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Old 07-14-11, 11:20 PM   #1
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I've found the weight loss secret of the Ancients...

I have a neurological condition that sometimes makes it hard for me to swallow. Hasn't bothered me often over the years, but occasionally it's flared up and, because there can be related problems with breathing, they treat it as a potential emergency. Last month I was hospitalized for a few days while they got things under control, then sent me home with new meds.
In the four weeks since it started, I lost 45 pounds (which I could stand to lose; I'm 6'4" and was up to 265). At first I was glad, but it kept on going, and along with it I had, uh, spectacular digestive issues.
Finally, yesterday, I looked at all my medications and saw one I didn't recognize. Called the pharmacy and described it. It's Ducolax. a stool softener, automatically ordered for all post-surg patients (which I'm not, but I was on that ward) and somehow continued when I got home. Since some of my other meds have the same effect, I was pretty much a conduit.
No harm done in my case--in fact I'm sort of happy with the result--but it's a reminder to double check your doctor and drugstore.
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Old 07-15-11, 08:28 AM   #2
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Do you get spasms of the esophagus? Had them on and off for the past year or so. Had one horrible episode. Horrible. Since using Prilosec, that has diminished a lot. Acid reflux, basically.
Yes it is a spasm and not a heart attack Otherwise I'd have croaked on my bike a long time ago
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Old 07-15-11, 09:25 AM   #3
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My father was taken to the hospital by paramedics 2 or 3 times, because the reflux symptoms mimic heart attack.
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Old 07-15-11, 09:54 AM   #4
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It so scary! We put our lives in the doctors' hands yet they are sometimes so careless.
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That's also a reminder to know the drugs we take -- their name, dosage, and side effects... even keeping a list of them in the wallet or pocket. If taken to the ER they need to know them to know what might interact with any they might give you. Glad you're home and feeling lighter!
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Velo Dog, there was way more information in that post than I need as I sit here eating my lunch. Glad you got it all straightened out.
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Hope everything came out OK. Ewww.
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Don't worry Velo Dog, it all comes out in the end!!!
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I see a book deal: VeloDog's Dulcolax Diet
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That's also a reminder to know the drugs we take -- their name, dosage, and side effects... even keeping a list of them in the wallet or pocket. If taken to the ER they need to know them to know what might interact with any they might give you. Glad you're home and feeling lighter!
When you fill prescriptions, always use the same pharmacy, and if you have any drug allergies, make sure your PHARMACY has those on file. I had one time where a specialist prescribed a drug and the pharmacist caught that it was a closer relative to a drug I am allergic to, then he would like, so the pharmacy called the doctor and got it straightened out. The pharmacy told me, because it meant that filling the prescription would be delayed, while they waited to hear back from the doctor.
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It so scary! We put our lives in the doctors' hands yet they are sometimes so careless.
Behind heart disease and cancer, the medical system is the third leading cause of death.
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