If you dislike medical blog entries, skip this and come back tomorrow.

Normally I skip reading blogs if they talk about medical conditions. If I wanted to talk about surgeries or other conditions, I can visit the processing floor at work. I’ve been known to skip Dooce on a few days when it’s Too Much Information for me to take. So why would I even bother to write my own medical blog? Heck if I know.
But today I had my annual physical. I discovered that if you are monogamous, you only need a pap smear once every 3 years. It’s only if you have multiple partners that it’s needed more often. So, no pap this year or next year, YEA!!!
I got a new inhaler for my exercise induced asthma and I finally found out that the recommended dose of Niacin for reducing cholesterol is 1000 mg and the non-flush kind doesn’t work. So if I’m still over 130, it will be Zocor, Lipitor or Crestor for me. I’ll admit that in the past I’ve been more afraid of the side effects from the medicine than I have the eventual heart attack. But, I’m no older than my dad was when he had his first so it’s time to start worrying. The other good thing is that my doctor will now give me all the samples of Lipitor that I want so I don’t have to pay for it. So, if he’s concerned enough about it to give me free drugs, maybe I should take them.
Anyway the shocking part of the exam is they measured me as 5’1”!! The doctor was surprised enough that he sent them out to do it again and this time it came back 5’1.25” that’s a full inch taller than I was last year.
DH said it’s because I was measured in the morning and my appointments are usually at night. Most adults can vary an inch in height during the day as their spine compacts and relaxes. I guess the mattress that DH picked really works.Anyway, the doctor immediately took me off soda and fruit juice. I have to lose 30 pounds in the next 4 months

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  1. Zocor Side Effects

     /  February 17, 2009

    My name is Todd Thomas and i would like to show you my personal experience with Zocor.I am 55 years old. Have been on Zocor for 4 years now. Zocor did lower my cholesterol. I also have RA and did not know which caused pain stopped Zocor, pain improved dramatically, but weakness remains. Dr says permanent damage. Now I my cholesterol is high.I have experienced some of these side effects –Leg pain and weaknessI hope this information will be useful to others,Todd Thomas

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  2. Stasha

     /  February 18, 2009

    Yep, I tried the Zocor and ended up with excruciating back pain so I stopped it. I’m doing fine on exercise and Niacin.

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