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Board: Lasik Eye Surgery 01-30-2016, 01:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By Machaon
Re: Eye Surgery

When surgery is performed on the cornea of the eye, the very sensitive corneal nerves are damaged. This can cause a very uncomfortable condition called Dry Eyes. It takes around six months for the...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-27-2016, 08:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 164
Posted By Machaon
Re: Implantable Loop Recorder

Have you or your doctor first tried to find and eliminate things that can irritate or over-stimulate your heart? For instance cigarette smoke, caffeine, coffee, chocolate, too much sugar in diet,...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-27-2016, 08:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 169
Posted By Machaon
Re: Left side of heart enlarged

Something has caused your wife's heart to weaken or to be damaged. There are many possible causes for this, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart valve problems, coronary artery disease,...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-21-2016, 01:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 629
Posted By Machaon
Re: Chest pain for 5 months. Please help.

Hi Beezer!

You said that the doctor diagnosed you with "slightly enlarged"
LV and RV and that it was uniform. And that both the left and right Ventricles function at the lower limit of normal...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-20-2016, 09:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 629
Posted By Machaon
Re: Chest pain for 5 months. Please help.

Hi Beezer! :wave:

You said that you've had chronic chest pain for 5 months, and that bending over, picking things up, pushing anything (vaccuum) and lying down, can cause chest pain.

Any...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-20-2016, 07:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 224
Posted By Machaon
Re: Low Resting Heart Rate - Ok or no?

Hi Hipchic! :wave:

I am not an expert but let me throw out some ideas for you to think about.

You said that you had been dealing with on/off dizziness and low resting heart rates for the past...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-18-2016, 10:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 367
Posted By Machaon
Re: BP spikes during sleep!

You said that you were not always able to associate asthma flare ups with high blood pressure.

The reason why chronic high blood pressure is difficult to solve is that there are many, many...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-16-2016, 01:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 367
Posted By Machaon
Re: BP spikes during sleep!

I had chronic high blood pressure for many years. In 1998 I started taking my blood pressure many times per day in order to observe the hourly patterns and to figure out, if I could, what was causing...
Board: Eye & Vision 01-06-2016, 02:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 619
Posted By Machaon
Re: Omega 3 for Dry Eye Syndrome ... Has this helped anyone?

My wife is on Omega 3 fish oil. She tried the flaxseed but suffered digestive problems with it.

In the meantime, her dry eyes are improving. She stopped all OTC eye drops. Since then her...
Board: General Health 01-06-2016, 09:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 222
Posted By Machaon
Re: Flu > Strep Throat > Joint pain > Mild tiredness

Hi Alfred!

I had a similar experience which seemed to make my immune and endocrine systems over-reactive and somewhat dysfunctional. Things would bother me that never bothered me before. I found...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-04-2016, 10:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 341
Posted By Machaon
Re: Please help with this feeling

Whenever I get an episode like what happens to you, I sit down, as a precaution against fainting, and I take deep breaths in and out, one after another. This gets my heart pumping better. Shortly...
Board: Diabetes 12-31-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 513
Posted By Machaon
Re: Diabetes 2

I can maintain very healthy blood sugar levels if I limit my non-fiber carbs to about 400 calories per day (100 grams), divided into six meals of about 70 (20 grams) calories per meal. No insulin. No...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 12-23-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,021
Posted By Machaon
Re: Doctor says I'm fine, but I'm not?

You said that you have been feeling sick for over a year now... I have environmental health problems, caused by automobile exhaust, pollution; and chemicals and odors within my home. Were there any...
Board: Heart Disorders 12-23-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 446
Posted By Machaon
Re: Is it unsafe to have a heart rate lower than usual though.

You've posted that you have a significant problem with pain. When one's body is stressed or in pain, it produces endorphins that can lower the blood pressure and also reduce the heart rate. Could...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 12-19-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 917
Posted By Machaon
Re: Blood Pressure fluctuates

My own personal opinion is that "average" diastolic blood pressure is healthiest near 70 and is less healthy as the average increases from 70. That said, an "average" diastolic blood pressure near 80...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 12-18-2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 917
Posted By Machaon
Re: Blood Pressure fluctuates

Hi John! :wave:

You asked: if anyone else had numbers that are slightly high and fluctuated and their doctors did not place them on BP meds?

I figured that I would add to this conversation by...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 12-15-2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 320
Posted By Machaon
Re: Help! Swelling everywhere. Doctors don't even know

Hi AKeeMee! :wave:

Sorry that you are having to deal with such nasty, stressful health problems!

Because of your symptoms and that Zyrtec has helped, I wondered if you might be reacting to...
Board: Heart Disorders 12-09-2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 765
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart Failure and Atrial Fib

Sorry to hear about the flat feet and the foot pain.

Still in all, for being 85 with CHF and AFib; and with an EF of 45, you are holding your own quite well! It is so very important for us...
Board: Heart Disorders 12-08-2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 765
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart Failure and Atrial Fib

Carvedilol, in my opinion, is a modern, medical miracle. It has great healing powers. I don't like the way it tires me, but I love how it helps my heart failure!

For seniors, like us, it is...
Board: Heart Disorders 12-04-2015, 01:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 765
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart Failure and Atrial Fib

Sorry to hear about you having been diagnosed with CHF and AFib and now you are diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy.

You are lucky, so to speak, with having those serious health problems and having no...
Board: Sinus Problems 12-03-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 377
Posted By Machaon
Re: Frontal Drillout

We have somewhat similar tales of woe. About 30 years ago, I suffered a long term sinus infection, which caused me to become extremely sensitive to even trace elements of various chemicals and odors....
Board: Heart Disorders 11-20-2015, 07:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 489
Posted By Machaon
Re: Doctors tell me i'm fine, but my body is telling me differently.

Has allergic or non-allergic Asthma been ruled out?

Are you overweight?
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-19-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By Machaon
Re: Bp up on new meds

Meds can take several days before they show some progress. However, most bp meds only lower the blood pressure by an average of about 7 points. That's probably why doctors prescribe multiple...
Board: Weight Loss 11-10-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 504
Posted By Machaon
Re: How do I deal with cravings??

I'm 5'9". I went from 180 pounds to 120 pounds; and got my blood sugar under control, without medications, by eating more. More often, that is. I went on a low calorie, low glycemic, small meal,...
Board: Inner Ear Disorders 11-10-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 201
Posted By Machaon
After decades of misery and pain due to a childhood mastoidectomy, it is healing!

My wife had to go into the otolaryngologist every three months for a very painful cleaning of an infected cavity, within her ear canal, that was caused by the removal of her infected mastoid cells...
Board: Heart Disorders 11-10-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 300
Posted By Machaon
Re: PVC's - I'm scared

Something has to cause an over-stimulation or over-irritation of our heart in order for our heart to misfire (PVCs,PACs,Palpitations,Tachycardia).

It could be due to a leaky valve.

It could...
Board: Heart Disorders 11-05-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By Machaon
Re: First episode of atrial fibrillation: Am I being overmedicated?

Hi Melisande1! :wave:

Very early Monday morning you had your first AFib experience. I imagine what you experienced was a fast, hard beating heart, which could certainly be related to your use of...
Board: Heart Disorders 11-03-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 353
Posted By Machaon
Re: Pounding heart

In my opinion, besides alcohol and caffeine, other things that can over-stimulate or over-irritate the heart are chemicals; too much simple-carbs/sugar in diet; pollens; cigarette smoke; too much...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-30-2015, 12:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 479
Posted By Machaon
Re: Foot Drop recovery stories ... Looking for help

Hi Carl!

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...
Board: Senior Health 10-23-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,275
Posted By Machaon
Re: Flu shot

My wife and I are both in our 70's and had the quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against four influenza virus strains. Absolutely no effects from the vaccinations whatsoever.

Back in the...
Board: Heart Disorders 10-22-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By Machaon
Re: Feeling a PVC coming on

During an ECG, if the heart is not misbehaving, there are less opportunities for something showing up.

You post reminds me of my own experiences with Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia...
Board: Diabetes 10-20-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 811
Posted By Machaon
Re: Just found out I'm diabetic

I am an extreme case, since I had heart failure, chronically high blood pressure, Insulin Resistance and Asthma. I have a low level of tolerance for carbs. In my case, if I consume too many carbs, in...
Board: Heart Disorders 10-20-2015, 08:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 238
Posted By Machaon
Re: Seeking advice..

Do you feel that it is not an asthma problem, either allergic asthma or chemical asthma?

Any changes in your household, or diet, around the time that you first started noticing an increase in...
Board: Diabetes 10-18-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 811
Posted By Machaon
Re: Just found out I'm diabetic

Hi Nicole! :wave:

Having to deal with diabetes is a real pain in the diet! :(

I had to keep reducing the sugars and carbohydrates in my "healthy" diet, and also go on carbs with a lower...
Board: Lasik Eye Surgery 10-13-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 598
Posted By Machaon
Re: Blur vision/Halos even after 4 months

The cornea of the eye has VERY complex physical and nerve structures. The trauma to these corneal nerves, and to the physical structure of the cornea, from Lasik eye surgery, can cause multiple...
Board: Heart Disorders 10-13-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 803
Posted By Machaon
Re: So scared irregular pulse

Hi wxman!

There are some very common things that can negatively effect the heart's electrical system, such as caffeine; which is in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks; excess carbohydrates,...
Board: Eye & Vision 10-11-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 619
Posted By Machaon
Omega 3 for Dry Eye Syndrome ... Has this helped anyone?

My wife's dry eyes became much worse after cataract surgery. She has found some relief from preservative-free eye drops, five times per day, and is now taking Omega 3.

Has anyone found any...
Board: Aging Issues 10-07-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,114
Posted By Machaon
Re: Getting old as an opportunity

Hi Bill!

Greetings from sunny, beautiful South Florida. Not exactly an island, but a peninsular. :)

I am 71 and, although I greatly appreciate making it this long, I find aging a huge pain in...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-07-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 787
Posted By Machaon
Re: High BP and stress

You have a problem taking beta blockers because of your AFib, yet beta blockers are supposed to be a first-line treatment for AFib. I've got permanent, persistent AFib. I use the beta blocker...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-06-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 787
Posted By Machaon
Re: High BP and stress

Hi Ebrill! :wave:

Sorry that you are having such a difficult, painful and stressful problem.

Ace Inhibitors, like Lisinopril, are supposed to be at the highest risk for pain and angioedema....
Board: Eye & Vision 10-03-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,027
Posted By Machaon
Re: Far/Far IOLs for cataracts, or Far/Near?

Hi Yurik! :wave:

How are you doing now? Are you still planning to request your other eye surgery this month?

My wife's vision is great! Her only problem is with "dry eyes". Her eyes can get...
Board: Allergies 09-28-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 370
Posted By Machaon
Re: allergy confusion

Hi FColes! :wave:

How about the theory that you did not react to the dog, but reacted to the dirt or chemicals that were on the dog when you brought him home; and that a small amount of the dirt...
Board: Heart Disorders 09-28-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 318
Posted By Machaon
Re: Chest Pain

Hi Madison! :wave:

To me, the best "tests" of someone's health are symptoms combined with existing disease states. You experience chest pain and sob with activities. I assume that your pain and...
Board: Heart Disorders 09-24-2015, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 491
Posted By Machaon
Re: Reflux, IBS and arrythmia?

Hi 57 year old! :wave:

There are many factors that can cause us misery. As we enter the ranks of the elderly we go thru dietary and hormonal changes that can wreck havoc on our bodies and change...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 09-22-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 604
Posted By Machaon
Re: High Diastolic, normal to borderline systolic

Since you have a concern about Diastolic Blood pressure, I thought that you might be interested in what I found out about my Diastolic blood pressure patterns throughout an average day. I have...
Board: General Health 09-03-2015, 07:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 356
Posted By Machaon
Re: how to hide spot on x ray?

My wife's xray showed a spot on her lung. Docs discovered that it was a mole on her back, and not a spot on her lung.

Could there be another explanation for your spot?
Board: Eye & Vision 08-21-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 268
Posted By Machaon
Re: Help on IOL's for cataract surgery

Hi Flyer!

My wife had monofocal distance lenses implanted in both eyes, two weeks apart. Her distance vision is wonderful! She loves the improvement over her previously cloudy vision.

She...
Board: Heart Disorders 08-21-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By Machaon
Re: just diagnosed with afib

Hi Hacamila!

I've had permanent AFib for about 30 years and have also been on Warfarin (Coumadin) during that time. Warfarin can be purchased without insurance for $10 for a three month supply....
Board: Diet & Nutrition 08-12-2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 850
Posted By Machaon
Re: Eating healthy without an oven or stove

Hi Rachel! :wave:

I'm in my 70's. I consider my controversial diet to be a very healthy diet.

My 1500 calorie, inexpensive diet consists of high fiber cereals, eggs every day, tilapia fish...
Board: Eye & Vision 08-07-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,027
Posted By Machaon
Re: Far/Far IOLs for cataracts, or Far/Near?

Yurik, good luck with your vision and your next cataract exam in October. I hope that you can go forward with the surgery.

My wife had LenSx cataract surgery on both eyes, two weeks apart. She...
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