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!