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Old 09-12-2003, 05:00 AM
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Default Welchol tolerance

I've had a fibroid tumor removed, a colon resection, a bowel resection, and five incisional hernia repairs; I have a hiatal hernia as well as diverticulosis and occasionally diverticulitis. I was put on Welchol by my doctor two weeks ago, six a day. I had constipation during the second week, but it has now disappeared and I'm having no adverse effects from Welchol. <br>I have been on a low-fat diet for about 17 years, beginning when I was diagnosed with coronary artery disease at the age of 45. When I was taken off hormone therapy my cholesterol level, which had been stable at 169, increased to 232 within a month. My family has a very serious inclination toward heart disease, so I feel lucky to have been diagnosed so early and to have lived so long, and expect to live much longer.<br>I have been on four other cholesterol drugs, none of which my body would tolerate. So I'm putting a lot of hope into Welchol, since it doesn't go through the body as most of the others do, but instead heads straight for the digestive tract. I have to wait and see, of course, and have scheduled a complete blood study to be done in another six weeks.<br>As I have serious arthritis, spinal stenosis and several destroyed disks in both my back and neck, exercise is a painful and therefore not effective way for me to attempt to lower my cholesterol. I surely hope Welchol can help me!<br> <br>
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