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Old 08-25-2007, 07:40 PM   #1
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Too fatigued to function

My boyfriend is 52 years old and had some serious health issues over the last two years. In Feb. of 2006 he had surgery to repair an aneurysm that was discovered on his ascending aorta. Fortunately it was found before it ruptured. The area was repaired with a 6 inch piece of gortex. He also received a mechanical valve at this time, as two of the three flaps were fused together. He is dealing with fatigue that is almost dibilitating at certain times and I don't know where to begin...
1) His heart is healthy and all arteries are clear.
2) He is about 50 lbs. overweight.
3) He takes coumedin (a blood thinner) for the mechanical valve.
4) He takes meds for blood pressure and cholesterol.
5) He takes a multi vitamin and Omega 3
6) We have been to a nutritionist and eat very healthy and correctly (for the most part!)
7) He exercises when he isn't too tired.
8) He uses a C-PAP machine for sleep apnia.

I realize that the weight and meds contribute to fatigue, but I have seen much heavier people with more energy than him. He is trying to lose the weight, but with a slow metabolism, it's impossible without regular exercise. Is there a way to know if there is an underlying cause for the fatigue without losing the weight and getting off the meds (except coumedin) first? Maybe a new approach???

 
Old 08-27-2007, 05:51 AM   #2
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Re: Too fatigued to function

HI sorry to hear about your sweetie...From reading your post maybe you need to post on a board where people have had heart problems ...In my opinion maybe his body just hasn't full repaired from his heart issues. And I am also 52 and I know I just can't get up and go like I use to also mainly from health issues then you start adding in the age and weight and

I wish you luck in finding answers. Keep searching!

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Old 08-30-2007, 11:55 PM   #3
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Hey there JO JO...ltns....

I am here....and have been so busy its ridiculous...
it's late and I just wanted to say hi
how have you been? what's new with you?
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Re: Too fatigued to function

Hi Meghan! Great to see you. I posted a thread over on the fibro board to you while back. Happy to hear you are up and running! This is GREAT NEWS!!

I am doing better than I have been...yeah...second month on Valcyte. And still on zithromax.

You still seeing Doc P?

Have a awesome day!

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Old 09-06-2007, 09:15 PM   #5
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Yes JoJo still see Dr. P.
I am taking plaquenil and it is helping with my pain like you wouldn't believe...which makes me thing that I have lupus...

I really have deep down inside thought there was more to what was going on with me..but who knows..

I am off to bed but just wanted to say hi
I will be in touch.

 
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[B]HI MEME!

I am soooo very happy and excited for you that the plaquenil is working for you! Yippieee skippy!

I had to check out exactly what it is used for. Beings I read many people over on the Lyme Board use it. So this is what I found out...Don't freak out thinking you have Lupus. I know I had many doctors trying to tell me I had lupus but none of the test would prove them right. I had Lyme,
Epstein Barr, C.P. CMV, Bartonella, Babesia and who knows what else but no Lupus....

From what I read this medication is used for MANY purposes...such as Malaria, R.A., Lyme Disease, and other conditions. Some of the purposes are to break down the cells. As the C.P. bacteria has cells also. So does Lyme ect. Also is used for imflamation.

Have you ever been tested for Lupus, Babesia which is a form of Malaria, or any Western Blot test for Lyme?

Are you still on any antibiotics? Antivirals?

I guess the kids are back in school. So you have a little time to yourself.

Are you doing any infared lamps? I bought one lamp but haven't used it much...Yep I am a bad patient...

have a great day!!

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