I Have Two Complications (Not Diabetes Related)

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2010-07-19 19:53:51 -0500
Started 2010-07-17 17:39:47 -0500

This is very unlike me to be posting about my own physical problems. I enjoy helping and supporting other people, but It is rare for me to admit that I have problems too. I guess we all need to come out in the open like this now and then.

I have two current complications, but I do not think they are diabetes related.

1.) I had an MRI recently because of back pain. It showed that I have several "bulging discs" along my spine. That is the stage preceding herniated discs. If I am not careful I could end up with crushed discs in the future. I think it is the heavy lifting I did last summer that caused this. I am scared to lift things, do too much bending, and other things that might cause this to become worse. The pain is not unbearable, but it might be later on. I have stopped doing the repair work on my house and am sitting more than ever. That is so boring. I still do my one hour walks each day. I do not know my limitations with this problem. I am seeing my neurologist next week with the CD showing my spine and the damage. Do any of you know someone with this problem? Please tell me something about it. I have Googled and researched, but there are more things that you might be able to tell me.

2.) In the fall, 2008, I posted that I had dizzy spells and felt like I would pass out at times. My internist and neurologist had many tests done for several months. No solution was found until a mild infection was discovered in my inner ear, the center of balance and equilibrium. I was given a med and it seemed I was improving. In January of this year it was back and worse than ever. The med that my ENT doc gave me is not helping. More testing. They thought I had an infected sinus problem. A shot and meds followed, but did not work. My internist made a desperate move. He told me to stop my blood pressure med (Altace) for two weeks. Ten days into doing without Altace my dizziness disappeared. It was the first time in 18 months I did not have any dizzy spells. I started the Altace again and the dizziness returned. The source is found, but I need a BP med. My BP has been stable through all this and averages 128/58 when I am resting. If i stayed off a BP med indefinitely, I might have high BP. The secondary purpose of the BP med is to slow down my hyperfiltration in my kidneys. The kidneys are fine with the med, but without it I could eventually have kidney failure. I hope there is another BP med that will help my kidneys and my BP without causing my dizziness. Any suggestions?

OK, so old man Richard can have problems too. 64 years of good diabetes health, and no diabetes complications, but I have bad back pain and dizziness. Nobody is perfect. Lol!

P.S. 124 of my books have been sold! Thanks to those of you who bought one.

17 replies

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-07-19 12:18:02 -0500 Report

Hi! Richard, I've not had any experence with this problem. I hope you will be able to get your back fixed up as soon as possiable. I have scolioses of the back due to having had polio as a child. So I know what back pain can feel like.
My best wishes to you.
Your Friend

GabbyPA 2010-07-19 06:55:54 -0500 Report

I agree with Diane. Perhaps a chiropractor would be a good starting point. Some will not touch a back that has serious issues, but if you get in before it gets worse, then there could be hope. And who doesn't enjoy a good back rub? LOL

I also take blood pressure med for my kidneys. It did drop my pressure to about 119/76 so I am happy with that. I take Lisinopril 5mg a day.That could be an option. It's a generic as well, so the cost is low.

Richard157 2010-07-19 09:33:59 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby, I will ask my doctor about seeing a chiopractor. i will ask my internist about switching to Lisinopril, several people on various D sites have recommended it.

GabbyPA 2010-07-19 19:53:51 -0500 Report

I hope that helps. Being dizzy is creepy. As long as it isn't just your mind that's dizzy. LOL
Please take care Richard....we all need you.

Diane987 2010-07-18 10:48:36 -0500 Report

Hi Richard,

I would find a good chiropractor in your area about your back. My chiropractor fixed a back problem I had years ago that my regular doctor at the time wanted me to get X-rays, MRIs, see a neurologist, and all kinds of other crap that would have led to hundred of dollars and them wanting to do surgery. I decided to see a chiropractor before I did any of that stuff and my problem was fixed with a few appointments. He fixed the problem the first day really, but you have to keep going back a few times a week to maintain it until your muscles get stronger.

Sorry I can't help you with the BP meds!

Good luck and God Bless,


MAYS 2010-07-17 19:30:22 -0500 Report

I'm sorry to hear about this, you have been such a great big help to me, everyone here and on other diabetes sites.
I will see what I can find out, I am sure that many others will be doing so also, one hand washes the other, we can never repay you for the support, inspiration and information that you have provided us with.

Together we will see what information we can come up with.


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-17 18:41:25 -0500 Report

I am so glad you are seeking help at the bulging disc stage. My husband ignored the warning pain and did not get to a Dr. before permanent damage had occured. His herniation caused an incomplete spinal cord injury. We learned don't mess with back pain a little too late.
Boredom for a short while sure beats the results if you actual do something to risk a herniation. We don't know if he did anything to cause the herniation or not. The same year an older brother had a similar surger. Another brother has back issues.
In my husbands case the fluid that leaked from the disc caused nerve damage. The surgeon removed a chunk about 1'' by 1 3/4 ".
Since then, after many hours web searching, I've learned that nerve damage within the spinal columnmay never heal. Nerves outside of the column grow incredible slow. It had been over 3 years since his surgery and he still has nerve injury. His left leg is numb in places and he cannot move his left foot. Also he has a slight problem of loss of sensation in his left hand. One day when he was checking for a pulse on my feet below the crompression wraps he couldn't feel it. Freaked us both out until he figured out he was using his left hand. That's what can happen when your Helper Monkey (me) needs a helper monkey (him AKA Grumpy Disabled Guy).
Hope you continue to take it easy (very , very easy) until you see the Dr. next week. My husband can't lift more than 20#, IMHO you should lift less than that for now. Anything can wait until later. If you need someone to nag you about not doing anything, I am experienced at ita nd have a refrence. I excell at saying "leave that, I'll pick it up off the floor for you" and "Don't do that".

Debbie T53
Debbie T53 2010-07-17 21:27:41 -0500 Report

Hi Richard,
I'm new here today, I've had 2 back surgeries for the same problem herniated discs 1 in 93 and 1 in 03, my 1st 1 went good I got back to waitressing and then boom the 2nd one I ended up with permanent nerve damage in my right leg. Mine was a comp case and they wouldn't operate and they wouldn't do both discs they tried everything else 1st, the neuro dr. said it made it worse by not letting him operate. So sitting right now is a good idea, some walking is good it'll keep the muscles strong. (I'm still on pain pills now no way to live) so make sure you follow it up. Ok and on to the 2nd part I had a heart attack in 2000 with 2 stents put in I have high BP and they put me on Atenolol (beta blocker)…Atenolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. It also is used to prevent angina (chest pain) and improve survival after a heart attack. Atenolol is in a class of medications called beta blockers. It works by relaxing blood vessels and slowing heart rate to improve blood flow and decrease blood pressure. I've had great luck with it and it seems to be working well,no more heart attacks anyway, maybe you could check it out with your cardio dr. I hope things get better for you. Wow can't believe I'm doing this I'm pretty shy most times

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