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allen-uk
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   Posted 2/24/2006 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all.

First, a revelation. Just over a month ago my GP put me on some drugs (medication) as a preventative measure following some scans which showed I had heavy arterial calcification. He put me on:
statin;
micro-asprin;
ramipril;
metformin (to stop me going from glucose intolerant to full diabetic).

So, I thought this was normal 'chuck drugs at it' policy, and took the pills without much further analysis.

I walk a lot (well, a lot for someone with one leg, anyway). A fortnight ago a blister stopped me walking, and today, blister-free, I went out for a walk up a local hill and back. And the difference was amazing. Previously, I had been stopping half-way up, not breathless or in pain, just tired, which I put down to old age, fatness, one-leggedness, and general unfitness. But today I walked all the way up the hill without stopping, and felt I could have done it again and again.

And all it can be is the drugs, unless the new boots I was wearing are made of magic. Any medical experts' opinion very welcomed - can they work that quickly? Have I been deprived of oxygen for years without knowing it?

Second, a comment on the UK's otherwise pretty good health service. I saw a cardiologist about the calcification of the arteries, and although he is arranging a MIBI scan (eh?) he didn't seem too bothered by the high calcium scores, on the basis that as I haven't got any symptoms of heart disease, there's not much they can do for me. No, we haven't got Heart Disease Prevention programmes here. They seem to leave it up to us, as individuals, to live healthy lifestyles or not!

Best regards.

Allen-UK, London.

els
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   Posted 2/24/2006 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Allen,  Congratulations!!!  I think it was all you and not the "magic boots" lol!!  Take care and keep walking........

~elisha
 


Aldo
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   Posted 2/24/2006 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
That's great news, Allen. I am very happy for you. I was thinking that you are a young man? Around 30? If so, I wonder why calcium has formed in your arteries, so early? I am ignorant on this subject, but I think it is much more common in older people. I may have a bit, and have not been told about it. I am 53. I will say that "stable plaque" usually is stable because it has a calcium cover. "Unstable plaque" does not. It is soft and volatile. It is much more likely to errupt and cause a heart attack. We know this information is just from what I have read from, over the years I have been trying to learn about CAD/heart disease, Erskine knows the true skinny.

Regarding your medicine, probably the most fast acting for you would be the Ramipril (ACE inhibitor) and the Metformin. The Ramipril dilates your arteries a bit and lowers your BP. I have taken it for almost 3 years. Most MI survivors take an ACE inhibitor, because the NIH has it in their treatment guidelines, as one of a few post MI medicines.

Awile back I would have had the energy to study Metformin in detail for you, and see if it could work that fast....., but I have studied it because my daughter is taking it also. I think it has time to have taken affect for you. Doesn't it reduce the bodies requirement for insulin? I could brush up on it....I know that it is one of the few medicines you have to stop the night before an agiogram or cath.

Hey the heart disease prevention program here is only through education, which is not a requirement to learn, unless they have it in the high school science books, lol. I wish they would send the smoke police by my place, and force me to stop. The sicker I get, the more stressed I am, and I have an even greater urge to smoke. It is insanity.
 
You are really a "superguy" for showing all how to exercise, when it may seem impossible. A shining example for all with one or two legs :) I can't exercise for a bit, but if I get the chance I am going to.

Keep on this good run of health!

RJ

Post Edited (Aldo) : 2/24/2006 9:01:21 AM (GMT-7)


allen-uk
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   Posted 2/24/2006 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Aldo.

No, I'm very very old, far older than you (58).

I'm still not convinced about the magic boots....

Why calcium?

A lifetime of debauchery. I smoked from the age of 10 until I was 40, and drank from teenage to four years ago, full alcoholic for the previous 15 years or so, plus I have been overweight for much of my life. So, calcium. No-one to blame but me, of course.

Allen.

deltacece
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   Posted 2/24/2006 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
OH ALLEN ! if you have magic boots please tell me where i can get some, LOL. Sounds like your doing the right things Allen, and it is up to us to keep our selfs as healthy as possible before we get sick. Of course things happen and we still become ill. If i knew i was going to be this sick at 52 i would of done alot of things differently, but i didn't and now i'm paying a high prise for it. Keep up the good work. DELTA

{ Listen to your body talk. } Deltacece


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 2/24/2006 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  YOU THREE REALLY CRACK ME UP. WHEN I SEE ALL YOUR CREDENTIALS FOR WHY YOU ARE SICK I KEEP THINKING TO MYSELF THAT IT REALLY DIDN'T MATTER FOR ME THAT I DID ALL THE RIGHT THINGS FROM AN EARLY AGE, I REALLY THINK IT JUST DEPENDS. I HAVE FRIENDS THAT CARRY A BIT OF EXTRA WEIGHT AND THEY ARE HEALTHY, ALTHOUGH,ALLEN, YOU REALLY SOUND OVER THE TOP.   HA HA

els
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   Posted 2/25/2006 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Right you are Dreamgirl.  There are some people that are healthy and have practiced healthy habits all their lives and still have been stricken with a life altering disease.  So, is it just a roll of the dice?  Genetics?  Most likely.  Who knows. 

~elisha
 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 2/25/2006 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
hi there elisha, you are up and at um pretty early this morning, that is great. i have had a bad flu for the past few days and that has been a drag. i finally went to the dr. yesterday and he said to just go with it , that actually helped me to relax and i slept pretty good for a change. elisha, have you had problems with anxiety keeping you awake or anything like that? i had to go off the prozac i was on after only 5 weeks but i was sort of sorry to leave it behind. it was very helpful. i will say i have learned alot about anxiety and feel i have some helpful hints if anyone needs.

els
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   Posted 2/26/2006 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi dreamgirl,

I take Effexor XR at 225mg as an antidepressant.  My psychiatrist has given this one in hopes that it will help raise my blood pressure.  I do have a lot of trouble sleeping in spite of the muscle relaxer that I take Zanaflex 4mg 3 tabs and the Ambien 10mg at bedtime.  This is mostly due to my Multiple System Atrophy disease.  I wake up about every hour and toss and turn.  It is frustrating.  I have been having some hallucinations which is normal with this disease also when my blood pressure drops. So when this happens I do have a lot of anxiety.  I tend to worry and stress about it often.  I try to come at it from a logical frame of mind as I have had so much training to do so but there is always something in the back of your mind that tells you different.  You know what I mean?


~elisha
 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 2/26/2006 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
yes i know what you mean, but if you are like me it is always a magnification of the reality. i actually will argue with myself, trying to deal in reality, i swear the best thing is a rlaxation tape where you are forced to listne and do what they suggest at that very moment. it does not always work but i will settle for when it does. you have a lot more to deal with, when you went through your list of meds i cringed, i hate to take them, but sometimes it is for the best. i have been on ativan for almost a year, it really has quit working since december, but i have not started to wean off of it, i hear that is an ugly proposition.  the last three nights  i have slept very well. with no other sleep aids so if this continues i may start the weaning.i have given up watching tv after 7 pm, that is a drag, but i find i need to get relaxed and not be stimulated for at least an hour before i go to bed. i also go to bed early, 8pm, if i am not tired i read sometning from a devotional or a book i have called ,the purpose driven life. it is a good book, i get little morsels of wisdom and fall asleep dwelling on that positive thought, also fyi to keep my mind from racing i breath in and think hummmm  then on the out breath i think saaaa, that really forces you to stop thinking of other stuff. have you tried any or all of these?

els
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   Posted 2/26/2006 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I usually try to go to bed around 9pm and I read a book until my meds kick in (about 15 minutes or so).  I have been thinking of getting one of those sound machines from The Sharper Image.  Have you seen them?  They have different relaxation sounds. Yeah my medication list is long I could probably open my own pharmacy. LOL!  I was on Ativan 1mg about 10 yrs ago due to stress induced sleep disorder.  I wasn't sleeping at night and had been up for weeks, this was in my last year in college and I was doing an internship at a mental health center so I was working alot.  It helped a little.  I think that I just quit taking them though and finally things smoothed out for me.  I don't know it was a long time ago.  Have you talked to your doctor about it not working?  Maybe he could put you on something else.

~elisha
 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 3/5/2006 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  hi elisha, you are such a dear, enjoyed reading your posts here. i love that time i take at nite to just prepare for sleep. are you married? i actually have a seperate room so i can be totally alone, it also gives my husband some fun time to do whatever he likes to do, although usually he is at work when i go to bed, that is partially why i sleep in another room the other reason is i snore and he can't sleep< ha ha. i waited 23 years to get married, had to find out that way that i snored pretty bad. lol

els
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   Posted 3/6/2006 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you dreamgirl.... Yes I like my time at night too.  I have to give my cat Normandy his bedtime treats and then he lays on my chest (all 21 pounds of him) and purrs up a storm for a few minutes while I pet him before he goes off to prowl the house and cause a ruckus.  I think I probably snore too, I wake up every morning with a sore throat.  I know my ex snored so I don't guess it bothered him too much. tongue


~elisha
 

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