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  1. I have intermittent esotropia. Went to Mayo, not allowed to talk about my experiences here, but it came on in the time frame of all this stuff.
  2. Yeah, I have that, usually in the morning RE pee. I swear this stuff is autoimmune related and I have to wonder why docs can't get their heads around it instead of being somewhere else.
  3. That's the only thing that comes up with me, somewhat elevated ESR and it's discounted.
  4. Yeah, I kind of suspect that POTS is probably AI reaction in a lot of folks. I had a poorly treated H Pylori infection. I even sent a link to a paper on one of the government websites about it to my doc. Ignored. I get bouts of dry skin, losing hair and constipation with just feeling off and lousy with worsening esotropia and my standing HR can get a little high, but not like it was. I also get fullness feeling in my left ear. I can see the esotropia in picts now. I've lost faith in doctors and I will leave it at that. Unless you get one that's curious and has an open mind, it's going to be mixed results at best. I think the problem where I live is that we have a lot of retirees and they are just used to processing patients like an assembly line and go home. I just hate to go through the process again of trying to find a good doc and then wonder if I will be labelled a nut again.
  5. I've had two Pfizer shots, no adverse reactions. Sore shoulder, tired the first time. Fell asleep during the day I had the first one, which isn't typical for me. Felt off a step energy wise after the second. They give out the Moderna where I work and co-workers have an reactions to that. Chills, shakes and fever, but it seems to affect younger folks more than older ones. Funny thing is a couple weeks plus after the second, I woke up with a slight temp, which is unusual for me and the feeling I was getting a cold. By the evening I was ok. I had a COVID test done, negative. We get pulled for tests randomly at work and I've been negative all along. I give blood and I am negative for AB, so that's good. I don't do well with the flu, which preceded some of my problems, so I don't need this.
  6. Bananas aren't low carb though, at all. Those are tough diet restrictions. I hope Sarah finds something she can live with day in and day out. Avocados might be a better choice. IDK. I had a hard enough time just with Keto. Without meat/fish, I couldn't do it.
  7. Those are a lot of constraints. I would do a google search on Vegetarian Keto or Vegan Keto. They do exist, although it's a lot harder.
  8. There are low carb protein powders. Back in the day I used to use Optimum Nutrition Gold. Figure on .6g protein intake per lb of lean body mass as a minimum for someone not so active. If you have a fast metabolism, you'll have to increase calories a bit. The thing is, protein and carbs have the same calorie value. Fat is over 2x as much. Maybe increase good fats a bit. For me, carbs are the enemy, alcohol doesn't help either.
  9. IMO, loosing weight is more of a diet than exercise thing, especially if you're older than 45-50. I lost 170lbs on keto over 16 months, went off it eventually and gained some back during the pandemic. Have to lose about 50. Went back on a few weeks ago. It works for me as carbs have never been good for unless I was doing a lot of working out. When I was young, I could do 6 days a week of weight training around an hour with 35 sets, which is a brisk pace and I wasn't lifting light and I could eat 3k calories a day and lose weight. Due do spine/neck issues, I just hike/walk now and my target caloric intake is around 2k calories a day. Generally speaking, calories in and out, but some may find certain diets work better for them than others. I am not a keto preacher, it worked for me, may not for you. You just need to figure out what you metabolic calories are and calories burned with activity and eat a little less calories. I would say as a general statement, skip simple carbs, beer and sugared pop for sure if you can. Try to eat real food instead of packaged/processed stuff. The other exercise I started doing after Christmas is the heavy bag. One of my daughters wanted it for Christmas. I use it a couple times a week. It's one of the toughest workouts I've done considering I can only do 2-3 rounds at a fairly high intensity. That's less than 10 minutes and I am done. I used to do Aikido, but can't anymore with the back issues. Boxing is a lot more exhausting. BTW, I got my covid shot yesterday. Arm hurts a lot worse today.
  10. I work at a university and we developed our own test and I can get tested as often as I like. Family too. I've been pulled three times for mandatory testing, once because I was around someone that test positive and I got tested 2x on my own, so far negative there and I've given blood 3x this year and I've tested negative for antibodies. I tested voluntarily once because a student worker was sick with a stomach thing and I got it. It reminded me of when I got H Pylori that started this shite show. That flared me a bit and I've not felt myself since. No POTS per se, but joint pain, malaise and my intermittent diplopia got a little worse.
  11. Where is this? I am starting to wonder about the competence of the medical profession. I am seeing a decline in IT. It's about shift left management which is pushing duties and responsibilities to lower cost tiers. It's happening where I work, so the help desk is having to handle things they aren't competent at and so on. I think the medical profession is in the same boat. PA's and NP's instead of MDs and NA's instead of RNs etc. No one knows *** they are doing.
  12. Absolutely. I got 3 DVT in my right leg in 1993 from being bed ridden from mono. Not fun. My right leg is still bigger than my left because the clots lodged in the valves on the deep saphenous vein. I have to wear compression stockings too. Eventually they put a Greenfield filter in me.
  13. I'm 58 and I've seen a decline in medicine. Some of it is incompetency and some indifference. Some doctors want to punch a clock and work it like a caseworker and some, if they can't find out why blame the patient. I went to Hellmann's and after my experience there, if that doc was on fire I wouldn't pee on her to put it out. She was the worst I've had so far, well, maybe second worst. The GP I have at Honor is like Wally from Dilbert. I am done.
  14. I have joint issues and double vision. The POTS stuff as quieted down mostly though. Reading above, it sounds a lot like myself. Been through 2 primary docs, a cardiologist, electrophysiologist, neurologist, ophthalmologist, neuro-ophthalmologist, GI doc and a GI surgeon. Most either don't know, think I am nuts or some don't care. My daughter sent me an article yesterday about a woman that got COVID and it seems she has POTS symptoms and arthritis. I don't think I was exposed to COVID, it didn't exist then, but I think I got some sort of bug. The only blood test they've done that comes back abnormal is sed rate and it's not that high. Here's the link to that article: https://www.thehour.com/news/article/A-Canadian-woman-has-been-sick-with-covid-19-15787562.php Maybe Canadian doctors are better. I've had no luck in AZ.
  15. Could be they don't want you as a patient. IDK. There are good doctors out there, but there are times I feel like if I put on a white lab coat, got a script pad and used WebMD, I'd be better than some of the one's I've been to, and I am kind of serious.
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