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I ham 66 years yound and I had a triple heart bypass 12 months ago.
It has for me been a hard and painful 12 months but mainly my left leg and foot where they removed the vein for the bypass.
I am happy I am alive so don't think I am moaning and I highly praise the team at Glenfield Hospital where the operation was done.
However some 12 months have passed now and I have been suffering with my leg and foot for a long time. The pain in my foot is gout the doctor says and granted I suffered with gout before the heart attack.
Yes it was an emecency heart bypass after a heart attack or 2.
I am now on various tablets (pills) and obviously these are keeping me alive and looking after my heart.
I take an aspirin (75mg) a day to keep my blood thin and also I take Atorvastatin (80mg), Ramipril (2,5mg), Furosemide (40mg), Bisoprolol (1.25mg and Allopurinol (100mg) every day. All these as well as pain killers (Paracetomol and Ibuprofen).
Myself I feel good and my heart is fine but it is so darn frustrating that my foot lets me down because I want so much to get out and walk or ride my bike (new one) but I cannot get far without my foot hurting.
The doctor gave me a course of colchicine but only enough for a week @2 a day but now my foot is feeling much much better.
Now all I have to do is go back to the doctors (such a struggle to get there) for a blood test and maybe up my dose of the Allopurinol as to keep the gout away. These tablets will be for life as it will be a preventative medicine.
Now I do not care how many tablets I have a day because I am just glad to be alive.
I just want to share my experience with anyone out there and we can learn together and maybe give each other some ideas.
All I want now is to get out and do some walking and to keep as fit as I can under the circumstances.
I am a little overweight now (a lot) because when I did have my heart attack I immediately gave up smoking after being a smoker since I was 14.
I started to taste my food better and I started to enjoy my food but I was eating too much and put a lot of weight on.
Now I need desperately to go on a diet and to excercise more.
So let's get together and discuss it with each other and maube try a little competition between us to who can lose the weight if you are overweight of course.
It's been a long battle for me as is has been for many I know.
Thank you for reading this.
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