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Losing weight--unintended results!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

When I first started on my weight loss journey, I knew that because of my health problems, I had to work closely with my doctor to do it safely. I started with the doctors blessing and encouragement. All my doctors wanted me to lose weight. and I have lost over 40 lbs. in the last 3 years. It has been so slow that it never occurred to me that I would end up with medical problems but I have, and I now think they could be potentially life threatening if not corrected soon. I hope I am wrong but I don't think I am.

Because of unavoidable circumstances, I have a different doctor when in Fl. for 5 months. My long time NY doctor retired and the clinic we started going to had a problem keeping staffed. This resulted in working with three different PAs in the last year. Now we have a new NP. I have only seen her once, this past Monday. This I think is part of the problem, but it isn't the only reason I am having problems now.

I thought I knew more then I did about nutrition and dieting. I have been reading articles, tracking and doing what I felt I needed to do to lose the weight and get healthy. What is it they say, a little knowledge can be dangerous!
apparently I didn't know enough, I can now see some of my mistakes. When I decided to go low sodium with the diet, I felt I was really going to help both my husband and I, when my dh went to his kidney doctor, the doctor was happy to hear what I was doing and stopped dh's fluid pill and potassium supplement.
That should have been my first clue, duh! I am on hydrochlorothiazide and potassium supplement. I have been on it for over 15 years. I knew it was time to talk to my dr. about adjusting some meds. but I didn't know it was that important to do it immediately. So I just waited for the new NP to arrive and make an appointment with her, last mon.

I was already having a lot of bad symptoms, that kept getting worse. She immediately started adjusting and changing my meds. and I had blood test taken to check my potassium levels, etc. I hope I get the results today. But after reading up on low and high potassium levels on the internet, and the need for the sodium and potassium levels to be in balance, I know I have a problem! a serious problem, that needs correcting immediately. One that I caused myself. I know I was right to diet, and to go low sodium. My mistake was in not talking to my doctor right then at the beginning of trying something new!

I feel the need to warn everyone dieting to take any new symptoms seriously and don't assume anything, I thought I was just having a bad arthritis flare-up, make an appointment and talk to your doctor. Don't put it off for any reason!
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LUCKYGRANNY2 11/4/2010 1:26PM

    You and I have talked about this many times over the past several weeks; it's never too late and good for you in taking control, doing research and finding information, then getting help. It may take a little while, but things will work out. It took me months, Dotti, but I'm doing absolutely great now...you will, too. She'll get you on the right track before you leave for FL so don't worry. Take a deep breath, relax and things will fall into place. I have faith, so should you. Take care my friend and know that my thoughts are always with you...

Hugs, Lonna

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MTNGRL 11/4/2010 1:02PM

    Great advice! I think it is just so easy to chalk it up to something else or ignore it. We would be so much better off bringing it up to our doctor sooner rather than later.

I was having terrible nightmare and screaming at night for months. When it started to be more frequent I finally asked my doctor about it and he took me off of my diabetes medicine saying I was having nocturnal hypoglycemia. I just thought it was me..since then no more nightmares.

Congrats on your weight loss!!

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MTNGRL 11/4/2010 1:02PM

    Great advice! I think it is just so easy to chalk it up to something else or ignore it. We would be so much better off bringing it up to our doctor sooner rather than later.

I was having terrible nightmare and screaming at night for months. When it started to be more frequent I finally asked my doctor about it and he took me off of my diabetes medicine saying I was having nocturnal hypoglycemia. I just thought it was me..since then no more nightmares.

Congrats on your weight loss!!

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MTNGRL 11/4/2010 12:59PM

    Great advice! I think it is just so easy to chalk it up to something else or ignore it. We would be so much better off bringing it up to our doctor sooner rather than later.

I was having terrible nightmare and screaming at night for months. When it started to be more frequent I finally asked my doctor about it and he took me off of my diabetes medicine saying I was having nocturnal hypoglycemia. I just thought it was me..since then no more nightmares.

Congrats on your weight loss!!

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