I have AARP UHC and I get my physical from my PCP for the co pay. ($15
on my plan)
The house call is not really a physical. They send a nurse/tech sort
of person to do a few rudimentary things. There is no real lab work
and it is not a doctor's opinion. They guessed wrong on a couple of
things the last time they sent someone here.
On 10/14/2016 11:44 PM, email@example.com wrote:
All I can say is Medicare seems to work very very well.
Truth is I don't really care about small doctor bills , it's the big ones.
My recent colonoscopy was $5000 by my part of the bill will not exceed
The office thought the $180 was a bit high and they told me they see if
there was a way to lower it...but truth is I'm fine with that.
Fortunately I do not have a high sugar intake.
Years ago I switched to no-sugar peanut butter and it tasted funny at
first but now I love it. I did try the sugared variety again and found
Most things that I used to put sugar on or in I find taste better without it
Lady I used to work with had both knees replaced.
One got infected.
They had to cut it apart, remove the prosthesis, and stuff it with
She spent something like 5 months laying on the couch with her leg in
Many people will swear by their meds which is fine if it works for them
but I will never consume them unless it's dire. IMO, meds cause more
problems and remedies are within our diet and exercise. When my doctor
told me my triglycerides were too high, he asked me if I wanted a
prescription to lower it. I told him no, I'll do it on my own. My next
visit it was back to normal range.
I'm a strong believer in eating healthy and staying fit. It's worked
Me too. I won't bore you with details as your case will be different. Watch
out for side effects such as lethargy, dizziness when standing up,
sleepiness. The doc should do a round of blood tests as it can be treated
several ways. It is good to be aware and treated as can affect the very
vital parts of your body. I would pass on the leech's.
Most doctors today love to prescribe blood pressure and cholesterol lowering pills because they get kickbacks from the pharmaceutical companies....but they may not do you any good.
Check out the health website of a former/retired NASA astronaut and physician.
If you are actually concerned about your health (most people just want to eat junk food and take pills), start here:
Yep and I am not going to take the cholesterol stuff.
They say that it may lower your numbers but it will not increase your
That said I have to do something about my blood pressure.
Other than the chips...my wife and I do not have much junk food though.
On 10/14/2016 5:13 PM, philo wrote:
Age 68 and I've had high blood pressure for years now, I guess I've
got stage 3 kidney disease, from what the last lab test indicated. The
doc never called so I guess it's not important yet. Stable angina and
carry the little nitroglycerin pills and they work just fine. No stents
if I can avoid that. The blood pressure problem seems to be easily
controlled with a couple of meds. I use the Walmart pharmacy the 4
bucks a month thing but last time it was like 12 dollars for three
months worth of both scripts. Insurance paid part of the cost.
That damn tenuous shot, I got hung on that ... had to pay the whole
thing out of pocket. Everyone says ... but it's preventive... yeah
prevents the doctor's wife from having to drive a year old car.
What else? I ride a bicycle about 30 miles a week and my dog and I
walk a mile most every day. When the angina hit I dieted and Lost weight
and now I get around better than I did 5 years now. 29 grams of
fiber/day, so said the "up urs" doc... that's a lot fiber! Well it is
for us Americans. Glucosamine for the knees, a baby aspirin a day.
Whole grain stuff, oatmeal, bran flakes, veggies, sawdust whatever it
takes. Thus far blood sugar hasn't been a problem, and still a full
head of hair.
I made it 10 years longer than my dad did, that was one of the things
on my bucket list. If there is an after life I'll rub it in when or if
I see him again.
One tablet a day keeps me down in the 120 range. It runs about $12 for a
90 day supply and I haven't seen any of the potential side effects.
There are three major families and lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor. Some
people wind up taking a mixture if one doesn't work. Each has their
drawbacks. For example, calcium channel blockers lower your heart rate.
Since my resting heart rate is around 55 my doctor ruled that out. Some
can be expensive and require close monitoring. Fortunately the patent on
lisinopril ran out in 2002 iirc so there are many generic sources.
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