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Board: Allergies 07-28-2015, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 137
Posted By Machaon
Re: Allergy triggers in my home

Could your children have both allergic and non-allergic asthma?
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-25-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 161
Posted By Machaon
Re: High pottasium false readings happen often?

Hi Katie!

I'm in my 70's and had problems with high blood pressure and tachycardia, both of which were triggered mostly by my diet, allergies and chemical sensitivities.

I am also on a beta...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 05-06-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By Machaon
Re: Insulin Resistance and high blood pressure

honestdel, regarding your interest in Acupuncture---

If you are interested, I posted a thread named: Cured my own left neck, shoulder, back pain with Acupuncture electronic stimulation

at the...
Board: Heart Disorders 04-30-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 287
Posted By Machaon
Re: Svt and feeling horrible!

I've struggled with Heart Failure, SVT, permanent Atrial Fibrillation for decades. The medications are not kind. They can sap the energy and strength, making one very tired. They can bring on...
Board: Diabetes 04-29-2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 3
Type 2 Insulin
Views: 399
Posted By Machaon
Re: Insulin

I don't think so. The metabolism still has to process the sugar (carbs), either way.

The important thing is to not consume more carbs than your metabolism is able to safely handle; and to limit...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-29-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By Machaon
Re: Insulin Resistance and high blood pressure

In the old days, we used to debug our programs in machine language right at the mainframe console, and/or get a recompiled or reassembled program punched on punch cards. Also.... Enjoyed watching...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 04-29-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 305
Posted By Machaon
Re: Shouldn't an ENT work w/sterile instruments?

Hi Regina! :wave:

If his staff doesn't clean every tool in that drawer, after each patient, then I would get a different ENT. Why not call and ask?
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 04-29-2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 302
Posted By Machaon
Re: Nostril always full, sometimes left, sometimes right

Flonase, a synthetic steroid spray, is now available over the counter, without a prescription. There is no rebound effect with the synthetic steroid sprays. I've been on it for many years, via a...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-28-2015, 12:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By Machaon
Re: Insulin Resistance and high blood pressure

A person goes thru college and picks a trade, like teaching, or medicine, or law; and then puts on a uniform. As soon as the uniform goes on, this graduate is now considered an expert in their field....
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-28-2015, 06:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 499
Posted By Machaon
Re: High blood pressure that's uncontrollable.

You have hbp problems similar to the problems that I had from 1998 thru 2005. I was able to greatly reduce my uncontrollable high bp, mostly thru diet, appropriate exercise and medication.

I...
Board: Heart Disorders 04-23-2015, 07:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 472
Posted By Machaon
Re: Echocardiogram results

Hi Amy! :wave:

Your EF is a slightly low and your stroke volume is low, IMHO. One thing to consider is the expertise of the echocardiogram technician and how well he or she was able to do the...
Board: Heart Disorders 04-22-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 305
Posted By Machaon
Re: change from amiodarone to Sotalol failed

I just got the script filled and started taking it at home.
Board: Heart Disorders 04-21-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 305
Posted By Machaon
Re: change from amiodarone to Sotalol failed

That was nice of you to say. Thanks! :wave:



I have never had a problem either increasing, decreasing or starting Coreg. But... it does really tire me out, and sap my energy, especially in the...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 04-21-2015, 08:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 603
Posted By Machaon
Re: Cause of IBS

I just recovered from a nasty bout of IBS-M, which started as a result of a chemical encounter. In fact, my previous bout of IBS-M was also caused by chemical fumes.

Prior to that I suffered from...
Board: Heart Disorders 04-21-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 305
Posted By Machaon
Re: change from amiodarone to Sotalol failed

Sorry that you had such a nerve-wracking experience.

Most of the time, doctors/cardiologists are just guessing what meds to use on a particular patient. They use trial and error. If one med...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-21-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 281
Posted By Machaon
Re: Persistent Light sensitivity

Hi! :wave:

Is your vision blurred, at all? Ever been tested for cataracts?
Board: Sinus Problems 04-17-2015, 08:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 483
Posted By Machaon
Re: Vasoconstrictor Herbs for sinus congestion?

From what I know, Ephedra based products were banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in 2004 because of links to many cases of stroke, irregular heart rhythm, and death. So... it...
Board: General Health 04-13-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By Machaon
Re: I've had a physical problem for 7 years, losing all hope, please help

Amazing effort and dedication! One would think that you would be rewarded by feeling great and sleeping great and waking up refreshed in the morning, albeit a little stiff from all of the physical...
Board: Heart Disorders 04-12-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 503
Posted By Machaon
Re: Feels like my heart stops and then starts again.

You might want to research Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) and see if the symptoms match up with what you experience.

With PSVT, the beginning of an episode can begin with a pause...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 04-11-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 446
Posted By Machaon
Re: Thick mucus problem

For many years, I used to suffer from multiple sinus infections each year. There were many visits to ENTs, many prescriptions for antibiotics and much misery.

I finally found a way to rid myself...
Board: Eye & Vision 04-10-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 677
Posted By Machaon
Re: Far/Far IOLs for cataracts, or Far/Near?

I hope that you are doing very well after your cataract surgery! My wife is going to need cataract surgery in both eyes.

Did you have laser or conventional surgery?



How is your vision...
Board: Allergies 04-07-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
Posted By Machaon
Re: In "agony" from vacuuming????

Deke, what kind of vacuum is it? Is it a Hepa Filter (High-efficiency particulate arrestance) vacuum? Hepa filter vacuums greatly restrict the amount of particulate that gets recirculated into the...
Board: Asthma 04-06-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 651
Posted By Machaon
Re: Need some advice on breathing problems

Hi Chris! :wave:

Sorry to hear about your health problems.



The bed is one of the worst places for an allergic or non-allergic asthmatic; or allergy sufferer.

The mattress, blankets,...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-06-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 206
Posted By Machaon
Foot Drop suffered May 2014, now almost completely better.

Last May, 2014, I woke up and was not able to lift my left toes or the front of my left foot. When I walked, my left foot would drag on the floor and I would constantly trip; and I limped quite...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 04-05-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 277
Posted By Machaon
Re: Pulmonary Embolism Came back Again

I don't mind being on a blood thinner the rest of my life. I've been on the blood thinner Warfarin for 28 years. I get my blood tested every six weeks. I experience no side effects.

If I didn't...
Board: Diabetes 04-04-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 445
Posted By Machaon
Re: Type 2

Hi Toypoodle!

Treatment for Diabetes 2 can be either medication, diet and exercise, or both.
Board: Heart Disorders 04-04-2015, 06:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 490
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart dropping feeling.

I don't think that heart murmurs are felt. The heart murmur sound is picked up via a stethoscope.

By "dropping" do you mean "skipping a beat", or "beating, once in a while a little harder than...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-04-2015, 06:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 418
Posted By Machaon
Re: Why is Blood Pressure Radically Different in Each Arm?

It could be that the blood pressure guage is not lining up correctly over the brachial artery on one arm versus the other.

The brachial artery runs up on the inside of the upper arm.
Board: General Health 04-02-2015, 07:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 210
Posted By Machaon
Re: Spider bite

Any time that I get bit by an insect (usually red ants), I immediately blend a thick paste of 3% hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, and apply it to the site. By the next day, my discomfort is...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 03-16-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 924
Posted By Machaon
Re: My Blood Pressure Soars at Night

No. As I had posted, "HBP spikes at night are very common with either Diabetes or a pre-Diabetes condition called Insulin Resistance."

Over time, a diet too high in carbohydrates, for your...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 03-13-2015, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 924
Posted By Machaon
Re: My Blood Pressure Soars at Night

HBP spikes at night are very common with either Diabetes or a pre-Diabetes condition called Insulin Resistance. I am surprised that your doctor did not know this. Even if you do not have either...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 03-13-2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 564
Posted By Machaon
Re: Blood Pressure monitor recommendation

I've used the Omron HEM-711 for thousands of readings and they have all been quite accurate and basically matched what I also get at the doctor's/cardiologist's office. I was at the doctor's office...
Board: Shingles 02-27-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 810
Posted By Machaon
Re: Only itching, tingles but sick 4 weeks

Diagnosing Shingles, thru blood tests, is not necessarily accurate, especially when there is no rash and no pain.



If it were me, I would look into other opinions of my malady, just in case...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-24-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 436
Posted By Machaon
Re: Atenolol vs ARB

Sounds like Atenolol is an effective, if not perfect medication for you to take. Personally, I prefer Coreg (Carvedilol), a non-selective beta blocker, which has more side effects, but it is more...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-24-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 481
Posted By Machaon
Re: high day time blood pressure , normal night time pressures ?

During your daytime readings, were you physically active? Were you at work?

It is quite expected to have lower blood pressure readings, and lower heart rate, while someone is at rest. I would...
Board: Asthma 02-23-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By Machaon
Re: Miserable

Hi Lissaleigh88! :wave:

I am sorry that you are in so much misery with your asthma. I thought that I would provide some feedback based on my own personal experiences.

I would assume that, if...
Board: Heart Disorders 02-23-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 282
Posted By Machaon
Re: Results of a CT angio:

I can offer what happened in my case.

I had high cholesterol, high triglycerides, chronic high blood pressure, heart failure, leaky heart valves and permanent atrial fibrillation. In other words...
Board: Heart Disorders 02-23-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 416
Posted By Machaon
Re: Sub Acute Endocarditis?

Doctors and medical specialists are mere humans. They got into medical care rather than car repair or financial services. When they don't have an answer, they can either say that they have no idea,...
Board: Heart Disorders 02-21-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 263
Posted By Machaon
Re: Worried About my Heart

Your endocrine system produces hormones that can stimulate, or over-excite your heart, raise your blood pressure, make you dizzy, cause headaches, along with all kinds of other problems and...
Board: Exercise & Fitness 02-20-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 446
Posted By Machaon
Re: Out of breath after going up stairs?

Going up stairs is very strenuous and uses different muscles than running. I'm 70 and I have heart failure. Whenever I go to a multi-story building, when possible, I will take the stairs instead of...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-20-2015, 06:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 396
Posted By Machaon
Re: High blood pressure/high blood sugar/Hip Replacement

If I was going to have major surgery, I would want to be as healthy as possible prior to surgery. I would, at least, make sure that the doctors and surgeons were well aware of any health problems...
Board: Asthma 02-13-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 498
Posted By Machaon
Re: Exercise improves my Asthma symptoms!

Exercising not only used to help to relieve my asthma, exercise also helped to open up my sinuses. I used to go to the stairwell, at work, and run up and down the stairs, especially when my sinuses...
Board: Heart Disorders 02-10-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 415
Posted By Machaon
Re: Desperate for a diagnosis. Ill for 4 months :((((

If it were me, I would look into Asthma and either Diabetes or Insulin Resistance, to either rule them in or out.

How is your diet? Is it high in carbs?



Asthma is a very complex disease....
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-10-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 418
Posted By Machaon
Re: Atenolol & Amlodipine issues

Sorry to hear about your heart disease. I have severely enlarged atrium, which, apparently, will never get any better. I used to have thickening of my left ventricle walls, but that has greatly...
Board: Dental Health 02-08-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,501
Posted By Machaon
Re: Best Fluoride-Free Toothpaste?

For what it is worth, I've brushed my teeth with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide for decades. It hasn't seemed to do any harm and it has been great for my gums!
Board: Heart Disorders 02-08-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 514
Posted By Machaon
Re: Please help me interpret echocardiogram results

We've had similar experiences with palpitations and tachycardia. My heart would race to 160 bpm. I also suffered from chronic high blood pressure. Doctors were not able to get my blood pressure down...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 02-06-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 529
Posted By Machaon
Re: shortness of breath

As we age our body and our metabolism ages and changes. Plus... colds, infections, environmental changes, diets; can all effect us. Our metabolism, and how our body works, are extremely complicated....
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 02-04-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 529
Posted By Machaon
Re: shortness of breath

Are you still taking Coreg, Adalat, Lisinopril, and/or Losartan?

Any or all of those drugs can cause shortness of breath, or asthma symptoms, especially at night.
Board: Heart Disorders 02-02-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 376
Posted By Machaon
Re: 27 High Heart Rate - Concerned

Dizziness, while hiking outside, could be either related to allergies/asthma, the heart not pumping as well as it should, or both.

Do you have allergies? Allergies can cause the adrenal glands to...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-31-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 434
Posted By Machaon
Re: Scared to go to the doctor because it sounds like the heart

You might be effected by allergies and/or environmental sensitivities. Reactions to the triggers, of these health problems, include breathing problems, fatigue, problems concentrating, discomforts,...
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