Ok...will try to be succinct but gonna be a bit tough... (ok in hindsight after writing there is no way I was...
Posted by An_260165
Ok...will try to be succinct but gonna be a bit tough... (ok in hindsight after writing there is no way I was succinct)...sorry.
Border line diabetic- usually read 7.1-6.8. .(Metformin 500mg 2X daily). Sleep apnea, light stroke 3 years ago, Aphasia result, Brain aneurism discovered then, and now aneurism was coiled 3 years ago, managed high BP- usually 135-140/80/90 (Zestoretic/Lisinoprol 20mg/12mg 1X daily) Aortic aneurism 4.4 cm, Heartbeat often irregular/ PVC's- (Nadolol 20 mg 1X daily)), Overweight-5'8/265.
Chronic pain-lumbar/cervical. constant leg ache/pain, (THIS IS BIG ISSUE) feet tingling/numbness from diabetic neuropathy BUT began with very narrow spinal column diagnosed and stenosis as a beginning. Managed chronic pain, monthly visits to pain clinic, (Cymbalta 60mg 2X, Lyrica 150mg 3X,-for leg pain, not depression or convulsions-Oxycontin 10mg. 2X day and Oxycodone 10mg 2X day or as needed-always needed! (note- have been trying to reduce Oxycodone from 20mg. now to 10mg.- only because it doesn't work to begin with. Multiple epidurals for back- now no help. Spinal block, discectomy, etc.- everything except neurotransmitter tried. LEGS ARE KEY ISSUE- WALKING/STANDING-PAIN ETC BISSEGT DRAWBACK TO QUALITY OF LIFE.
Recently, last month, discovered to have beginnings of COPD (Symbicort 160/4.5,Spiriva Handihaler (new-ineffective) Uncomfortable with both drugs- weight gain? ineffective? working to meet with sleep doctor to review this month.
Older history within 10 years-Colon resection 10 years ago, gall bladder removed same time, 2 partial knee replacements successful 4 years ago, partial "cautious approach" surgery- laminectomy to L5 S1 not successful.Currently- Overweight, yes...drinker/smoker-ex corporate executive (lots of travel/stress/A personality, semi-retired.
Current HUGE LIVING ISSUES- unable to move, short energy span (4-5 hours of fair activity. Lots of sleeping needed...lots. 12 hours sleep MINIMUM-with 8 hour nights, naps etc...not acceptable for quality of life and after leg issue this is driving me crazy!!!! Tried to discover if meds have affected this and doesn't seem to be core issue, but some... tried to see if carbs were the issue after meals as it happened then too. Tried eliminating and it didn't matter! I have been a corporate charger but after stroke its been downhill...
Tried specialists all over the place, neurosurgeon, cardiologist, pain specialist for 7 years, orthopedics, physical therapy,acupuncture, chiropractor, etc...I even lost 30 lbs. 18 months ago but then regressed as I wore out...I'm so tired of it all- I look in the mirror and see a 35 year old man still. About ready to head to Mayo as I'm about to run out of ideas- been fairly intelligent in choosing good physicians but cant seem to find a middle ground. So...I figure you all have some magic you can share...not depressed, but frustrated and want my life back!!!
Whew- a lot to absorb and hope I gave you some solid details with the med detail/ life history etc...Yes, I've hit my body hard as an ex sales/marketing executive over 30 years but....whatever suggestions you can give I am ready to listen and ponder.
Thank you for your time and thoughts on this rather complex issue. I value my future and have things to do and people to help still!View Thread
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