I am going to start this post with a disclaimer. I am not a medical professional. Do not take medical advice from a blog, especially mine.
Right now, I am re-reading a classic book on trauma, “The Body Keeps the Score,” by Bessel van der Kolk, MD. I started with this book because the title is so poignant, and it is a trusted resource in my career. As I move through some significant changes in my life, mostly self-directed, I think it the best time to start reading about the body, health, and wellness.
My body kept the score of all the trauma, neglect, and abuse that I (and others) have put through in the last 51 years, which has brought me to a very unhealthy me. After five surgeries, countless less drastic medical procedures, I have been slowly stabilizing. Since I started on this journey, I see a reversal of many issues. Some of the problems will never completely resolve. I know this. Many are lifestyle-oriented, a lifestyle that has been a result of coping with several trauma points in my life.
Since starting my health journey, I blogged about my improving lab numbers. My A1C is at 6.5, which is the bottom number for being declared diabetic. My liver numbers are almost average, and my cholesterol is significantly lower. These are all fantastic barometers of better health.
Another barometer of better health is reducing my medication intake. And , I take a lot of meds. Here is the list:
Metformin and Invokana for diabetes
Lisinopril for high blood pressure
Bupropion for depression
Atorvastatin for high cholesterol
Hydrochlorothiazide for lymphodema and swelling in my joints
Diclofenac Sodium for inflammation and arthritis
Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism
A probiotic and fiber supplement for intestinal issues
Multi-vitamin and mineral to help make sure I get the nutrients I need.
And I don’t take meds for my fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
There are two of these meds, diclofenac sodium and hydrochlorothiazide, which I can take on an as-needed basis. However, I have been taking them on a daily or twice daily basis.
A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that my swelling is markedly reduced. And my pain levels are diminished. So, I tried an experiment. I lowered the diclofenac sodium to once a day, and to my surprise, no adverse effects. My pain levels didn’t increase, nor did the swelling.
Today, I am trying to go without it at all and move to take the diclofenac sodium truly as needed. If this goes well, I am going to try the hydrochlorothiazide next. I know at my next appointment with my GP, we are going to discuss reducing other medications. I am really looking forward to seeing these changes.
Wishing you better health and remember, be kind–especially to yourself.
LLC & Hazel