Final Thursday I used to be in a position to get into see my extraordinarily proficient doctor, Dr. Smruti Nalawadi, for a follow-up. I had talked about working with a preventive drugs specialist previously. Sadly, having Dr. Moayed as my main care doctor was awkward as a result of she is means up in Campbell. So I used to be comfortable to seek out one other physician right here in Morgan Hill that additionally believes in preventive drugs, and now she is my PCP. However Dr. Nalawadi can also be an inside drugs specialist, so it’s that experience that basically turns out to be useful now. From what I used to be advised within the hospital and all of the studying I’ve completed, I assumed 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 a superb ear doc, and so on. Then I noticed Dr. Nalawadi and it was an unimaginable reduction to only flip it over to an knowledgeable. I went in with an entire sheet of typed-up questions and associated signs I assumed would possibly assist with my prognosis. 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 lined 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 means of a fast collection of checks in her workplace resembling 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 form of irritation of the internal ear resembling labyrinthitis. I’ll proceed to comply with up on steadiness points with the PT I’m working with, and have already got an appointment for an Ear doc (fortuitously 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 it is 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 may be miracle medication for brief time period acute situations. However it’s not a good suggestion to be on them long run due to unintended effects. So I’ve solely acquired 10 days price. If my signs return after that, we’ll should resolve the issue. Thankfully, I’ll be following up with my new Ear Doc shortly thereafter. The journey continues!