I just walked back from lunch – actually I felt I wanted to walk back from lunch â€“ what a difference from just 3 days ago â€“ walking was a strain and something I dreaded. Every morning I would eat my oatmeal, take my meds and then go for a 1/2 mile walk around the buildings â€“ usually with aching hips ( actually I am told its my gluteal muscles that are aching). I wanted to increase the distance but the hip pain would get too great.
Since I hadn’t had a stent placement and Plavix is usually recommended after operations to eliminated buildup in the stent â€“ I thought it was probably not necessary for me to continue taking it â€“ but had read that to just stop cold could be dangerous and everyone recommended weaning off it. That would also cut my meds cost. I am taking Aspin and that should have been enough thinning to eliminate possible strokes. So I started cutting down on it, weaning off the Plavix (blood thinner) by extending the days between doses and had really started feeling better but found that my morning â€œwoodâ€ was diminishing â€“ couldnâ€™t have that â€“ so I started taking it again â€“ what a shock that was â€“ hip pain back.
WOW â€“ this stuff was causing all my butt muscle pain â€“ I have now stopped for 3 days and already my desire for walking has returned â€“ little and/or no hip pain, getting better every day - but this means the â€œwoodâ€ problem will have to be addressed in another way â€“ but it is apparent that having thinner blood is allowing better erection response. So after a week free of Plavix I will check to see how the erections are going and look for an additional blood thinner that will help â€“ preferable natural, maybe garlic, turmeric, or better yet the Blackmores fish oil that Iâ€™m taking now will also help in this area in addition to the cholesterol control. I want to cut my meds down to as little as possible and hopefully to only natural food sources if possible.
But for now â€“ NO PLAVIX â€“ this stuff is poison for me, as was all the earlier heart medicines that had been prescribed before - I have also found out that I need to take the fish oil at lunch â€“ giving it all day to take affect because taking it at dinner was affecting my sleeping – probably because the evening kicker dose of Valsartan and the fish oil were combining and that made it hard to fall asleep. Anyway I am now taking the fish oil at noon and so far blood pressure seems ok â€“ Iâ€™ll check sleeping problems tonight – Iâ€™ll also have a blood test next week to see if everything else is where it should be or getting better â€“ Iâ€™m also planning on having another CAT scan done, about Feb â€“ almost a year from the first one, to see if there is improvement or notâ€¦â€¦ Should be interesting.