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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfVanZandt View Post
    I mentioned that the people I live with have autoimmune problems. Fact is, most of the people I'm close to have autoimmune problems and they can take a variety of forms from adult onset diabetes to psoriasis. Several of the people that regularly attended my annual campouts had to leave early due to gastroenteritis. My heart condition may have began as endocarditis.

    The variety of your wife's problems makes me think of autoimmune disorder. The thyroid thing could easily be her body attacking itself. The dizziness could be caused by thyroid underproduction. If it's an ongoing problem, you might check for Meniere's disease.

    What I've come to believe about specific health problems is that, the better a person's general health, the better they can deal with the specific problems.

    In my case, inactivity is my worse enemy (other than myself...heh). I never feel better than when I'm on the trail, There is a surprisingly huge psychological component to autoimmune problems. If I'm inactive and I dwell on them, they get worse. My conviction that, "If I stop, I stop" probably comes from my experience with my immune system. My frame of mind has a huge impact on how well I am. I seem to notice that the people who can't hold out for a nine day campout also have the most trouble with depression - not sadness but clinical depression, reduced mental energy.

    I am keeping you two in my prayers.
    Thank you for the information. Barbara has been through a huge battery of tests. Part of the thyroid issue is genetic. She has a family history of it. Both her sisters and her mom had problems. The dizziness is in part thyroid along with vertigo, But we'll mention the Meniere's to the Dr on her next visit.
    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.


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    Aye, the thyroid (actually, any gland) can throw the whole system out. I wonder if that's what's causing the prediabetes. I've been diagnosed with prediabetes three times and, each time, it cleared up in a month. Once it was an allergic reaction to oysters and the other two, it was false positives. The vertigo could easily be caused by the thyroid.

    Maybe they'll get Barbara's thyroid problem under control and all the other problems will disappear.
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    Smoke sent for all! Chronic conditions are terrible; my dad suffered from many, and I suppose I'm coming up on that age where I'm next.

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    Phaedrus, I'd say "take care of yourself," but that's no fun.

    One big reason I have so many chronic problems is that I've fallen off so many mountains, busted my knee scrambling out of rain storms, broken things volunteering, spent 20 years getting 4 hours of sleep a night during the workweek, and was generally brutal to myself, but nobody can say I lived a boring life. I gotta say that I don't regret my aches and pains. I'm still having a blast (ouch!).
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfVanZandt View Post
    Aye, the thyroid (actually, any gland) can throw the whole system out. I wonder if that's what's causing the prediabetes. I've been diagnosed with prediabetes three times and, each time, it cleared up in a month. Once it was an allergic reaction to oysters and the other two, it was false positives. The vertigo could easily be caused by the thyroid.

    Maybe they'll get Barbara's thyroid problem under control and all the other problems will disappear.
    Her "numbers" for the thyroid are back within the supposed normal range. But from what the specialist says that doesn't mean the issue is "fixed" It's going to be a long term treatment plan. The vertigo may or may not be thyroid related the Drs can't say for sure. But it was diagnosed before the thyroid was. As for the prediabetes again there is a family history of diabetes her Grandmother lost her leg and eyesight to it.
    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.

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    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.

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    Vertigo is a miserable feeling. Is it constant?
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfVanZandt View Post
    Vertigo is a miserable feeling. Is it constant?
    I'd say about 60% of the time. It really depends on what she's doing. sometimes when she's riding in a car, other times even just getting up and walking.
    If by what I have learned over the years, allow me to help one person to start to prepare. If all the mistakes I have made, let me give one person the wisdom that allows them to save their life or the life of a loved one in an emergency. Then I will truly know that all the work I have done will have been worth every minute.

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    (cringe). I get hit three or four times a year. I take a Dramamine, sleep it off, and wake up with a hang-over. A Housemate has two or three episodes a month - seems to be learning to catch it early and fight it off. I doubt if the thyroid problem would be fought off like that. I don't envy your wife and hope her doctors they can get it under control soon.
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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