A few days ago I had an appointment with another neurologist, of whom I had waited 6 months time for. He is the 4th neurologist I have seen thus far. He told me there were a couple blood tests that haven’t been done, and so is having me take them. He also referred to do an autonomic nerve test in the beginning of April. I think this is very important, so that I can understand better what is causing periods when I get dizzy.
I’m planning to go to the Mayo Clinic in a couple months time. And so, by the end of that trip, my diagnostic workup should be totally complete. Either a treatable cause will be found for the SFN, or it won’t.
As for good news, my pain levels have been lower over the past week. I also feel I have continued to learn the importance of distracting my nerves – the most painful periods tend to be right before I fall asleep / when I’m in a super relaxed state. The simple act of keeping a fan on or taking a warm shower really helps. I’ve been using a medicinal herb that I have found to be extremely helpful, and it makes the nights a lot more bearable.
I’ve also been thinking, since the body has natural ways of creating its own “feel good” chemicals, I should focus heavily on that through each moment. Focusing on activities that foster my sense of purpose, spiritual growth, empathy, humor, curiosity, appreciation, etc. all I think are helpful with this. I plan to write more about this in the future.