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Old 01-20-2016, 05:54 PM   #11
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I think it's so important to keep up with medical research. Docs are so quick to put everyone on statins. My dad suffered terribly with muscle aches and pains from a statin. His quality of living definitely suffered.
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Old 01-20-2016, 06:09 PM   #12
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I have a feeling that some of the older docs don't keep up with the latest medical research. Though in my little home town, the docs were family friends, and even made house calls!
Poo sets aside every week time where he reads up on the latest and greatest medical information. He practices Emergency Medicine in an EM Room. In the winter they get all the broken bones from skiers who didn't quite make it all the way down the hill. Quite often when first treating their injuries, he will find something else that the patient was totally unaware of. As a result he does a sugar reading and EKG on every patient that comes through his ER. And he makes sure that all patients whether they are his or not, get the same treatment. The two go hand in hand.
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Yes. I've been known to take printouts from research websites to ask my doctors about. They can't know everything, especially if it's not in their area of expertise. My family doctor doesn't hesitate to refer me to a specialist when necessary.
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Yes. I've been known to take printouts from research websites to ask my doctors about. They can't know everything, especially if it's not in their area of expertise. My family doctor doesn't hesitate to refer me to a specialist when necessary.
So glad to hear that. My PCP is a specialist in geriatrics. Not old bones with arthritis, not a heart specialist or any other practice. So like yours, he sends me off to the hospital the program is affiliated with. I swear he has sent me to every specialty except OB/GYN. Every doctor needs to be not afraid to say "I don't know, but I will send you to someone who does." So glad to hear you have one of those kinds of doctor.
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This interests me. My old-school doc keeps trying to put me on statins. I keep refusing. I pointed out that statins cause diabetes in post- menopausal women. He still disagrees. Medicine is a business. The more you're on, the more money they make.
This is from the American Heart Association and it reduces the amount of medical care we heart patients undergo. We no longer take the blood panels and we don't worry so much about foods that contain cholesterol While the statins do reduce cholesterol, their real purpose is to help prevent heart attacks. The best thing we can do for our hearts is to stay trim with a proper diet and exercise.

What would have been my last heart attack was a strange feeling deep in my chest during a bike ride. I finished the ride, visited the emergency room later in the day after consulting with the doctor, had a heart cath that day and had my second bypass surgery the following day. Without the statin drug I would likely have had a heart attack and a bad one according to the cardiologist.

women are virtually immune to coronary heart disease prior to menopause. It starts with menopause. Your doctor is probably giving you good advice if you have any symptoms of atherosclerosis. You may want to visit a cardiologist for a stress test or other type of test.
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I was having a problem with memory of some of the simplest words and things I do every day. So I began to suspect some of my meds. I sat down at the computer and looked up every med I am on. Sure enough, right there in black and white was the name of the statin I was on, and the major side effect was memory loss. It explained that it was not the same loss as Alzheimer's Disease. I stopped taking it. Again I was being overdosed, just like the blood pressure. I began to see an improvement in my memory within the week. I am not a big meat eater. Butter yes. I would rather sit down to a bowl of steamed leafy veggie with butter than a beautiful steak. I was never worried about cholesterol.

When I did this I had a list of all my meds. It took three pages to print them all out. I started to question every one of them. I am now down to 1.5 pages. I also have not had any episodes of any kind that have sent me to the hospital in an ambulance. Unfortunately for doctors today, the patient has the Internet and can hunt for information on their own. Like I did. Just like my diabetes. I kept having sugar crashes. I am not a big carb eater. I can't tell you the last time I had even a slice of bread. And I do not eat sweets. So my doctor took me off my diabetes pills. I now control it by diet alone. And I don't find it difficult at all.
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