Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Chronicle of an illness with Addison's: Warning signs

I'm going to chronicle this kidney infection.  I'm not doing it to get people to say they hope I get well or anything.  We, with Addison's, share many of the same fears and concerns.  Today I'll start with warning signs.  Sorry if this is boring.  Some of you out there can relate to what I have to say though.

Please keep in mind I have not been seriously sick since I got bronchitis in early 2002.  I don't consider my migraines a sickness so much as a chronic condition that I have to live with.  

  • Early last week, Monday, I started getting extremely intense and short lived headaches.  They were nothing like the Classic Migraine with Aura that I usually get.  Just intensely painful headaches with exertion.  I also got twinges of a bladder infection (girls, you know what I mean) but not bad enough that I tried to avoid peeing.  Additionally I was completely apathetic about everything which is very unlike me.  
  • Started a new workout routine Tuesday, intense headache from the pull ups.  
  • Wednesday I had a sore back, which I assumed was the new workout routine, coupled with the headaches, bladder twinges and apathy.  
  • Thursday I went to work and had to leave because my back was hurting in a pulsating fashion.  Still had the exertion headache, apathy and bladder twinges (really, the bladder twinges felt like nothing, just perceptible).  Made an appointment at the clinic for Friday.
  • Friday I went to the clinic where they confirmed the bladder infection.  When I asked about the back pain, she said people get that with a bladder infection.  I accepted that.  She suggested antibiotics and because nothing hurt too badly and she didn't seem to concerned, I asked about trying alternative methods.  She concurred, made suggestions and gave me followup instructions.  I felt fine Friday night.
  • Saturday I felt like shit.  Kept taking the herbal stuff.  Pain increased, headache sustained, started to get a fever, slept on and off during the day.  Stayed hydrated and took 10 mg extra HC.  Slept fine Saturday night.
Tomorrow - Chronicle of an illness with Addison's: Trip to the ER
Wednesday - Chronicle of an illness with Addison's:  Adjusting meds for illness (what I've done because there's no one to help figure this out that knows better than I do, except Wanda!)


Anonymous said...

What was the herbal stuff you were trying?
You are very observant of your symptoms.That's amazing. I felt totally apathy to do anything today and then this afternoon I felt way nauseous, so I took extra HC and a nap and now feel fine. I would never had put that apathy together with an illness coming on. Thanks!

Anonymous said...


I hope you soon feel all the way better! I'm sorry you've had to deal with this. I'm grateful, though, that you are willing to share your experiences (both good and bad) as it's really helpful to all of us who read your blog!


Ryan said...

I’m so glad I came across your blog here - I see we have two things in common a passion for running and unfortunately Addison’s Disease. Looks like you hit a bad patch over the weekend; I hope you bounce back quickly. With me every trip to the ER has been learning experience and as I continue to learn more and more about Addison’s and what it takes to continue to live life to the fullest.

Thanks for further inspiration and all the helpful links!

Joel said...


Wow, what a horrible experience. I hope you recover quickly. Thanks for sharing so we all can learn from it. I have had nausea the last week for the forst time in years, don't know why. I am convinced that sometimes we have to feel bad so we learn to appreciate what good feels like.


Unknown said...

Shelley - Uva Ursi it's supposed to be specific to E Coli infections which is what I ended up having. :)

Thanks Ashley, I'm so glad that sharing my whining can be helpful!

Hey Ryan, I've emailed you before and read your blog. Nice to have contact with you. Do you ever do any ultras in the West?

Joel, I think you're right about feeling bad making you appreciate feeling good. Good point! I hope your nausea is gone! Do you have Zofran? It helps me a lot with nausea.