1. Turtle09/25/2006 05:55:58 PM
Actually, the blood-pressure pills I take these days specifically warn against starting any kind of low-sodium diet, which is interesting. I do use LESS salt these days... it's sort of having to un-learn behavior learned when I was young. We didn't have much money, and most cheap food has little flavor (even less when you boil the crap out of it as my stepmother sometimes did). So I loved anything that had a really pungent, distinct flavor: lemons, sharp cheese, tea that was so strong it looked like motor oil. And most extreme of all, sometimes, I would actually suck on those little Herb-Ox bouillon cubes. You know, the ones you can make into broth? I'd just stick one in my cheek and it would leave behind a little square puckery pickled spot on the inside of my mouth.
Anyway, I've gotten away from that, though I still like strong tastes. I do have a Cardio-Glide (it was Nancy's, but she left it behind) and use it intermittently. I do tend to drink a lot of water, mostly because the sweating caused by the antidepressants dehydrates me easily, and because my spring water is available and terrific.
I pulled some muscles in my back this weekend hauling around a large television set for Suzanne. Remind me not to do that again.
2. Sean Burgess09/25/2006 01:01:43 PM
Soemthing you might want to think about is that you might actually be drinking too much water. The sodium-potassium pump that pulls water in and out of your cells is probably out of whack and causing your leg cramps. Although water is essential for life, too much of it can flush the minerals out of your system and cause the necessary balance to go away. If you want to keep putting the water in like you do, you may want to add a banana or two a day to your diet to get all the potassium you need. Also, don't cut out the salt in the rest of your diet, cause you need the sodium also.
3. Patrick M09/25/2006 10:07:16 AM
One guy once told me
"if you're a certain age and you wake up in the morning with no part of your body hurting in some way, you're probably dead".
4. Jackie09/25/2006 08:56:04 AM
I second the hypothyroid possibility. When mine hit its worst, I also had really severe leg cramping at random times - though usually in the middle of the night. I think the doctor mentioned fibromyalgia as a secondary to severe hypothyroidism.
5. Wild Bill09/24/2006 08:52:16 PM
"Hack up a hairball"...
Stop licking the cats ?
Yeah. Get yourself checked out.
If you have dreams where you appear to be drowning, and wake up suddenly, check for Sleep Apnia. I use the breath-Rite strips, and have enjoyed full nights sleep since then.
Beer doesnt help diabetes. Switch to Martinis. Less volume == less sugar. Or whisky.
I guess I've gotta quit smoking.
Get an exercise bike. Our was delivered today. Park it in front of the TV and force yourself (at gunpoint) to do 30 minutes a day. Where your panting.
---* Bill "Fat Boy" Buchan.
6. Nicole09/23/2006 04:34:41 AM
You might want to get your thyroid checked. You may be experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism. Your symptoms sound like that could be the case.