Almost 4000 of you shared your medical conditions

You told us what medications you take and we reckon you are mostly a healthy lot.

What you told us makes you sick

Almost 4000 YourLifeChoices members took part in our 2018 Retirement Matters Survey, and it seems most of you are a healthy lot, without serious illnesses.

When asked if you were on medications and for what condition, a brave 3864 respondents anonymously volunteered their details.

While just over 38 per cent were taking medication to treat high blood pressure, known as hypertension, surprisingly few other conditions afflicted most respondents.

The next most common medication was a treatment to lower blood cholesterol (17.6 per cent), followed by drugs for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (13.6 per cent).

The next 12 top medical conditions suffered by members were:

  • heart conditions (10 per cent)
  • diabetes (8.7 per cent)
  • mental issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar and schizophrenia and  (7.45 per cent)
  • thyroid (7.1 per cent)
  • pain (4 per cent)
  • asthma (3.5 per cent)
  • cancer, including of the breast, prostate, lung and pancreas (2.7 per cent)
  • gout (1.57 per cent)
  • prostate issues (1.47 per cent)
  • blood clots/thinners (1 per cent)
  • gastric reflux/indigestion (0.88 per cent)
  • kidney (0.7 per cent)

No respondents admitted to being treated for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, but 0.33 per cent said they were on medication for Parkinson’s disease.

Fibromyalgia, a little-understood condition that involves daily and persistent exhaustion, joint pain, stomach troubles, headaches and brain fog, was suffered by 0.52 per cent of members, three times more than those with multiple sclerosis.

Australia-wide there are 25,600 people with multiple sclerosis. Yet there are estimates of up to 1.25 million Australians, mostly women, who suffer from fibromyalgia and the closely related condition known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, once referred to as chronic fatigue.

I mention this because there is a major focus on researching a cure for multiple sclerosis, and millions of dollars in grants going towards causes related to multiple sclerosis, even though only one in 1000 Australians are afflicted with this disease.

On the other hand, around one in 20 Australians have fibromyalgia and its related conditions, but no such attention nor funding exists to find a reliable diagnosis or treatment.

Do you believe there is a shortage of funds to help researchers find a cure for certain diseases? Do you have a health condition that the medical world, politicians and society considers is unimportant?

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    Charlie
    13th Nov 2018
    12:23pm
    Multiple sclerosis is a very serious disease and hardly comparable to Fibromyalgia.
    Star Trekker
    13th Nov 2018
    3:07pm
    My daughter has Fibromyalgia and numerous other problems. You would be crying blood if you see her when she has a flare up. There are no pain killers that help and Doctors don't believe how much pain she is in.
    Gypsy
    14th Nov 2018
    12:36am
    Star Trekker - I feel for your Daughter (and all the other suffers) as no one understands conditions like these unless they have them themselves. It is very painful & debilitating. I wish her well.
    Libby
    19th Jan 2019
    12:01am
    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia not long after I had glandular fever. It was a secondary viral infection and I was off work for 3 months. I was in my 40s when I got it and now nearly 70. I do get exhausted when I overdo things I shouldn't. Keeping active does help but I have to rest more than go out which I love doing. I feel like a 90 year old! Walking to shops can be painful on my lower back, I have to rest constantly until I can keep going without pain.

    I would say I'm lucky not to have it so bad but I can feel it more around the shoulders, neck and chest area. If I touch the bones in the chest area it is tender. I reach out for something my ribs hurt so we suffer in different ways. Now my feet are quite sore and they burn even with the very best of footwear. Changing climates are the worst, humidity and extreme cold. I have noticed my typing has slowed down as well but it keeps the fingers moving. I can only do my best.
    Old Geezer
    13th Nov 2018
    3:29pm
    Plenty of funds available for research but they have a vested interest in not finding cures especially for cancer.


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