Symdeko update/MRI results

I started Symdeko April 19th.  It started to affect my mood (depression and anxiety), my hair has been shedding and giving me slight acne.  I decided to stop taking Symdeko mainly due to the depression and anxiety issue.  I have not felt like myself in awhile.  I made the decision to stop the Symdeko and the Effexor and find another antidepressant that will hopefully work better for me.  Now I’m thinking maybe I should have just stopped the Symdeko, but I didn’t think it was causing any issues until I realized that was the only new thing.  Now that I’m off of the Effexor I will try my best not to go back on it if at all possible since it was so hard to come off of it. Continue reading

3 weeks of IVs complete

I finished 3 weeks of IVs earlier this week.  I do feel better than I did BUT I’m still having coughing attacks.  I’m attributing it more to asthma though.  I was offered prednisone at clinic on Friday (yesterday) but I declined for the time being.  I’m going to hold off and see if treatments and such can help.  We all know how much I love prednisone, NOT!  My lung functions were the same at FEV1 .96L/34%.  My first two attempts were 33% and my last one was the 34%.  I will follow-up in 6 weeks. Continue reading

MRI results & Transplant Clinic

I had an MRI on December 22nd and didn’t hear anything until after the holidays.  The results are that I have a minimal C6-C7 impingement (pinched nerve) in my neck.  There was nothing of significance in my upper back to give reason for my lung/chest pain on the MRI.  The lung/chest pain is most likely from pulled muscles from coughing so much and so forcefully.  I am awaiting a referral to a neurosurgeon for the pinched nerve in my neck.  I have had the pain in my neck along with headaches for about 6 months.  I’m happy to have an answer about my neck but bummed that we really don’t have any concrete answer about my lung/chest pain.  The lung/chest pain is slightly better, especially the fractured rib site, than it was when it began.  Now it seems that the rest of my muscles in my chest are sore from compensating for the pain which is no fun.  I see a neurosurgeon on a February 2nd about the pinched nerve. More on that later.
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CF clinic check up

I spent the day at the hospital with 2 different appointments.  First up was my CF clinic check up from my 21 day course of IVs.  My main complaint today was the continued pain in my right side.  My appointment was at 9:30am and I was finished at 12pm.  A lot of people complain about waiting at doctors offices.  I, on the other hand, am used to it.  It is par for the course when you have CF (or any other chronic illness).  I respect that my doctors and nurses take their time with their patients because that means they will give me all the time I need when it is my turn.  My appointments are also long because I have to see other people during the visit, i.e.; respiratory therapist, dietitian, social worker, nurse, nurse practioner and/or doctor.  I am now a professional “waiter” by this stage in my life. Continue reading