The last few days I’ve been sick again. It was odd though – not your typical cold or flu brought home from Kiddo’s day care. It was just a sore throat. Again. I’ve had a lot of really bad sore throats lately. And now, another wave of the worst sore throat I’ve ever had in my entire life. So bad that I was crying this morning, unable to talk or swallow without stabbing pain. So finally I went to the doc. I hesitate to go to a doctor because my insurance is pretty bad and it usually means spending a couple hundred dollars. Today I didn’t care though. I was in pain!
So the doc asked me a bunch of questions:
Doc: “Are you taking any prescription meds?”
Me: No. (<– Lie, I’ve been taking my husband’s Lisinopril, an ACE inhibitor for high blood pressure. I haven’t taken it for a couple days though.)
Doc: “Any pain in your ears?”
Me: Yeah, a little bit now that you mention it….
Doc: “Have you ever had mono?”
Me: No. Why, do you think this could be mono?
Doc: No. Ok, we’re going to do a strep test. (Inserts long awful stick into my mouth and makes me gag.) Be back in 10 minutes.
** Insert easy listening or otherwise non-offensive instrumental music here **
10 minutes later:
Doc: Well, the strep test came back negative. But here’s something that may be going on. Your uvula looks a little swollen. That’s that thing that hangs in the back of your throat. You might have uvulitis. (Hands me a sheet detailing the causes, symptoms, treatments of this odd malady.) Often it’s a side effect of some medications, but it can happen for other reasons, so just ignore the part on there that talks about medications.
I look at the sheet…and it seems uvulitis can be a side effect of taking ACE inhibitors…and it names 3, including Lisinopril. No other medications or medication types listed. Just ACE inhibitors…and Lisinopril. The sheet he gave me says that if taking one of these medications you should discontinue it and from then on consider yourself allergic to that medication.
Well huh. No more Lisinopril for me.
He prescribed a steroid medication and antibiotics. Now, 12 hours later I feel awesome. No more sore throat, no more fatigue. Back to normal. I love that doc. Thanks, doc for helping me even though I lied and said I wasn’t taking any prescription medication. Sorry about that. I’m a bad patient.
Also, they took my blood pressure at the office and it was 136/78. That’s much lower than my own monitor has been telling me. Last time I went to the doc for one reason or another it was high – I’m sure this isn’t my imagination. Maybe the Peat principles are helping my blood pressure after all. Or maybe my BP monitor just sucks.
In other news, I’m not scared of diabetes anymore. I’ve learned there are things that can be done to lower blood sugar, including….wait for it….wait for it…
Yes, not only does it lower your LDL cholesterol and reignite the hormonal cascade that has been on siesta, apparently it also lowers blood sugar. I’ve found a few studies here and there but need to do a more exhaustive review of the research literature on this.
Ok. Going to eat some orange juice gelatin and go to bed.