I feel most if not all of my problems are related to the polio I had when I was around two. However, I was very healthy until about 44 years old. I then had post polio syndrome dumped on me. My doctor, who was the National Polio president told me I could no longer exercise that I was only to do necessary things in life. The inactivity lead to a diludge of kidney stones. I had to go to the hospital about 10 times (one stretch I went each month for six straight months. While in the hospital it was determined I was diabetic (again inactivity probably contributed to this).
I believe all of the antibotics I was taking for all of these times caused my UC. Also, during this time I developed prostrate cancer. I had a radical prostectomy on a monday and then the next day I had a stroke. Even though I was quite inactive I never got too overweight - 190 pounds. My neurologist suggested that I see a cardiologist, so I did. Turns out the inactivity most likely contributed to one more chronic ailment - three artery disease. My cardioligist wants me to do, guess what; he wants me to exercise more.
Also during this time I contracted a staph infection which will not go away. I also have spinal stenosis along with two bulging discs.
So many of my issues seem to overlap. My fatigue, is it caused by polio, uc, angina or medication? Sometimes I just do not know. On one occassion I had a terrible nose bleed and had to go to the emergency room - caused by aggrenox, I believe.
Of all of the problems, uc is the worse. Next month I will be cancer free from the prostate delimma for a period of two years. When dealing with uc I also have to deal with one side affect of the prostrate surgery - that being incontinence. Recently I was at Lowes and was too far from the restroom. I tried to hold back on the bm but when I did, I peed on myself and then eventually pooped in my pants - I was about a "block" away from the restroom! Well, it seemed that far. Fortunately, I try to wear black like "Paladin". I actually made it to the bathroom unnoticed and was able to clean myself up and no one ever noticed. Though my pants and even my socks were soaked, the material the pants was made of did allow the wetness or bm to show.
One more problem is the high cost of meds. I have been on disability now for about 16 years. Last year I hit the"doughnut hole" in early June. I am disgusted with the drug companies steeling from me and you. To me they are just ORGANIZED CRIME.
Sorry for such a long post - just had to vent.
P.S. spinach and sunflower seeds have helped me significantly.
Male - 59 years old - 170 pounds - 5’ 8” - Born 1948
Presc: Tizanidine - 4mg for Spinal Stinosis, Gemfibrozil - 600mg x 2 for Triglycerides, Glimepiride - 2mg for Diabetes, Mupirocin 2% for Staph, Crestor - 1000mg for Chol.l, Metoprolol - 50m for 3 Artery Disease, Aspirin for BP & Lialda, Anucort as needed, Colocort, & Canasa for Colitis.
Med. Hist: Polio1950, Post-Polio Syn. 1993, Spinal Stinosis 2002, Diabetes 2005, UC ‘06, Rad. Prostatectomy May 2, ‘07, Stroke May 3, ‘07, 3 Artery Disease Aug.’07, Staph - now