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3 days ago · low energy with diabetes in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@dorisena Please be careful with B12, it is possible to get too much of it. This happened to me and even after I stopped taking it, it took several months to get my levels back to within normal limits. Frequent night time trips to the bathroom can be very annoying and zap your energy. I have this problem as well and find that what I eat for a late night snack affects my trips. I love fresh blueberries and eat 1/2 to 1 cup every night for their melatonin-like properties but I will get up more if I eat them after 9pm. Have you been tested for sleep apnea? This will affect your sleep as well.

I try to stay as busy as my body will let me and I tend to overdo on the days when I feel energized. I pay for it the next day because I am too tired to do anything. Fortunately I don't have diabetes but do have hyperparathyroidism, osteopenia, fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease to name a few. I came inside a little bit ago from cutting the grass on my 1 1/2 acres. It will soon be nap time.

Wed, May 1 5:50am · Calf Numbness after Total Knee Replacement in Joint Replacements

My husband had total knee replacement almost four years ago and still has numbness on the outside of the knee. At this point we don't expect it to improve.

Tue, Apr 23 8:19pm · Left Frontal Meningioma surgery recovery in Brain Tumor

No, no one as ever used that term in referring to my issues. I haven't had dizziness or imbalance from the surgery. I am sorry you are having to deal with them. I have experienced it with my blood pressure. My loss of memory has been the worst thing I have dealt with related to the surgery. I was always the one person who remembered everything. In school I rarely studied because I had a photographic memory and could mentally view the material when I was taking tests. I remembered things as far back as two to three years of age. When I began having trouble remembering words, especially the names of objects, I got very concerned. Over time it got worse to the point that even a slight interruption would cause me to totally forget what I was doing. I would have to not only try to figure out what I was doing but why I was doing and how to do it. I can say that therapy has helped me deal with the anxiety and depression and while I will never be able to work again I am learning ways to take care of daily activities.

Mon, Apr 22 6:36am · Left Frontal Meningioma surgery recovery in Brain Tumor

I began having problems about six months after surgery. I initially attributed it to my fibromyalgia but as things got worse I knew it wasn't just the fibromyalgia.

Fri, Mar 1 9:37am · I badly need your help!! Father refusing to drink water in Caregivers

Virginiatc, I am so sorry that you and your husband must deal with the ravages of Alzheimer's. May you find the strength you need to deal with the changes and challenges ahead of you.

Thu, Feb 28 7:02am · I badly need your help!! Father refusing to drink water in Caregivers

My mother-in-law had End Stage Renal Disease and was on dialysis for several years. Her health deteriorated to the point that she had to be placed in a nursing home. She had decided that she did not want to live to the year 2000 so shortly after Thanksgiving 1999 she began refusing to go to dialysis. The doctor and staff were able to talk her out of that but just before Christmas she refused dialysis and all medications including pain meds. She had osteoporosis as well.
When the nursing home staff notified us of her refusal of all treatments, I paid her a visit and had a little heart to heart. I asked her if this was what she really wanted and was she fully aware that she would suffer a very painful death. She said she was tired of all of it and believed that if she refused her medications she had to refuse her pain meds as well. I asked if she had thought about her children and grandchildren and how it would affect them to watch her die a slow painful death and especially at Christmas time. She said she had not thought about that and she agreed to wait a few days until after Christmas to discontinue her medications and dialysis. I understood her desire to end her pain but wanted her to have options available. I left the nursing home and called Hospice for assistance. I asked Hospice to visit her and talk with her about options.
Hospice went to the nursing home and immediately began working with her and the staff to proceed with her end of life plans without talking with her first. That didn't sit well with me but that's another story. My mother-in-law was relieved to learn that she didn't have to give up her pain medications just because she refused all other treatments. As a result, she was able to spend her last days being comfortable instead of in agony. She past peacefully on January 9, 2000.
The moral of the story is that as caregivers we can get so wrapped up in doing what the doctors want without listening to what our loved one wants. At the same time our "patients" may not be looking at all the consequences of refusing to follow doctors' orders. If at all possible we need to have open and honest conversations with our loved ones about what they want. They may be afraid to discuss their end of life plans because they don't want to hut us.
I was the caregiver for my father, mother-in-law and mother. It is very hard to become the "parent" of a parent.

Thu, Feb 21 6:35am · Side Effects of Metoprolol? in Heart & Blood Health

I also had problems with swelling in the feet and legs with amlodopiene. I stopped taking it because the swelling was so bad I had trouble walking. My blood pressure was below the current 120/80 rate. I still take Micardis and metprolol and have been on them for many years.

Tue, Feb 19 6:42am · Young, Chest Pain, yet Tests Normal – Heart Problems? in Heart & Blood Health

Hi, I am sorry you are dealing with this at your age. It is very scary. Since you have already had an ultrasound done on your heart, the only other test is a heart catherterization. Based on all your tests so far, I don't think that will give you any answers.

My oldest son was born with a heart defect and until he could have a heart cath done doctors could only guess at what was wrong. He was presenting with a heart murmur which the cardiologists thought indicated that the hole between the chambers of his heart didn't close at birth. We were given signs to look for that indicated he was in trouble and needed immediate air flight to the hospital. One of these was dropping to a squat for no apparent reason. This action reduces the pressure on the heart and in young children is an automatic response. The heart cath showed that his problem was actually a problem with the pulmonary artery, he had a narrowing of the artery below the pulmonary valve which meant blood flow from the valve was slowed down. He is now 41 years old and does anything he wants to do.

I commend you for eating well and adhering to your restrictions. As for exercise, instead of trying to jog, start off slow with a walk at a normal pace. When you feel discomfort beginning, stop and rest then return home. Gradually work up to longer distances without discomfort before you try jogging or running. Please see a therapist to help with the emotional issues. This has been going on for such a long time that you may be inadvertently experiencing anxiety because you are on alert 24/7 for something to happen. Therapy can help with this. I hope you find the answers soon. Don't give up, keep asking questions. If you are not already doing so, you might want to consider keeping a journal of your symptoms recording the time of day and what your were doing when it happens and how long it took to stop. Also record anything that you do that helps relieve the symptoms.