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