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2/20/11 4:19 P

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I went to a friend's house for supper last night and almost choked on the soup...it tasted soooo salty. My husband said later that it was just normal but I think I have eliminatedd salt so much that any salt is too much.

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2/17/11 8:28 P

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My doctor has me check my own at home and keep a report which I either bring in when I have an appointment or fax to him every 2 months.

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I resemble that remark. Mine is always higher at the doctor's office. She usually understands, but wouldn't let me use that excuse when it hit 150/110. emoticon

Hovering now on the border, hoping to break thru soon.

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2/2/11 10:09 A

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Many people have "white coat syndrome" when it comes to visiting the doctor. That means, your systems react a little as if you're under stress, and it might put your blood pressure up. Mentioning this to the person who takes your blood pressure should help. I always insist that they stop
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I have an omron (spelling) cuff that goes on the arm. It stores several readings so I can take the info to my doctor. I sat down with the parmacyst who explained the features and tried several of them on before I chose.

There are several manufactures. Check them out on line and see if you can find some user ratings.

the ones in most stores are not all that accurate. The cuffs are one size only and cannot be set to fit the individual arm, so if you have skinny arms, it can't possibly get a reading, or at best you get one that is lower than it really is. If you have a heavier arm, perhaps it is tight before it even starts to inflate and could be giving you a higher reading that it really is. You might be able to use the store ones for a general ball park figure, but I would not rely on it.

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10/31/10 6:28 P

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I should probably get a good monitor as well. Sometimes I use the ones at the stores - not sure how accurate they are...

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Hi ANGELFACES_102 - I have exactly the same problem. And I'd like to know about a good BP monitor also.

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10/28/10 5:55 P

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Hello team!
Anyone out there have any recommendations for a good, no, excellent blood pressure monitor? I have a wrist one, but my doc says it's not accurate enough.
I have a new doctor in a new state. If my bp isn't as low as they want it, they're wanting to put me on bp meds. The problem I have is...my bp is doing ok UNTIL I go to the doc's office. Then it's throught the ROOF!! So, any suggestions on that? emoticon
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I love your temp name, even if you didn't incorporate it (or did you? I'm just getting around to the post today)

It sure gave me a laugh because I am on water pills and that is the way I feel most days!

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My ankles swell when I travel too. When I went to Thailand and having 21 hours of flying, I wore support socks and my ankles were fine.

Doctor told me to reduce and didn't give me a number, but I shoot for 1000-1500, and increased the water. Thought about changing my name to I.P. Freely during that first couple of weeks....

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8/20/10 11:33 A

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The other issue that comes to mind is that I have much more difficulty with water retention in hot weather than in cold. Fortunately I love cold weather and snow!
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The weekends are the most difficult for me. Travel is fairly rare in my life, but some of the same conditions are present. There are home-made foods at potlucks and picnics that are so hard to turn down, even though I'm sure they have more sodium than my diet permits. I'm trying to keep it under 1400 mg per day; and at home around the house, I can usually manage that. I also have to limit my fluid intake somewhat, but not as stringently as some. Drinking water does not work to "flush out" sodium for me: it results in more retention, which stresses the heart. I also have to limit potassium intake as well, although I don't work at it very hard because most foods aren't very high (they always say most people don't get enough potassium). I think, in my case, the problem probably lies with the sodium-potassium receptors on the cell surfaces not being the same as in "normal" systems; but medicine seems not to have defined the true nature of the problem for many of us.
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My ankles easily swell when I travel too. I find it helpful to wear Dr. Scholl's compression socks. They're made to keep the swelling down and help with circulation. I get mine from my local Walmart and I think the drug stores might carry them also but I think I got the best price at Walmart.

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Hi Kitty1970. Hope you have another good day. I do track my sodium daily and always consider it an extra win when I stay within my range. I do go out of my way to reduce sodium where ever possible. I have developed a major dislike of anything with higher sodium which makes it easier to cut down on sodium while concentrating on calories. Thanks for your reply.

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emoticon I did very well today. I think that if you can write down how much sodium is in everything you consume you'll be just fine.

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Just to throw another log on the fire. I'm suppose to stay under 1700 mg of salt per day, which isn't bad compared to what a lot of you have to do. However, I have to limit my fluid intake too. As in stay below 1 litre per day. I found when I really started watching my sodium, I gained weight do to overeating and lack of satisfaction. Can't just drink a cup of water to make the hunger go away. So, to cope, I concentrate on calories more than sodium and fluids and take an extra diuretic a day.All with my Doctor's knowledge and approval of course. This approach has helped get me back on the right track losing weight and the more weight I lose, the lower the risk of too much sodium or fluid. I still watch those 2 items, but concentrate on calories & exercise.

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No problem....just didn't want anyone to think I was eating that low of sodium. Usually keep it around 500 mg per meal or less, though the higher it is, the worse I feel it.

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It is hot, humid, tons of pollen, which is not helping the bronchitis any and finally some rain the past two days!

Hope all is well with all of you on here! Hope to return more to normal on here soon.

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Sorry Cindy. I thought you couldn't go over 800 mg a day. Sorry for misleading anyone here.

How are you doing Cindy? Is your mom ok. Are things on the mend now.

Hope you are having a great week. It is so warm and sunny here, but on the downside we are having a drought and really really need some rain.

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Littlewind....actually it is not over 800 mg per sitting or else I am tossing my cookies and passing out, literally! I can manage around 1500 to 1800 per day, though carefully. Some days have to keep it around 1000.

Though when traveling, it is easy to get well over 1000 mg without even trying in one meal. I know so many tell me to eat salads or things you would think would be the lower end of things, but they actually turn out to be the higher side of sodium. UGH!

Keeping hydrated can help process the sodium through your body quicker, along with extra walking too. This helps me when I get a tad too much. Though the best advise is definitely - ASK your Doctor!

Everyone responds differently and for various reasons to sodium. We are definitely a society who has too much sodium to eat!

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Different people have different reasons why they must reduce sodium and to different levels. I am supposed to keep by at 1000 mg or lower. Cindy, our team leader, can't go over 800 mg.

I agree, check with your doctor.

Water, water, water, You may have to pee more, but the water helps flush the sodium out of your system which in turn helps reduce the water retention. When I have episodes of edema, it can take days to get the swelling down, and I'm on water pills!

As far as a doc telling you to reduce sodium, most docs will agree that the general population gets far more sodium than they should be getting, but until it creates an actual problem, they usually don't bring it up because they are too busy to think of it with every patient. Generally speaking, the US RDA for sodium is around 2300 to 2400 mg. In Canada, it is around 1500 mg. And like I said, my doc wants me at 1000, which some days seems like I can never get under. However, 600 to 800 mg per day is not too low for most people, but I would definitely not go any lower.

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Hi emoticon

It might be a good idea to talk to you doctor about how much sodium you should be getting per day.

I would make sure that you are getting in enough water during your travels and while at home. Try to drink about 8 cups of water throughout the day.
This way your not retaining a lot of sodium.

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I just returned from vacation (wedding of my youngest) and found I had "cankles" again. Before I left, I was only consuming an average of 600 mg of sodium each day with a few days reaching close to 1000mg and other 300-400mg. I didn't watch my sodium intake thinking I would be okay but it was like having elephant feet when I got home. This has never happened before - swelling yes but not like that. It took almost 5 days to get back to "normal".

I've never been told by a physician to lower my intake but decided that I should before one did tell me. So I wonder if going so low with sodium could also be a problem. For the time being, I've upped my sodium intake to 1000-1500mg each day. This (so far) has not caused a problem. I expect to be traveling more and hope to avoid this problem in the future.

Does anyone else have problems or advice when traveling?

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