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phyllis

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NY

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10022

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Blood disorders, Bone, joint, and muscle disorders, Chronic pain, Eye disorders, Healthy Aging, Heart and blood vessel disorders, Hormonal and metabolic disorders, Lung and airway disorders, Women's health issues

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Posts (23)

Dec 31, 2019 · Having trouble keeping your balance? in Healthy Living

Hi – I see that I'm listed with regard to balance problems,but I don't have them and they have never been an issue for me. I know that with aging, it does become a problem for most people, but I'm 88 yrs. now and just last week walked about 40 blocks in NYC – from the Met. Museum of Art to my apartment – no I don't have balance issues. I've noted that when you enlist in Physical Therapy, the first thing they do is test for balance since that is a prime concern for the elderly. Exercise can be helpful , proper shoes and if all else fails, use of a cane to assist walking.

Dec 10, 2019 · Weaning off Metoprolol in Heart Rhythm Conditions

If true, this gives me some concern. I take Metoprolol Succcinate, 50mg, for about 3 years now after suffering from an attack of Takasubu when my sister passed away. I have not any unusual symptoms or pathology taking this medication. I am 88 yrs.old and take other medicines as well for pressure, heart issues , etc. I do review these with my internist who is a cardiologist and am due for an ekg in March when I will review again.

Sep 26, 2019 · Aortic stenosis and regurgitation/leaky valve in Heart & Blood Health

It's always good and appropriate to get another opinion – especially if there are complications involved. I have a feeling this leaky valve condition is not uncommon- I'm seeing my internist/cardiologist in a couple of weeks and will discuss this leaky valve business again – as usual- and try to learn more.

Sep 26, 2019 · Aortic stenosis and regurgitation/leaky valve in Heart & Blood Health

My internist informed me years ago that I have leaky heart valves and since I had Takasubo episode 3 yrs. ago, I have an ekg every 8 months or so. I’ve asked him if the leaky valve condition could go back to having had Scarlet Fever as a small child as I recall hearing the Doctor at bedside telling my parents that if I recover (almost died), I might have a heart murmur. My doctor confirmed that I’ve always had the leaky valve condition all the many yrs. I’ve seen him (was my parent’ internist/cardiologist) and I’m just turning 88yrs in Oct. Like to have more info. on this condition and what it means for my heart health at this time.

Aug 8, 2019 · Getting off Klonapin (klonazapam) in Depression & Anxiety

Interesting discussion re Clonazepam. I've been taking it for at least 5 or 6 yrs. (5 mgs), taken before bed. Since I've never had any negative reactions to it, I
find it a little surprising to see reaction, especially to such a small mg. Frankly, I'm not sure it effects me one way or the other, as It was prescribed for stress
and I've always assumed it relaxed me before bedtime. Never been sure about this but I do keep taking it and have no addiction to the pill – just makes me
feel more "secure" for some reason. I am 88 yrs old and so far have not fallen. I'm going to check with my internist when I see him if it's necessary for me
to continue taking it and if there are withdrawal issues. I always check with him on the pllls I'm taking when I visit. Since I had takasubu a few yrs ago when
my sister died, some pills were added to my listing. Not a great fan of taking pills.

May 19, 2019 · Back issues causing problems with feet and legs in Spine Health

salsa – interesting dilemma – where to ascribe the source of pain? I always think of the back as a key culprit, but feet surely come into play. I did a lot of toe dancing as a youngster and recall my arches dropped when I went to College and stopped dancing. Now, at 87yrs, my legs and my left foot give me discomfort – especially at night, and wakes me up. Terrible sleep patterns as a result. also, I walk a lot and suffer at night from cramps and leg/foot pain. I use Losartin , a topical gel – need a doctor's prescription, but it is helpful for body pain. It's used topically. I'm told to drink a lot of water for the cramps, etc. tried a lot of stuff. nothing works. I too have a degenerating spine so that is always suspect. At this point, I m trying physical therapy again. I also wonder about the library of pills – statins, etc. – I take
for high blood pressure, heart stuff, etc. I give up – almost – at trying the find the source of my situation – there are probably many sources all combining to cause pain. Your back pain is a long term one, so it probably is a key reason for side effects.

Apr 11, 2019 · Depression and Anxiety at an older age in Depression & Anxiety

to: @parus – I'm so sorry you are going through such hell. My sister, whom i lost a couple of years ago, suffered from chronic pain the better part of her life. Seeing a Shrink helped a bit but she finally had a nervous breakdown and wound up in hospital mental ward.
She came out and found her strength back – taught piano through a lot of illnesses and bless her courage, when she finally went blind in one eye from cancer, still taught one pupil. Her courage is something I will always remember. The reason I tell you this story is that you must fight back and not give in , either to the doctors who dismiss you with a kind of ageism, or your own private issues of aging and not being the same active, valid , hard working person you were. We all lose our sense of who we were once as we age and it's a challenge to find new things to relate to so we can keep going. Life is all about winning and losing . I hope you can find your own answers to the pain and depression you are living with. Fight back – don't let it defeat you.

Apr 10, 2019 · Having trouble keeping your balance? in Healthy Living

to: florida Mary – Thanks for your advice and encouragement. I don't know about 87 being a great age- will never quite get used to it!