I had a virtual visit with my cardiologist yesterday. It was a routine follow-up. I wanted to talk about the reemergence of my elevated heart rate when I stand up (POTS) and this unbearable pain in my left calf.
He, instead, decided to inform me that I had coronary artery disease.
Go ahead. I dare you to try and scare me buddy. You are not going to get a rise out of me just because they noted some plaque inside arteries on a CT scan THAT WAS MEANT TO EVALUATE MY PULMONARY FIBROSIS!
Move over, coronary disease. You may think you are King, but you are the last in a loooooong line of concerns inside my body. I know I usually try to remain upbeat, but I think it would be beneficial for this newest disease to be introduced to its extended family. So here I go (mostly in order of arrival:)
- Sjogren’s disease
- Small fiber peripheral neuropathy
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Autoimmune pulmonary fibrosis
- Autonomic neuropathy (including POTS, heat intolerance, chronic diarrhea and nausea, incorrect pupil dilation)
- Immune deficiency syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Frozen shoulder
- Sacroiliac joint inflammation
- Some horrible yet-to-be-diagnosed tendinitis or sciatica in my leg