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My Rainbow of Health Problems

I found out recently that I have pulmonary hypertension, GERD and most likely asthma. I did not need to add these three things to my already extensive list of medical conditions.

The worst one of these is pulmonary hypertension. It is high blood pressure in the lungs. There is no cure for the condition and it is progressive most of the time. If mine is caused by something else, and they can successfully treat that condition, then the pulmonary hypertension might go into remission so to speak. If it is not caused by another condition, it is called Primary Pulmonary Hypertension and that form is much harder to deal with. It gets worse faster and causes more problems. We hope there is something else causing mine that is not too hard to treat.

I have a Pulmonary Function Test scheduled for next month and they are getting me scheduled for a sleep study as well. The doctor thinks I might have sleep apnea and that is what is causing the PH and some other of my problems. We shall see.

My high blood pressure that they can't seem to get completely under control, my thyroid disease, liver disease or my congenital heart defects could be causing it as well. I'm in for multiple tests until we figure it out completely.

Anyway, I saw a ribbon for the pulmonary hypertension yesterday and it got me to thinking about all the ribbons for my various conditions. I looked them up today and found out I have eleven different ones! I thought I'd do up a graphic. :) So, without further ado, here is My Rainbow of Health Conditions.

Photo by Angel Sharum (me)

I'm falling apart, y'all...lol. This isn't even the complete list of what's wrong with me. It is just the stuff with ribbons.

Text and photos are the property of Angel Sharum.


Image Credit » Graphic by Angel Sharum

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Comments

MegL wrote on September 25, 2014, 1:30 PM

Colourful but I hope they go away for you.

LoudMan wrote on September 25, 2014, 1:39 PM

Well, get well soon. The Intertubes thingies would not be the same without you.

GemOfAGirl wrote on September 25, 2014, 2:19 PM

Wow, that's a lot of stuff you're living with there!

suffolkjason wrote on September 25, 2014, 2:24 PM

Are you able to go for a walk? I know a number of people who swear by a regular daily walk to gradually improve health. I guess with all your health problems you have to be very careful and get professional advice about any new activity.

BarbRad wrote on September 25, 2014, 3:56 PM

I'm very sorry to hear that. I'm amazed with all that going on you are functioning as well as you are. I have decided to try virgin coconut oil to decrease my belly fat (and my appetite along with it) and see if it also addresses my GERD. It can't hurt, and it cold help.

AngelSharum wrote on September 25, 2014, 4:19 PM

I don't think any of them will go away. Well, the pulmonary hypertension might go into remission, but who knows how long it will take.

AngelSharum wrote on September 25, 2014, 4:19 PM

Thanks. I haven't been well in years..lol

AngelSharum wrote on September 25, 2014, 4:19 PM

Yep. Been living with some of it since I was 16 and I'm 41 now. Some I was born with but didn't know it until about five years ago.

AngelSharum wrote on September 25, 2014, 4:20 PM

I can walk unless I get too short of breath. I do walk almost every day if I can.

AngelSharum wrote on September 25, 2014, 4:21 PM

I don't always function well...lol. I am pretty stubborn though I I refuse to stop until something forces me too. Good luck with the GERD. Thankfully, mine isn't that bad yet.

tinamarie wrote on September 25, 2014, 4:43 PM

Get better soon! Also try to relax and get some rest.

melody23 wrote on September 25, 2014, 4:46 PM

I have been reading a lot about virgin coconut oil recently, there have been quite a lot of real studies done on it which is rare for this type of thing and the results have been quite good. I was thinking about trying it in tablet form because I doubt my food issues would let me actually eat it in any way. I think the other half has GERD, although the doctor isn't entirely convinced that's what it is so has sent him for pointless test after pointless test this month the doctor thinks that his helicobacter has returned, last month it was IBS before that it was some food allergy or another and before that he genuinely did have helicobacter but the doctor thought he had an ulcer. hmm maybe I should get us a new doctor

Kasman wrote on September 25, 2014, 4:57 PM

You're a walking medical textbook. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad. I have never known anyone with so many conditions all at the one time. You have my sympathy.

AngelSharum wrote on September 25, 2014, 7:00 PM

I know what you mean. I told my husband I should donate my body to science before I die so they can study me.

AngelSharum wrote on September 25, 2014, 7:01 PM

It couldn't hurt if it's taking that long to find out answers.

bestwriter wrote on September 25, 2014, 8:19 PM

I appreciate your way of handling your ailments. One could learn a thing or two from you. 11 ribbons? That is some collection of diseases you have.

Feisty56 wrote on September 25, 2014, 8:46 PM

I can't imagine anticipating the battery of tests in your near future is bringing many happy thoughts in and of themselves, but I do hope the results at least show that your pulmonary hypertension is secondary to something else. I know it wouldn't be a lot of problems off your plate, but it is a big one.

Ellis wrote on September 25, 2014, 9:04 PM

I hope they manage to get to the bottom of what's causing it....

AngelSharum wrote on September 26, 2014, 12:28 PM

You don't get better from most of the things I have. You just learn to deal with them.

AngelSharum wrote on September 26, 2014, 12:29 PM

LOL, it is colorful. I refuse to give up on life and let the conditions win. I'm going to make the most of things for as long as I can.

AngelSharum wrote on September 26, 2014, 12:30 PM

It would be a blessing for sure, especially if we can get the other problem under control and the PH goes into remission. One less thing to worry about...a big thing.

AngelSharum wrote on September 26, 2014, 12:30 PM

Thanks, me too. I hope they get the sleep study scheduled soon so that will be out of the way.

paigea wrote on October 9, 2014, 12:26 PM

Wow that is a huge rainbow of conditions to deal with. Take care

AngelSharum wrote on October 9, 2014, 1:25 PM

Thanks. I'm trying.