I had a bit of a scare this morning. The last few weeks, I have been starting to feel a little more run down than usual. I attribute a good bit of it to my having put on part of the weight that I had lost earlier in the year.
I had lost about 20 pounds by cutting out drinking, junk food, and a lot of bad carbs. Unfortunately, since the baseball season started in April, I have been partaking of too much stadium fare. A little bit would probably be OK, but when I fall off the wagon, I usually jump off full bore.
Anyway, back to the scare. I was all set to head off to work this morning. My lunch was packed, I had brewed some tea to drink on my commute. The only thing left to do was take out the garbage. I was walking to the curb with a bag in each hand, when all of a sudden I felt a tingling sensation all up and down my left side.
I have been having a bit of a problem with my right arm where I would experience some occasional weakness and numbness, but it usually happened if I slept on my left side or rested my elbow or wrist on a hard surface for an extended period of time. This was different, and a bit scary.
The sensation did not last long, probably just a few minutes. I sat in my car and debated whether or not I should head to the office or not. Discretion being the better part of valor, I decided to call out sick to work and try to see my doctor.
I was able to get in to the doctor's office to be checked out. His first thought is that I may have a pinched nerve, but he wants to run several more tests to be certain. I have to go back in to see him next week when a technician will be in to run a carotid doppler exam. I also have to schedule an MRI on my brain and neck. He is also concerned about possible sleep apnea, so I also will need to get sleep study done.
Hopefully there is nothing seriously wrong. I hope the fact that the doc sent me on my way means he doesn't think it is too bad. I definitely need to clean up my eating habits and take better care of myself. If you happen to be of the prayerful type, I appreciate any positive words on my behalf. We will keep you posted of the results.