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Comment by Grinning Cat on July 15, 2017 at 1:03pm

(Does this belong here or over in Politics, Economics, and Religion? Yes. :-) Also relevant to Writing to Congress this coming week...)

Prescription vial with pills inside, labeled GOP HEALTH CARE, with a long foldout in tiny type: SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: HEADACHES, HEARTBURN, DIZZINESS, DROWSINESS, BLURRED [...] DIARRHEA, HYPERVENTILATION, INDIGESTION, IRRITABILITY, RESTLESSNESS, ANXIETY, NERVOUSNESS, CONFUSION, DROOLING, LACK OF COORDINATION, MUSCLE TREMBLING, JERKING OR STIFFNESS, UNCONTROLLABLE MOVEMENTS, FAST HEARTBEAT, SLOW HEARTBEAT, SWELLING OF THE TONGUE, TROUBLE BREATHING OR SWALLOWING, CONVULSIONS, HIGH FEVER, INCREASED BLOOD PRESSURE, LOSS OF BLADDER CONTROL, PROFUSE SWEATING, MUSCLE SPASMS OR JERKING OF EXTREMITIES, SEVERE MUSCLE STIFFNESS, SUDDEN LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS, EXTREME FATIGUE, HIVES, WELTS, [...] STRENGTH, NAUSEA, VOMITING, BELCHING, CONSTIPATION, DRY MOUTH, LIGHTHEADEDNESS, RUNNY NOSE, SHAKING, SORE THROAT, ABDOMINAL PAIN, INSOMNIA, WEIGHT GAIN, CONGESTION, PARANOIA, HALLUCINATIONS, TREMORS, HEART FAILURE, DEATH, STROKE, [...] DRY THROAT, [...] INCREASED APPE[TITE] [...] SALIVATION [...] MUSCLE [...]

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Comment by Randall Smith on December 19, 2016 at 7:27am

Spud, most men have enlarged prostates (me included), but it's natural. As long as you can still pee and your PSA number is low, you're fine. 

The only prescribed medication (besides red yeast rice) I'm taking is Lisinopril for blood pressure. It averaged 123/79 all this past year. Dr. says stay on it. It's cheap and affective.

Comment by Plinius on December 18, 2016 at 11:28am

Good news, Randall and Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 18, 2016 at 10:33am

Randy, congratulations on having the courage to argue with your doctor.  Seems like a good idea when you have statistics to back-up your point of view.  

I've got a good doctor now.  He's the best I've ever known.  He's in a University medical center where I think he's the head doctor and teaches other doctors, so I don't feel like arguing with him much.  

I did tell him that I wanted to stop taking drugs for my enlarged prostate because my symptoms were worse when taking drugs than when not.  He didn't give his opinion, but said tell that to my Urologist and see what he said about it.

Luckily, my Urologist had just retired, so I asked my main doctor for a recommendation and I was happy with the young one he recommended.  That Urologist agreed with everything I had concluded about my prostate and questionable cancer, that I had learned mostly from the most reliable places on the internet.

So, no more drugs for me at this time.  Yay!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 18, 2016 at 8:50am

I argued with my doctor last week. He recommended I start statins because my cholesterol total was high for the second year in a row: 264. I maintained my HDL was high (79) and triglycerides wer good (80). Yes, LDL was high (140). Heart was good and strong. We disagreed as to whether my numbers warranted taking drugs. I say no and cited statistics. He, of course, didn't agree. We compromised. I'll be taking red yeast rice to see if it helps. I'm not convinced the doctor knows best.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 15, 2016 at 6:58am
Incredibly gross! I did make a cake yesterday--a pear cake.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2016 at 12:16am

Oh! Spud! they look terrible! I'll have a piece of cake with you Plinius. 

Comment by Plinius on November 15, 2016 at 12:13am

ieeep! Where's the cake?!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 14, 2016 at 10:54am

Comment by Randall Smith on July 24, 2016 at 7:55am

With a 5k run five weeks away, I need to make a decision whether to participate or not. Am I being "old and foolish"? So this morning I jogged a bit, alternating walking and running every 50 yards or so, 5 miles total. Felt good, but near the end, my hips and groin began to ache. Anyway, I have a week to save $5 entry fee ($20). Doing the race gives me some motivation. Besides, I really do like to run--even at age 73.

 

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