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Tests and More Tests

In one of my earlier pieces I wrote here I wrote about what I call medical fatigue. The main theme was about the endless tests associated with living with hepatitis c.

Well, here I am again feeling fatigued about continuing tests.

Are you too?

Some of you will I am sure, and for the rest of you who have not experienced this I am envious in a way.

The tests I am now going through are related to an attack I had late last summer when traveling to a viral hepatitis meeting.

The only reason I was not hospitalized (thankfully) was because of the slow response of the ambulance and because after 3 hours of severe abdominal pain reminiscent of years ago when I was hospitalized, it subsided enough for me to carry on. I was able to rest a few days and continue with my travels. Phew!

On returning home the tests started up again.

Endoscopy, blood work over and over, Ultrasound, CT scan, and a failed attempt at a colonoscopy…and more blood work.

Is there a connection with hep c? I don’t know and maybe it is my age?

The age when things start to happen like gall stones etc.

My doctors think I passed a gall stone, but this is a theory only because there is no hard evidence, as is so often the case in medicine.

I have learned over the years, much of medicine is educated guesswork and yes science plays a big part. There are many things we believe are true, but as I live longer I see those truths fall to new ones. These new truths may fall in time as well, nobody can say.

It may sound like I do not have faith in science and medicine, and more specifically tests. The truth is that I have great confidence in evidence-based information and even statistics on occasion. Tests are important in evaluating a person’s condition or status and guides actions like treatments or interventions through the practice of medicine. It is impossible to formulate a plan of action without information to support an appropriate action.

Critical thinking prevents me from having trust in the notion of absolutes in science. Tests and more tests may find an answer to my own concerns, and I hope they can for you, however many tests there are, and however vague they may seem at times, they are necessary.

With HCV a full evaluation is very important. The same is true for any health issue, otherwise the guesswork involved is even more subjective and no good physician would be that cavalier about his or her patient’s health. I hope not, and if they are they need to be reminded of how to practice.

The short version is that despite how tedious these tests can be, and as many as there seems to be, it is better to err on the side of caution when looking at healing or managing illness.

As I sit here now bemoaning my own preparation for yet another invasive procedure, I know it is important in determining what the next best step is in my care, but it sure can be tiring and I know some of you will know what it is like.

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