Extinguishing the swarming mind.
Earlier today, three burning questions came to mind as I prepared for my latest endocrinologist appointment. I feel better in some respects; in others, not so much.
To start, the good news – the A1C is back in “normal” range at 5.9%. To be honest, if it had been taken in May before I started WildFit and went off the anti-depressant, it likely would have been even higher than March’s 6.1%, so I consider this a huge victory.
Blood pressure measured at a healthy 100/72, if not a little low considering the issue lately with dizziness. No big deal for now, perhaps as simple as mild orthostatic hypotension. Maybe something will pop up on the next round of blood work which will include a full metabolic panel, maybe not.
Moving on to the night sweats and hot flashes. The doctor does want to check out the hormone levels that could signal a shift into perimenopause, in spite of continued regular menstruation. Most accurate on day 3 of the monthly cycle, even slightly abnormal FSH and estradiol levels could be contributing to the sweaty mess. (Or it could be thyroid related, adding TSH to the lab order. Or it might just be the sweltering apartment, though it would not explain such symptoms before I moved here.)
Taking a deep breath here.
The high sensitivity c-reactive protein test, a possible indicator of cardiac risk? It came back at 10 mg/dl, a level that signals high risk for cardiovascular disease. Coupled with LDL levels that are consistently in the borderline high area regardless of diet and exercise, this indicates that a statin might be prudent.
To be honest, I worry about the side effects of statins reported such as muscle weakness and brain fog. Not only that, right now is not a good time to be adding another prescription to the budget.
If those female hormone levels come back with any indication of perimenopause, it changes things, even though the condition can last for years before the transition into menopause.
With the family history of early heart disease and knowing that a woman’s risk of heart disease rises significantly once she enters menopause itself, it changes things.
I still have work to do, places to go, nieces and nephews to watch grow. If a statin has the potential to help me do that, then yeah, I need to add it to the daily medication regimen once I know the full picture in November.
(And please do not argue with me on this right now. I saw what a heart attack looks like when I witnessed my father’s eighteen years ago. I then saw what recovery from multiple coronary bypass surgery looks like. Those two things? Scare the living hell out of me, even more than what I have already had the pleasure to experience myself.)