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#1 kiwimum03

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 01:09 PM

Hi all,

I said I would keep you informed about what I am doing with the Prednisone.

Luckily my BP has come down this week from 160/100 to 130/90, so my doctor is happy with that, but my liver is causing me a lot of pain, so she is concerned about that.
So we are going to wait another week and then check my liver again, as I only had it checked 2 weeks ago (enzymes have been off for ages) and see if it is worse.

The other interesting thing is that I have been having cravings for salty and savoury foods, and I mentioned this to her, as I am usually a sweet tooth, but cannot seem to stand sweet stuff at the moment. And she thinks that perhaps the Motilium she prescribed me for my gastro problems is upsetting my electrolytes, which of course in turn can effect the wiring in your heart, and since I already have a promenant pulmonary artery, she wanted to run and ECG. In the end we just ran a Rythym strip as it wouldn't cost me anything, it appeared normal, but they said I wasn't very calm, even though I felt it.
Then off to have some bloods done again, I am sure they are draining me from all my blood! Hopefully everything is okay.

Thats pretty much it for now.

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Irene

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 04:38 AM

Hi Irene,

Thanks for the update. Good news about your BP! Keep up the good work. Interesting about the need for salt etc. Glad your rhythm strip turned out OK. I'm curious to find out how your blood tests came back, so be sure to report!
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Posted 26 March 2007 - 05:42 AM

Irene,
Your blood pressure is looking great. I hope you feel the difference. Glad to hear the rhythm strip turned out fine. I hope the rest of your tests provide such good feedback!

It's weird how our taste buds change with different events or medications. Ever since I got out of the hospital I have found coffee very bitter (I'm a huge coffee drinker) and most everything I eat (unless I make it myself) is too salty. I grave sweets!!! I never use to put honey in my tea and now I put LOTS of honey in it. It's weird.

Thanks for the update. Look forward to hearing some good results on your next tests.

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 08:24 AM

Hi Irene,

I'm glad to hear your blood pressure is better. Thank you for giving an update. Do you know what tests he/she ran?
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Posted 26 March 2007 - 09:19 PM

thanks for the support everyone, I certainly am relieved that my BP has come down.

GiGi, the main tests she ran were my electrolytes and renal function because of the salt cravings and also my iron, as my blood cells are small and pale, but I still havent' heard back from her yet..............waiting.........


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Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:30 PM

well, my bloods came back, my electrolytes are fine, which is good since my salt cravings have now stopped. But since I have started leaking breastmilk I can't go back on the Motilium now anyway, since it is a side effect and she is also worried about my liver pain too.

I am also quite anemic so she wants to give me a jab in the rear which I hear is quite painful...........looking forward to that, not!!!!

But hopefully after the iron jab, I may not be quite as tired.

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Irene

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:54 PM

Hi Irene,

Thanks for the report, I'm really glad all in all there wasn't anything seriously wrong. I used to get injections for anemia, they really aren't too bad. B)
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Posted 29 March 2007 - 12:36 AM

Thanks Pam,

People keep telling me how painful they are, so I am happy to hear that it is not like that for all people!

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Irene