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  •  Just read your blog post, DS. (4+ / 0-)
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    bewild, Lujane, DarkSyde, doingbusinessas

    Glad you are doing well & that you had the insured healthcare you needed.  You won't miss that food too much after too long; it's amazing what small acts of focused willpower can build up to in terms of what foods appeal to you (and quitting smoking is the greater act of will, so doing that will make the food part easier).  I have pizza maybe once a month now, if that; it was once weekly.  And you can still have a small cheeseburger if you go 100% grassfed; those cows have Omega 3s like salmon & a fat profile your body needs.  Just be sure to have plenty of fibrous veggies with it.

    I work at a natural foods grocer, & our nutrition people are talking up the blood sugar/gluten/inflammation angles with respect to heart health.  Saturated fat still needs to be consumed in moderation, but it's not the whole greasy enchilada.

    After being uninsured for years, & now being insured, I've dillydallying about finding a PCP, because habit, so it's very motivating for me to be reminded by you that I'm gonna feel dumb for not doing it sooner.   I think I'm OK, but approaching 40, I've been feeling a little off in some ways.  Really hope it's nothing like you've endured, but it's long past time for a checkup to make sure there's no tiny detail that signals a bigger problem down the road...

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    by Leftcandid on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:52:27 AM PST

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      I read through DK's blog post too because he does his personal medical history with such humor. (Does anyone remember the toilet plunger episode?)

      The one part that bothers me about the diagnosis is that the indicators were all subtle. Except I recall from a few weeks ago that his blood pressure measurement was 180/120. That sounds high, but I presume that was not an acute indicator, like the little squiggle on the ECG.

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        blood pressure runs way high all the time. Always has, even while meicated. But 180/120 was way high even for me. If I get a reading below 150/80 that's reason for celebration.

        •  Keep on the meds (1+ / 0-)
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          You are a valuable resource for dealing with life.

          The little pains and twinges seem to multiply as we get older, and everyone of these comes with a different sensation.  And lots of these are nerve responses originating from other parts of the body. If I was a hypochondriac, I would be running to the doc all the time.

          I assume the key is that if these start to recur or last for more of a few seconds, those are the significant warning signs.

          And sometimes you just know when something is wrong.

          •  A couple of years ago my BP climbed to (0+ / 0-)

            140/95 and wouldn't go down.  So my ND put me on a Aryedivadic formula (called Carditone) for about 9 months and got it down below 120/80.  Now my most stressful days are 122/82, normal being now 116/75.

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            by doingbusinessas on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 10:17:08 AM PST

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            inflammation is a factor, wouldn't hat be easy to test using  anti inflammatory drugs, everything from NSAIDS to cortical steroids to biologics like Humira?

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