Final Thursday I used to be capable of get into see my extraordinarily proficient doctor, Dr. Smruti Nalawadi, for a follow-up. I had talked about working with a preventive medication specialist beforehand. Sadly, having Dr. Moayed as my main care doctor was awkward as a result of she is method up in Campbell. So I used to be pleased to search out one other physician right here in Morgan Hill that additionally believes in preventive medication, and now she is my PCP. However Dr. Nalawadi can be an inner medication specialist, so it’s that experience that actually turns out to be useful now. From what I used to be informed within the hospital and all of the studying I’ve carried out, I believed I used to be on high of what to do subsequent for follow-up. However there was nonetheless doubt buzzing round in my head about what specialist to see first, how do I select an excellent ear doc, and so forth. Then I noticed Dr. Nalawadi and it was an unimaginable aid to only flip it over to an professional. I went in with a complete sheet of typed-up questions and associated signs I believed may assist with my analysis. She got here into the room and went over the document from the hospital whereas asking me a bunch of questions. Earlier than we had completed, she had coated every part on the sheet with out me even mentioning it. Then she stated “Okay, right here’s what we’re going to do…” and I simply melted with leisure.
After runnng me by a fast sequence of exams in her workplace comparable to an what seemed to be a sophisticated nystagmus take a look at, She suspects I would not have the internal ear situation bppv I discussed beforehand, however have some kind of irritation of the internal ear comparable to labyrinthitis. I’ll proceed to observe up on steadiness points with the PT I’m working with, and have already got an appointment for an Ear doc (thankfully additionally native) just a few weeks out in January. In the meantime, Dr. Nalawadi prescribed me a really small dose of prednisone to assist with the irritation. I used to be involved as a result of I used to be on prednisone prior to now for a nasty case of poison oak, and it interfered with my sleep. However she stated that wouldn’t occur as a result of this can be a tiny dose.
However even the tiny dose labored miracles. I’ve had tinnitus for a while, and it was nearly gone just a few hours after the primary dose of prednisone. Additionally, the final residual signs of dizziness are gone. Corticosteroids like prednisone could be miracle medication for brief time period acute circumstances. However it isn’t a good suggestion to be on them long run due to negative effects. So I’ve solely acquired 10 days price. If my signs return after that, we’ll must resolve the issue. Happily, I’ll be following up with my new Ear Doc shortly thereafter. The journey continues!