I went to the doctor again on Friday to follow-up with my blood work and the new med I'm taking. He added yet another med. I started to reflect on what I'm taking...I take a ton of stuff every day. I'll be 38 next month and sometimes I feel like 20 and other times I feel much older. When I snap open my "grandpa" pill holder each morning and each night I feel really, really old. Now the sad thing is that if I would drop weight, I probably would eliminate (or at least reduce) my need for some of these things. My goal is to be below 200 by Labor Day and then below 190 by the end of the year. Possible????? I hope so! Just to give you an idea, here is what I take on a daily basis:
A general men's vitamin...to balance out my dieting and stupid eating habits.
For cholesterol reduction, I have taken Metamucil and Fish Oil for a number of years. My overall cholesterol is lower, as is my LDL (the bad cholesterol)...but not enough to stay off of a low dose of statin.
I have always had "borderline" hypertension. Now "they" say that there is no such thing as borderline. My doctor says that I need to be under 110/80. I have been back on Lisinopril for a few months and at my last Dr. visit my BP was 110/74. Not bad. I occasionally take my BP at home when I first wake up and have had consistently lower numbers. Again, weight loss and exercise will help with naturally lowering my BP.
This is a new addition to my health issues. Welcome to the family Aciphex! I have had issues with an ulcer or gastritis in the past and have taken ranitidine. I stopped that about 18 months ago and have been fine. Over the last few months, I've had huge issues again and after an ultrasound and blood work, I am on Aciphex to block acid production. It has made a HUGE difference. I'm still having issues. I hope all of my symptoms clear up because the Dr. is talking about more invasive looks at my digestive system if things continue. Cameras should be used to make feature-length movies and Seinfeld episodes, not for spelunking into my inner cavities...
I take aspirin for my elevated CRP and because some of the research says that it reduces the chances of a cardiac episode.
For rheumatoid arthritis, I take this cocktail. It seems to have been helpful. When I have joint flareups, I usually take a prescription strength Naproxen or Ibuprofen and the problem is easily eliminated. I have been so much better off with my inflammatory issues than I was in the past. Maybe getting older makes some things better??? PS: I miss Vioxx (it really was a wonder drug...and Kari could have used the money from the class action suit when I died prematurely from a heart attack).
I'm going to have to get a larger "grandpa" pill holder...