Monday, March 28, 2011

Sarcoidosis Ruled Out

I finally saw my allergist/asthma specialist last week. I told him I had Erythema Nodosum on my legs, chronic hoarse voice, and a nagging, chronic cough that has been going on for several years now. I was told to rule out Sarcoidosis, just in case, so he ordered a chest X-ray, which I had done last Friday evening.

I got a call from the doctor this morning who said my X-ray looks fine, so Sarcoidosis has been ruled out for me at this time.

In the meantime, we switched up my asthma and allergy maintenance medications to see if they can help me with my cough and hoarseness. So far not much has changed, but he told me to call him in a couple of weeks to see how the new meds are working for me.

In the meantime, I'm still nursing my left side and trying not to cough, as it hurts the muscle to cough or move around too much. Oddly, I feel more of an urge to cough lately. Though the productive cough from last month has passed, I'm finding that whenever I inhale, my throat seems irritated and wants to cough. Sometimes I just have to do it, though I try to hunch over or sit down if I can, since that hurts my side less.

Also, I'm still stuck on 10+4 for the Baby Steps workout, since I have skipped many days and haven't been doing sit-ups since I hurt my side. I did do my wall push-ups, 4 arm lifts, and 4 minutes on the elliptical this morning, so I'm trying to keep going and stay somewhat fit. Once my side heals up, I may have to do fewer than 10 sit-ups to start with, but I'll work my way back up again. :)