I started feeling icky late last week. I looked in the mirror Fri. morning & knew it was time to go to Urgent Care.
The nurse came in to take my history. PSP was at the top of my list. No surprise, but she had no clue as to what it is. In came the Doc who also had no clue what PSP is, tho I did my best to explain it. His reaction was disinterested.
He took one look in my mouth and said "You have a severe case of thrush.". Nurse took several blood samples & off she went.
A short while later, back came the Doc with my chart & closed the door behind him, looking way too serious. He sat on his stool & scooted over to my bed. I thought, "now what?"
He explained all of my blood work was normal. That should be a good thing, right? Not according to Dr. Doom.
He went on to say Diabetes is a well known cause for thrush but since that was normal too, it left him with only one possible/probable diagnosis....HIV or AIDS.
It was the last thing I expected to hear him say. I kept thinking "he admits he knows nothing about PSP but his theory is HIV or AIDS?". What the...? I believe my chances of having either are slim-to-none. I started feeling a giggle-fit coming on that I had to suppress because it felt both surreal & ridiculous.
He then proceeded to ask me a series of very personal ?'s about my sex life thru the ages to the present, which sounded even more ridiculous & surreal. I did answer him but had the overwhelming feeling I was going to burst into giggles. Decided the only thing I could do was get out of there ASAP.
I let him take the blood test for it; the results will be sent to my Internist & I'm too follow-up with her. He also gave me an RX for something that started with "Fluc..". You take it once; that's it.
On my way home, I laughed til I cried. I think I needed it. When I got home, I used several different search engines for PSP + thrush. Got hits on all of them. Came to this site and looked for a tag for thrush; sure enough, it was there.
I haven't taken antibiotics or steroids which are usual triggers for thrush. One of the other causes noted was a suppressed immune system. No doubt I've got a case of that going on Move in Oct. to a one level home, still bring stuff over from the previous house, in charge of renovations to sell the previous house tho I'm delegating everything I can.
And then there's adjusting to my new 'normal' with PSP. Yup, just a little off the stress-meter, which will lower your immune system in a hurry. I've had 2 other minor events of thrush since October, didn't know what it was & went away quickly. Have also noticed for the past few months I'm doing more sleeping on my back with my mouth open, making it extremely dry. It's woken me up several times during the night. This is new; have always been a side-sleeper.
So what are we going to do with these danged Doctors who don't know what PSP is, won't take a few minutes to at least Google it, and come back at you with a whackadoo theory for a diagnosis?????? Good Grief.