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4 days ago · Familial hypercholesterolemia in Heart & Blood Health

I have experienced similar test results and am 63 years old. I tried taking statin drugs several years ago but stopped because of the side effects. I did a lot of research regarding cholesterol and the heart and medications to "correct" the problem. I learned that just as we have different normal body temperature readings, the same holds true for cholesterol. I found that the statin drugs work for about one out of every 100,000 people and the other 99,000 don't get any benefit from taking them unless you count the side effects. I discussed this with my primary doctor who told me the findings were correct. I refused to take any more statins of any kind because I didn't see the value in it as far as my health was concerned. That was more than eight years ago. I have not had a heart attack or stroke and according to the current formula my chances of having a heart attack in the next 10 years is 4%.

My husband had a massive heart attack at the age of 50 and would have died except for the fact that he was in the emergency room when it happened. His left anterior descending artery was 100% blocked. Stents were placed in the artery. He was put on statin drugs and experienced severe side effects of muscle pain and weakness. He decided to stop taking the drug and was given other older drugs for cholesterol which had little or no effect on his levels. His primary decided to discontinue medications for cholesterol. That was 21 years ago and through diet and exercise his refraction rate increased from 15% to 45% which is unheard of for someone who had the type of heart attack he had. He has not had another heart attack. Due to an irregular heat beat a defibrillator was placed in his chest four years ago. He will be 72 in March and still works every day and hasn't decided when or if he will retire.

Do your research and learn everything you can about cholesterol, triglycerides and the heart. One thing we have learned from our cardiologists is that some people have cholesterol that is dense and heavy and others have light, fluffy, cloud-like cholesterol. The dense type is what can cause problems. Our bodies produce most of the cholesterol in our system and is necessary for brain function as well as other things.

Good luck to you.

5 days ago · Elevated parathyroid hormone (PTH) in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Dr. Villaret at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat in Charlotte, NC. He came highly recommended by my primary care doctor and my endocrinologist.

5 days ago · Elevated parathyroid hormone (PTH) in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Yes, I have dealt with elevated PTH. One of the parathyroid glands was enlarged and was causing the problem. I had surgery in September, 2018 to remove the gland which was 750mg as opposed to the normal 15-30mg. I developed osteopenia as a result of the parathyroid gland. I also had excruciating bone pain and fatigue which impacted my Fibromyalgia tremendously. When I awoke from the surgery the first thing I noticed was that the bone pain was gone. I recovered quickly overall but it did take me several weeks to regain my normal voice.

Nov 19, 2018 · My Knee Replacement Surgery Experience in Joint Replacements

I don't let his mobility affect mine. Although I have degenerative disc disease, osteopenia, fibromyalgia and other ailments I refuse to give in. I do what I want within my limits. That means he stays at home and I go do whatever. Forty-three years ago, I didn't think our eight year age difference would be an issue. Now he's 71 and I'm 63 I have tried to take care of myself and stay as active as possible. I do all the yard work and I have a small garden in the spring and summer. I do all the shopping, cooking, cleaning, household repairs and laundry. I also have hobbies such as crocheting, knitting, quilting, genealogy, and embroidery that keep me as busy as I want to be. I have always believed that keeping our minds and bodies active improves our quality and quantity of life.

Nov 19, 2018 · My Knee Replacement Surgery Experience in Joint Replacements

Congratulations to all of you who have had good results from your knee replacement surgery. You are an inspiration to others. I think surgeons should have patients read or view videos from people who have had the surgery who followed recommendations and those who didn't. My husband's story will explain why I feel this way. Perhaps some pre-surgery psychological therapy should be done also.

My husband had knee replacement surgery on his right knee in June, 2015. He had no cartilage left in the joint and had put off the surgery for many years. I don't recommend doing this. At the time he was 68 years old, severely overweight and not at all active. During the surgery the surgeon decided to straighten his bowed leg. He now has one straight leg and one bowed leg. I don't recommend doing this either unless you plan to do the other leg in the future. The surgery went well and PT had him up and walking later that day. He left the hospital after 2 days and PT came to the house for several weeks. He didn't do the prescribed exercises as he should have, if the exercise caused more pain he stopped doing it. He progressed from a walker to a cane but refused to use the cane properly.

Now three years later he still has pain in the knee, he has about 75% extension and complains of numbness along the outer side of the knee. He was not able to progress to walking without the cane. He is unable to walk for any distance because of pain. This limits what he can do as an individual and what we can do as a couple.

Over the last few months the left knee has started causing more intense pain and he has to use his cane inside the house to walk a few steps. He refuses to consider another knee replacement because of the pain from the last surgery. He is even more sedentary than he was three years ago so I doubt that PT would be able to give him better mobility.

The moral of my story is if you have bowed legs and plan to have knee replacement surgery make sure this is discussed before surgery. Follow all orders for PT and do the exercises as prescribed. If you don't plan to take an active part in your recovery you can't expect good results and you are just wasting your time and that of the surgeon and PT staff.

Oct 30, 2018 · multiple meningioma brain tumors in Brain Tumor

Yes, I am. I had a large one removed from the left side of my head in 2009 and had annual MRIs done for the following five years. During one of these MRIs another one was found in the frontal lobe area on the top of my head. There are still tentacles that were left from the surgery because they could not get them. My neurosurgeon has released me but said if the latest one starts to grow it can be removed by laser. My neuropsychologist will be following me going forward. I developed mild cognitive impairment from the first meningioma which has left me without the ability to organize, follow thought processes, and loss of short and long term memory.

Oct 4, 2018 · Watching a Meningioma Brain Tumor in Brain Tumor

I don't think you have anything to worry about with flying. This type is a very slow growing tumor. Chances are you have had yours for years and it was never noticed. If you are concerned, call your doctor and ask about flying. I'm sure he/she will be able to put your fears to rest. At the time mine was found I had flown across country and a couple of other trips within the US. I had no symptoms and when it was finally found, the doctor told me that just a little bit longer and I would have had a stroke. It was nearly the size of your fist.

Oct 3, 2018 · Watching a Meningioma Brain Tumor in Brain Tumor

I have had one meningioma removed and one is still in place. The one removed was on the left side with numerous tendrils growing outward. The tumor was near the frontal lobe area. My surgery was in 2009 and the tumor was larger than expected and not all of the extensions could be removed. Almost from the time of recovery I had pains in my head that weren't headaches. Neurologist couldn't find any cause. I began to lose my long term memory and then my short term memory. Things got so bad that I began to think I had dementia or alzheimer's. After many tests and MRIs I learned I didn't have dementia or alzheimer's. I had mild cognitive impairment which basically means that I no longer have the executive functions of my brain. I can't organize things any more. I can only do one thing at a time and any interruption will cause me to totally forget what I was doing, why I was doing it and where I was doing it. When that happens I have to stop everything and try to piece together the details and start again. Sometimes I can and sometimes I can't. I have to use my gps to go every where even if I have been there a thousand times. I can no longer read a book, after a few paragraphs I can't remember what I've read and have to start all over. For someone who could read three or four books at one time, that has been hard to accept. I can no longer work.

The neurosurgeon said we could wait and see on the second tumor, it is small and hasn't grown in five years. He said that if it started to grow he could use lasers to remove it instead of the major surgery I went through.I now have titanium rods holding my skull together. It was a fluke that the first one was found. I feel and hit my head and knocked myself out. I went to the ER just to be sure I hadn't broken any bones around my left eye. Xrays showed the large tumor. The rest is history.

At 2mm your tumor is very small. I would make sure that you are seen once a year and an MRI done to check the status. If it starts growing insist that it be removed using the least invasive procedure. Wishing you the best.