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What’s Your Ailment?

Huntn

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This is intended as a lighter thread, I don’t mean to shut down anyone who has a life threatening or debilitating condition they want to talk about, feel free, but my experience in online forums is you can’t rely on appropriate responses, you might get some real empathy or crickets.

That said, I want sympathy! ;) Seriously no sympathy requested for this post. Since about age 60, I’ve been taking candesartin for high blood pressure (blood pressure is normal with it), simvastatin for high cholesterol (genetic), and omeprazole for acid reflux. Last Fall I got my 3rd colonoscopy and my gastro doc noticed and suggested I stop taking omeperazole because there is concern about kidney damage and dementia.He switched me to Pepcid. The omeprazole is time release and works well. I noticed that the Pepcid (40mg), if I take it in the morning, only works for about 10 hrs, so I notice heartburn later in the day. The doctor suggested I switch to 2 -20mg a day. Right now I’m cutting 40mg tablets in half until I switch over. I admit to eating heartburn trigger foods, tomatos, citric fruit, coffee.

Omeprazole is suspected, among other things of promoting osteoporosis and dementia, damaging the kidneys and causing a decline in liver values. In the case of long-term intake, it is therefore advisable to discuss with the doctor beforehand what the risks are and what can be done to counteract the undesirable effects.
 
Growing up playing every manner of sports, I ended up with 3 knee surgeries and 2 junked shoulders, the second ended my dreams of playing baseball for a living (like it was the only thing that ended them LOL).

But when I was 45, I was starting to have trouble seeing my computer. I went to the eye doctor and since he had just seen me 6 months before, he tried different contacts. Nothing worked. So he decided to try rigid-gas permeable ones. I about came out of the chair. No go on those. So he decided to take a more detailed look through the scope. In 6 months I had grown cataracts. And not the kind that older people get that grow in from the sides, but each eye had one right down the middle.

So about 45 days later, I had my first eye surgery and a week after that, my second eye surgery. Best thing that ever happened to me vision wise. I had worn glasses since I was 8 and contacts since I was 12. Now I had 20/15 vision. I did a lot of research and went with multi-focal implants. They basically put two focal points on your retina and your brain figures out which one to use. So in addition to 20/15 distance, I have 20/30 near vision, but only 20/60 at arm's length. So I have some cheaters on my desk for computer work. Other than that, I see better than I probably ever have.

But recently, I have noticed some arthritis in my hands. CBD balm really helps keep them from aching, but I still don't feel like I have full strength. I guess it is all part of aging.

I also broke my right big toe kicking field goals barefooted because there was a short-lived trend in football of barefoot kickers. The podiatrist wanted to do a joint replacement, but I passed. I can get an injection if it starts getting bad.
 
Last Fall I got my 3rd colonoscopy and my gastro doc noticed and suggested I stop taking omeperazole because there is concern about kidney damage and dementia.He switched me to Pepcid. The omeprazole is time release and works well. I noticed that the Pepcid (40mg), if I take it in the morning, only works for about 10 hrs, so I notice heartburn later in the day. The doctor suggested I switch to 2 -20mg a day. Right now I’m cutting 40mg tablets in half until I switch over. I admit to eating heartburn trigger foods, tomatos, citric fruit, coffee.


Omeprazole is suspected, among other things of promoting osteoporosis and dementia, damaging the kidneys and causing a decline in liver values. In the case of long-term intake, it is therefore advisable to discuss with the doctor beforehand what the risks are and what can be done to counteract the undesirable effects.

My wife took Zantac for years until they pulled it from the market. She does not want to take a PPI and is trying to get by with Pepcid, but like with you, it isn't fully effective.
 
This is intended as a lighter thread, I don’t mean to shut down anyone who has a life threatening or debilitating condition they want to talk about, feel free, but my experience in online forums is you can’t rely on appropriate responses, you might get some real empathy or crickets.

That said, I want sympathy! ;) Seriously no sympathy requested for this post. Since about age 60, I’ve been taking candesartin for high blood pressure (blood pressure is normal with it), simvastatin for high cholesterol (genetic), and omeprazole for acid reflux. Last Fall I got my 3rd colonoscopy and my gastro doc noticed and suggested I stop taking omeperazole because there is concern about kidney damage and dementia.He switched me to Pepcid. The omeprazole is time release and works well. I noticed that the Pepcid (40mg), if I take it in the morning, only works for about 10 hrs, so I notice heartburn later in the day. The doctor suggested I switch to 2 -20mg a day. Right now I’m cutting 40mg tablets in half until I switch over. I admit to eating heartburn trigger foods, tomatos, citric fruit, coffee.

Omeprazole is suspected, among other things of promoting osteoporosis and dementia, damaging the kidneys and causing a decline in liver values. In the case of long-term intake, it is therefore advisable to discuss with the doctor beforehand what the risks are and what can be done to counteract the undesirable effects.
did you get tested for helicobacter pylori?
 
My wife took Zantac for years until they pulled it from the market. She does not want to take a PPI and is trying to get by with Pepcid, but like with you, it isn't fully effective.

I still have my 40 mg supply of famotidine (generic) and have found by cutting these in half taking one at lunch and one at dinner, is working adequately.
did you get tested for helicobacter pylori?
I have not. I looked up the symptoms and don’t think this is an issue with me.

If you have contracted H. Pylori, it’s likely that you will experience a range of symptoms including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rapid dehydration and stomach pain.
 
Growing up playing every manner of sports, I ended up with 3 knee surgeries and 2 junked shoulders, the second ended my dreams of playing baseball for a living (like it was the only thing that ended them LOL).

But when I was 45, I was starting to have trouble seeing my computer. I went to the eye doctor and since he had just seen me 6 months before, he tried different contacts. Nothing worked. So he decided to try rigid-gas permeable ones. I about came out of the chair. No go on those. So he decided to take a more detailed look through the scope. In 6 months I had grown cataracts. And not the kind that older people get that grow in from the sides, but each eye had one right down the middle.

So about 45 days later, I had my first eye surgery and a week after that, my second eye surgery. Best thing that ever happened to me vision wise. I had worn glasses since I was 8 and contacts since I was 12. Now I had 20/15 vision. I did a lot of research and went with multi-focal implants. They basically put two focal points on your retina and your brain figures out which one to use. So in addition to 20/15 distance, I have 20/30 near vision, but only 20/60 at arm's length. So I have some cheaters on my desk for computer work. Other than that, I see better than I probably ever have.

But recently, I have noticed some arthritis in my hands. CBD balm really helps keep them from aching, but I still don't feel like I have full strength. I guess it is all part of aging.

I also broke my right big toe kicking field goals barefooted because there was a short-lived trend in football of barefoot kickers. The podiatrist wanted to do a joint replacement, but I passed. I can get an injection if it starts getting bad.
My wife grew up with poor vision, Lasic about 20 years ago was a great decision for her, changed her life, but it was for distance vision and she wears cheaters to read. I thought I remembered at one point where they would do one eye for close and one eye for far, and I don’t think I’d like that And don’t know if that is still done.
 
My wife grew up with poor vision, Lasic about 20 years ago was a great decision for her, changed her life, but it was for distance vision and she wears cheaters to read. I thought I remembered at one point where they would do one eye for close and one eye for far, and I don’t think I’d like that And don’t know if that is still done.

It is still done. Won't work for me as it messes up depth perception some. I tried it with contacts many years ago and all of a sudden I couldn't judge a fly ball. But your brain figures things out for normal daily tasks.
 
I still have my 40 mg supply of famotidine (generic) and have found by cutting these in half taking one at lunch and one at dinner, is working adequately.

I have not. I looked up the symptoms and don’t think this is an issue with me.

If you have contracted H. Pylori, it’s likely that you will experience a range of symptoms including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rapid dehydration and stomach pain.
Nah, never rely on internet descriptions of diseases:) It usually just causes heartburn and increases stomach acid production. Easy to test for and eradicate.
 
Till 50 nothing and then down the hill, though had been into sports since 12 up to this moment (4 times a week).

The list would be long and scary. I try to shake off sick consciousness. Nevertheless, I got a little bit tired in this fight of "David and Goliath".
 
I’m taking a 3 month regiment Terbinafine for toenail fungus. It sounds worse than it looks, which is a yellow discoloration under the nail. This is probably the third time I’ve had it, in 40 years.
 
I’m taking a 3 month regiment Terbinafine for toenail fungus. It sounds worse than it looks, which is a yellow discoloration under the nail. This is probably the third time I’ve had it, in 40 years.

Not tried that one. I did a course of Lamisil and it got all of it except half of one big toe nail. Didn't do the second one because I didn't like having to do the liver tests. The tests weren't bad, just not comfortable taking something that could hurt my liver.

But after watching my parents lug their bag of pills to the doctor, I am of the mindset of not wanting to take any drug not needed to keep me alive.
 
Not tried that one. I did a course of Lamisil and it got all of it except half of one big toe nail. Didn't do the second one because I didn't like having to do the liver tests. The tests weren't bad, just not comfortable taking something that could hurt my liver.

But after watching my parents lug their bag of pills to the doctor, I am of the mindset of not wanting to take any drug not needed to keep me alive.
I'm scheduled for a blood test in just under a month. My understanding is that if you are not effected by the drug in that manner, then you are good to keep using it until the end of treatment.
 
Right now my ailment is a cracked rear molar… So it is going to be Root Canal and then a crown. Grrrrrrrr.

Otherwise I am pretty stable healthwise.



I’m taking a 3 month regiment Terbinafine for toenail fungus. It sounds worse than it looks, which is a yellow discoloration under the nail. This is probably the third time I’ve had it, in 40 years.
I can relate to this. I picked up a nail fungus somewhere during Yoga classes… Honestly, some people's foot hygiene is just… nasty!

Anyway. The Terbinafine worked very well. I thought I had lost my right little toe nail as it got hammered the worst. But it is perfectly normal again.

Terbinafine is pretty industrial strength. I had to undergo blood tests for liver function — before and after.

Good luck!


Not tried that one. I did a course of Lamisil and it got all of it except half of one big toe nail. Didn't do the second one because I didn't like having to do the liver tests. The tests weren't bad, just not comfortable taking something that could hurt my liver.

But after watching my parents lug their bag of pills to the doctor, I am of the mindset of not wanting to take any drug not needed to keep me alive.
I'm with you there. 👍
 
Right now my ailment is a cracked rear molar… So it is going to be Root Canal and then a crown. Grrrrrrrr.

Otherwise I am pretty stable healthwise.




I can relate to this. I picked up a nail fungus somewhere during Yoga classes… Honestly, some people's foot hygiene is just… nasty!

Anyway. The Terbinafine worked very well. I thought I had lost my right little toe nail as it got hammered the worst. But it is perfectly normal again.

Terbinafine is pretty industrial strength. I had to undergo blood tests for liver function — before and after.

Good luck!



I'm with you there. 👍
Of interest how things have changed in dentistry from my parents generation to mine, I was born in 53. My parents and grandparents mostly had dentures. I’ve got all of my teeth, although almost all of my molars are crowned, including 2 front teeth broken in a car accident at age 17. Whether you get a root canal or not depends on the condition of the tooth. I’ve had 3 root canals, but most of the crowns were done minus the root canal.

Regarding the first sentence, as a child the dentist did not use any numbing agents on my teeth. The first time I went to a dentist who wanted to give me a shot of novocain was a surprise and the thought of a shot did not comfort me either. :) As I look back on this form of torture, I don’t know how children sat still for getting their teeth repaired. I don’t know if gas was an option back then. I remember digging my fingers into the armrests of the chair and that whirring sound which made the entire experience worse. My Dad tells a story about his little sister dashing out of the dentist office running all the way home. She lives today in Plymouth, Minn with my Uncle, they are 90ish.

The Dentist I see now is most skilled with the needle, they use a topical numbing agent, and I barely notice when the needle goes in. Her new Dentist son, is not as good in this regard. The next crown I get, I will request her. :D.

Recently I had a crown break which was a big disappointment. I thought with a crown, the work was done. The last two molars I’ve had installed are gold, because statistically if I can believe my dentist, that is currently the longest lasting for molars. No, no gold in the front. :)
 
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Of interest how things have changed in dentistry from my parents generation to mine,

And to my daughter's. And also who does the work.

My childhood dentist was similar to yours. Hated going.

My dentist now does none of the cleaning, instead the girls do all that type of work. He has like 4 "rooms" and just goes into to do a final check after they have done their work. I remember even in college in the 80's, the dentist did the cleaning. I have 2 crowns, one was a root canal, one was not. The "not" was because I broke a piece off and since I got in quickly, nothing got in deep and he just capped it. The other was previously filled and the filling cracked/leaked and it needed a RC.

Now my daughter's pediatric dentist needs to find a new line of work. Seems they now "watch" small surface cavities and don't fix them. Well they watched them develop into real cavities and and once my daughter aged out to an adult dentist, she ended up with several fillings. Her new dentist was pissed at what they had done. Or hadn't done.

But this biggest change in dentistry is braces. Kids WANT them now like they are some status symbol. When I was in school kids got teased over their braces, but now they want them. And the orthodontists have a similar production line, Lots of rooms with techs doing the work and automatic payment plans. It is a racket for sure. And yes, my daughter had braces. :oops:
 
Not tried that one. I did a course of Lamisil and it got all of it except half of one big toe nail. Didn't do the second one because I didn't like having to do the liver tests. The tests weren't bad, just not comfortable taking something that could hurt my liver.

But after watching my parents lug their bag of pills to the doctor, I am of the mindset of not wanting to take any drug not needed to keep me alive.
I really know nothing, but my impression is that in a month the sign of damage would be a reading, that would correct itself if the medicine was halted. My wife has had some liver damage due to taking too much Advil (that type of pain killer), so she has to take something else and watch how much she takes For chronic back pain, and frequent headaches.
 
And to my daughter's. And also who does the work.

My childhood dentist was similar to yours. Hated going.

My dentist now does none of the cleaning, instead the girls do all that type of work. He has like 4 "rooms" and just goes into to do a final check after they have done their work. I remember even in college in the 80's, the dentist did the cleaning. I have 2 crowns, one was a root canal, one was not. The "not" was because I broke a piece off and since I got in quickly, nothing got in deep and he just capped it. The other was previously filled and the filling cracked/leaked and it needed a RC.

Now my daughter's pediatric dentist needs to find a new line of work. Seems they now "watch" small surface cavities and don't fix them. Well they watched them develop into real cavities and and once my daughter aged out to an adult dentist, she ended up with several fillings. Her new dentist was pissed at what they had done. Or hadn't done.

But this biggest change in dentistry is braces. Kids WANT them now like they are some status symbol. When I was in school kids got teased over their braces, but now they want them. And the orthodontists have a similar production line, Lots of rooms with techs doing the work and automatic payment plans. It is a racket for sure. And yes, my daughter had braces. :oops:
My impression is a big change is that in the 60s-70’s metal filings were state of the art, but now 40-60 years of usage and flexing are causing all of those molars to crack, requiring crowns. What I am not clear about is if the new material for filling cavities flexes less when under pressure, or if crowns are in everyone‘s future? I suppose so. :unsure:
 
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I wish I knew what’s going on with me. After a super-stressful day at work I couldn’t fall asleep so I took about 1/5 capful of Benadryl, and towards morning another 1/5. Now I’m just barely waking up after sleeping all day. I’ve also got a minor sinus headache and pain in my back. I have never felt this totally shitty.
 
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