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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/17/2010 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow!  I think the title to my little post says it all huh?  It's taken me a couple of days to realize what this means and let it sink into my febble little brain that turning 46 wasn't just another day.  Okay, so most of you know that I had some irregular bloodwork.  My Pain Doc was the first to decide that after taking Percocet for the past 7 years that maybe it was time to get some idea as to what my liver and kidney's were doing.  So those test's came back messed up.  Found an MD and I had my first appointment with him 2 days ago.  More bloodwork and an answer that not only freaked me out but, stunned me.  I have type 2 Diabetis, high colesterol and the liver function is still out of wack. 
 
Three new medications are added to my regimine; Metformin, Pravastatin and Lisinopril.  Now I'm up to 9 medications!  God getting older sucks!!!
 
Hugsssss
 
Scarred
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Chartreux
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   Posted 3/17/2010 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
awe scarred...
sure hope you can catch a break...seems like one thing leads to another anymore for me too...
Make sure to get your follow up blood work and keep on it and I'll be thinking of you..
Did your doctor even mention that diet changes might help with the diabetes?? look into that
and maybe you can come off a medicine in time, fingers crossed for you...
Lots of soft hugz and plenty of them...
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try the diabetes forum here for more info, my parents have theirs under control and off their medicine for that but you do
need to test your blood twice a day..................Yep I agree getting older sucks.......
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Retired Mom
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   Posted 3/17/2010 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Please be careful about all the meds and the cross-reactions. I worry about everything you are having to go through right now.

You're in my prayers.
Formerly PrayingForRealRelief...
 
DDD, CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROME, TLIF L5-S1 2009 (failed), FIBRO, MINEYER'S (SP?), VERTIGO, MIGRAINES, GERD, SLEEP DISORDER, NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION (failed), DEPRESSION, EXTREME ANXIETY DISORDER, OCPD, PTSD, CHRONIC MUSCLE SPASMS, HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE DEFICIENCY, VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY, CARPLE TUNNEL SYNDROME, EXTREME IDIOPATHIC HYPOGLYCEMIA FROM AGE 12
 
 
 
 


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/17/2010 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Char;

I so want to thank you for your thoughts. Yeah I get to see a dietician (spelling) before long and will go through diabetes councelling through the hospital. My doctor told me as far as the testing every day, that I did not need to worry about this as of yet. I am still in the early stages and my A1C is like 182 and then he shot another number that is suppose to stay below 6.4 and mine is 8.1 So I am still early he says, which is good. He says that we should be able to get my levels down pretty easily. I go for retesting in 6 weeks for the liver and kidney function because he wants to allow my liver to heal a bit more after such a high titrate of Percocet. I recheck Cholestorol in 3 months and A1C in 4 months. I am confident that these levels will be down to almost normal within a few months.

I have already changed my diet....eating more fruits and vegies, whole grains and Omegas. Oh and with excersize, of course, hard to accomplishes with the CP raging, I am doing what I can. 6 minutes on the treadmill every night and trying to keep upper body muscles as in shape as I can. Doc said that since I do not have high blood pressure....that medicine is to protect my liver while we try to get everything else under control.

Yep.....Welcome to 46 years of age!! LOL
I live to "Tame My Pain!" 


Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/17/2010 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scarred,

I am sorry to hear that there was not great news with these tests...but the great part is that yes...diet and light exercise can take care of the Diabetes (type 2) and the cholesterol...

I had gained about 20 pounds a few years ago and also got this same diagnosis...my Dr. said you have Diabetes and my cholesterol was over 250!!!
when I started Ambien..that crazy night eating that I had no clue I was doing (side effect they mention very quickly on the commercial..haha)....

And then about 6 months ago I switched to all Organic...which is actually less expensive when you add up the health care costs for all the bad habits I used to have..as in tests and medicine..and junk food places..

As well as stared adding in 3-5 Ten minute walks per day..this was manageable with my pain...can't do all at once..

And now my cholesterol is back to normal range..as well as no more Diabetes!!!

I also switched from Percocet which I had been taking for years..to OxyIR 5mg...and within a week...my stomach issues..nausea was gone...and liver tests the following month were perfect too!!

So..if you are like me..I was like..NO!! I will not take one more medicine one more second than needed if I can control something myself..as of course..there are things that I can't..like some of my pain..or my tumor..

Plus I have the added benefit of more energy..and skin is clearer...and feel so healthy with the organic food...:)

Gave up sugar too!

As well as making sure I drink 10-12 glasses of water...that's all I drink besides green or other tea..and this helps flush out both kidneys and liver functions better..

So I know it seems daunting with those results...but rest assured that you can do things yourself to change the numbers back..

Am sending you big hugs (( )))


SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 

Post Edited (Snowbunny21) : 3/17/2010 5:01:31 PM (GMT-6)


skeye
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   Posted 3/17/2010 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
((((((((((Scarred)))))))))))))). Just what you need, more problems, right?! I hope that you can get your diabetes under control without too much trouble. The diet and exercise changes sound like a good start.

hugs,
Skeye

Jim1969
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   Posted 3/17/2010 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
One thing a lot of doctors won't admit up front is that pain, especially long term pain, can wreck havoc on blood sugar. My advice, if you find it hard to control your blood sugar readings regardless of what you do then push for getting your pain levels under better control.

I have been a diabetic for 11 years and it wasn't until my back went nuts and provided me with 24/7 pain that I started having major issues with my blood sugar. The only time in the last 4 years or so that I have had good blood sugar readings for more than a day or two in a row is when I have been in the hospital and getting IV pain meds. It took me putting 2 and 2 together and doing research on it on my own and then bringing it up to the doctor before they would admit that it is very likely that my pain is making my diabetes a lot worse.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.


merrygirl
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   Posted 3/17/2010 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes too.


Look into milk thislte for your liver you can buy it at cvs. its good. bring your liver enzymes down.

melissa
Chronic Lyme Disease,Fibromyalgia, CFS, PCOS, sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes, bulging discs to name a few


Stella Marie
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   Posted 3/17/2010 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Scared,

I am so sorry that you now have added a couple of newdisease states to manage to your plate. It fortunate that your PM did the original bloodwork and uncovered some unknown problems you were having. You were never going to feel your best when your body war waging war against all of your problems. Sound like you found a good internist. I know we hate taking more medication, but diabetes and high cholestrol are nothing to mess around with.

Please keep us posted about how you are progressing.

Stella Marie   Chronic Pain Forum Moderator

Progressive neurodegenerative disease called Multiple System Atrophy, muscle spasms, muscle pain, neuropathy, & neuropathic pain, central sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and 2 pain implants – intrathecal pain medication pump and an SCS (spinal cord stimulator).  Extra fun little toys and gadgets; O2 generator and assorted wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and orthotic braces.  Med - too many too list or even care about!

 

 



PAlady
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   Posted 3/18/2010 12:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
It does seem like with chronic pain (or other chronic illnesses) the stress on the body leaves us more susceptible to more things. Plus we have a tougher time getting decent (or any) exercise, may tend to put on weight because of that, and then there's the effects of all the meds are on....

I know I used to be healthy, then the fall, now one thing after another. Let's hope you can nip this in the bud with dietary and other lifestyle changes. You've done so well with the pain psychologist, and changing your thinking, so don't give up!

Hugs,

PaLady

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/18/2010 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Wanted to quickly add to clarify...that I absolutely think it's appropriate and necessary to take the medicine that your Dr. gave you for those issues...

My point was that in time..there are the changes in diet/exercise and such that can help you get back off them like I and others have done...

So..didn't want my post to come across in the way that meant you shouldn't take the medicine now when those numbers are higher...

I have trouble with the written word at times and better in person so people can see my dorky face!! LOL..

Big hugs (( )).
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/18/2010 4:10 AM (GMT -7)   
First off I would like to thank each and every one of you for the kind and helpful advice. Bunny, don't worry about it hun. I didn't take any of what you said wrong.

It's funny (wierd) how our medications can affect our brain power huh? I have gone from a person that loved to converse all the time (never met a stranger I couldn't talk to), to a blabbering idiot that cannot finish a sentence without sounding stupid. Something that is part of the medication side effects with me I think.

The new meds are a nuesence (spelling) that I MUST follow through with to ensure that I stay healthy. Switched my diet a sugar free, low carbs diet that just might work. Or at least I hope it does. I think that what most of you have alluded to is correct. When we are in pain, it seems that our whole system gets out of wack and we find ourselves faced with other things that we really didn't wish to happen. I know what I need to do; lose 40 pounds and maintain 135 or so, keep off the refined sugars and junk food (eh maybe a treat now and then doesn't hurt, but it has to be in moderation) and try to do what I can as far as excersize to get my body back into some sort of shape.

Anyway, don't want to make this too long.

Hugsssss

Scarred
 
Ohh BTW....Retired both I and my husband have asked the questions about my medications and the new meds to both the new doc and my PCP to ensure that all my medications are not going to interfere with one another.  That was hubby's first questions.


I live to "Tame My Pain!" 


White Beard
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   Posted 3/18/2010 4:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred

Sometimes it just seems like it is just one thing after another doesn't it! Hang in there! We are all here for You! I will have to agree with PALady CP does stress the body greatly and that can lead to many many other problems! I have no great words of wisdom for you, but I do wish you all the Best!!

White Beard

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/19/2010 2:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you WB. I am beginning to feel like I am actually losing weight now! Not much, but a little bit. It's not like I'm obese or severely over weight. I'm only 40 to 50 pounds heavy and I know I can actually get the pounds off. Worst weight so far has been 184 and I felt so much better at 135 to 145. So I am confident that I will lose the weight.

I find myself watching my sugars and cholesterol intake now. I never realized that reading labels could be so startling LOL!!!! Anyway, just trying to keep all the bad things in check and the good things at the front :-).

Hugssss

Scarred
I live to "Tame My Pain!" 


kimber9807
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   Posted 3/19/2010 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Luck scarred. I wish you the best.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
 
meds:bentyl,zofran aciphex ,ambien and  trazodone.

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