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Forum Name: Cardiology Diagnostics

Question: Family history of heart attack and multiple problems

 syracusehouston - Mon Jan 03, 2005 6:51 pm

I am 27, 5'10 and 150lbs. Waist 32inches. Belly 33inches. Chest 37inches. Biceps 14.5 inches.

I have been working hard for the past few years and did not take proper care of my health. Now I am finding out I have various problems and am really depressed.

1. My low back pain is really killing me. Pain there for more than a year. I randomly take ibuprofen when pain worsens.

2. Recently I found I might have some kind of gout, since I have pain in sinus tarsi of right foot. No swelling seen. The pain has been there for more than a year. Uric acid is 5.8 mg/dl . MRI shows slight inflammation in sinus tarsi due to possible edema. I am taking allopurinol and drinking lots of water. Avoiding beer. Still there is pain when I wake up in the morning.
ESR is 1/2hour 1mm and 1 hour is 4mm.

3. blood test also found out
Total Cholesterol 230 mg/dl
triglycerides 204mg/dl
HDL 41mg/dl
LDL 149 mg/dl
VLDL 40mg/dl

Dad has heart attack several times and also has diabetes. Mom has thyroid problems lately. Both grand fathers died of heart attacks.

4. I think I am lactose intolerant. Adjusting with lactaid milk and pills.

5. Also immediate bowel movements after eating. No diarhea though.

How can just lead a normal life. I have two masters degree and a PhD. But I just want to get married and lead a happy life. Can I get rid of some of these problems. Kindly suggest me a solution.

Best Regards
 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed Jul 20, 2005 5:39 am

User avatar Hi syracusehouston,
Diet, exercise and cholesterol lowering medications should improve the levels of your labwork. Avoiding foods that are high in purine along with the allopurinol should improve the symptoms of gout. I would suggest an evaluation of the back pain. Gout may cause kidney stones because of the elevations in uric acid.

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