I spend all day doing things to help but nothing seems to be working or making me better. I feel like I am worse. I'm getting a foot rub weekly in addition to every thing else - Reflexology and body pressure points.
My feet are clinging to the floor in an effort to help me stabilize myself. My legs feel 'different'. It's getting more difficult to walk. I feel and look stiffer.
It's harder for me to fix my meals between trying to stand and having shaky hands.
I'm having a harder time talking and making decisions. it's getting really hard to type.
About 3 years ago I went to the dermatologist and she gave me a cream. I got a horrid rash from it - My face was red and swollen. After trying natural remedies I went to the doctor and she gave me a shot. My face got better, but I developed a long list of about 20 symptoms and after about 30 days I went back to the doctor - she said not to worry, that they were just side effects from the shot she gave me and they would go away in a few days. She didn't tell me in advance what the side effects would be because she said I never would have agreed to the shot if I knew. It was after the shot that I noticed my handwriting changing and I stopped wearing high heels because of a lack of balance.
Hv, could this shot of steroids (I think that is what it was) have triggered my illness?
It does sound like it was a steroid shot. They commonly use these to reduce inflammation. And yes, it could have caused your problems.
ps Remember I had a long-lasting speech reaction to the lithium and I am allergic to asprin (I break out in big bumps under my hair) Could I have an allergy to steroids?
I don't think this was an allergic reaction. Your symptoms sound more like hypercalcemia from the steroid. Have you had your serum calcium levels checked?
By the way steroids will also atrophy the adrenals, which can cause a number of problems as well. But shakiness, muscle weakness, and mental confusion are all symptoms of hypercalcemia, not allergies. This is why I suspect elevated serum calcium levels.
Is this a special test? All the normal stuff that they test for in an exam looks good. I have a copy of the last blood test.
Serum calcium levels are normally checked. If you want you can scan and e-mail me a copy of your lab tests and I can take a look at them for you. Just black out personal information first since e-mails are not really secure.
i'd be glad to if I could... I don't have the equipment to do this. Maybe I can just look it up and tell you or I can go to a fax machine and fax it to you.
In looking over the blood test results - it says calcium 9.9 with the reference range 8.3-10.5.
Everything thats listed is pretty much in the middle of the acceptable range with the exception of gluecose at 98 with the referance range 65 -99. This was my blood test last April.
So it is not calcium causing the problem.
And I would not worry to much about the glucose. One reading on glucose and many other lab tests do not really tell you much of anything since various things can cause temporary swings in levels. In the case of glucose this includes the stress of going to the doctor and the needle phobia many people have.