My name is Matt Christian and i have an eating disorder. The journey continues………………………..

Hey guys hope this finds you well?

I was advised after i posted my last blog that i should include some fashion…….

So here it is. I went shopping Saturday and bought some Prada boots and a Dolce&Gabbana t-shirt.

So on to the rest of the blog…………………….

Wednesday was the health check. For those who read the last blog know that i was not expecting it to go too well. This of course was the case. It wasn’t the best of outcomes.

Weight was 47kg that is 7 stone 4lbs which is not good, but hardly surprising considering my restriction. BMI 17 for those who believe these charts that is underweight. Cholesterol 7.8. Now that is high which some of you may find strange. Let me explain. High Cholesterol is a hereditary in my family so this has come as no surprise to me. I need to go to my GP now to see about being put on statins! What are these was my question to the nurse.  Here is a little about statins.

Statins are a group of medicines that can help lower the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood.

LDL cholesterol is often referred to as “bad cholesterol”, and statins reduce the production of it inside the liver.

Why have I been offered statins?

Having a high level of LDL cholesterol is potentially dangerous, as it can lead to a hardening and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

CVD is a general term that describes a disease of the heart or blood vessels. It’s the most common cause of death in the UK. The main types of CVD are:

  • coronary heart disease – when the blood supply to the heart becomes restricted
  • angina – sharp chest pain, caused by coronary heart disease
  • heart attacks – when the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked
  • stroke – when the supply of blood to the brain becomes blocked

Your doctor may recommend taking statins if either:

  • you’ve been diagnosed with a form of CVD
  • your personal and family medical history suggests you’re likely to develop CVD at some point over the next 10 years and lifestyle measures (see below) haven’t reduced this risk

Read more about when statins may be recommended.

Taking statins

Statins come as tablets that are taken once a day. The tablets should normally be taken at the same time each day – most people take them just before going to bed.

In most cases, treatment with statins continues for life, as stopping the medication causes your cholesterol to return to a high level within a few weeks.

If you ever forget to take your dose, don’t take an extra one to make up for it. Just take your next dose as usual the following day.

If you accidentally take too many statin tablets (more than your usual daily dose), contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice, or call NHS 111.

Cautions and interactions

Statins can sometimes interact with other medicines, increasing the risk of unpleasant side effects, such as muscle damage. Some types of statin can also interact with grapefruit juice.

It’s very important to read the information leaflet that comes with your medication, to check if there are any interactions you should be aware of. If in doubt, contact your GP or pharmacist for advice.

Read more things to consider when taking statins.

Side effects of statins

Many people who take statins experience no or very few side effects. Others experience some troublesome – but usually minor – side effects, such as an upset stomach, headache or feeling sick.

Your doctor should discuss the risks and benefits of taking statins if they’re offered to you.

Cases that involve more serious side effects, such as kidney failure, tend to get a great deal of media coverage, but these are rare. The British Heart Foundation states than just 1 in every 10,000 people who take statins will experience a potentially dangerous side effect.

The risks of any side effects also have to be balanced against the benefits of preventing serious problems. A review of scientific studies into the effectiveness of statins found that around one in every 50 people who take the medication for five years will avoid a serious event, such as a heart attack or stroke, as a result.

Read more about the side effects of statins.

Alternatives to statins

If you’re at risk of developing CVD in the near future, your doctor will usually recommend lifestyle measures to reduce this risk before they suggest that you take statins.

Lifestyle measures that can reduce your cholesterol level and CVD risk include:

Statins may be recommended if these measures don’t help.

Read more about:

Types of statin

There are five types of statin available via prescription in the UK:

So there you have it. A little overview of Statins.

I write this as i come to the end of my week off. How has it been??? Beginning of the week i felt it was going as well as could be expected. I felt i was handling things adequately.  As i got into the back end of it, i was becoming more and more emotional and frustrated as you probably saw in my midweek update. Yesterday was spent with Number 1 which kept the demon at bay as ever. We had such a fun day. The thoughts returned as we all know to well as soon as i left her.

Tuesday is back to work. I am looking forward to getting back although the hollow feeling of the probation meeting has still been nagging at me for most of the week. I cant help but think i am being hung out to dry? All i wanted was clarification. Now i have to go back in tomorrow like i am starting all over again!!! I guess i can only do what is asked of me……………7 days straight of working too so i guess i will have plenty of time to throw myself into all that i need to learn.

Proving myself is something that i have got used to throughout my life. From teachers to former friends all have believed at some point that i will not be able to achieve certain things in my life. I am sure that there are plenty out there that still believe that will never amount to anything. I know a lot of you will be sitting here reading this saying its all about not caring what others say and think, but sadly i am not made up like that. I for some reason crave the approval from others the need to be recognised for my achievements. The need to have that blessing as it were. Someone saying to me well done for what you have done. Why i have ended up like this is beyond me? I hold onto this thought with my former friends, i still care deeply what they think even though i am nothing but a distant, faded, let down memory for them. I feel this is part of my on going problem, the need to belong…………….. Do any of us truly belong though??

So there you have it. 3 blogs in a week!!!! Not sure when the next blog will be about? Thanks for reading…………

*Dedicated to all those who continue to support me.

Peace and Love

Matt

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “My name is Matt Christian and i have an eating disorder. The journey continues………………………..

  1. That need for approval is universal. I’m trying to work past it myself. Most important for me is to reaffirm myself as much as possible, and unhook my self esteem from the opinion of the world. Easy to write. Hard to do.
    My husband took statins for a while and it helped his numbers tremendously. Good luck!

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