I know the QUESTION, How do I get the ANSWER?


I missed blogging last week because my right arm and hand are in a brace.  I know I’ve mentioned my chronic and moving tendonitis before.  I just never know when and where it’s going to hit.  Right now – my right arm- my left foot.  But that’s not what I want to talk about.  I want to share another saga in my journey.

Last week, I had a very scary event.  When I woke up one morning- I could barely lift myself out of bed.  The pain in my lungs was so incredibly intense that I could not even get my rib cage to expand enough to fill my lungs.  When I was able to stand, I worked on breathing exercises that helped open up my chest. NOPE!  NO GO.  I tiptoed out to kitchen thinking coffee would help.  I quickly learned that any amount of bending or leaning forward or backward intensified the pain. So I sat straight up at breakfast bar drinking coffee and trying to figure out what was going on. The pain seemed to back off a bit – so I went back to bed.  However, that’s when I got really concerned.  When I was flat on my back – the pain took my breathe away.  I’ve had 2 big sons naturally; had a few surgeries, broken bones, etc, etc.  NOTHING compared to the pain between my ‘girls’. As long as I was flat, the pain continued.  I finally was able to get up and sit in recliner and sleep sitting up.  The weird thing is – the next morning there was no pain!



What was going on?  Inflammation? Bronchitis? I had no idea. I noticed upon waking that my left lower shin was all swollen.  This was not soft tissue swelling – but looked like a large lump over my bone.

Who to call?  Should I call?  Am I making too much of this?  I’m sure not going to ER.

Here’s the dilemma after having PI for so many years.  I’m sure you can relate.  We seem to acquire quite a few ologists.  My Primary was out till mid September- do I call the ologist of the bone? The lung? The joints? Heart? How do YOU know who to call?  I could not answer the question so I sat on it all week-end.

My inclination is to sit on it until I see primary later in September.  This takes an enormous amount of emotional energy.   So many what-ifs involved.  I’m not giving this that kind of power over me.

If I noticed that YOU wrote this, I would immediately advise the ER. or a quick trip to your primary.

So my question for YOU is – what could this be?  How do YOU get an answer?  You know what to ask – but WHO do you ask? And is it really that important??


To be continued..,,


  • Tess Galati Posted August 31, 2017 7:28 am

    Brilliantly put Carol! Western medicine, which has saved my life and yours. Also segments the body into so many ologies. The immune system’s quirks impact all systems. There you have our dilemma.

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      Carol Miletti Posted September 1, 2017 3:48 am

      I’m still waiting on results – which surprises me. Mayo usually has same day answers. Lungs Ok – might have been heart – except that’s crazy when I have zero risk factors

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