Health knowledge made personal
Weight: 170 lbs.
Nomadic grandmother of 8 who likes to travel and live in other countries part time. Learned to speak passable French and understand a bit of Italian after the age of 50 and am still studying French while living in France six months out of the year.
I joined this site for support. I cannot take statin drugs because I suffered incredible muscle pain after taking them for a couple of years. I had a heart scan 2 years ago because after quitting the meds I worried about having a heart attack.. The heart scan showed that I had zero placque in my coronary arteries. I took the results to my pcp at the time and more recently an internist at the senior health care facility in the town where I am staying. The pcp refused to even look at the results saying she didn't know how to read the report. The internist told me the scans can cause cancer because of the radiation--wonder how he feels about mammos--and that the docs who do them are often unscrupulous and after the money. I am going back to him today for results of the blood work I had done. There isn't anything he can say to get me to take the statins again. I am not ready for a nursing home nor a wheel chair which surely I would need if I got that muscle pain again. I am angry, though, that he would make this accusation without knowing a thing about the center I went to--staff was Brown University, Harvard, and Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.
After menopause and several years of undiagnosed hypothyroidism, I gained about 40 pounds which I am forever trying to shed. All those years of being thin (yes, with constant work) who would have ever thought I would weigh this much. I am a follower of Mary Shomon's thyroid website.
I would love to find a doctor who thinks outside of the box regarding both of my health problems. They are out there, but often do not take Medicare.