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    "Now Jane can chime in about the prevelance of statin drugs." “I’ve dealt with people like you and I know that I can’t push too hard. “ Hahaha!

    Doctor? What doctor? I saw one around the time I retired, some 27 years ago. I've had a few issues that cleared up, and a couple that haven't--like tinnitus and lameness. I'm not worried about osteoporosis, and like many of you, I wouldn't take the drugs anyway. I mentioned the Barbara Ehrenreich quote: "I'm old enough to die."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    Your mom liked hormones because they keep your skin soft and young looking.
    Yes thatís probably it. I distinctly remember the six month period when my skin sagged. It went from youthful to old lady. That was pretty dramatic. But it was a long time ago.

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    I will take a simple blood panel for basics. Got really mad at doctor for slipping in a Vit D test which per Medicare was not medically necessary (due to her coding). Now we are watching all the tests.

    Note: She was pushing a sleep study when I have no issues with sleep. She also wanted hubby to get one and thought the CPAP might be good. He got a Oura device that measures his sleep and it is good and much better diagnostically because it is over time than a sleep study which is one disrupted night.

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    I utilize a risk vs benefit thought process for anything medical. I think there is also a medical term which I can't recall now showing the actual benefit in percentages of various procedures. I had some odd symptoms a few years back and had several invasive tests ordered from three different specialists trying to figure it out. Nothing showed up. I am overdue for all the recommended old people tests and am not in any hurry to have them. Not bothering with the bone, boob or bowel one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    do you have to lie down with that bone building drug? My mother took it 20 years ago, and it was one that you took it and then you lay down for what half an hour or an hour? Seems so odd.
    Exactly the opposite! Taken on an empty stomach with 8 ounces of water and must sit or stand upright for 30 minutes before eating/drinking anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happystuff View Post
    Exactly the opposite! Taken on an empty stomach with 8 ounces of water and must sit or stand upright for 30 minutes before eating/drinking anything else.
    Happystuff, I probably remember that incorrectly. I knew there was some directive about laying down! so it was “ don’t lay down.”

    Please do not come to me for medical advice. Ha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Happystuff, I probably remember that incorrectly. I knew there was some directive about laying down! so it was “ don’t lay down.”

    Please do not come to me for medical advice. Ha.
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    Mammogram yearly, colonoscopy 10 year(one in two weeks), usual blood work, bone density scan 2 years, pap yearly though read they are 3-5 now so I am questioning next visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkytoe View Post
    I utilize a risk vs benefit thought process for anything medical. I think there is also a medical term which I can't recall now showing the actual benefit in percentages of various procedures. I had some odd symptoms a few years back and had several invasive tests ordered from three different specialists trying to figure it out. Nothing showed up. I am overdue for all the recommended old people tests and am not in any hurry to have them. Not bothering with the bone, boob or bowel one.
    "Number needed to treat" is one measure.

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    I'm not quite to the age where they want to do everything. So far the only truly cautionary thing that's been suggested (and done) was a colonoscopy at 50. And I will need to do another next year when I turn 55. Other than that and regular blood workups every few years (mainly keeping an eye on A1C since my mom's side has a very strong tendency towards diabetes.) and my visit to the cardiologist 18 months ago when my blood pressure went wonky which resulted in an ultrasound and a home sleep study. But I was ok with those since clearly something was wrong. Ultimately it was nothing other than needing a tweak of the BP meds but I was still glad to have confirmation that my heart is in good shape, and an ultrasound is so non-invasive that it wasn't a big deal.

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