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  1. I'm three weeks out from my second Pfizer shot. So is my wife. Other than feeling like someone had taken a baseball bat to our arms for a day or so, we're absolutely fine.
  2. Final update: Got the results of my brain scan back today. Totally clear. I do not have MS. At this point, all signs indicate a vestibular issue, as I'd previously mentioned. I'm going to get back into my VRT exercises and try to start enjoying life again.
  3. The saga continues: Got a call from the neurologist's office today at work out of nowhere. They said they'd submitted an appeal to my insurance and got the brain scan approved after all. I go in next Tuesday afternoon. To be honest, I'm super anxious, super annoyed (because I feel like this should have happened already), but almost a bit relieved. Getting clear results from the spinal MRI helped calm me down, but I didn't get that definitive answer that I wanted. So, while I'm amped up quite a bit again, I'm not nearly as bad as I was the first time. I'll update this again next week. Fingers crossed, folks.
  4. I got it last Thursday. They hooked me up with the Pfizer shot. It was fine! The shot itself hurt less than a flu vaccine. My arm was pretty sore for a day or two, but again, less than the flu shot. I did feel a bit of fatigue for a few hours. Nothing extreme, however. You're gonna be fine. Get the shot 🍻
  5. UPDATE! Ended up having a spinal MRI and not a brain scan. My insurance denied it on grounds that it wasn't "medically necessary". I took that as a sign. Test results came back completely normal. Neurologist said there was no reason to follow-up. So, while I didn't get an ironclad answer to my worries, I feel much, much better. Also, my wisdom teeth surgery went great! I'm still on soft foods, but I'm 90% better. And I've lost 8 pounds in the past two weeks while still drinking milkshakes most night, so that's pretty awesome.
  6. MS. Multiple times. I'm just now coming down from a recent scare that had me in shambles for three weeks. Ended up getting a spinal MRI which came back completely normal (insurance denied a brain scan, saying it wasn't "medically necessary"; I took that as a sign).
  7. Isn't that the truth? I saw several dermatologists when I was younger who I can honestly say were in the room with me for less than an entire minute. They didn't even give me time to ask them questions.
  8. My top two are perfectly straight. My bottom two are both sideways. Those have potential to be a complete pain in the ass. But I'm loaded up on protein shakes and Superman ice cream, so I'm ready to rock.
  9. Oh, the MRI isn't until the Monday after next. Yesterday was just an initial consult. I'm having to wait on it due to me getting my wisdom teeth out next week 🤮
  10. Hey folks. I went through a big M*/A** scare back in 2013 after I had an inner ear infection (note: I was never really dizzy). I had quite a bit of buzzing, twitching, etc. I never saw anyone about it, and when my anxiety finally subsided, it went away. When I had the inner ear stuff, I experienced roughly 3-4 months of what I would call a "haziness". My brain wasn't foggy, per se; it was more like I hadn't got enough sleep the night before, but all the time. There's just general sense of something being off, but I can function like normal. It finally diminished as well. Since then, I've went through two more bouts of said haze, the current one lasting since around Thanksgiving. I saw my GP, who told me to check with an ENT. He also suggested I see a neuro, just to put my mind at ease. The ENT appointment was awesome; the guy explained that not all vestibular issues are with the ears, and it could be my neck, eyes, etc. He gave me exercises to do and told me to work on them for the next few months. He was confident I'd get back to normal soon enough. That's been a month ago and I'm slightly better, but not all the way. So, yesterday, I saw the neurologist. Let me start off by saying this dude was a trip. He wasn't American, so there was definitely some cultural differences at play, but his mannerisms were just sort of off-putting, to say the least. I described what I was dealing with and he began asking questions. He asked if I'd ever injured my neck. I told him I'd sprained it back in 2009 and had issues with it ever since. He then did reflex tests all over, then mentioned I was hyper reflexive and positive for something called Hoffman's sign, as there was weakness in my ankles. He wants me to do an MRI to check my neck. He also wants to check my brain "just to be safe". When I point blank asked him if he thought I might have the big M, his response was "let's see what the MRI says". Now I'm beyond scared. He mentioned a possible neck compression, which would make sense with the pain I've had for years. But I'm 100% convinced they're going to find something more sinister there and I don't know if I can take it. I keep trying to remind myself that he himself never mentioned anything neurological, so maybe I shouldn't panic. But I can't help it. Anything you guys can relate would be sincerely appreciated.
  11. Hi Bella! Blood work said by thyroid levels were fine, but my vitamin D was deficient. I've been taking supplements for the last five days now and I'm already starting to notice a difference. Well, as much of a difference as I can with my anxiety still through the roof. Hey, maybe you can help me with something in the test, though: my thyroid hormone levels were low? I think? They were 0.559. The normal range is 0.25 to 4.2. But apparently that means mine is working super well? I don't get that.
  12. @Nutmegbella I'm getting my thyroid checked out tomorrow. Vitamin levels too. My wife has hypothyroidism and she deals with issues being cold, especially if she forgets to take her meds for a few days. And I just found out yesterday that my dad, grandma, and two of my aunts all have thyroid issues, leading me to believe I may have just been a ticking timebomb all along. On the plus side, though, I don't have covid!!
  13. Oh, I've dealt with the anxiety itches before. They stuck. Just talking about them made me scratch my scalp! What you're dealing with is an abundance of cortisol wreaking havoc in your CNS. That can cause widespread, indiscriminate itching. Getting your anxiety under control will 100% make it go away. You're gonna be fine 🙂
  14. Hi folks. It's been a while. Ever since Friday night I've been cold. And when I say cold, I mean legs and feet are freezing, chills shooting through me kind of cold. Putting on extra clothing helps marginally. And sometimes the situation just resolves itself magically for a while, then it's back out of nowhere. This is nothing I've ever dealt with. I'm 33 and I've always been crazy warm natured. Now I'm bundling up like the heat is out while my wife walks around in a t-shirt and yoga pants. I did decide to play it safe and go get a coronavirus test. My results won't be back until Tuesday. That being said, I don't have a fever, cough, fatigue, nothing. Just cold. But since the virus tends to affect everyone differently, I figured it wouldn't hurt to rule it out. Obviously, this is made me incredibly anxious. Part of me is afraid it is the coronavirus and it might get worse. Part of me is afraid it is the coronavirus in this is going to be the only symptom, but I'm going to be one of these Long Haul people who is dealing with this for an indeterminate amount of time. And, to really ratchet up my lizard brain, part of me is afraid something has short-circuited in my body and I can't regulate my temperature anymore. Everyone else around me is telling me it's either a small bug or it's just my anxiety playing tricks on me. Any advice from you guys would be sincerely appreciated.
  15. Hey wingnut! I haven't talked to you in a while (nor have I been on the site), but I got to wondering how everyone on here is doing and, lo and behold, yours is the only active COVID post. It's easy to get freaked out by this. It's literally the only thing people are talking about right now. News? Coronavirus. Email? Coronavirus. Social media? Coronavirus. And rightly so, because it is a big deal. But you have to remember: this is a disease, just like any other, and we have to treat it like any other when it comes to our anxiety. Use common sense. Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, don't do anything stupid. As far as exposure to information, really try to limit yourself. My wife and I have both stopped watching the nightly news and have deactivated our Facebook accounts until this all blows over. Those steps alone have done wonders for our psyche. And, for the love of all that is holy, don't Google this shit. Remember, too, that this panic isn't over you or I (32, M) getting sick. If we catch it, we'll most likely get over it just fine (if anything, it'll be like a really shitty cold). The panic is over us, or anyone, getting it and transmitting it to those more vulnerable to the disease. All these precautions are for everyone's safety, obviously, but it's far more tailored to stopping the spread to those who will be hit hardest. Hang in there, man. We're gonna be just fine.