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Dec 22, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

You are me one year ago. I gave up all alcohol except for one glass of wine with dinner about once a month. I found that dehydration, too much salt, soda, high altitude, and stimulating social situations such as a dinner with a lot of people can cause Afib in me. I almost always get it in the evening when I’m tired. Had Afib once every 2 weeks or so throughout the year. Didn’t last long, maybe 5-30 minutes each time, but was very concerning to me. After a year of trying to reduce and manage this, last week I gave in and have started Losartan (for blood pressure) and Eliquis (blood thinner). When the doctor said “we can replace blood but we can’t replace brain cells”, when my friend told me not to end up like her father who lived 10 awful years after and stroke, and when I learned of another friend who was thin and very physically fit who takes the same med, I decided to give it a go. I actually am feeling some relief now that I’ve started. Will reassess in a few months and take it from there. Lose weight, exercise, eat healthy, reduce stress, hydrate.

Feb 5, 2018 · Eczema and skin rash in Skin Health

I had horrible eczema on my hands shortly after my son was born. It lasted a few years and bothered me tremendously. No prescription creams helped and the eczema pain and itching constantly drew my attention to my hands. My allergist had recommended eliminating all acid based foods from my diet – tomatoes, orange juice, catsup, anything with citric acid in the ingredient list, all soda. I didn’t want to do this extreme food elimination but it became so bad that I tried his recommendation. Within a week, the rash was gone and my hands were healing. I could bring the eczema back by drinking a glass of orange juice. I was convinced and for about 10years, kept this diet. Over time (it’s been 30years) I’ve been able to add back acidic foods but I’ll never forget this disease and the cure for me.

Feb 5, 2018 · Stress Relief is Only a Few Breaths Away in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

I use deep breathing just before I go to sleep at night. Often times it is with guided meditation. Works every time.

Jan 2, 2017 · Sarcoidosis in Lung Health

Certainly. I know my limitations now and live life quite fully. I’d be happy to help with my story and experiences if it would be helpful to others.

Jan 1, 2017 · Sarcoidosis in Lung Health

I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis over 18 years ago and likely had it for a good ten years before that. I kept telling the doctors I saw that I couldn’t breathe and they kept telling me that I didn’t have asthma. No, I didn’t, I had sarcoidosis which a good pulmonologist diagnosed. We talked about options for treatment and I said I wasn’t excited about the side effects of prednisone. He wrote a doctors though out the world about outcomes when a patient takes the drug verses when one doesn’t take it at all. After this analysis and the r view of studies, the conclusion was that there was no difference in outcome after 5 years between patients that took prednisone and those that didn’t. My doctor and I decided that I would not take any drugs. I frequently went in for lung tests. The disease progressed for a few years and then went into remission. I still struggle with climbing hills, steps, running, and strenuous activity. To this day, however, I am convinced that this was the right course of action for me. It likely is not right for others but it is my experience. An article from the National Institute of Health “Relapse occurred frequently in patients with sarcoidosis who had been treated with corticosteroids, and rarely occurred in patients who had not been treated with corticosteroids in the past. The striking difference in relapse rate between treated and untreated patients suggests that patients with disease that would later be severe and protracted were almost unerringly identified early in their course. One explanation is that severe presenting symptoms portend a protracted and recurrent course; an alternative explanation is that corticosteroids contributed to the prolongation of the disease by delaying resolution. ”
I hope this helps.