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Went to the doctor yesterday (physical/blood work/bike wreck)…

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by  
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March
20
2014

I went to see my doctor yesterday morning. The purpose of my visit was two-fold: I wanted to have a complete physical, including blood work, and I also wanted to make sure nothing was seriously wrong after Saturday’s bike wreck.

Dr. Rosenrosen

Dr. Rosenrosen

I knew the actual physical examination would not happen yesterday, as the procedure is a little more drawn out than I’d prefer. To get the ball rolling I have to go see my primary care physician, he orders the blood tests, I set up the appointment for the blood work and go have the tests done and, finally, once the blood work test results are delivered to my doctor, I go back to him so we can review the results. Only then is the actual physical examination performed.

The blood tests he ordered include Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Hemogram With Platelet Count, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and a Lipid Panel. I’ll be setting up that appointment today.

Yesterday my basic vitals were taken. I already know my scale weight and resting heart rate, but I learned my current blood pressure: 92/64 mm HG. So that’s good.

As far as my bike wreck goes, I’m okay. I’ve got some severe deep bruising on my right hip, lower back and glutes. There are actually some pretty wicked bruises on my ass that I had not noticed before yesterday (but I sure felt the pain!)

The pain in my lower back and hips is pretty significant, especially when standing up, laying down, bending over or sitting for long periods of time. My doctor prescribed two medications to help alleviate the pain.

The first medication is Etodolac (500MG). Edodolac is a NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory) drug that is used to reduce inflammation. I’ll run that for a month or two, 1 pill in the morning, 1 in the evening.

The other medication is Cyclobenzaprine (10MG), which is a muscle relaxer. I can take up to three of those per day, but in reality I’ll probably just take one before bedtime. I took one yesterday late afternoon and it knocked me on my ass! I was super sleepy, and when I was making dinner I felt really out of it and dopey. It definitely did its job though: I slept through the night 100% pain-free for the first time since the bike wreck.

This morning there is a noticeable improvement in the degree of pain I’ve been experiencing since the accident. I’m sure this is a combination of time since the injury, and the medications.

The actual road rash is healing up nicely, so no worries there.

I’m anxious to get my blood work done and see the results. I’ll share the information here along with the results of my physical examination once I have them.

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8 Responses to “Went to the doctor yesterday (physical/blood work/bike wreck)…”
  1. I will second the opinion on Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril). It’s the only medication that I take that alleviates my occasional back spasms and allows me to heal, but it knocks me out. I split ’em in two and take 5mg at night. Any more than that and I’m Jello the next day.

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    • I was pretty groggy yesterday morning, but I forced myself to get out and do a fairly long 115 kilometer solo ride. Felt good once I shook the cobwebs off.

      The NSAID also seems to be really working well. I didn’t experience much pain while riding yesterday, and this morning I’m feeling some very noticeable improvement. I was able to get out of bed without wincing in pain!

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    • Not to get too graphic, but I should probably explain what’s going on down there first…

      These are not traditional saddle sores (as I understand them to be), nor are they on my ass. What I’ve got are skin inflammations right in the crease where my legs meet the rest of my body (tant-ish area). These inflammations are moderately hard, puffy and sore, but they don’t have heads on them, nor are they “open” (they are not bleeding or anything like that).

      I showed them to my doctor, explained all the various over-the-counter products I’ve tried (both pre- and post-ride), and how nothing was working. He said that the only way to get rid of the sores was to eliminate the skin-on-skin rubbing. He suggested something that is generally frowned on in the cycling community: that I wear compression underwear (which is what I normally wear every day, but not when riding, of course) under my bib shorts, pulled up high and tight so that the affected area was covered by them. The idea is to prevent the skin in that area from rubbing.

      I tried that on yesterday’s 115 kilometer ride (with chamois cream), and it wasn’t too bad for most of the ride, but by the end I could feel the friction and heat from the underwear. The sores didn’t seem any worse after the ride, though. I may try that again on tomorrow’s century ride.

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      lol, you looked.

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  2. For someone who rarely even takes an aspirin, the Cyclobenzaprine was definitely a shock to my system! Thanks, Abe, I’d say the injury is a non-issue at this point. I felt great on yesterday’s century ride!

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