Cleared for my Surgery but more stuff to deal with

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REDSAM
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   Posted 3/25/2011 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Well the nurse at my GP's office called today and she let me know the dr cleared me for surgery and faxed the hospital and surgeon. But I have some issues that need watching now. This past Monday I saw him and he put me on a beta blocker because my heart rate was high. Bystolic. This drug is expensive and the side effects are really knocking me down. Nausea, stomach pain and serious fatigue! I am not sure if this will be permanent or just an extra precaution for surgery. If it is, I have concerns. The blood tests he ran came back that my thyroid med needs to be reduced. Even though this can cause elevated heart rates, he was not taking me off the Bystolic. My liver enzymes are elevated so I have to do another test next week. My sugar is borderline diabetic, so I need to loose weight. (That is NO shock there. I hope that I will be more active once my neck is fixed). I see the dr in two weeks and have lots of questions. I am wondering if the switch from Lipitor to Simvastatin (Because of my insurance company thank you very much) caused my liver enzymes to go wacky. They were fine before the switch and that has been the only change except the thyroid med went up at the same time. I am now concerned about the sugar level because one of the warnings on Bystolic was it can cause high sugar levels! So now that I am borderline, is this med going to throw me over the cliff?

Is it bad that right now ALL I want to focus on is the surgery. I don't care about the other stuff right now. Everyone at work is freaking out so they are all trying to get their "Sue" time in before I go. The climate at work is worriesome as well. But I am NO good to them this way. My family has to suffer because I don't feel good because the pain is always on now. Because we need my job, I give most of the energy I have to my job to make it through the day, so when I get home I have had to go to sleep for a few hours in order to spend the a couple of hours with them each day.

I guess I am a bit overwhelmed at this point. Thanks for listening!
Sue
Hypothyroid, Chronic Pain associated with Abdominal Adhesions(ARD)with Nerve Damage, Multiple Herniated Disks in Cervical Spine, Anxiety, High Cholesterol, GERD, Diverticulosis, Carpul Tunnel, Abnormal EKG(past mild heart attack?). Surgeries: Hysterectomy, Gallbladder Removed, Bladder Sling, Sinus. On Dilaudid, Flexiril, Xanax, Trazodone, Synthroid, Anatara and Simvastatin

Draka
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   Posted 3/26/2011 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck REDSAM!

Chutz
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   Posted 3/26/2011 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sue~

I sure can see why you are overwhelmed but I think your idea to focus on the surgery for now is a good one, IMHO. You can't do anything about the others except what your doctor advises. Worrying and fussing about the medications, side effects and such only elevate your BP.

And as far as the sugars go...I've been on insulin for about 15 years so I have my own opinion on that one. I remember when I had a crisis going on in my life and at that time my BS levels were going crazy. When I went to my PCP and shared what was happening he set my charts aside and said for a while don't concern myself with blood sugars, etc. I still took the medication but if it was going up and down then so be it. I would guess that if your surgery is coming along soon they would prefer not to have other new things going on so temporarily don't make a issue out of it. But once the surgery is over then I would assume they would address the topic. In the mean time just eat the best you can, take any medications that you are on and keep things as even as you can.

It's difficult not to worry before any kind of surgery. But my opinion is that you need to focus on rest and relax the best you can. Your body will need all the energy it can muster and sleep is the best way to get it. In the grand scheme of things, it's a short time until your surgery and if the doctors were worried about your BS's they would tell you.

So, Dr. Chutzie's orders are to "Rest and Email in the morning."...lol

Keep in touch and feel free to email if you want.
Chutz
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REDSAM
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   Posted 3/26/2011 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Draka... Good Luck to you on your up coming surgery.

thanks Chutz and Paula. It makes sense that if these were major issues right now, the dr would not have cleared me for the surgery. So you are right, I do what they say and right now focus on getting my body and mind ready for surgery. It is coming up quick and I am going to be very busy over the next couple weeks. Especially weekends, since there is only one more left after this one.

If I need to sleep, I will have to give in to it.
Sue
Hypothyroid, Chronic Pain associated with Abdominal Adhesions(ARD)with Nerve Damage, Multiple Herniated Disks in Cervical Spine, Anxiety, High Cholesterol, GERD, Diverticulosis, Carpul Tunnel, Abnormal EKG(past mild heart attack?). Surgeries: Hysterectomy, Gallbladder Removed, Bladder Sling, Sinus. On Dilaudid, Flexiril, Xanax, Trazodone, Synthroid, Anatara and Simvastatin

spinal soldier
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   Posted 3/26/2011 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
yo, a couple supplements that can help pre-diabetics:ALA(alpha-lipoic acid), ubiquinol(CoQ10), L-carnitine an amino acid that not a typical amino acid, it helps to transport trans-fatty acids into your cell's mitochondria(powerhouse). calcium ascorbate is a vitamin C that buffered so it won't bother your gut and B5 pantothenic acid or calcium pantothenate are good for the adrenal glands. i don't think any of these things can hurt you but you have to buy good brands because the FDA does not regulate this because it would effect Crestor and Bystolic sales. you have to taper beta-blockers to be on the safe side if you do d/c. best of luck.
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