Friday, May 03, 2013
Friday, May 03, 2013
I canít get a break !
First the MVP acts up and I feel yucky, now the back is acting up. Geez ! The pain has been worse lately, but the past few days have been nasty. The turmeric doesnít seem to be working as well as before. It usually takes the edge off, doesnít make me completely comfortable, but makes it more bearable. Lately, not so much. I switched to a different formula that had worked well before, but even that isnít doing the job. The last 2 days were awful. Hopefully this is just a flare and will settle down. For the time being Iím taking both turmerics Ė the Super Bio in the morning plus one of the regulars at lunch and dinner. Hopefully if this is a flare that will help calm it down.
Iíve also been doing more research on what I can take since Iím allergic to some arthritis meds and canít tolerate others (Celebrex, anti-inflammatories, glucosamine/chondroitin, gabapentin).
So far Iíve come up with Ė
Fish oil Ė Iíve taken before but doesnít seem to do much
Bromelain Ė havenít taken as a separate supplement but there is a small amount in the regular turmeric forumula that I take, less than the suggested dose. I might try adding this.
SAMe Ė tried once, didnít seem to help, however I might not have taken it long enough, according to what I read. Itís also more expensive than other supplements.
Flaxseed Ė Iíve taken before, didnít seem to help with the arthritis pain.
Boswellia Ė I took for a while, didnít do much.
So I guess Iím stuck with the turmeric, maybe a larger dose. I did read the max suggested dose is 500mg 2-3 times per day or 1000mg once a day. I am taking less than that so Iíll increase it for a while and see what happens.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Definitely getting back to my normal routine. I've been exercising every day, mostly elliptical and walking. The heart pounding is much better, I'm not quite as tired, less winded. Guess I really do need the higher dose of med. Darn.
Had a nice day at my Mom's last week. We sinned for dinner, went out for a fattening meal - I had a chicken cheesesteak and some fries. It was delicious ! I rarely eat that way, so I enjoy it and never feel guilty. As we were leaving to go home my Mom said she needed to see me in the kitchen. She said she had a surprise for me, opened the frig and pulled out an apple crumb pie she made for me! She makes the best pie, but only makes them a couple times a year, so I was completely surprised and I think I squealed in delight ! She started laughing and said I broke her eardrums !
I thoroughly enjoyed the pie, hubby and I polished it off over the next few days.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Rested most of the weekend. Did do some walking on Saturday that left me winded. I thought I'd be ready to start some walking today, but nope, not yet. Still have the pounding, get winded easy, tire fast. I've been on the higher dose of med since Friday. It is a little better - I was more comfortable when I went to bed last nite. So I'm going to play it by ear with the exercise and take it a day at a time. The doc did say that I might not notice improvement until later this week. I guess I just have to be patient.
Friday, April 05, 2013
I've been having a rough couple of weeks, thanks to my darn mitral valve prolapse. It's been in good control for at least 9 years, but last week symptoms started to return - pounding heart beat, short of breath, extra tired. It started gradually and I thought it would subside, but the past 2-3 days it's been almost constant. Uncomfortable, but not life threatening. I knew what it was because it's happened before so I wasn't alarmed, and I hate to complain.
Two years ago my med was reduced, and if the symptoms came back I was to up it and see my doc. I upped it today, called the doc but she was off and I couldn't get an appointment for 2 weeks. Her partner wanted me to go to the ER. No way. Been there, done that, when this happened 9 years ago. They didn't do anything.
I asked who else could see me and they had me come right in. I saw the partner, who agreed the MVP was acting up and wrote me a new prescription for the higher dose.
Now I'm exhausted. So this weekend I'm taking extended "me" time, the whole weekend. No exercise, lots of rest, not doing anything I don't feel like doing. I'm going to be totally lazy.
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