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#1 of 10 Old 03-24-2009, 07:16 PM - Thead Starter
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Now that I am back in the states and the home of modern medicine, I decided to go in for a routine check-up and also to whine about my upper leg that has been hurting for the past year.

Check-up with a normal doctor: No problems except my good cholesterol is a little in the high risk area. Doctors orders: Drink more red wine and exercise more. Cripes, there aren't enough hours in the day to add another workout and another bottle. Maybe I will get him write me a note and tip a glass in the office.

Oh for the numbers people: Total Chol: 129, Trig: 77, LDL: 77, HDL 37 (should be >40 to be out risk area for heart problems)

Sports Doc: I thought I had a classic case of piriformis syndrome that has been ticking me off since last March. But I had tried all the home remedies (stretches and strength), but nothing ever changed. I also tried lots of time off, that didn't help. I figured one year was long enough to suffer with every step and every time I was sitting in a car, so I found a sports med joint in town. So this guy (seems like a good guy) pokes and prods and diagnosed me with ischial tuberosity bursitis. That is the right under the insertion point of the hamstring I guess. So, I am off the PT tomorrow for the first of several sessions. Hopefully they will be able to get things squared away.

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You are going to PT to get your azz poked? Hehe (couldn't help it)

- If you think you can't, you're right.
- Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
- REJOICE and Whine not! For today you are doing that which most only dream.


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Good luck Jim, hope the PT works quickly and effectively!! At least it's a start.

p.s. - I've generally found that "regular" doctors take one look at my chiseled body, listen to my heart for 6.5 seconds, and pronounce me fit as a fiddle, no matter what I came in for. I think I could walk in with a chain saw sticking out of my back and the doctor would say "ah, you're fine - pull that sucker out, bandage it up, and take a week off from exercising."

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Excellent cholesterol numbers!

A good stretch is just what the doctor ordered. Good luck with the PT appointment.
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I wouldn't worry too much
Your HDL is a bit low, but so is total cholesterol.
Many regard the total cholesterol/HDL ratio as a very good predictor of heart disease. A ratio of 5 is considered average risk, while a ratio of 3.5 is about 1/2 average risk. Yours is 3.4.
Keep doing what you are doing.
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Good luck with a PT visit. Knowledgeable PTs do wonders to figure out what is causing somd discomfort/pain.
P.S. Hope we midwesterers see you at some local races this year.
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Doc is right on. If your really concerned, take a b complex with some niacin in it. That'll help.

Good luck with PT. Keep us updated.

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Either way, nice to see you around... stay well, and get well!
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good luck with the PT Jim
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Good luck with all that. Enjoy that red wine.... a nice Italian Chianti is my recommendation!
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