Just thought about writing a few interesting diagnoses that doctors were able to explore on me..
- Emphysematous bulla: What seems like a complex name started with a simple test. I went to meet my PCP to do an annual physical test; well, my first annual test. After a few X-Rays, the doctor said I had TB, but had doubts. So, more details followed and expert views from a radiologist ended up with this term, “emphysematous bulla.” Now, I don’t smoke (at least until the next time I do) and the main cause seems to be smoking – damn all that secondary smoke that I have inhaled!
In simple terms, emphysema is the destruction of alveolar walls and subsequent enlargement of air spaces – this also leads to thinning of the alveolar walls. When the space is more than 1 cm, it is called a bullous – hence, emphysematous bulla!
I was told that some people carry a long needle to pierce into their chest in case of emergencies (when the bulla explodes, air fills into the visceral cavity causing the other organs to collapse under pressure). I could not imagine that someone can do that to one’s own self. Pat came the repl, “you will do it if you have to choose between life and death ;)” He also said, some people avoid jogging, going to hill-stations, etc. Now, I have done all of that in my life and never faced any problems!
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS): This is, probably, the worst thing I have had – because I do really experience the trouble. Basically, it means that I have a very strong urge to move my legs, which I am unable to resist. An excellent website on this topic is http://www.rls.org/ It took several years and several different types of medications including weak sleeping pills for a year and very strong ones for 14 days, until recently when I shifted to the only clinically tested medicine called Requip, which seems to have been helpful!
- Gilbert’s syndrome: This is just a side-effect, in that it was detected during the several tests for RLS. Essentially, it means that I have excess bilirubin in my blood (under normal circumstances) and in some cases, one might confuse it with mild jaundice!
I remember one of my friends arguing right during an exam in 1995 – “A few means 3,” when we were confused about a question that asked us to give a few examples of something. So, I guess three is enough now, since I wanted to write only about a few.