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My health insurance company wants me to retire!!!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

I have been keeping a sleep log for 4 days now and last night I actually slept 6 hours without waking up, went back to sleep for another 3 hours but waking off and on. This is the best night I have had since I started keeping track. One thing that may have helped is that I did get in more exercise yesterday than I had for the past week. I swam 30 minutes and walked 30 minutes. I am going to keep up with the exercise. I also was more careful about sodium intake yesterday and I think I had healthier food choices. Every little thing can add up to make a total improvement in health and general well being.

I have been looking on the internet for possible reasons for flushing and itching skin and taking too much niacin can be a culprit. I am taking a lot of vitamins and some are multiple vitamin formulas so I need to read the ingredients and add up the total niacin. Another possibe contributor to this and to problems sleeping could be the fibromyalgia I have officially had for about 20 years. My sleep has been disturbed off and on for years but the flushing and skin itchiness is something I don't recall having problems with until about April of this year. Hopefully between my internist and the sleep specialist and perhaps an allergist something can be figured out.

I was looking at my health insurance claims for this year and so far the insurance company has paid out $65,000, mostly due to my second knee replacement. About 2 months ago I was talking to the insurance company and they inquired how much longer I planned to work...I guess they were thinking I am costing them a lot of money by having their insurance.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Try, "I don't see myself ever retiring, I love working so much!" and see what happens...

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CATLADY52 9/5/2010 5:26PM

    Anything to help their bottom line. Don't ask them though.

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only 1 small cup of coffee this a.m.....but still had flushing in afternoon...

Saturday, September 04, 2010

It could be brought on by allergies (food and/or environmental). I know the pollen count is high this weekend and I was outdoors just before the symptoms started. I was going into the gym and as quick as I could I got in the indoor pool which helped reduce the feeling of heat and itching. I swam and did water exercises for 30 minutes and the episode of flushing was over and did not return.

If anyone has any ideas about this please let me know. The itching and redness always starts with my arms and spreads to my face, neck and ears. This last time the tops of my feet also turned red. emoticon

The ER doctor said it was an adrenaline reaction probably brought on by anxiety. I never seem to be anxious before this starts only after cause I am afraid of having a severe allergic reaction.

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VXWALL1942 9/5/2010 12:21AM

    I'd be inclined to talk to your dr about this. The ER dr wouldn't know you as well and your dr may have other ideas. He may also give you something to avoid the reaction completely. Good luck!

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JCORYCMA 9/4/2010 10:13PM

    Our fat cells tend "to store" estrogen in our bodies. My guess is that if you are menopausal and getting thinner you may be having hot flashes! I'm at goal and get them something fierce when not on estrogen replacement. I would get beet red and feel like I was on fire. Makes you mighty anxious. Just a thought...
Good luck at getting to the root of it!

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JAMER123 9/4/2010 10:01PM

    I have dozens & dozens of allergies including pollens etc. I have learned that I can't worry about severe reactions or I would go insane. Adrenaline can cause a lot of problems for us. Those with allergies, it can be a life saver. Those with more of an anxiety problem, it can be a burden causing trouble in many forms. I would certaily seek a 2nd opinion if I wasn't happy about the Dr.'s suggestions.(Have you seen an Allergist?) This will help you be better able to understand what is happening with you. I wish you the best outcome.

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ROZELL99 9/4/2010 6:19PM

  I get it too. I hope you find your answer.

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Only 1 small cup of coffee this a.m. while I read the Police Blotter from Flathead Valley Montana

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Sometimes the police blotter is extremely funny; however, this is probably the most mundane one yet:

8:42 p.m. A tree branch fell and landed on First Avenue West.

Another tells about a doggie door break=in....(either they have a very large dog or a very small person sneaking into the house)...

P.S. My daughter calls me from Montana and reads the police blotter to me and I read it on line now cause it is usually a day brightener...I live in a little less boring place....Minnesota....

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CATLADY52 9/4/2010 12:58PM

    You can get a good feling for a town by readng their "Police Blotters'. It sounds as if the Montana area doesn't have much in the way of crime to speak of. emoticon

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VXWALL1942 9/4/2010 12:10PM

    What a hoot! Only in the small towns of America - and thank goodness there still are some - is police activity considered to be in these categories. I know some police who would enjoy the relative quiet of that 'beat'.

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LBEEKMA 9/4/2010 8:37AM

    What a way to start the day...that must have been one large dog! :]

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FUNNINFIT 9/4/2010 8:12AM

    sounds like you're in an area of the country where 'big news' is when a deer or elk 'break in & ransack a residence'!!!
The mundane stories are few & far between in STL, MO! emoticon

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TONI33ET 9/4/2010 8:10AM

    It's surprising. I didn't realize until I locked myself out of the house that I was able to squeeze through my doggie door. Since then I've lost my large dog and now have a smaller door. This one I can't get through. Hope I don't lock myself out again!!

Glad you're feeling better.

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Coffee reaction...ER visit with high blood pressure, flushing, etc...

Friday, September 03, 2010

Thanks goodness I figured out (I think) my recent problems with arms, face flushing, high blood pressure and trouble breathing. TOO MUCH COFFEE!!! At least this time I went to the ER by car from work instead of ambulance. I had trouble sleeping the night before last and had lots of coffee before leaving the house as I was having trouble waking up. When I got to work I had another big cup of coffee and looking back on it I remember thinking that coffee was REALLY strong.... I did not put 2 and 2 together until about 3:00 in the afternoon (3 hours after I was released from the ER).

My blood pressure when I got to the ER was 175/107 and when I left about an hour later it was 135/90 which is still elevated compared to my regular 120/70.

When I was in the ER they did a rhythm strip (EKG) and everything was normal. The doctor didn't even ask me about coffee but said I looked very anxious and thought perhaps I was just having anxiety reaction and suggested I see my internist to figure out what it was.

Hopefully I have figured it out and am going to try avoid coffee and caffeine (unfortunately I get caffeine withdrawal headaches when I don't get my morning fix. If that happens I might have a small cup of coffee just for the headache. (and of course that is already starting)....I will have to wean myself off coffee and might even need to watch caffeine content of other food items....

Thank goodness this wasn't something more serious but it sure was scary.....and now I am feeling somewhat embarassed by making a scene at work. emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/4/2010 9:56PM

    I hope you can get through the weekend without having it occur again. emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 9/3/2010 6:47PM

    I managed to go all day (it is 6:00 p.m.) without a drop of coffee. I have had only a low-grade headache so I did not wuss out and I probably will take a nice warm shower before bed. I am so glad this is a 3 day weekend. I can use a little rest after too much excitement this week. emoticon

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PATRISNA 9/3/2010 12:01PM

    So glad to hear you are okay. I have a friend who had to stop drinking Mountain Dew because of the high caffeine content. It was giving her heart palpitations. Take it slow and don't feel embarrassed about work. With something like that you never know it could have been more serious and better safe than sorry!

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GRAMAJMG 9/3/2010 11:02AM

    I hope you figured out your problem. God bless and keep us posted. emoticon

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MYFEETHURT 9/3/2010 8:35AM

  The only bad reaction I've noticed after too much coffee is sweating like all get out. Hope you have solved the mystery. Our daughter had to stop drinking coffee. She uses the Instant Internation Flavored Coffees now and enjoys them with no problems.

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LOOZINITNOW 9/3/2010 8:07AM

    Glad to hear you figured it out. Hope you feel better soon.

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JUNE19471 9/3/2010 7:33AM

  Just don't go "cold Turkey" with coffee withdrawal! I had a worse reaction to that than from quitting smoking.

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MUSIC66 9/3/2010 7:11AM

    hope you feel better soon.

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MSLZZY 9/3/2010 7:08AM

    Hopefully it is nothing more complicated than that! Feel better soon! emoticon emoticon

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Skipping the morning swim to get another 45 minutes of rest...

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I woke up at 3:30 and the alarm was set for 4:30, turned off alarm and fell back to sleep until 5:00....decided to do a few leg lifts and finally got out of bed at 5:20...decided against trying to hurry to get to swimming as I don't feel like moving that fast....Can swim this evening at the gym instead of the therapy pool this a.m.

Did my first sleep log:
In bed at 8:30 (didn't fall asleep until 9:30), woke up at 11:30 and went back to sleep at midnight. Woke up at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:00. No wonder I didn't want to get up... I think I slept about 7 hours altogether, maybe less.

My coffee is ready now!!! emoticon

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VXWALL1942 9/2/2010 8:54PM

    Good move! The body was crying for rest 'cause of the up and down night. How long do you stay awake when your sleep is interrupted?

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CATLADY52 9/2/2010 3:53PM

    Sounds like you need to get more sleep. Your first night sounds like many of mine.

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MSLZZY 9/2/2010 7:41AM

    Wise idea! You need your sleep too! emoticon emoticon

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