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....
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.
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.
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.
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.