Health Update

Since a lot of people are asking, here’s a quick update on my situation. All the tests for infections came back negative, as did the x-rays. The stomach cramps and related symptoms continue unchanged for a 15th day. The doctors are stumped so they’re going to do a colonoscopy a week today (20th). Until then, it’s just lots of liquids, B12 and iron supplement, pain killers as needed and carry on.

You now know as much as I do. I’m not going to speculate until I get more data. More ina week’s time or so. And thanks for your expressions of concern.

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8 Responses to Health Update

  1. Pearl says:

    I’m sorry to hear that. The body (I’d like to think) doesn’t pain without trying to say something is off.A few years ago I had sharp abdominal pain whenever I thought of, saw, smelt or heard about food. I sucked a lot of ice cubes and rice cakes for a few months. For me it was stress of trying to process my life path too rigorously at that juncture.Would anything David-Servan-Schreiber have to say about entraining body shed any light?

  2. Pearl says:

    Do you see your running as having any effect? Exercise tends to increase immune response. (not diagnosing you as depressed but the article talks about exercise and health-link) Happystance might be of interest too. Although all of that goes through the neocortex and I’ve found the simpler control of heart rate to have a bigger effect than “positive thoughts” per see. Hope none of that is intrusive data. I do know what it’s like to be in constant unremitting or sporadic spurs of pain. It’s exhausting. I hope you’re coming out of it soon.

  3. Dave Pollard says:

    Hi Pearl: Thanks for the links. The irony is that my problem may be an immune-system failure — not under-response but over-response to a non-existent or no longer present ‘threat’. So it’s conceivable that exercise, by strengthening my immune system, might have actually contributed to the problem. This is all speculation at this point, however.

  4. daniel says:

    This is a very good article on stress:Chrousos, G. P. & Gold, P. W. (1992). The concept of stress and stress system disorders: Overview of physical and behavioral homeostasis. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 267, 1244-1252.I don´t think it is available online, but sure you can get it at a univesity library.I wish you good luck withyour medical tests :-)

  5. OP says:

    Get well soon. I am a silent and regular reader of your blog. Best Wishes and regards,- OP

  6. Carroll says:

    OK, this officially ramps you pretty far up on the list of people to whom I am streaming positive “hang in there” thoughts, Dave. The waiting for diagnosis stage always seems to be the worst. Once you know what you’re up against, well then you can focus on dealing with it. In the meantime, best of luck at keeping your mind productively and positively occupied elsewhere!

  7. Frank says:

    Dave, A few years ago I found acupressure. It has and continues to help me. Perhaps you as well. A good place to start is Best wishes for health, happiness and Peace. Frank

  8. Pearl says:

    Over-response or under-response both can lead to discomfort alright. Hope it eases.

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