Hydrochlorothiazide and dehydration

I have been feeling dehydrated too often in the past few weeks.  Sometimes dehydration and low temperature (like 100.9 at highest) and headache, or also accompanied by low motivation and low energy.  Friend advised me to take Nuun, which is a tablet of electrolytes, and one I happened to buy also had caffeine in it.  So I was regularly supplementing my water intake with some kind of sport drink.

Then it occurred to me yesterday, as I was going to order more sports drink, something clicked in my head as I was reading about dehydration that blood pressure medicine, ones that are diuretic works by eliminating salts (electrolytes) in your body.  So my medicine, hydrochlorothiazide is working to eliminate fluids and electrolytes from my body and I was drinking additional water and electrolytes to not feel so tired and/or to relieve headache and other symptoms!

So I wrote an e-mail to my doctor explaining my dilemma and situation that needed immediate attention.  No reply by end of the day.  So I called and got an appointment with doctor who had earliest opening.

On my own accord, I took half the hydrochloriothiazide pill this morning.  I can always take the other half later today after I talk to new doctor.  My regular PCP who was the best internist I’ve had in my LIFE, retired.  So I have to go see a new internist today, explain my dehydration situation that has been debilitating me and preventing me from working and exercising.  And I have to get her on board to cut down hydrochlorothiazide dose and get me on another blood pressure medicine if I need further medicine intervention for my blood pressure.

Anyone else experience dehydration from their hypertension medicine?

Anyone have any advice or insight about how exercising and losing weight does or does not improve your high blood pressure?  I have lost about 20 (more but then gained again) lbs in past 2 years and been exercising regularly.  So I was hoping my blood pressure medicine would need to be adjusted, to take less of it, but that has not happened yet.

Thanks for any insight, advice, personal story.  Getting older, wiser, more mature, I love.  Side effects of medicine I have to take, I do not love.

No more binge eating! – thoughts on restricted diets

This article, Restrictive Dieting May Shorten Your Life, So That’s Bad News for Keto Dieters, talks about how restricted diets and how it’s not good for your health, including keto diet and other high-fat, low-carb diets like paleo, atkins, Dukan and Whole30.

So I wonder what they would say about vegetarians and vegans who choose to limit their diet, not to lose weight but for other principled reasons. Arguments still could apply the same way to vegetarians and vegans, but don’t think the life style of limiting diet affects vegetarians and vegans the same way, maybe? interesting to think about! I experience binge factor and feeling of deprivation, but vegetarians and vegans who choose their diet to be limited, probably feel good about their choices!! 

It seems like the article might apply to those giving up food to lose weight but not for people who want to give up those foods for reasons other than losing weight. restricted diet seems primarily unhealthy for the feeling associated with losing weight. vegetarians and vegans don’t have binges or cravings for meat or if they did they wouldn’t be vegetarians or vegans for the right reasons.  

After reading this article, and reflecting on how I feel about trying to follow Whole30 diet plan for past year and a half, I decided, no more dieting and no more binge eating! I crave carbs from grains, especially rice, noodles, pasta, bread, and also crave dairy products, like cheese, milk, yogurt!  And every once in a while I would binge on the food groups I wasn’t supposed to be eating.  And also I would feel guilty because in my mind I was “breaking” or “cheating” on my diet.  So no more binge eating!  No more restricting any food group!  Well, I still want to stay away from alcohol and added sugar in general.  And to all other food?  I will eat mindfully and in moderation.  Yay!  I feel free and liberated from diets at last and will continue to strive for healthy eating and improving my percentage body fat and BMI.  Onwards and Upwards, even if making baby step progress everyday and not always even moving forward, but moving is better than not moving!!

 

Sleep Apnea – I’m done with it!

I no longer have sleep apnea! Last year I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and had to use C-Pap machine or get a dental device to treat my sleep apnea.  Great news is that I no longer have sleep apnea!  How?  I lost 35 lbs in the past two years.  Last year when I got diagnosed for sleep apnea, I was about 330-35 lbs heavier than I am now.  I lost weight so I went back to my neurologist and took another sleep test.  And she told me my AHI was in the normal range.  She said I should still avoid sleeping on my back and recommended some devices, way cheaper and more comfortable than C-Pap machine.  So I’m just going to post them here.  This is not an advertisement, just a public service announcement of sorts.  After I checked out websites, I decided to use my fanny pack, the kind you wear around your waist like when you are running or something, going to fill it with some old clothes and wear it around my chest when I go to sleep.  Cheapest training device was $79, and can be upwards of few hundred dollars depending on what the device is capable of doing.  So anyway, in case you want a more comfortable and cheaper solution to improving your health and managing your sleep apnea, see below.

My Neurologist recommended the following:

I would still recommend you avoid sleeping on your back.  See below 

Several options for position training include:

Snore ball/sleep apnea t-shirt, backpack(filled with old clothes), a fanny pack with tennis balls, or a pregnancy pillow (U shaped)

Professional bumpers/trainers including :

ZZoma —- https://www.zzomaosa.com/

Slumberbump —-   https://www.slumberbump.com/

Rem-A-Tee —– https://rematee.com/

Vibrating Positional trainer

Phillips Night Balance

The Sleep Position Trainer

Night Shift Therapy

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