April 2019 Health and Fitness Report

Hello Adventurers!

Today I thought I would give you a monthly review on medicinal ‘help’.  Don’t forget to check out my video below!

As you will know I suffer from Costochondritis which is the medical term for inflammation of the cartilage that joins your ribs to your breastbone (sternum).

The condition is extremely painful, can be caused just be drinking a fizzy drink (in my case) and can take two weeks to get better.  It is very debilitating and stops me (when severe) from walking properly, i.e. taking baby steps only and not being able to take the dogs for a walk in case they pull on their leads or being able to lift my Godchildren and my Nephew. 

This month I had quite a bad chest attack that I am pretty sure was caused by lactose intolerance, which with the air build up behind my chest causing my costochondritis to flare up.  As the pain then continued into the second week, my Mum visited a pharmacist and asked for help.  She was given three over-the-counter medicines for me to try.  I took one set and the next day I had a severe reaction to ‘z’ medicine, to the extent that my Mum rang 111, who ordered me to take aspirin, then sent an ambulance which arrived within fifteen minutes.

It was really terrifying for me as I had, THANKFULLY, never been in that situation before for myself, it had always been me there when someone else was going through that situation and to go through it where it was affecting me personally made me very scared and I cried, I think, throughout the whole thing.

I AM FINE, they fully checked me over, gave me a blood test and checked my blood pressure (which was great as funnily enough my optician told me to get that checked).  They eventually giving me the all clear, but it was very, very scary and possibly the scariest medical experience of my life.

I was allowed to stay at home, with the proviso that we kept a very close eye on things and rang or took me to hospital if anything worsened.  Reading up on the medicine the next day one of the side effects was what happened to me and at least explained why what happened happened.  Also, since not having the medicine again I haven’t had any issues since, HOORAY!

The shock of it is that over-the-counter medicines are supposedly mild, compared to prescribed ones and the fact that I needed an ambulance for one of these was an eye-opener.  We won’t be taking any chances like that again and I implore you all to be very, very careful when taking non-prescribed medicine.

Now that all that negative and scary stuff is out of the way, the pluses to this experience were:

  • That I have got myself completely checked over which I needed, as with suffering with my chest for so long, it often makes me question whether there is something else that is going on in my body in a bad way and this answered that question for me.
  • Being pretty sure that I have lactose intolerance which is what caused the first attack, it has allowed me to prepare myself and made me more careful about what I eat and drink – especially when going out.  I am pretty sure that what caused the first attack was having some ‘bubble and squeak’, which, unknowingly to me, had been made with butter that caused my first attack .
  • I now also know that it takes me about two – three weeks to get better, the first two to get over the attack and the third week to actually be able to walk normally again.  This instils in me that if I don’t feel better after the first week to have patience and allow my body to get better at its own rate.  Not rush myself and, even if I start to feel better, to still take things slow.
  • Finally, hopefully, it will remind me to not get angry with myself, or my body, when I don’t get better straight away and to just ride the situation out – which is good for me to know for the future.

And that is it for this month, let’s pray next month’s is less dramatic!

Let me know what you thought of this post in the comments below and if you’ve had a similar problem.  Also, let me know in the comments of any health and fitness challenges you think I should try out in the comments below!

Remember be brave, be happy, be kind, be you!

See you next time…


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