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Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 05-22-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By rudiraven
Re: blood pressure monitor

I prefer the arm cuff over the wrist monitor. I think the arm cuff is more accurate.
Board: High Cholesterol 05-09-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,525
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Can cholesterol be too low?

Some studies have shown that very low cholesterol puts you at risk for cancer. You might want to do some research and decide what is best for you. Take care.
Board: Heart Disorders 05-09-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 403
Posted By rudiraven
Re: weird feeling around heart..

Since you say it hurts when you move or exhale, it's probably a pulled muscle. Have you been working out or have you lifted something that could have caused a muscle strain?
Board: Heart Disorders 05-08-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 242
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Jaw and shoulder pain!!

Have you been in touch with your OB/GYN? Maybe that would be a first contact and follow whatever advice given. Take care :-)
Board: Epilepsy 05-08-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 767
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Can Epilepsy Return?

Yes, please go see your doctor. As far as I know epilepsy doesn't go away. The seizures may subside, but the tendency to reoccur is always there. There may have been physical or psychological life...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 05-05-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Posted By rudiraven
Re: My story (please advise me)

You might also be helped with some anxiety/stress counseling to deal with your grief. You're probably holding a lot of anxiety in and sometimes just talking with someone helps. You may not even...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-30-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,739
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Scared again

Your constant worrying about it is probably what's causing it to be high ;) Been there...done that, so I know how it is. A vicious circle :)
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 04-30-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 379
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Medication got warm for a short period...

I'm sure they are fine. If you're really concerned, call the pharmacist ;)
Board: Epilepsy 04-22-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 350
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Epilepsy

Have you been diagnosed with these seizures by a neurologist? What kind of meds are you taking? It sounds like it could be very dangerous that you are moving about and unaware :-(
Board: General Health 04-10-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 187
Posted By rudiraven
Re: No Answers

Have you taken your blood pressure? It may be low.
Board: Beauty & Cosmetics 04-09-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,625
Posted By rudiraven
Tria laser

Has anyone here tried the Tria Age-Defying laser? I saw it advertised on TV and the Internet. Just wondering if it actually works or it's just hype. Thanks for any input. :)
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 04-01-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 247
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Is my husband an abuser or is it only his bipolar? Please help!

Yes, he's an abuser. Makes no difference if he's bipolar or whatever. Is he currently seeing a psychiatrist? Is he on meds? Either way, you need to get out of this relationship before he kills...
Board: Epilepsy 04-01-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 509
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Nocturnal Epilepsy?

It most likely is not what happened to your dad, so try not to dwell on that. I would suspect it's a drug side effect. Look up all the side effects of Celexa. If possible, with your doctor's help,...
Board: High Cholesterol 03-27-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 956
Posted By rudiraven
Re: cholesterol - where do I go from here?

One of the ingredients in the CholesLo product is red yeast rice which is a "natural" statin. Some people still have muscle and pain issues with it, as well. The other ingredients are vitamins,...
Board: Obesity 03-25-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,674
Posted By rudiraven
Re: I'm obese. Any tips on what I should do? Please.

Speak with your doctor about removing the birth control you are using and ask if there's something else you could use that doesn't cause weight gain. As for a diet, you might want to try one that...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 03-25-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 382
Posted By rudiraven
Help with mysterious symptoms

A female family member has recurring symptoms that no one can seem to diagnose, just treat the symptoms. The initial occurance was about 5 years ago with a presumptive spider bite, maybe brown...
Board: Dental Health 03-21-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,466
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Please help! Is this dry socket?

You'll know if it's a dry socket because they are very painful. If you're not having pain, just leave it alone and follow dentist's instructions for aftercare. Stop looking at it and don't put your...
Board: Family & Friends of Cancer Patients 02-24-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 265
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Need advice

Everybody is different. Some patients live longer than others so it's hard to say how long your husband may survive. Maybe the Hospice nurses can give you a better estimate since they see this a...
Board: Epilepsy 02-24-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 531
Posted By rudiraven
Re: daughter has had 2 seizures

You need to make an appointment with a neurologist to have some tests done. My son used to have only night time seizures, but they eventually progressed to daytime. Better to be safe than sorry. ...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-21-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 558
Posted By rudiraven
Re: High blood pressure

Congrats on losing the weight and bringing your BP down, however, man cannot live on smoothies, juice, and veggies alone :-) You need more protein to keep your muscles functioning properly. The...
Board: Heart Disorders 02-21-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 709
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Doctor is almost sure i have SVT, i am so scared...

I agree with the previous posters. You need to eat better, several small meals during the day. Watch what you're eating.....that banana is very high in carbs (sugar) which in combination with...
Board: High Cholesterol 02-20-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 932
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Not sure what to make of these levels now, afraid to see Doctor next week.

None whatsoever! You're absolutely fine, IMHO. Total numbers mean nothing :-)
Board: High Cholesterol 02-19-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 932
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Not sure what to make of these levels now, afraid to see Doctor next week.

Your numbers are fine, IMHO. I've done a lot of research on this issue. Some studies have found that statins are mostly beneficial for middle aged men with heart disease. Do some research on you...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-19-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 855
Posted By rudiraven
Re: How Long Till Lisinopril Side Effects Go Away?

I understand that it can take quite a while for the side effects to subside. I'd give it at least a few weeks. Hopefully you'll start to see a slow improvement. Give your doctor a call if you're...
Board: Vitamins & Supplements 02-19-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 629
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Probiotic or statin causing muscle pain in arm?

I agree with Tess. Statins cause a lot of muscle pain and other side effects. You might want to post on the Cholesterol board for more info.
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-14-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 401
Posted By rudiraven
Re: New DX of high BP, 2nd opinion?

Calm down....I don't think you're in imminent danger :-) You certainly can get a second opinion, but don't be surprised if it's high. Now that they've scared the bejesus out of you, you will panic...
Board: High Cholesterol 02-13-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 356
Posted By rudiraven
Re: simvastatin- pain

Yes, my thoughts are you probably should never have been on statins. So many doctors react to a total number that means nothing. Kind of scary how uninformed they are. Anyway, glad you stopped the...
Board: Epilepsy 02-13-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 353
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Help first seizure and very worried

Try not to worry too much, it just makes things worse :) Try to remember if you did similar things prior to both seizure activity nights. Were you overly tired or overly worried, alcohol...
Board: High Cholesterol 02-10-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,595
Posted By rudiraven
Re: I thought I was healthy now 40mg statin daily!!

I don't think your numbers are sufficiently "out of whack" to be on statins. Your HDL is great at 67! Just cut back on the carbs, eat lean cuts of meat and continue to exercise. I don't think your...
Board: Anxiety 02-07-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 547
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Paxil dosage

You should never change your dosage without consulting your doctor. Talk with your doctor about what has happened. Be honest and tell him everything about the tremors and your dosage change and how...
Board: Anger Management 02-07-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 920
Posted By rudiraven
Re: I'm dying.

You need to see a therapist, maybe a psychologist or psychiatrist. I'm sure with some talking and medication you can feel good again. Please go and get some help for yourself and your child's sake....
Board: Heart Disorders 02-05-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 427
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Chest issues, possibly heart?

Sounds more like a deep muscle/tissue strain. They can take a long time to resolve. If you're really worried by all means go get another check up, but I don't think it's your heart :)
Board: Senior Health 01-29-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,471
Posted By rudiraven
Re: lost interest in almost everything and tired all the time

Heart flutters are pretty normal if you aren't used to exerting yourself. Do a little at a time. The movement will even help your aching joints. Do you have a YMCA close by? Some of them have...
Board: Grief & Loss 01-29-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,342
Posted By rudiraven
Re: mum gone

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know what you're feeling. Jan 28th was the 17th anniversary of my Mom's passing. Ironically, Jan. 28th was also her birthday! Nothing I can say will take away your...
Board: Digestive Disorders 01-29-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Upper Abdominal Pain - Mystery Illness? Anyone had the same?

Might just be a stomach virus. It's been going around here....similar symptoms. Some have even had a low grade temp.
Board: Cosmetic / Plastic Surgery 01-24-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,693
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Lying about jaw/chin surgery...

It's nobody's business what you choose to do. You're an adult and make your own decisions. If you feel you have to make up a story to explain the difference in your looks, then maybe you are not...
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 01-24-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 315
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Boyfriend with Combat PTSD

It seems this is a pattern for him. His ex-wife told you he behaved the same way with her. Why would you think things will turn out any different for you? I suggest you walk and not complicate...
Board: Death & Dying 01-24-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,608
Posted By rudiraven
Re: lost my husband..

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is but you will make it through.....one hour, one day at a time. Then a time will come when you can think of him and remember the funny and happy...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-24-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 926
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Could weird breathing be side effect of lipitor(statin), lisinopril(ACE), or anxi

Unfortunately if it is the statin causing your issues then it really doesn't matter which brand of statin. They will all have the same effect :-( Going from 80 mg of Lipitor to 20 mg of Crestor is...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-23-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 926
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Could weird breathing be side effect of lipitor(statin), lisinopril(ACE), or anxi

Oh my, 80 mg of Lipitor is an extraordinarily high dosage! I certainly would discuss this with my cardiologist. Statins can cause muscle damage and the heart is a muscle. Some studies attribute...
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 01-22-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Manic bipolar ex

You are dealing with someone who has a serious mental health diagnosis. Unless he is compliant with his meds he won't stabilize. I would suggest you listen to your psychiatrist and get your own...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-22-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 926
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Could weird breathing be side effect of lipitor(statin), lisinopril(ACE), or anxi

The Lipitor can cause muscle aches and pains. What dosage do they have you on? Make sure you're taking COQ10 supplement to help counteract the depletion caused by the statin. Talk to your...
Board: Cosmetic / Plastic Surgery 01-06-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 360
Posted By rudiraven
Lifelift

Has anyone had any experience with the LifeLift procedure? It almost looks to good to be true. I'm curious if it actually works or is it all hype? Thanks in advance.
Board: Hypochondria 01-06-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 465
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Hypochondriac - worry about symptoms all over

Try to tell yourself that you've experienced these symptoms in the past and nothing horrible has happened. Busy yourself with something else to distract you from thinking about it and most of all...
Board: High Cholesterol 01-06-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 647
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Heavy vascular calcification?

What did the doctor who ordered the x-ray say? It seems to me that "heavy vascular calcification" would mean you have a lot of clogging in your arteries that could be restricting blood flow to your...
Board: Epilepsy 01-06-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Suddenly having multiple crazy seizures a day

You need to forward or print this and take it to your doctor. I'm sure he would like to run some tests. Did you stop taking the clonzepam suddenly, like cold turkey? I know stopping those meds...
Board: High Cholesterol 11-19-2013, 02:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 292
Posted By rudiraven
Re: upcoming appt. help with numbers

Remember the doctor works for you. Just tell him you don't want to take statins. Your numbers aren't that bad, your HDL is excellent. Do more research into cholesterol. Check out Dr. Graveline's...
Board: High Cholesterol 11-13-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 393
Posted By rudiraven
Re: New guidelines!!!

Just Big Pharma trying to make more money, IMHO. I will ignore it ;) I remember when it was suggested that statins be put in the municipal drinking water so everyone would benefit!!!! Thank...
Board: High Cholesterol 11-07-2013, 02:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Just another one looking for more opinions

Just start eating healthy and cut out the cookies, donuts, and fast food. None of that stuff is good for you, especially if it's a daily routine. Alcohol also has a lot of sugar (carbs). You...
Board: High Cholesterol 11-07-2013, 12:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By rudiraven
Re: Just another one looking for more opinions

I would wait and get another fasting test. I don't think your numbers are that bad and I think you're too young to start statins. Maybe tweak your diet a little and do some research on cholesterol...
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