White male, age 49, 6'4", 245lbs. Medically retired since 1996. I have history of Chronic Scaitic/Lumbar pain (Lamenectomy 1990), Osteoarthritis, chronic fatigue and systemic inflamation. Bialaterial partial knee replacements within last 2 years. Weekly Chiropractor adjustment. Any physical activity is very difficult. I exercise in pool 3-4 times weekly. Sleep apnea which I consider to be very minimal. I avoid using CPAP because it is cumbersome and drys nasal passages even using the water attachment. Today was my first visit with Rheumatologist. Dr was astonished of me being medically retired! Her Diagnosis- Hyper Mobility issue attributed to my height, genetically weak joint cologen. Soft tissue tenderness due to sleep apnea. Dr recommended increaseing low impact exercise, reduce body weight. Mentioned prescribing Neurontin or various antidepressants but encouaged enhanced exercising instead. Fibromyalgia was never addressed. Very unhappy with this Dr visit. I'm I being over sensitive?View Thread
Hello Mary Appreciate your sympathetic words. The relief I received from the partial knee replacements has been wonderful. Bone on Bone is a dead end street! Within the first 60 seconds of the Rheumatologist entering exam room today, I could sense I was wasting my time. I think this doctor only considers visible disabilities as legitiment! I'm so frustrated with the word Sleep Apnea! Last night I went to sleep around 11pm and never woke up once until 6am this morning. Did not take any sleep aid medicine either! I'm considering undergoing another sleep study to reevaluate the 7 year old Apnea diagnosis.View Thread
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