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Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 03-05-2021, 02:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 15,265
Posted By Machaon
Re: Blood pressure swings. A big concern?

Hi StayFit42!

Blood pressure medications will lower Systolic blood pressure, on average, up to 7 points for each med. So, for two bp meds, one might get up to 14 points lower, on average,...
Board: Hypochondria 02-06-2021, 07:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 21,435
Posted By Machaon
Re: Health anxiety about chemical exposures- is this incide irrational or a real conc

Most of the thousands of chemicals that have been developed have NEVER been thoroughly tested to determine their effect or impact on our health.

Our body has a hormonal response and/or immune...
Board: Diabetes 08-18-2020, 07:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,428
Posted By Machaon
Re: Greatly concerned about medications, need help!

Hi ChunkyChick! Sorry to hear about your husband's diabetic and health problems.

I was diagnosed with Heart Failure, Persistent AFib and Diabetes 2 in 1987.

I did not want to take diabetes...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 05-22-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 9,108
Posted By Machaon
Re: Ear infection or wax build-up?

Hi micchan!

Is it possible that one or both of the eustachian tubes, leading to your ears, is somewhat blocked?

Did you recently have a cold, or allergy, where you had to blow your nose?...
Board: General Health 03-07-2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 16,010
Posted By Machaon
Re: I was a healthy 29 years old, until ...

Usually the flu lasts 7-10 days. Are you sure it was the flu?

Your nerve and muscle symptoms are varied and seem to effect almost every part of your body. If it was me I would try to rule out...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-13-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,249
Posted By Machaon
Re: Chlorthalidone Questions

Ryche, Chlorthalidone causes lower blood potassium and magnesium levels and increased blood calcium levels. This could contribute to the side effects of the diuretic.

I've been on a different...
Board: Asthma 10-15-2019, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,679
Posted By Machaon
Re: Does anyone else have these symptoms?

Hi Wheez!

My asthma is very sensitive to cigarette smoke and changes in the weather. My asthma is also effected by many other things such as dust, paints, auto exhaust, various foods, perfumes,...
Board: Diabetes 08-12-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 9,159
Posted By Machaon
Re: WHAT CAN I EAT besides water

Hi roy!

I am 75 years old. Used to have Insulin Resistance and Diabetes 2. I no longer have problems with my blood sugar and I have never taken any medications for Diabetes or Insulin Resistance....
Board: General Health 04-24-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 595
Posted By Machaon
Re: Is it ethical to money in my will to my doctor

Hi namolos!

I would guess the answer to your question depends somewhat on how well you trust your doctor.

In my case, I am 74 with Heart Failure. My life is in my doctor's hands. Would I really...
Board: Asthma 04-13-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,523
Posted By Machaon
Re: Asthma & Keto

Hi troye!

Sounds like something in your new low carb, high fat diet is effecting your asthma. Do you have any idea which food item(s) might be the culprit(s)?

I am on a similar diet that is...
Board: Heart Disorders 03-31-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 8,808
Posted By Machaon
Re: new to paroxysmal Afib

Mild thickening of heart muscle is a warning that the heart has been under stress. If it were me I would be interested in making sure that the thickening doesn't get worse.

There are medications...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 03-24-2019, 07:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,060
Posted By Machaon
Re: Too Old for knee replacement?

My wife's doctor told her that it would be best to try Viscosupplementation (lubricating injections) into her knees before even considering knee replacement.

Viscosupplementation is a procedure in...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 03-08-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,549
Posted By Machaon
Re: Diagnostic slippery slope?

Goodness, how do you enjoy longer fasting times!? That would be slow torture for me. I am almost 75 with a BMI around 20. I eat SIX low carb meals per day. That means that I am either eating or...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-22-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,876
Posted By Machaon
Re: High Blood Pressure/Ears buzzing

Normal blood pressure begins low and goes up gradually during the day, staying at healthy levels. BP then dips or lowers during evening hours.

Blood pressure that does not dip during the evening...
Board: High Cholesterol 01-08-2019, 05:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,483
Posted By Machaon
Re: Cholesterol high despite Plant based Whole foods No Oil diet

Hi Rickster!

High cholesterol numbers might not be as bad as they seem.

If you'd like to learn more about the quality of your cholesterol, you might want to have your cholesterol particle...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 07-07-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,643
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heat Wave and I cant Breathe

I can do a lot of exercise repetitions because I am retired and can spread the exercises out during the day so they don't overwhelm me.

You are still working hard for a living. You have less time...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 07-05-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,643
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heat Wave and I cant Breathe

You can take a million tests at a doctor's office, but the best test is how your body reacts to physical stress, hard work or exercise. Your body is telling you something. It's telling you that it...
Board: Eye & Vision 01-29-2018, 04:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,563
Posted By Machaon
Re: ocular migraine question

I've always wondered if my allergies and the levels of pollen and molds had anything to do with my auras, but I have never been able to relate anything to why they appear one day and then not again...
Board: Heart Disorders 03-29-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,328
Posted By Machaon
Re: Low Ejection Rate

Does his blood pressure stay low normal during the afternoon, evening and late at night?

I've been on Digoxin for my Heart Failure since 1987. It slows the heart and helps the heart to beat...
Board: Asthma 12-01-2016, 08:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,612
Posted By Machaon
Re: Cats

Have you tried sleeping over your friend's place?

In my case, my asthma is so sensitive to cats and dogs that my asthma will act up even if the animal stays permanently in another part of my...
Board: Exercise & Fitness 11-03-2016, 08:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,288
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart Valve Poblem With Weight Lifting Machines

Hi needto exercise! Hope you are doing well this morning! :wave:

I'm 72 dealing with Heart Failure with both atriums severely enlarged; permanent Atrial Fibrillation; and mild to moderate problems...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-17-2016, 08:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,848
Posted By Machaon
Re: Confused about my blood pressure?

Hi Chris! :wave:

I can't directly answer your questions, but I will add what I have learned about my own blood pressure fluctuations, by showing how much my blood pressure fluctuates, throughout...
Board: Heart Disorders 08-07-2016, 09:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,315
Posted By Machaon
Re: Slow heart beat and medication

My heart usually has a slow heart rate. Just to check I just took my blood pressure and it read 106/64 with a heart rate of 61.

I am not a good one to answer your question about a slow...
Board: Diabetes 04-16-2016, 12:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,812
Posted By Machaon
Re: Doing things right and still pre-diabetic - what next?

Just wanted to add: I was able to go for years, with high blood sugar readings, eating whatever I desired... pizza, subs, ice cream, beer, chocolate bars, popcorn, chicken wings, french fries,...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-15-2016, 11:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,533
Posted By Machaon
Re: Unstable blood pressure, lost appetite, feeling weak

As we age, our immune systems, hormonal systems and metabolism age and can become unstable, especially if we don't have sufficient daily exercise and don't have a very healthy diet. So... it is not a...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-18-2016, 09:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,017
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, 12:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,017
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: General Health 01-06-2016, 08:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 703
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 12-09-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,796
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: Diabetes 04-29-2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 3
Type 2 Insulin
Views: 1,190
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: Heart Disorders 04-23-2015, 07:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,720
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 04-21-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,199
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: Heart Disorders 04-04-2015, 06:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,222
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: Shingles 02-27-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,840
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: Asthma 02-13-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,285
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 01-31-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,256
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,...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-18-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,966
Posted By Machaon
Re: Huge Spike Early Evening - Urgent

I had chronic, untreatable high blood pressure for many years, until I finally started getting a handle on it in 2004. I had to take my blood pressure almost 31000 times from 1998 thru 2010. I was...
Board: Dental Health 01-08-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,843
Posted By Machaon
Re: "Looking for Denture Advice"...

I've had flexible, plastic, partial dentures replacing seven of my upper teeth for around three years; both the TCS brand and the Valplast brand. I much prefer the Valplast!

I LOVE them! They are...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-07-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,276
Posted By Machaon
Re: My Condition

You have problems with your left ventricle, in which it isn't functioning as well as it should and it doesn't fill properly (diastolic dysfunction).

Are you a smoker?

I really don't...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 12-15-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,716
Posted By Machaon
Low calorie, frequent eating, small meal ovo-vegetarian diet improved BP and health!

My nasty, scary Blood Pressure averages, for each hour (1 thru 24 or 1am thru 12 midnight), Jan 2002 thru Dec 2003 (24 months, 2455 readings).

Hr Sys Dia Nbr

1 153 93 10
2 143 93 20
3 144 94...
Board: Addiction & Recovery 10-20-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,068
Posted By Machaon
Re: Atheist seeking recovery ...

Greetings fellow Atheist! :wave:

I never considered myself an alcoholic, but I seldom went a day without at least a couple of beers. I used to commute an hour to work and would consume two tall...
Board: Allergies 09-22-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,756
Posted By Machaon
Re: Asthma from new sofa and chairs (fabric covered)

Most fabricated furniture is stuffed with polyurethane foam, which can outgas VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) forever!

I had a nice, soft, comfortable, large velvet couch that I loved to lay...
Board: Heart Disorders 09-06-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,263
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart skipping beats

Hi freddie! :wave: I hope that your heart has calmed down by now.

I used to have similar problems after eating. Since I've gone on a small meal, low calorie, ovo-vegetarian diet, I've been...
Board: Allergies 09-06-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,756
Posted By Machaon
Re: Asthma from new sofa and chairs (fabric covered)

Your asthma might be being triggered by the dyes, or the materials, from which the sofa and chairs are manufactured. Another possibility could be the chemicals used in the treatment of the sofa and...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-04-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,453
Posted By Machaon
Re: blood pressure meds make me sick

Hi patience! :wave:

Your unpleasant reactions, to your blood pressure medications, are normal, not strange. Blood pressure medications block or inhibit the body's energy and stimulation hormones,...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-02-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,044
Posted By Machaon
Re: Taking 12 mg lisinopril daily lowish blood pressure

I took a different ACE Inhibitor, Quinapril, for my blood pressure, and experienced similar side effects.

ACE Inhibitors also cause the metabolism to retain potassium. I am a vegetarian. My foods...
Board: Heart Disorders 06-28-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 950
Posted By Machaon
Re: Triple Bypass Recovery Time

You had posted that your "husband has CHF with a lvef of 25", and that he has undergone a triple bypass. I wish him an excellent and full recovery from both the bypass and the CHF.

I can't...
Board: Heart Disorders 05-31-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 969
Posted By Machaon
Re: Beta blockers

I'm 70. I've got permanent Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure.

I take the beta blocker Coreg (Carvedilol) and Digoxin. Digoxin has done a good job, over the past 27 years at keeping my AF...
Board: Heart Disorders 04-19-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,331
Posted By Machaon
Re: Forceful beats with little movement


Sorry you are experiencing troublesome hard beats. Are there days when you can go without having forceful beats?

I've fought that same battle for decades. In my case, when my heart would...
Board: Diabetes 04-18-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,758
Posted By Machaon
Re: Blood Glucose

Fasting BS is just one part of the puzzle.

What are your blood sugar readings at one or two hours after starting a meal?

I'm 70. I do two hours of exercise each day and eat a balanced 5-meal...
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