One reaccuring dream I've been having lately involves me in the middle of a job I worked at over 5 years ago. I'm either trying to remember how to do it, or being the lead trainer again (depending on the night I guess).
Last night I had a dream I was in a post-apocalyptic world trying to recon another settlement to see if they had better stuff than us.
I take melatonin on a regular basis to help sleep, so most of my dreams are very vivid and strange.View Thread
Since you have a bad time with iron infusions, have the drs ever discussed using a medication that can help increase the # of red blood cells? There are 2 off the top of my head called Procrit and Epogen. Since you are on warfarin already it may be a good choice for you to try.View Thread
1983 chevy custom delux 1/2 ton red pickup, born the same year as me. I loved it. It was suped up to be a construction vehicle so it had nail proof tires, a truck box, and a dual exhaust. To turn on the brights you had to step on a button on the floor next to the breaks, and the vent didnt work. I could drive that truck through anything. I got it the Christmas that I was 16.
I named it Axle Van Bowie. Sadly it died after 4 years and 175k miles.View Thread
High Temp Today - 101 with a heat index of 109. Tomorrow it's supposed to be 104 with an index of 111.
Weekend plans - Its my MIL birthday, and were going to visit. She lives in the amish area, and has NO A/C! I'm gonna melt. Also planning on canning more jam and jelly (I will eventually start my own business...hopefully)
Favorite color - Dark blue. Royal and midnight blue are my fav. My car is such a dark blue that it looks black unless the light is directly on it, and then it sparkles.View Thread
Voltaren is a NSAID in a gel form. It's for people who are not able to take systemic NSAIDs due to contraindications (ie. stomach ulcers).
I havent heard of anxiety medication for neuropathy, but I know that they do try tricyclic antidepressants as well as the neurontin. Some people also have a good response to Lyrica, although that one is prescribed more for fibromialgia.
You could also try Lidoderm if nothing else has worked. That comes in a patch. Most insurances will only cover it for post-herpetic neuralgia, but you can appeal (and most that do for diabetic neuropathy get it approved).View Thread
All things about the G6PD and studies and such aside, there is no "belief" when it comes to drug classes. It either is or isnt. You cant call the sky green because you believe it to be. You cant call Metformin a Sulfonylurea just because it causes hemolysis in people both with and without the G6PD (according to the one website you cited).
Think of drug classes like food. Apples and cherries are fruits, so they are both in the "fruit class". They both cause blood glucose to increase. Just because a potato also causes an increase in blood sugar doesnt make it a fruit as well. Sulfonylureas may cause hemolysis, but that doesnt mean that metformin is one just because it has the same side effect.
Or, think of it as something that causes side effects. I am allergic to Actos. It causes me to swell up. I am also allergic to Avandia because it is in the same drug class. I happen to be allergic to certain spices too, which also cause me to swell up. Just because the spices give me the same side effect as the medication doesnt mean they are the same thing.
Drugs are classified by what is in them. There is no belief that can change what it is down to it's essentials. There is no grey area.
I am not allowed to say if I am a medical professional or not per WebMD rules, but my information does come from a professional source.View Thread
According to a pharmacist, metformin is not a sulfonylurea, it is in the drug class biguanide.
Metformin may be what caused the hemolysis, but that doesnt mean it definitely is in the drug class. Sulfonylureas make the pancreas produce more insulin (drugs like glimepiride and glyburide). Metformin makes your body use it's own natural insulin better, while also making the liver produce less sugar.
Dont always believe what you read on the internet. While it has a vast amount of knowledge, it doesnt have to be true or accurate to be on there.View Thread
Well, it may be because the ratio of short to long acting insulin has changed. It used to be with the 50/50 you were getting half short acting and half medium acting insulin. With 25/75 you are getting 3 times the amount of medium acting than short acting.
Mixed insulins are becoming more of an "old fashioned" way of dosing. Have you though about using a long acting insulin that lasts all day (like lantus or levemir) and a short acting for meals (either humalog, novolog, or apidra)? You have a lot more flexibility with that kind of dosing. The downside is that it is more injections, but it may help you fine tune your sugars.View Thread
I am an active sleep roller, so I use a long tube with my pump. Sometimes I wake up and its wrapped around me a couple times, but it's never pulled the lead out. If I know I'm going to be sweating or moving a lot, I put something over the lead (like what hospitals put over IV lines. I think it's called tegaderm or something like that).
I *love* my pump. Once I found out all the ins and outs it has made my life sooo much easier.View Thread