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Offline aztecan

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Hmmm, getting older, eh?
« on: November 06, 2016, 10:10:11 PM »
Hi all,

It's been a while since I've been here, so I thought I would post a quick update.

All is going pretty well. Living with the bug for more than 31 years now. It's under control, and I've been undetectable for 20 years now.

It's the getting older stuff that is rearing its head.

I had a nuclear stress test done recently, because I have recurring bouts of angina. My heart is actually in pretty good shape. The doctor thinks I have some blockage in the atrioles, the tiny arteries that feed the heart.
But, nothing too serious. The doctor said there isn't much I can do about it, and it most likely wouldn't cause any heart attacks, although parts of the heart may die off.

I am trying something new to keep the lipids in check. Yes, still fighting that battle. This time, my former doctor, who decided to retire, came up with an Italian study showing a combination of certain supplements could help lower the bad cholesterol.

So, I spend about $100 a month on things available only in specialty stores like the Vitamin Cottage. It involves six different supplements. I am rattling when I walk. But, it might help, who knows?
I also still take Cholestyramine, which is a powder you mix with water twice a day, and Niaspan timed released niacin, and 4 grams of fish oil each day.
I take more pills for cholesterol than I do for HIV. Isn't that a hoot!?

I just finished three weeks of physical therapy. My back was killing me, mainly because I haven't kept up with my exercising. Now, I am going to a continuation of  therapy that entails me working with a specialist who is tailoring a routine to meet my needs. Sounds expensive, but its only $30 a month, which is less than the gym membership was before I dropped it last year.

I decided to take this route instead of pain meds. Those are a dead-end street. I know too many people whose lives depend on the scripts, and the panic they go through if the scripts are delayed even for a day or two.
Nope, not for me. I can deal with pain pretty well, and I would rather learn to live with it than live on opiates and the side effects they cause.

The COPD is pretty well controlled, but I received a letter from Optum Rx, which manages the prescription coverage for my insurer, letting me know they are ceasing to cover one of the inhalers I take. No reason given, but I wonder if it wasn't one of those price hikes appearing with older meds.

So, I may have to switch or learn to live with just the single inhaler. I had to switch to this one because Advair contained a medication the doctor told me interacted with my HIV meds.

All in all, not too bad for someone who is in their 60th year. Halfway between 59 and 60, who'd a thought I would live this long?


"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Hmmm, getting older, eh?
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2016, 06:49:13 PM »
Hi all,

It's the getting older stuff that is rearing its head.



I agree Mark,....   And with the polls closing here in Florida,  in one hour and 15 minutes,  I think, I am aging quite quickly now.  :) My heart valves are a fluttering !

Will reply more,  later on to this thread, as soon as Hillary Clinton is announced as the winner, and I can have a sigh of relief !  Meantime, I am glued to the TV !

Ray  8)
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg






Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/16/16,  t-cells are at 501,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 12%

 65 years young.

Offline DANIELtakashi

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Re: Hmmm, getting older, eh?
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2016, 07:58:32 PM »
From Japan.

I am glued to TV waiting for the announcement that Hillary is a winner.
I just cannot imagine our prime minister having a bilateral meeting with Trump or Trump being with our emperor at the imperial banquet at the palace in Tokyo.
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Offline DANIELtakashi

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Re: Hmmm, getting older, eh?
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2016, 10:08:01 PM »
Sorry that l jumped to the US presidential issue without greetings to the poster.
I have been just overwhelmed on this special day.

Mark, thank you for being there.
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Offline pozniceguy

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Re: Hmmm, getting older, eh?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2016, 06:59:41 PM »
Mark  glad to hear  you are persevering  and totally agree  about  "pain" meds   seen  so much bad  come from those    .. .many  friends  now  "hooked" ... cholestrerol  seems to be  one of the  most  persistent issues  ,others  seem to respond  better  to
'treatment''  had a few  on going jumps on cholesterol numbers .myself . good and bad .. so  kinda a nuisance  to treat  but  you obviously have the positive attitude  that says you will survive   so  nice hear from you  and start planning that next  Train Journey....couple of friends  went on the train trip  in Mexico...  still raving about  it  since  July

remember the good times...honor the past but don't live there
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Offline lipoenvy

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Re: Hmmm, getting older, eh?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2016, 05:55:37 AM »
Hi Mark,

I too have been having angina, but in my case there's enough coronary artery blockage and probable heart wall damage that a full angiogram and stents are scheduled in a couple of weeks. 34 years of inflammation from HIV does tend to take its toll. I'm also switching meds to a regimen that does not include abacavir. Not expecting it will suddenly clear everything up, but it might make the battle slightly less uphill.

Your body sure is stubborn about the cholesterol thing.

And chronic pain is a bitch. Due to other medications, my partner has limited options for pain control, and has resorted to a TENS unit at times.

Your perseverance is an inspiration.


Offline wolfter

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Re: Hmmm, getting older, eh?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2016, 09:16:13 PM »
Recently had the nuclear test done also....much worse than the standard one.  But getting older is something none of us in the 30 year year club ever thought possible.  That's something I embrace everytime another issue arises.

Take care buddy
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