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!
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