Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Medical Blah Blah

I got the full report back from my blood test yesterday, and I do not have either thyroid problems or arthritis.  I still wonder what's up with the occasional pain in my joints, but since it is not bad I won't worry about it.
Apparently I have somewhat high cholesterol levels, so I need to work on that.  I know everybody says this all the time and it's just boring old empty words, but I need to change things.  I eat fairly well -- occasional trips to potato chip land or fried food town, but I spend more time eating baked chicken and steamed broccoli.  My main problem is that I don't get any real exercise, and now would be a fine time to change that, when my medical difficulties are still no big deal. 
Also, oddly, I have a Vitamin D deficiency!  I live in the Sunshine State, for heaven's sake.  The doctor actually wrote me a prescription, saying the over the counter Vitamin D wouldn't be strong enough for me.  Apparently Vitamin D deficiency is becoming a more and more widespread problem because of people wearing sunscreen, which blocks Vitamin D absorption. 
Internet research has not convinced me that I have roseacea, but I am giving the cream a chance to work, and I'm hopeful that the Biotin will help my hair loss, as I am currently a hideous mess.
No, really!  A HIDEOUS MESS.


  1. Do stretches in the morning outside. One, you'll get your vitamin D without suffering too much heat. Two, you'll work on your joints, which really is probably more your tendons atrophying a bit.

  2. Glad you don't have a thyroid problem Ellen! Re the hair - several years ago my hair started falling out in clumps for no apparent reason. Doc couldn't find anything wrong. Other than panicking, I tried using minoxidil (generic) for women. It worked! In about 3 months my hair stopped falling out and actually started regrowing (although the new hair was very fine). The only downside is you have to keep using it or the hair starts falling out again - but it might be worth a try.

  3. Eddie, that is a good idea!

    Deborah, how interesting. I thought Minoxidil was just for men, for some reason. I've been on the Biotin for a week or so now and it doesn't seem to be helping yet, if it doesn't ever start doing anything I'll try the Minoxidil next. Thank you!!


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