Congrats, you took your first step to getting better to cope. You went and talked to a real human being. A campus counselor is a good start. Talking things out with them can help you get out of the cycle in your mind. Your mind can be like a dryer. It goes round and round and you get hotter and hotter. Just like a dryer, you have to open the door and stop the cycling. This turns off the heat and you can think. Stop trying so hard to find a girlfriend. Find a friend who is a girl. That's much easier and can open you up to other possibilites. Don't think 3 months down the road, enjoy the here and now. It's about summer break. Think end of term, exams, and relaxing. Get a job and pay for you college. The more your into other things, the less time you have to worry about other social things. I was 21 before I had my 1st real gf. It took me going overseas and living there for 4 months. I didn't go looking for her, but we found each other.
Welcome to the world of Genetics. My brother started loosing his hair at 17 and was bald on top by 24. He's the only one in the family. He has 4 other brothers and we all have a full head of hair. It's not uncommon or is it usually welcome. I know of at least 3 other men who had hair loss at that age and were bald on top by 24/27. You can try the Rogain treatments or other hair restorations. As for it being part of too much self indulgence, I don't think so. It falls under the idea of "doing it and you'll go blind." Not really going to happen, unless you hit your eye with your EJ. If hair loss was from sex, why do porn stars still have full heads of hair. Look at Ron Jeremy, He's covered in hair and he has vision in both eyes.
I've had my C-pap for over 4 years and still love it. I can give you some suggestions for your fatigue and possible tips to help stop it.
Take a nap if you need it. I've had occasional problems with fatigue for no reason. I just can't hold my eyes open. Take a 1/2 to 1 hour nap and you'll be suprised how it helps.
Winter depression. Less sun light and all you want to do is sleep. If it's a gloomy day, go get some light in you life. Make sure you have good light to see with and brighten you day.
Get off the couch. Spring is here and the weather is getting better. Go out and even just sit on the porch. Sunlight and fresh air can get you motivated. Go walk in the park for a little bit.
I'm a fat guy and I need to loss weight. I'm walking around the park and along a lake path. 1/2 to 1 hour a day will do wonders for you fatigue. Remember to breath deep and long. Your C-pap may make you a little light winded. I'm an ex-smoker and this helps.
C-Pap is a medical device and I wouldn't trust a web site to just send me one. Check with you local medical supplier and find out how you can apply for assistance or work out a deal. The first thing they will ask is do you have a perscription. It's federal law that they can't dispence any device with out a perscription. Even if you have a machine, you have to have a current perscription. I've slept with a C-Pap for over 5 years now. I can't even imagine not sleeping with it now. If I nap with out it, it's not a good nap. Please go see your doctor. Your life depends on it. Your C-Pap helps your sleep, which helps keep your blood pressure undercontrol, allows you to get through the day and keeps you well. You can't work or drive safely if your sleepy.
Go back to the doctor. Express your concerns and your family history. If your doctor doesn't do anything, find another doctor. Pretty stupid of a doctor not to biopsy or remove the gallbladder with a known tumor and a family history of cancer in that area. You need your concerns calmed and a good explanation for non-treatment.
That's not a suprise the vascular doctor wants a cardiac work up. You said your self, your 74 yo. I had a inner ear problem and my ENT doctor wanted a cardiac work up. I was 49 yo. It's better to be safe than dead. I think the greatest evils are lawyers, politicians and insurance companies. You have to pay a lawyer to read what another lawyer wrote. You get nothing, but hot air and theft (they call it debt ceiling) from politicians. You get to give insurance companies money and hope you never have to use it. When you do they don't want to come through on what they said they would do. I'm sorry your insurance company is so slow. I hope everything goes well for you. I know your doctors are trying and can help you, when some guy at a desk tells them, they can.
Simply put, an aneurism is a enlargement in a blood vessel. This could be caused by a lot of reasons, but the worry is that it breaks open. Most can be corrected, if found before the rupture. They are treated with surgery.
As for insurance, the doctor's office & hospital are usually the problem. If you have insurance, the doctor/hospitals are the one's who need to 1) give you the paperwork and information that you need to give to the insurance company, if that's how your coverage works or 2) their business office needs to make daily calls to the company for approval. The second option is usually how the doctors and insurance companies work. They can speak each others language.
If the doctors feel the surgery is an emergency, you'd be on the table already. A thin walled or leaking aneurism is not something you want to mess with. You can internally bleed to death in less than 10 minutes, even if your in a hospital.
You can check on this site or another to see a better definition and your treatment explainations. I hope you get the treatment you need.
Dang, you are active. Yes, you sound like your in better condition than a lot of men your age. Skin, I know, doesn't shrink back around the muscle like it did when we are younger. If you have noticed, large people who loss a lot of weight have a lot of loose sagging skin. Unless it's removed surgically, I think you stuck with a little flabby skin. Sorry, it's the best I can come up with. Keep up the good work. Good LuckView Thread
Couple of things. I was a lab tech (among other medical trainings) for 2 years. A biopsy, most of the time, is scrapping the skin..Unless the doctor tells you he's usually doesn't cut anything. Fungal cultures take 6 weeks to 6 months. Yes they can be expensive, but if they look at the skin under a microscope, they may get an idea what it is.
Some home remedies:
Hydrogen peroxide. Test it out by soaking a wash cloth in peroxide and laying it on an affected area 2-3 times a day for about 20 minutes. After a week, check for improvment.
Vinegar: Same as above
Baking soda: Make a paste with water. apply it at night.
Chlorine bleach: 1:10 dilution of bleach to water. Same as peroxide of vinegar, but only leave on skin for 10 minutes and wash well afterwards.
If at anytime these inflame your skin or make it worse. stop using it.
Fungal infections are a very hard thing to treat. Any doctor will tell you that. I had a toenail with a fungal infection. They had to take off the nail.
I know you said you tried it all. Make a list of what you tried and what happened with each treatment. Then look on line for other treatments. You said you have no insurance, so start with the basics again and check them off the list. Once you do that, show you doctor what you tried and tell him/her the results of each treatment. There are about 8-10 OTC treatments. Make sure each one you get is a different chemical make up than the last.
When using OTC creams/lotions, never touch the opening of the tube/bottle. Use a clean/unused Q-Tip or cotton ball each time you touch the opening. This way you won't contaminate the container and the medication inside. If you need more, get a fresh Q-Tip/cotton ball. Don't reuse.
That's about all the advise I can give you. Good luckView Thread
As we get older, our bodies do slow down and weaken. Exercise is never a waste of time . Your not going to get the buff, body builder muscles of your youth. You will get stronger and feel better. I watched my father go from a strong 60 years old to a shruken 74 year old. He worked hard every day of his life. He retired and quit doing anything. His physical therapist told him to get up and move. Not jog, body build, or swim 100 laps. Just walk and move around. For the last 5-6 years all he does is sit in a chair, watch tv, smoke and drink. He now uses a walker or cane. Big warning: Get a physical before starting any excerise routine and talk to you doctor. Make sure your physically able to do what you want to do. No use trying to get fit if it kills you. If you want to do 20 pull ups, work at it. If you want to run a marathon, work up to it. As long as your trying, your living.