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Board: Menopause 06-03-2013, 10:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 693
Posted By cook82
Re: In desperate need of help

Hello Shannee,

I'm so sorry to hear about all you are going through. You say the AD's only made you worse. Can you elaborate? Do you mean they made you MORE depressed or were there other...
Board: Menopause 03-29-2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 392
Posted By cook82
Re: Long Time

It started that way with me - anxiety during a doctor's visit. Then I started checking it at home with a home monitor. I realized that my anxiety was affecting my bp and visa versa. my bp was...
Board: Menopause 03-29-2013, 03:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 392
Posted By cook82
Re: Long Time

Hello,

I also had trouble with anxiety and lack of sleep until oddly enough I went on blood pressure medication. getting my blood pressure under control (less than 120/80) made a big difference...
Board: Menopause 03-11-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,062
Posted By cook82
Re: menopause with no meds?

I'm using an estrogen cream for vaginal atrophy because it caused an abnormal pap.
otherwise, i have gone without meds. it was bad for a few years but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. ...
Board: Menopause 02-08-2013, 03:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 951
Posted By cook82
Re: Dreaming & Menopause

Hi

I'm glad you brought this up. Yes, I recently remembered to very vivid dreams. I would not classify them as nightmares; more disturbing or somehow revealing something that is bothering me...
Board: Menopause 02-05-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 774
Posted By cook82
Re: what do all of you do re: treatment

Hello omc1234,

That is the good news about menopause. There actually is a light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately the atrophy became such a big problem for me that it gave me an abnormal...
Board: Menopause 01-29-2013, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,042
Posted By cook82
Re: Using Premarin Cream - Managing Vaginal Atrophy

Generic activella on my insurance would cost me about $58/month. :( That would really tough for me.

My mother is on generic activella and it costs her $16 / month. Insurance is such a luck of...
Board: Menopause 01-29-2013, 04:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,042
Posted By cook82
Re: Using Premarin Cream - Managing Vaginal Atrophy

Thank you Titchou and Fitrunner,

I guess you answered my question in that this is forever just like high blood pressure or any other chronic condition. I just wish there were a generic for...
Board: Menopause 01-29-2013, 04:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 774
Posted By cook82
Re: what do all of you do re: treatment

I basically toughed it out. I did go on AD's for about 6 months and they worked for the anxiety but I didn't like the idea of being on them so I stopped. The good news is that once you are in...
Board: Menopause 01-25-2013, 04:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,042
Posted By cook82
Re: Using Premarin Cream - Managing Vaginal Atrophy

The doctor is trying to resolve the cause of an abnormal pap smear. The biopsy showed "reactive changes" meaning the cervix is reacting to inflammation. So the purpose of the cream is to resolve...
Board: Menopause 01-24-2013, 02:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,042
Posted By cook82
Using Premarin Cream - Managing Vaginal Atrophy

I am 57 years old. After many years of suffering with vaginal itching, burning soreness and pain that seemed to have no solution, my gyn finally determined that I had post menopausal vaginal...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-07-2013, 02:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,782
Posted By cook82
Re: Lisinopril throat tickle

A tickle is a good way to describe it. Sometimes it seems like an itch that can only be scratched by coughing. Too bad because it is a great drug with great control. I didn't feel the need to...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 12-14-2012, 12:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 637
Posted By cook82
Re: Frustrated and not sure what to do next?

While I have not suffered from ovarian cancer I can tell you I did suffer from undiagnosed pelvic pain and you are definitely going in the right direction with the exploratory surgery. They make an...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 12-10-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,044
Posted By cook82
Re: Afraid that I waited too long. . . .

Hello,

I'm so sorry to hear your story. Do you have a general physician? someone you go to for everything outside of female issues? They are good for giving you a compass on how to proceed...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 08-23-2012, 06:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,632
Posted By cook82
Re: Relief for beta blocker chest pains

Your story is so much like my experience it's unbelievable!
I just went completely off metoprolol (toprol) after being on it for 5 years. In 2009, I started having chest pains and went in for an...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 08-16-2012, 06:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 670
Posted By cook82
Re: Scared embarrassed and a chronic worrier

Dear C15

Although my case is a bit different from yours, I just wanted to write and comfort you. We talk alot on this board about that test, this biopsy and that result but no where near enough...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 08-15-2012, 11:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,250
Posted By cook82
Re: Am I taking too much medicine?

The way felt was IMO was related to side effects of the beta blocker rather than the blood pressure in numbers. 120/80 is more or less what your pressure should be. My bp wasn't bad. It was...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 08-15-2012, 11:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,250
Posted By cook82
Re: Am I taking too much medicine?

I was on metoprolol 50mg too. Like you I was TIRED all the time. Never wanted to do anything. I used to go to the gym a lot. Then all I wanted to do was sit and watch TV all day. I also had a...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 08-15-2012, 09:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,310
Posted By cook82
Re: In panic mode about my symptoms...

is the ultrasound you are getting a pelvic sonogram or a renal sonogram or both??? I ask because if you are getting a pelvic sonogram so the doctor can get a view of the uterus, ovaries and...
Board: Menopause 08-14-2012, 04:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,015
Posted By cook82
Post Menopausal - ASCUS Pap

I have had a persistent ASCUS pap smear and I am also HPV negative. The doctor performed a colposcopy which showed "reactive atipia". She is treating me with Premarin vaginal cream to restore the...
Board: Menopause 08-10-2012, 05:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,379
Posted By cook82
Re: Life better at 40 yrs+??

Titchou: It's hard to get my mother to take those tests. She is very frail now, weighs 92 pounds and suffers from dementia.

I think at her age they don't push for those tests anymore. There...
Board: Menopause 08-09-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,379
Posted By cook82
Re: Life better at 40 yrs+??

Hello Titchou
OK Thanks. I'll see how I make out on Tuesday. I'm really miserable the way I am. I have never been on bcp's in my life so I have no idea how I will react to the HRT. I just can't...
Board: Menopause 08-09-2012, 03:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 762
Posted By cook82
Re: New here and questions if anyone can help please!

When is the last time you had your thyroid checked??? You say you have had problems in the past. Your symptoms are consistent with an overactive thyroid including anxiety and weight loss. If...
Board: Menopause 08-09-2012, 03:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,379
Posted By cook82
Re: Life better at 40 yrs+??

Hello Titchou

You say that your current doctor says you should stay on HRT as long as you are sexually active. I'm curious, what would he feel differently if you were NOT sexually active? I...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 07-26-2012, 02:53 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 743
Posted By cook82
another abnormal pap - another colposcopy

Hello,

I had my first abnormal pap 5 years ago in 2007.
It ALWAYS comes back ASCUS - HPV negative.
I had colposcopy and cryotherapy in 2008 only for the abnormal pap to return after 1 year.
I...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-20-2012, 11:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,684
Posted By cook82
Re: Afraid to Take Lisinopril / Hctz Combination

Hello Titchou

Thank you so much for your reply! wow this is good news! I did find an article on the internet that stated that sulfa in hctz and sulfa in antibiotics are not formulated the same...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-20-2012, 03:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,684
Posted By cook82
Re: Afraid to Take Lisinopril / Hctz Combination

Hello doodlegrl08 - my doctor talked about possibly going to 10mg.of lisinopril but she also said that would require more frequent blood tests for my electrolytes, mostly potassium level. But at...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-18-2012, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,684
Posted By cook82
Re: Afraid to Take Lisinopril / Hctz Combination

thanks so much for your response doodlegrl08. I called the pharmacy and they told me also not to take the med. My doctor had suggested Ziac last week and I when I got home I read on the internet...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-18-2012, 03:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,684
Posted By cook82
Afraid to Take Lisinopril/Hctz Combination

I have been on beta blockers now for 4 years. I was on 50mg metoprolol ER. It made me very tired and lethargic and after awhile my bp climbed up to 143/93 - sometimes more when stressed.

My...
Board: High Cholesterol 04-21-2009, 07:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,208
Posted By cook82
Are These Numbers OK?- Really Confused!

I am currently taking 40mg of simvastatin.
Recently had a test and here are the numbers.

total 203
ldl 110
hdl 80
trigs 65

doctor says that with 40mg of simastatin my ldl should be a...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 01-24-2009, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,006
Posted By cook82
Re: Waiting Game Begins Again - I have a Question

Hello Pickleyes,

I am now 53. But still geting periods pretty regularly.

No she did not do an ECC at that the time of the colpo.
She only did a spira brush biopsy.
I recall her saying...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 01-24-2009, 09:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,006
Posted By cook82
Waiting Game Begins Again - I have a Question

Hi Folks,

Have a question for the experts here.
I went for my followup pap today.
History:
11/2007 ASCUS - HPV negative
12/2007 Colposopy - biopsy ASCUS - HPV negative
1/2008 ...
Board: Caregivers 11-11-2008, 03:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,317
Posted By cook82
Re: Exhausted

Hello Live 66

I want you to know I feel for your situation.
We have a bit in common.

I am 53 and also alone. My mother's house burned down
to the ground in September. She lost everything....
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 10-17-2008, 02:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 22,859
Posted By cook82
Re: Persistent ASCUS Pap--Aaarrgghhhhh!!!!

Hello Mommyandwifey,

I have heard of Alara cream and while I have heard some stories
about it, I'm not sure that it is anything to take seriously.
I'm sure most people do fine with the...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 10-16-2008, 07:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 22,859
Posted By cook82
Re: Persistent ASCUS Pap--Aaarrgghhhhh!!!!

Hey Mommyandwifey,

Marie here. Well the fact that the results don't change (that is get worse) is definitely a relief. But you still you can't put this behind you and move on. It keeps coming...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 10-13-2008, 06:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 22,859
Posted By cook82
Re: Persistent ASCUS Pap--Aaarrgghhhhh!!!!

Hey Mommyandwifey,

Wow! You mentioned something else you and I have in common!

When I was 39 I had a miscarriage - ugh!!!

Anyway 9 months later I had an abnormal pap. I was scared to...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 10-13-2008, 04:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 22,859
Posted By cook82
Re: Persistent ASCUS Pap--Aaarrgghhhhh!!!!

Hello mommyandwifey,

I all too well know that desire for a normal pap. And you might remember me. You and I share similar results. Last December I got an ASCUS pap with HPV negative results. ...
Board: Menopause 09-29-2008, 04:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,388
Posted By cook82
Re: Activella

Hello Chantal,

Thanks so much for your response.


We managed to get to my PCP today and he gave her RX's for her bp meds AND the activella.

My mother has a bladder problem so she had to go...
Board: Menopause 09-29-2008, 09:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,388
Posted By cook82
Activella

Hello Everybody,

I will try to make a long story short. My mother went on birth control pills at the age of 36 to control abnormal uterine bleeding (soaking more than 1 pad per hour). This was...
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 09-19-2008, 03:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,959
Posted By cook82
Re: My 3 month post-op is tomorrow

Hello Pickleyes,

Do you think the hip/leg pain might be just from stress? Maybe muscle tension in your back that is referred to your hip/leg? I know you said you are a little anxious. The mind...
Board: Menopause 09-11-2008, 02:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,767
Posted By cook82
Re: How is this possible???

It sounds as if you had a partial hysterectomy. That is, perhaps only the uterus was removed. If the ovaries which are the organs that produce hormones were left in place that would explain why...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 09-01-2008, 04:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,350
Posted By cook82
Re: can skinny people get high blood preasure?

Anyone can get high blood pressure.
In thin people it could be caused by an overactive thyroid.

Gail
Board: Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 08-25-2008, 05:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 657
Posted By cook82
Good News Today!

I received a letter today from my GYN indicating
that my pap was normal and HPV was negative.
I had been waiting 4 weeks for this letter. What
a emotional burden it is to have an abnormal pap....
Board: High Cholesterol 08-18-2008, 04:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,542
Posted By cook82
Re: Can Niacin raise your blood glucose?

Hello,

I noticed exactly the same thing when I was on Niaspan. My glucose went up around 112 which was slightly out of normal range. This upset me quite a bit as I have heard stories of people...
Board: High Cholesterol 08-15-2008, 05:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,491
Posted By cook82
Re: Brand new here and upset with my 'numbers'.

Hello Minxarella

I have not noticed any hair loss. Now I have a lot of hair and since turning 50 I have developed hair in places I wish it didn't exist. If zocor can get rid of that hair I will...
Board: High Cholesterol 08-14-2008, 03:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,491
Posted By cook82
Re: Brand new here and upset with my 'numbers'.

Hello Jacal5,

Niaspan increases the anti-coagulant action of coumadin making you more at risk for bleeding. so she would need to be closely monitored. It also can lower your platelet count...
Board: High Cholesterol 08-14-2008, 03:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,491
Posted By cook82
Re: Brand new here and upset with my 'numbers'.

Hello Jacal5

As a matter of fact I did take a VAP test about 3 years ago.
I did come out with patter A LDL density which is think is
believed to be the harmless kind. But here were the other...
Board: High Cholesterol 08-13-2008, 05:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,491
Posted By cook82
Re: Brand new here and upset with my 'numbers'.

I am 53 and my numbers were roughly the same as yours.
total 261
LDL 181
HDL 70
Trigs 65

I was put on 40mg of generic zocor.

new numbers
total 182
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-28-2008, 10:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,151
Posted By cook82
Re: 20 year old daughter

Hello Sandra49,

I was not quite as young as your daughter. I was 27.
And yes, while I was not menstruating my bp was up around
150/90.

I was given hormones to start my period again. I...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-28-2008, 04:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,151
Posted By cook82
Re: 20 year old daughter

just a thought. But 5 foot 5 at 115 pounds seems like she is a little bit underweight. Is she menstruating regularly? I know when I was young I was a bit underweight for a while. My periods...
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