Unless you really love me, you probably don't want to read this account of my health tests and results. It's up to you.
All of this has been in pursuit of the cause of the pain down my right leg that started about 3 weeks after I arrived in Japan. I have also had stomach pain since about December.
In January I had an allergy test, a sonogram on my abdomen, and a couple of blood tests. It turns out that I am allergic to shrimp, mold, dust, and some insects. I am slightly anemic. I have a polyp in my gall bladder, but I do not have gall stones, which I was told I had in the US. In the US, they insisted that I needed to have surgery to remove my gallbladder. I'm glad I declined; I would prefer to keep my organ until there is at least a consensus.
Recently I had an endoscopy and they told me I have a hyperplastic polyp in my duodenum. Supposedly, both polyps (those in my gall bladder and duodenum) are harmless and have no potential to develop into anything serious, but they said I should get rechecked in a year just in case. At the time of my endoscopy, they had me try some stomach meds for a few days to see if it would help with the pain. A couple of difficult days ensued because I couldn't nurse Knox on the meds, but it did help and I have only had a couple of times with a little pain since then. The stomach issues are just about resolved, I'd say.
Last week I had x-rays on my pelvis area and they didn't find anything that would be causing my pain. I might have to go for an MRI, which isn't pleasant because I'm tired of taking my days off to have medical tests.
The pain down my right leg is improving. It doesn't hurt on the weekend when I am not sitting so much. I'm wondering if all I've needed all this time is a new chair.