Tuesday, December 23, 2014

More adventures

Fun first--last Chanukah links for this year:

Chanukah videos and halacha

Zot Chanukah

It started out with an unusually-severe hot flash that took a strange turn--when I put olive oil on my hot and bone-dry face, my face turned bright red, and the oil irritated my skin enough to make me run to the dermatologist.  I was puzzled when she said it wasn't likely that the irritation on my face (and also on one shoulder, from putting olive oil on my skin after my shower) was an allergic reaction to olive oil, but couldn't tell me what else might have cause the problem.

It also started with something else new--some minor pain in my right hip.  That was a surprise, because I've had trouble sleeping on my left hip for years.

After over a week of pain in the hip, and yet another round of getting red in the face, it occurred to me that there might be some connection between the two problems.  So I did an internet search, and was quite surprised to discover that hot flashes can be a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis.  Who knew?

Also on the list of possible rheumatoid arthritis symptoms is dizziness.  This might account for the fact that almost a year's worth of vestibular therapy didn't alleviate my balance problem nearly as much as I had hoped.

Whether the type of skin problems that I usually have--see "bone-dry face," not to mention just about everywhere else--is related to my arthritis, I don't know.

The only thing that probably isn't related is the plantar fasciitis on the bottom of my left foot.  I told my husband that it's now a regular balancing act--with a bad left foot and a bad right hip, I don't even know where to use my cane.

Bottom line:  I'm now an alligator-skinned dizzy dame and red-hot mama who hasn't got a leg to stand on.  :)


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