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I am 62, have mild arthritis in l lower back, varicose veins

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I am 62, have mild arthritis in l lower back, varicose veins in legs that are ugly but not serious, allergies. I have taken flo nase for my allergies, but this has declined since moving from La to Los Vegas.My weight has dropped from 235 to 180 on a low
calorie, low carb diet. I have started Isometric exercises and been bike riding. In the past, I have had some asthma. The worst it has gotten was wheezing. I have never had a problem breathing. I have Advair I take if I wheeze. I used to have sleep apnea,
but I thnk the weight loss handled that.I occasionally have tiny spots on my torso, and doctor recommended liver tests I have not done yet. I do not drink alcohol or smoke or do drugs. I also am not as energetic as I like, and have a tendency to dope off.
I drink coffee. I want to achieve optimal health. I have taken MSM and Glucosamne Chondroitin for my arthritis. This may have helped, but has not corrected condition. It is not debilitating, but I avoid bending over as it hurts X rays showed mild arthritis.
I am against pain killers and drugs in general. I am not against hormones per se. Is there anything- exercise, supplement, hormone- you recommend for arthritis? What about Vericose veins? Also, a younger colleague recommends HGH therapy. There are doctors
here in LV who would probably find me deficient in HGH and Testosterone, and prescribe these. What are the pluses and minuses of this? Are these effective in increasing muscle mass? What are the dangers? Also, K recenlty moved and had health care insurance
in Calif. Are any of these things likely to be covered by Health Insurance, and if so, what type? What do you recommend?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

any other medical issues?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No other medical issues.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

have you tried ibuprofen or aleve?

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

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