ever get two charley horses at once? That wakes you up in the middle of the night.
As a result of my echo cardiogram, I was told I have a fluttery valve that needs monitoring. Not a big deal but just something to watch. We also talked about my heart burn and how it is getting worse even though I am taking Prilosec daily so I get to have a endoscopy to make sure everything is okay. I was told I have a hiatal hernia a few years ago which is what causes the heart burn but since it is getting worse, they want a better look.
My left knee is responding nicely to the injection and is nearly pain free which has me focusing on the pain in my right knee - which is left from knee surgery and unrepaired partial ACL tear. I think there might be some arthritis in there as well - I was told that ice skating and skiing are very bad for knees. But that's a discussion for the knee doctor.
So my primary care called me complicated. She wants to see me again in another month. My co-workers agreed with me that I am as healthy as a horse on the way to the glue factory. I think I am supporting the local health industry. I think I would rather just be complicated.