Updated: February 2, 2017
Similar to my What I’m Doing Now page, this is a continuously updated listing of every health issue I have. I’m doing this for three reasons:
1. I like full transparency with my readers
This website is not about applying a filter to my life and making it appear to be something it’s not. It’s about the reality of being human, about aging, about overcoming the challenges that life throws at us. So you need to see what’s going on behind the facade of a nice profile photo.
2. I want my readers to know that they are not struggling alone
Everyone assumes that they are the only ones dealing with stuff, that the image that other people project to the world is real. That everyone else is so happy and successful and healthy (or at least happier and more successful and healthier than you). This is totally not the truth, as I explain in this article.
I’m a teeny-tiny bit of public persona, in that I have a website and reach a few people out of the billions on the planet. So you might look over this well-crafted online presence and draw the conclusion that my life is in many ways awesome. Well, my life is the same as yours in 99% of the things that really matter…like my health. So take a close look at my reality and know that without a doubt, here is a person (me) who is struggling with many of the same things you are.
3. I don’t think people should be embarrassed about the way their bodies work (or don’t work)
It’s socially OK to say “I have a sore on my hip.” But it’s not socially acceptable to say “I have sore on my butt.” That made you squirm, didn’t it? (For the record, I don’t have a sore there.) Why are we so prudish about this? Why is one part of your body OK to talk about, but you can’t talk about something that is located mere inches away? Why does mental health have a stigma? Everyone is so childish about this, and I won’t be a part of it.
So, on this page, I don’t hold anything back. Maybe it will help you feel more comfortable about your own health and wellness issues.
A few more comments
As you can see, I work very diligently to address every single health issue I have. I wish I’d started sooner, because I endured many things (e.g. depression) for far too long. Frankly, when I write all this stuff down, I’m shocked at how much there is, but I’m glad it’s all in the “getting taken care of” column and not the “ignoring it and hoping it will go away on its own” column.
I’m eternally grateful for good insurance coverage, which I know a lot of people don’t have. But I also have never hesitated to pay whatever is necessary out-of-pocket for good health. I’ve never understood people who’ll make huge car or house payments without blinking but put off medical care that is much more important in the long run.
Every single thing you read on this page is known to one or more of my doctors. I’m not managing anything based only on internet wisdom, and that includes the supplements I list.
So here goes. Enjoy…or feel superior…or whatever.
This Is Not Health Advice
This is it: “The line.”
When you cross this line, you are acknowledging that you are a mature, thoughtful adult who is responsible for making your own health decisions no matter what anyone else does…including not-a-doctor Scott Weigle. You also promise not to be dumb about self-medicating or using stuff you find on the internet as an excuse not to seek professional help.
This line is like one of those tire-puncturing strips that you can only drive over one way. Once you cross, there’s no going back…so let’s keep moving forward.
Issues that are completely resolved
The short list of things I don’t have to do anything to maintain. In approximate order of resolution.
Irritable bowel syndrome
- Resolved spontaneously
- Corrected with LASIK surgery
Deviated nasal septum
- Corrected with surgery
Right Knee pain
- Corrected with two surgeries
Rotator cuff tear, right shoulder
- Corrected with surgery
Extensive wear and breakdown of all teeth
- Corrected with full mouth reconstruction (32 crowns)
- Long process of adjusting the bite to alleviate sensitive teeth finally ended in February, 2017
Chronic lower back pain
- Corrected with surgery (lumbar fusion)
Issues that I’m working on
Working on losing about 40 pounds. So far I’ve lost 30. This time, I swear I’ll keep it off! I’ve learned so much about my body over the last few decades that I’m putting to use this time.
I’ve dealt with this off and on for years. Right now (and for the last two years) it’s only on the right. As long as I wear a splint every night and good arch support in my shoes, it’s OK. Recently I increased the angle of my night splint (so my foot is bent farther upward) and it made a big difference. I’m actually optimistic that it’s nearly healed as I have no symptoms at all during the day. But I’ll keep using the splint for a few more months to be certain…re-injury sets you all the way back.
Given the ongoing/intermittent joint tenderness and tendonitis, my dermatologist became concerned with psoriatic arthritis. My initial visit to a rheumatologist produced a diagnosis of that condition, and the discussion made a lot of sense given some longstanding complaints. I’m currently on sulfasalazine, which has eliminated morning soreness. Follow up in June, 2017.
Difficulty emptying bladder
Removal of ejaculatory duct cyst that was blocking urine flow was somewhat successful. But a condition called “bladder neck dysfunction” remains an issue for emptying my bladder. It may require surgery. Follow up in June, 2017.
Dry eyes affecting vision
I’ve made good progress on this since I realized that getting super dry eyes at night was causing problems with vision during the day. In addition to the items listed below that I have been doing for several months with limited success, I’ve added putting ointment in my eyes at night. This helps a lot. I’m going to try some eye shield (supposed to keep eyes moist) next. Follow up sometime this summer.
- High-potency fish oil daily (already taking for management of Triglycerides)
- Daily hot packs (Bruder mask) ~5 minutes each morning, followed by lid massage to stimulate oil glands
- Eyelid scrubs twice a week to remove excess dead skin than can block oil ducts
- Restasis eye drops, which are WAY too expensive
Issues that I’ve learned to manage
I’ll be managing these for the rest of my life. I’ve learned to be OK with that.
- Avoid all caffeine
Auditory Processing Disorder
- Minimize background noise
- Avoid loud environments
- Light therapy, fall/winter/spring
- No caffeine
- No alcohol
- Careful monitoring food intake
- SAM-E morning and noon daily
- 5-HTP as needed
Mild social anxiety
- Avoid many social situations
- Ask people not to hug me
Left knee tendonitis
Caused by patella misalignment (see 1981 surgery). Non-operable.
- Currently asymptomatic, given my exercise routine. Strengthening with exercise bands twice a week if symptoms recur
Caused by mild arthritis in cervical spine
- Rub on trigger point in shoulder once a week to keep it broken up (golf ball in sock)
- Cervical epidural injection as needed
I.e. Difficulty seeing up close
- Reading glasses
Heart disease risk due to high triglycerides and mild blockage shown on coronary calcium scan
- 6 daily high-potency fish oil, split between meals
- Regular exercise
- Monitor with coronary calcium scan yearly
Lower leg edema
Caused by venous insufficiency and/or lymphedema
- Diosmin/Hesperidan (supplement)
- Pycnogenal (supplement)
- Support stockings as needed
Intermittent eczema, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis
- Clobetasol cream and Protopic ointment as needed (prescription)
Actinic keratosis on scalp, ears and face
- Annual blue light treatment to remove several layers of skin
Yeast/fungal overgrowth on skin
- Soap with salicylic acid for armpits and groin
- Anti-fungal cream on feet twice a week
- Pumice heels twice a week
Ear, nose, throat
Phlegm / clearing throat
- Atrovent (Ipatroprium) nasal spray twice daily (prescription)
- Seasonal allergies: Flonase (over the counter)
- Breakthrough phlegm due to dry throat: Halls lozenges
Moderate reflux (LPR)
Only when prone at night
- Try to avoid eating 3 hours before bed
- Alginic acid tablets if I feel post-meal reflux occurring
- Somnodent dental device to keep airway open
- Avoid foods I’m sensitive to:
Dairy, eggs, coffee, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol
- Treat as needed with aloe/lidocaine gel (sunburn gel)
- Avoid foods I’m sensitive to: dairy, eggs, coffee, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol
Some dates are approximate.
- Left knee. Repair dislocating kneecap that was originally injured in wrestling.
- LASIK to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism
- Repair of deviated nasal septum, originally injured in high school wrestling
- Right knee surgery clean up joint to correct consistent pain (unsuccessful)
- Right knee surgery to realign kneecap to correct consistent pain
- Right shoulder surgery to repair rotator cuff, torn years before when whitewater rafting
- L5/S1 lumbar fusion to correct degenerated disk
- Removal of urinary ejaculatory duct cyst
Physicians I have an ongoing relationship with
I’m a patient of record with the following:
- Family practice
- Orthopedists (more than one in same office)
- Ear, Nose and Throat
- Family dentist
- Clobetasol (steroid cream for eczema, psoriasis)
- Triamcinolone (steroid cream for eczema)
- Hydrocortisone (steroid cream for eczema)
- Protopic (ointment for eczema, psoriasis)
- Ipatropium bromide (nasal spray for excess phlegm)
- Restasis (eye drops for dry eyes)
- Sulfasalazine (tablet for psoriatic arthritis)
Again, all have been discussed with my doctor, who is both an M.D. and a Naturopath.
- Fish oil (triglycerides)
- Caprylic acid (yeast/fungal overgrowth)
- Multivitamin (because I eat a limited diet)
- DHEA (hormone support)
- COQ10 (ubiquinol) (anti-oxidant)
- Diosvein/Hesperidan (circulation / leg edema)
- Pycnogenol (circulation / leg edema)
- Vitamin K (arterial health)
- Vitamin D3 (because I don’t get enough sun)
- SAM-E (depression and anxiety)
- 5-HTP (depression and anxiety)
After years (decades) of trying all manner of fitness/strength routines, I now focus on functional fitness.
Monday and Thursday
- Balance routine
- Sprints on exercise bike OR burpees
- Pullups, pushups and dips
- Shovel glove sledgehammer routine
Tuesday and Friday
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Until next time… remember: Think about it. A lot. Then do something.
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