Add idiopathic to the list.
The list of words doctors and nurses have used to define me and my health.
Idiopathic is a new one.I give the doctor bonus points for using a synonym, and one that is much more professional-sounding than the other words I usually get:
Weird. (You can read a blog post from 2019 titled “Stop Calling Me Weird.”)
Strange. (Click here to read my blog post from 2020 titled “Weird? Strange? No. It’s My Reality”)
At last week’s appointment, the doctor told me the new symptom we were concerned about, the reason behind the additional lab tests, could very well wind up being idiopathic.
We’ll see. We’re waiting for additional lab results.
And therein lies one of the great dilemmas I live with — do I want “something” to show up on a test? Something that might shed some light on why my body is behaving the way it is. A surefire sign that would explain why something is happening within my body and how we best go about treating it.
Or, would I rather be told the tests were inconclusive? Indeterminate? Ambiguous? Unresolved?
Because I’ve heard those words, too. That just means nothing of red-flag magnitude showed up on my tests, which rules out quite a bit. However, it does not provide my doctors and me with any information about where we go from here.
And therein lies the big conundrum in my life with a chronic illness.
(Another word a doctor has used in the past.)