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Re: Health Warning

Post by Jockathan » Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:49 pm

Switching to salads in 'Friday Night' Recipe thread in the meantime Col? :)

Taking up Tipsters point...try to go easy and keep the stress at a good arm's length. I know a son of yours has just moved to OZ, so hopefully that's not playing on you. Your always a call away. My GF actually has a son she'd like to send off to OZ! :)

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Col » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:04 pm

Cheers Jock
The wife's already talking diet sheets :)

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Re: Health Warning

Post by bollybear » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:25 pm

What is the latest,Col ? 3 weeks since your last post and I am hoping the tests have been negative ??
Got my" post op" treadmill test next week and it better be better than the last one !

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Col » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:36 pm

Thanks for your interest bolly :)

My lung capacity test came up good, so rules that area out.
I went for an echocardiogram a couple of days ago, so waiting on the results of that.

As far as the problem goes
The drugs which have been prescribed seem to be doing the job. :thumbs

I'm still at work, and excercising regularly.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Jockathan » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:11 am

Apparently it is World Stroke Day today...not on the golf course or in bed. :)

http://uk.health.lifestyle.yahoo.net/Mi ... -signs.htm

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Col » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:13 pm

Had an appointment with the Doc today
Results of the echocardiogram test were good he said. The heart is functioning normally. { Thank fook for that smiley }

So I have Angina
Angiogram test still to be done yet

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Re: Health Warning

Post by harry_rag » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:23 pm

:thumbs That's good news Col (the heart functioning normally bit). I appreciate you could do without the Angina though.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Col » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:28 pm

Cheers harry
That was exactly my words to the doc :)

The tablets are taking care of the Angina, until they find out the cause.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by charliepie » Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:56 am

hope you stay regain your health Col!

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Jockathan » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:07 am

I have just come across this distrubing story of a man's suicide over tinnitus.

http://uk.health.lifestyle.yahoo.net/ti ... n-life.htm

What puzzles me is why he "had struggled to get the support and help needed for his condition" when the 'British Tinnitus Association' are out there.

I'm very fortunate not to have severe tinnitus myself. There have been times though when the 'ringing' increases to very loud levels. I can only wonder if people have this level of 'ringing' 24/7?

The point of this post is that tinnitus is very common and there is help out there.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by 4th » Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:38 pm

Didn't know this thread existed!

Any fellow 'migraine' sufferers out there? Particularly, any of you prescribed triptans (imigran etc) to combat them? Would be interested to compare notes.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by charliepie » Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:54 pm

my cousin has migraines though not sure what meds - must be a really annoying condition to suffer from so you have my sympathy.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by 4th » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:11 pm

Yes can be very debilitating charlie. There's those with worse afflictions though.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Jockathan » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:27 am

You have my sympathy too 4th. :thumbs

I was reading about Tristan medicines here http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Migraine.htm

I see Tristan medicines affect people differently. Also their use seems best when not taken too early in the Migraine!

It is severe enough for you to see a Specialist? If so you often get to the root of the problem that way.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by 4th » Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:12 pm

Hi Jock
Been seeing so called 'specialists' for the last 25 years. Even resorted to surgery once. All to no avail really. Then, 12 years ago, a Doc prescribed imigran. Within 40 minutes of taking a tablet, the migraine was gone. I thought my prayers had been answered...and for a few years, they had. Instead of a migraine laying me low for up to 24 hours, the tablets worked their wonder.
The problem with triptans though is that long use causes the 'rebound' effect. In other words, they end up giving you the very thing you're taking them for. So now, there is rarely a day goes by when I don't get a sore head......I take a tablet knowing that in doing so, I'll be fine in less than an hour.....but also knowing that the tablet's going to make the sore head re-appear the following day. I look at them now with mixed feelings "he who rides the tiger...can never get off!"

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Jockathan » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:25 am

Salt.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012 ... omach-canc

I know as a former Chef that plenty of you UK born and bred lads like your salt. I was lucky to some extent not to grow up in my 'native land'. I'm not 'posh' with my food, just knowledgeable. It leaves me wishing at times that I was as equally knowledgeable in other areas.

We're not immortal, but we can help ourselves. Personally I could my liver a favour. :)

If you must go down the salt route then do so in style (a reference in part to my favorite David Johansen LP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Style_%28album%29).

There are some fantastic rock salts out there from Brittany to Norfolk to Anglesey (and points beyond).

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Jockathan » Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:42 am

Six weeks ago I learned that my Mother has Motor Neuron Diseases (MND). It's the most common variety (ALS) (called 'The Lou Gehrig's Disease' in the US). Ironically it kills more than the rarer forms. There's no cure.

I post personal stuff like this because possibly there is something to be learned by sharing experiences. A forum like this brings all sorts together.

I'm minded by the fact the approaching New Year could well be her last (Stephen Hawking is not your typical case of ALS by any means). I've figured out that she has had it some six to nine months now, but we only found out about six weeks ago. Addenbrooke's in Cambridge explained that it takes a while to be sure it's MND. To get two years with ALS is good going, many don't.

I had a terminally ill GF die, but was a 'long term' case., We didn't know when she would die.

How to do say 'Happy New Year' to someone with ALS MND?

Cricket fans may know that Chris Broad's wife, Miche, had MND too.

My Mother has been a signed up member of 'Dignitas' for an awful long time. She won't be left in a chair ala Stephen Hawking. Zurich beckons in '13...and of course I'd be going.

My step-father is there to support her and there are support services in Suffolk that help too. My step-father is 76, my Mother 73. No complaints therefore of life being unfair.

I saw a photo of her a wee while ago. Well dressed at home, drinking a whisky while the youthful Standard Poodle 'Bruce' was licking his chops. I presume my Mother gave him a dipped finger to lick. Her grandmother used to dance on table tops in Dundee bars in her 90s. So the message is enjoy what life you can. :thumbs

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Re: Health Warning

Post by alancraik » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:12 pm

Jock

Sorry to hear about your mothers condition.
Wish you and your mother all the best during this difficult time.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Jockathan » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:54 am

Thank you Alan. I hope to see you in 2013 sometime. :cheers

My Mother took the news on the chin. She at least found out what was wrong. She has her ups and downs since, but she has suffered depression most of her life, so nothing new in a sense. She's not afraid of death, rather afraid dying sans dignity.

Today is an important day for her. Her Grandfather died in Auchterarder on this day in the early 50's. He and 'Granny' brought her up while her father was in North Africa. The former is the guy that served in the 'Black Watch' and saw and participated in gruesome action in the 'The Boer Wars'.

MND is about muscles/limbs wasting (but not the brain). I'm minded that she'd need support today to stand for 'God Save the Queen'.

Anyway the fiancé and I will be in Scotland in '13. She has a son in the Tollcross area of Glasgow (my fiancé was previously married to a RAF lad from Glasgow - she still carries the name MacDonald). When we come up we'd stop for a day or two there and then head to my part of Scotland - Auchterarder, Edinburgh and Dundee. I wouldn't dream of going to Dundee and not seeing you for a few jars. I'd like to take her further up the East Coast, so stopping in Montrose will be no bother. :thumbs

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Re: Health Warning

Post by scottbhoy » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:00 pm

All the best to your Mother Jock.

Tollcross a good Celtic area perhaps might take you to a Celtic match if you are up and they are playing at home.Plenty of pubs about the city for a few jars after.Will see what happens though.
Scottish Football is my bread and Butter.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Jockathan » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:06 pm

Scott: As with my last trip I'd try to catch you and Col too. Let's see where the burn flows. :)

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Re: Health Warning

Post by bollybear » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:21 pm

Evening.chaps- as the forum's resident geriatric,I thought it might be an idea to warn you of what is to come !

First of all,I hope that everyone is keeping well and that the tablets are working ! I would be interested to know that the "dicky ticker" is still going strong,Col.

The reason for this post is cataracts. The bad news is that the NHS are seemingly not in a position to help {8 . Mrs.Bolly has been teaching an eye surgeon and he told her that on a scale of 1-10-with 1 being perfect sight and 10 is blind-if you are 8 out of 10,then the NHS won't operate. Bear in mind,if you are 8 out 10, you will not be able to drive ! Scary !

Ball park figure is 2K per eye- so I am just warning you. It almost seems to me that many middle aged guys who inevitably drift in to wearing glasses,may not need them if they had their cataracts removed.
If you want any details,I can give them to you-says he bitterly. One eye was a doddle-the other one was worse than a quadruple by pass ! It is very rare anything goes wrong-so the stats are good....
I guess,when you are maybe 40-50 years old,you don't think the day is coming- but it is ........ Just keep stashing the cash.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Col » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:04 pm

Hi bolly
Thanks for that

First of all, my dodgy ticker. :)
I'm fine mate, keeping very well. My cardio and I have agreed that I'm in good health, and it's probably best to leave well alone. The medication seems to be doing the trick, the only thing I avoid is hills when out walking. Apart from that, I'm out regularly on my bike without any problems.

I went for a check up at my work about five years ago. "Cover your left eye and read the chart please"
Which I did, and everything was fine. "Cover your right eye and read the chart please" which I did.

After that she said "Did you drive here"

A visit to the optician followed :lol

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Re: Health Warning

Post by bollybear » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:37 am

That's what always happens.Col ! You go to the opticians and they give you slightly stronger glasses and off you go. Everything is great and then you go back a few years later and they repeat things.
However,when you turn up and they say they can't improve things then you have a problem ! I went back to the specialist and he said I was right on the limit to drive BUT he wouldn't advise me to do so. Given the advice and the fact Bournemouth is littered with pensioners,I didn't have an option. Great not to have to wear glasses after 60 years 8D No wonder I missed all those putts on the right lip.....

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Re: Health Warning

Post by nick » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:50 am

You've really cheered me up there, Bolly :) - after I put my magnifying glass to the screen as usual of course :> .

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Col » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:04 pm

Dental implants
Anyone had this done?

I have a dental cap that keeps falling out, the dentist reckons he can keep sticking it back in, but it won't last any length of time.

The options are...A plate with a denture, which I've tried before, but just can't wear one.
Wear down the teeth adjoining and creating a bridge
Or a Dental implant

I'm considering the implant, but I'd like to hear from anyone who has went down that route. ( no pun intended )

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Re: Health Warning

Post by bollybear » Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:04 am

Just had a bit of a scare over the past 3 weeks and I thought it might help if I give you the benefit of my experiences.

Basically,I had a heart attack 3 weeks ago and luckily I have lived to tell the tale. It was touch and go after the operation as I ended up on the Crash trolley and they had 6 attempts to get me started again. Certainly puts life in to perspective.

The story is really that after only 7 years, the quadruple bypass was only working on 2 out of 4. That is not good news and I think they may go a new route called Rotablation. Basically,they drill out all the gunge in the artery and the blood starts flowing again. Seems a lot simpler and given that a bypass only lasted such a short time,it looks as if it could be the future.

Anyway ,what I wanted to say was that when and if you have to have a heart procedure, you have to change a lot about your lifestyle. After my bypass, the surgeon said that the one thing I wouldn't die of was a heart attack. We[[, I guess he was right- just ! But as soon as he said that to me, I thought I was bombproof. I didn't change my eating habits or my lifestyle. I now believe that was totally wrong and if you get a second chance then make a big change. Anyway I don't want to labour the point on what a prat I have been but to see if I can help in some small way to make you guys avoid getting the same problem.

In hospital they kept banging on about diet and I guess it is something we think applies to everyone else! They still say don't just accept an ECG- still ask to go on a treadmill. Also,if you have a heart problem don't go lifting heavy objects !
I wouldn't be surprised if a number of you guys are on Statins and they are very keen on a relatively new one called ATORVASTATIN. I have mentioned it to a few friends and they have now been put on them,so go for the change.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by Col » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:15 am

Cheers Bolly
Glad you are making a good recovery.

Yeah it's very easy to fall into bad eating habits, once you think the doctors have your condition under control with medication.
I had never been on a diet in my life until I was diagnosed with a heart condition. I never realised how hard it was to actually be on a diet and eat the right things.
You're always tempted by the odd curry, or the KFC

I get regular check ups for cholesterol, and my atorvastatin was raised just a few weeks ago, a sure sign that I wasn't eating properly.

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Re: Health Warning

Post by PlaceWinner » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:37 pm

Good advice John :thumbs
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Re: Health Warning

Post by Barton60 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:33 am

I believe there are a few different statins Atorvastatin being one. They don’t all do for some people and side effects can be common ,like aching muscles etc. I have been on Atorvastatin for a good 10 years , 80mg tab each night, along with a hamper of other stuff. Statins help a great deal but don’t mean a little walk and good diet aren’t important.

In Preston we are lucky in having a support charity called Heartbeat. They have give out stress tests under medical supervision and do other things all involving heart patients. They have use of the PNEFC gymnasium for classes all under medical supervision. I always remember a friend there once saying he was having fish and chips for tea and that he had them every week. I said I just have as a treat about 3-4 times a year. His answer was , oh it’s ok ,i,m on statins, I can eat what I want now. Defeated the object a bit :thumbs

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