*”salt ur food?”

my rifght haand is clutching tht ice pack over the big bump on the lefftt hand side off my head,,  my heaed has beien pouwnding 4r days and it hasnt sto[[pped. this my not look prrtty but it sure as hlkl is genuine, though by now, if u r reading my blog this wont come as a big surprise.

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this is thre fourth time i have blacked out for no s apparent reason; sondssy b sunday night was the worst, i ended up craShing intoa wall my(forget the ice pack) left thigh thrown into the table landing me on the floor with a chair over my head.

(I know I’m supposed to be icing but 2 minutes won’t kill me and if my husband comes in you will know I’m icing again.) I have no idea what caused me to go down in the first place, no idea, none. This is the fourth time this has happened and my dear internist, known as The Ice Queen, has always poo-poohed this and said just add more salt to your food. She has said, for the last twelve years, that she also has low blood pressure, and that she feels dizzy and light headed too when she stands up from a seated position. That’s all the advice she ever gave me. I swear.

Oviously that’s NOT working. I know I have low blood pressure, extremely low blood pressure and all my doctors know about it but my new Rheumatologist was the first one ever to suggest calling my Nephrologist (kidneys, weak and small, stage 3) to see if I could be given a drug that would be safe for my kidneys and bring up my blood pressure.

Aneroid sphygmomanometer with stethoscope, use...

I called both doctors early this morning. Both of them, repeat both of them were out. I know it’s just a bad coincidence but the Rheumatologist will be out all week and the Nephrologist might be back on Wednesday. The Ice Princess has to step it up, she is literally only good when there is a mystery to be solved so here is her chance.

She scheduled me for a head CAT scan immediately, blood work and an EKG, referred me to a Cardiologist that I know and am going to see this week and the rest will just have to wait until the other doctors come back.

Usually, I would worry myself to death and hope for nothing wrongbut not now. I want there to be something fixable, to figure out what is happening and find a cure. It’s enough that I have Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain illness with no cure, there better be a cure for this illness. I do not want to be passing out and crashing on floors, driveways, under tables and I forgot the other place.

I’m on “bed rest” this week and I am fine with that, I will obey and be a very good patient but I’ve had enough; I want concrete answers and I will not stop until I get them.

* I want to THANK members of my “Moms” group who helped me with referrals, names and numbers within minutes of my request. They say “It Takes A Village” and yes, it certainly does.

ass fur countingg my . as for salting my food? salt your vb oiwn foode doc .

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11 thoughts on “*”salt ur food?”

  1. I’m so very sorry to read this Laurie. Sending love and some prayers that you can get some answers SOON!!!!!! Not knowing is the absolute worst part of dealing with symptoms. And Stretch is sending you a big bear hug.


  2. Do you have dysautonomia Laurie? Because your symptoms sound an awful lot like Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome aka POTS, a condition I deal with too. My blood pressure and heart rate bounce all over the place, but persistent low blood pressure is a classic symptom. Increased salt intake is just one of the strategies recommended to manage this condition. Compression socks help too, as does drinking electrolyte replacement fluids like Gatorade. Just curious…are you taking Florinef? I have in the past and it was helpful. I also take a beta-blocker. I was seen by a cardiologist initially too, but I opted for a through exam by a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona in 2010, where I was officially diagnosed with a tilt table test, among other things. Here is a good place to start to learn more: http://dinet.org/ Feel better soon and I hope you get some answers this week too.


    • I don’t know WHAT i have, my dear friend, other than headaches and the rest. Never heard of POTS but will make sure to mention it to dr. Thank you. Florinef? NOPE but will also ask. If there are no findings here I will go to the Mayo Clinic or someplace like that. I can’t take it anymore. This was the last (mis) step. Thank you so much for writing to me, Selena. I dont know what i would do without my friends.


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