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Baffled Daughter

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 21, 2010
  • 05:37 PM

My dad is very ill, and keeps getting worse, and I'm just trying to get a clue...

Within the last 15 years or so, he's had many problems, seemingly stemming from damaged blood vessels. Uncontrollable high blood pressure, the vessels behind his eyes almost ruptured at one point, he now has neuropathy, he is on the kidney transplant list because one kidney completely failed and the other IS failing (he's on dialysis now) due to damaged vessels to the kidneys, he's had mini-strokes, and is even now in the hospital ICU after having had a heart attack. They placed 2 stents in arteries to his heart.
The nurse mentioned that whenever she sees that kind of damage throughout the body its usually caused by diabetes. However, my dad is NOT a diabetic!
I am just wondering if there is something else at the root of all of these problems that the doctors may have missed. Could it be prolonged exposure to toxins (he worked for a time in asbestos) could that kind of damage be caused by his being a smoker? He never was a heavy drinker. If he has another condition that could be treated, we would just like to know, and all the physicians just keep brushing us off.

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