Average Joe’s Medical Conditions for Dummies

Average Joe for Dummies
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Average Joe's Medical Conditions for Dummies

I have had some questions as to exactly what are my medical conditions and symptoms, so I guess I will publish a condensed Average Joe’s Medical Conditions for Dummies 🙂

In the effort to keep this post under a million words (Okay, I’m exaggerating just a little), I will try to keep it brief so I’m going to bulletize this into a list

Starting at the bottom and going up (these are all diagnosed issues that I have seen a doctor for)

  • In boot camp (USMC), like most Marines, I injured my feet with small stress fractures that today, still give me pain. The VA was nice enough to compensate me for one, but not the other, go figure. I guess I need to drink more water and take more Motrin for it
  • I also have fairly gnarly bone spurs on both heels, but those aren’t anything major, painful every now and then and make my shoes fit oddly
  • I have arthritis in both my knees and my right knee had torn meniscus surgery in 2021. The meniscus is shredded so there was little to “repair”. I’m told I can get 3-5 years before I will need it replaced. The VA is graciously giving me 10% for my knees
  • I had a bowel resection in 2012, they removed 9″ of my colon due to diverticulitis, the surgery was botched and I ended up being laid up for 3 months after it
  • I have costochondritis which was diagnosed in 2021, that is very freaking painful and annoying as hell
  • I have a winged scapula on my right shoulder, caused by the Marine Corps, which I have a 10% disability for from the VA
  • I have Rheumatoid Arthritis which is the whole body, mostly causing issues in my hands and lower arms, my feet, and lower legs, my back, neck, and all the fun stuff that goes with it like brain fog and scarring on the lower lobe of my left lung, and anxiety and depression
  • I have PoTS with PVCs which was diagnosed in 2021
  • I have fibromyalgia that affects the whole body diagnosed in 2019
  • Then there is Asthma and a Chronic cough, allergies, and a fatty liver
Average Joe for Dummies

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