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Board: Neuropathy 06-18-2008, 04:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,490
Posted By TLB50
Re: B12 Deficiency

I appreciate the information. I did show some improvement pretty shortly after the initial B12 shot and I have been on B12 supplements every day for a couple of weeks. I have good days and days...
Board: High Cholesterol 06-13-2008, 04:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 31,407
Posted By TLB50
Re: Numbness and Pain in Arms/Hands w/ Statin

Imagine that! It seems like every time I suggest to my doctor that I am having side effects from a medication I get this look of total disbelief.

I thought the numbness/tingling in my legs and...
Board: Neuropathy 06-12-2008, 05:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,490
Posted By TLB50
Re: B12 Deficiency

Thanks for the reply! It is funny though because I had been seeing my doctor for these problems and I am the one to suggest the B12 test.
Board: Neuropathy 06-11-2008, 03:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,490
Posted By TLB50
B12 Deficiency

I recently have developed several odd symptoms.

Tingling/numbness - feet/legs and hands
Lightheaded
Unbalance
Ringing ears
Sore tongue
Fatigue
Shortness of breath
Board: High Cholesterol 05-19-2008, 05:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 31,407
Posted By TLB50
Re: Numbness and Pain in Arms/Hands w/ Statin

I have been on Crestor for about 1 1/2 years and had great results. My TC dropped from 240 to 162 and LDL from 151 to 98. Previously I had tried the diet route and could only get a marginal...
Board: High Cholesterol 01-25-2008, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,836
Posted By TLB50
Re: My Crestor Experience

I have had great results with Crestor and no side effects. I went from TC 240/LDL 151 to TC 180/LDL 115. This is 5 mg dose.
Board: Digestive Disorders 09-17-2007, 04:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,430
Posted By TLB50
Re: Which PPI's have you tried & which one worked?

I've only tried Protonix and I have not had any side affects in 1 1/2 years.
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-30-2007, 04:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,216
Posted By TLB50
Re: Beta blocker for high systolic?

I have been on a beta blocker (Toprol XL) for about 3 months. It has done a great job lowering my BP and pulse rate. I tend to be an anxious person and my BP would go up under stress. The BB has...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-14-2007, 04:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 65,324
Posted By TLB50
Re: Beta blocker fatigue-how to cope???

I have been on 50 mg of Toprol XL for about 3 months. My blood pressure has been REALLY good. I used to have high stress days when the BP would spike but now it stays pretty consistent regardless...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 06-14-2007, 07:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,774
Posted By TLB50
Re: weird, fuzzy, disoriented,light-headed, dizzy

I have some of the same symptoms and I am not sure where to turn. I have been to my PCP many times and he really has been little help. My blood tests have all been normal, my blood pressure is...
Board: Heart Disorders 05-02-2007, 02:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 10,377
Posted By TLB50
Re: Abnormal stress test!

Do you know what was abnormal? Was it something they noticed during the treadmill test or was this after you got the nuclear test report?
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-18-2007, 04:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,865
Posted By TLB50
Re: White Coat Hypertension at home???

I can't add much to your comments. I have almost the exact same experience. My pulse can be 70 BPM and by the time I get the cuff on and take my readings my pulse has increased to 90-100 BPM. I don't...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-18-2007, 04:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,443
Posted By TLB50
Re: BP & Symptoms

I know they say it is the silent killer but some people are more sensitive to blood pressure changes. If my BP gets into the 150/90 range I feel tired and short of breath. If it reaches 160/95-100...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-17-2007, 11:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,977
Posted By TLB50
Re: What can cause a recent High BP?

I thought it might be the salt but it has been 5 days. How long can the salt affect BP?

I don't take any BP meds. I do take Protonix (40 mg), Crestor (5 mg), Nasacort and Claritin.

I have also...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-16-2007, 04:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,977
Posted By TLB50
What can cause a recent High BP?

I take my BP about once a week just to keep an eye on it. It usually runs about 122/78 to 128/82. I got back from vacation last Friday and my BP was 151/88. I assumed it was from a bad diet and...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-15-2007, 11:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,802
Posted By TLB50
Re: Feeling a little paniked. Not sure if I should be worried...

This is a stupid question but ... if you have high BP you would think exercise would make it even higher. Is it true that exercise will temporarily raise your BP while exercising but the long term...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-13-2007, 06:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,802
Posted By TLB50
Re: Feeling a little paniked. Not sure if I should be worried...

What is the reason for not testing first thing in the morning?
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 03-21-2007, 07:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,649
Posted By TLB50
Re: Worried, can someone help??

[QUOTE=CrazyLife414;2874044]I have been told to exercise, but the GERD gets aggravated by the jostleing of my stomach, or is it my heart??? /QUOTE]

That's weird. Even walking some distance...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 03-21-2007, 04:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,649
Posted By TLB50
Re: Worried, can someone help??

I think the worst thing is that in the back of our minds a lot of us fear that it really is a heart problem. Last year when I was struggling with GERD I had my heart checked out and all the tests...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 03-16-2007, 05:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 93,941
Posted By TLB50
Re: Does yout sternum hurt to touch?

Bingo! Except in addition to my chest area feeling uncomfortable like tingling and muscle pains my chest also feels tight and sometimes short of breath. I have been on Protonix for over 1 year and it...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 03-08-2007, 05:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,506
Posted By TLB50
Re: Protonix

Just curious why you switched to Prevacid. I have been taking Protonix for over a year with no side effects. How would you compare the two?
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 03-05-2007, 08:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 14,857
Posted By TLB50
Re: what to do with the asthma like feeling?

They told me the results immediately following the procedure. Be sure to have someone with you to listen. You will hear what the doctor says but you will have trouble remembering. My wife thought it...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 03-05-2007, 04:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 14,857
Posted By TLB50
Re: what to do with the asthma like feeling?

Where do you have the pain? I have been fighting GERD for a couple of years and just recently the cold air has started bothering me. When I breathe in cold air my chest aches and gets tight. And when...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 02-24-2007, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 46,162
Posted By TLB50
Re: Can colds lead to Acid Reflux?

My original digestive problems started 2 years ago after a very bad cold and a round of Levaquin. The Levaquin was really nasty and threw my system into chaos that I am still trying to work through.
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 02-24-2007, 02:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,931
Posted By TLB50
Is this GERD or something more serious?

I have been on Protonix (40 mg) for over a year now. The Gastro doc put me on this after several tests (endoscopy, HIDA test, colonoscopy, etc.) found no apparent problems. Since I was also having...
Board: High Cholesterol 02-03-2007, 04:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,722
Posted By TLB50
Re: Improved results!

My bilirubin has been betwen 1.1 and 2.1 for at least 10 years. I talked to a gastro doc and he said this was nothing to worry about. Some people (usually runs in family) have higher bilirubin...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 01-24-2007, 07:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 10,502
Posted By TLB50
Re: Activia for IBS

I have been eating Activa every day for the last several weeks and it really does seem to help. Of course, if I have a bad eating day and am not careful I still have problems.
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 01-24-2007, 07:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,527
Posted By TLB50
Re: Red wine???

I have found the same thing. A glass or two of red wine really settles my digestive system. Of course, much more and it makes it worse. Red wine in moderation is good for many things. Enjoy. :)
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-16-2007, 08:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 42,294
Posted By TLB50
Re: How often should you take your bp

How much time do you wait between readings? Do you always check the same arm? Thanks.
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-11-2007, 09:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,342
Posted By TLB50
Re: Help... Racing Pulse

Sharon,
Thanks for the input. The doctor's office finally called back and told me this is a somewhat common side effect. Especially if this is the first time you have taken the drug and starting out...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-11-2007, 05:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,342
Posted By TLB50
Help... Racing Pulse

Can anyone tell me if one of the side effects of Prednisone is a racing pulse? I had my sciatic nerve flare up and yesterday the Dr. gave me Prednisone to take for the next week. They are 20 mg pills...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-10-2007, 04:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 65,865
Posted By TLB50
Re: Can't pass DOT physical - high BP

Great! Congratulations Lend. :)
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-02-2007, 03:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 65,865
Posted By TLB50
Re: Can't pass DOT physical - high BP

Many people have White Coat Hypertension but I can't imagine having your job depend on a good reading. Fortunately, my doctor is supportive and just tells me to keep checking BP periodically at home....
Board: High Cholesterol 01-02-2007, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 11,117
Posted By TLB50
Re: Crestor v Zocor potency?

I am sure others are more knowledgeable than me but my Dr. told me that 20 mg of Zocor is about equivalent to 5 mg of Crestor. Difference in side effects, I don't know.
Board: High Cholesterol 12-31-2006, 11:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 14,964
Posted By TLB50
Re: experience with crestor?

HubbleRules,

Thanks for the response. I can't relate the start of the pain to a particular event, that's why I questioned the Crestor. I have been on Protonix for about a year and I do use...
Board: High Cholesterol 12-30-2006, 01:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 14,964
Posted By TLB50
Re: experience with crestor?

HubbleRules,

I have been on Crestor 5 mg for about two months now. After only 1 month my TC dropped from 240 to 180, LDL 151 to 115 and Tri 221 to 121. Needless to say I was very pleased with the...
Board: Anxiety 12-29-2006, 05:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 13,721
Posted By TLB50
Re: Does anyone else suffer from "health" anxiety?

Thanks to all who have commented on this subject. I too seem to have this "health anxiety" and it is very helpful to know that I am not alone. I have several of the fears others have listed. Any...
Board: Anxiety 12-26-2006, 05:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,529
Posted By TLB50
Re: New Ativan User

Well, I have been taking 0.5 mg (once or twice a day) for almost 3 months now. At first it was 0.5 mg 2 times per day but recently about half the time I am only taking 0.5 mg once a day. Things in my...
Board: Anxiety 09-28-2006, 04:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,529
Posted By TLB50
Re: New Ativan User

Thanks, Is this usually a long term fix or short term?
Board: Anxiety 09-28-2006, 02:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,529
Posted By TLB50
New Ativan User

I have been having some anxiety issues. Not bad, but enough to disrupt my life and cause some physical problems. I went to my GP today and he gave me Ativan. His comment was that this is not...
Board: Digestive Disorders 09-27-2006, 04:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,766
Posted By TLB50
Re: Need a HIDA scan, do they hurt?

No problem. Worst case you may have a "slightly" upset stomach after the test because of the solution you drink. Don't worry.
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 03-22-2006, 03:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,296
Posted By TLB50
Re: Anyone take Protonix?

I have been taking Protonix for 4 months and although I have improved I still have periods lasting several days when I am not very good. I am getting a endoscopy next week and depending on the...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 03-02-2006, 03:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,208
Posted By TLB50
Re: Diet for GERD

For me the BIG no nos are:

Caffine, coffee (even decaf), chocolate, tomato products, citrus, red meat and anything spicy. Basically, the foods I really love.

Alcohol in moderation seems okay...
Board: Digestive Disorders 02-16-2006, 02:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,557
Posted By TLB50
Re: Protonix - Long term solution?

Thanks for the information.
Board: Digestive Disorders 02-16-2006, 12:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,557
Posted By TLB50
Re: Protonix - Long term solution?

Thanks for the response.

I have a lot of stomach upset, belching and bloating (tightness) in my sternum. My gastro doc has done a colonoscopy, blood tests, abdomen scan and HIDA test, all with...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 02-16-2006, 12:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,669
Posted By TLB50
Re: PPI Timing question

I have been on Protonix for a couple months and no one ever told me to wait at least 30 minutes before eating. I usually take right it before or after breakfast. Will I have better results if I...
Board: Digestive Disorders 02-16-2006, 11:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,557
Posted By TLB50
Protonix - Long term solution?

Is Protonix something you can take as a long term solution? I have been on it twice now. Six months ago I was on it for 8 weeks and now I have been taking it for about 10 weeks. Everything I have...
Board: Digestive Disorders 02-16-2006, 11:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 31,420
Posted By TLB50
Re: Are these things common with Acid Reflux/Indigestion? (jaw,back....)

I also, have had "acid reflux problems and indigestion for years. Nothing major, I just simply can't eat certain foods, drink milk etc....". Up until about a year ago I just used Rolaids and this...
Board: Digestive Disorders 07-16-2005, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 76,745
Posted By TLB50
Re: Stressed About First Visit to Gastroenterologist

Thanks for the comments, gingertea. I guess the worst part for me is always anxiety caused by the unknown. What I have heard of the tests agree with what you said, so I am not overly worried about...
Board: Digestive Disorders 07-16-2005, 07:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 76,745
Posted By TLB50
Stressed About First Visit to Gastroenterologist

I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist coming up. I have never been to one before and I am anxious not knowing what to expect. Can someone tell me what the "normal" course of action is for...
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