I think I need to find a way to post just a little check-in every day. Otherwise, before I know it - weeks have gone by with no updates.
I went to the doc this week - annual female type exam along with fasting blood work. Blood work with some interesting results.
My potassium levels were WAY too high. I have idiopathic cyclic edema (unexplained swelling in my ankles and sometimes hands). The best treatment for this condition is spironoloactone. Recently my doc and I decided to double the dosage. Spironoloactone is a potassium sparing diuretic. I had been supplementing (obviously, incorrectly) with potassium. When we doubled the dose, I immediately started having deep muscle cramps in my legs, muscle fatigue, back aches, queasiness, etc. D and I did some research and stopped the potassium supplements immediately and I made sure to tell the doc to check the potassium levels when the blood work was done. The result - the levels are still way too high. Most of the symptoms have subsided. I still have the cramping and fatigue, but the queasiness and back aches are gone. The doc called Friday night - go back to my normal dose of spironoloactone. Sigh. Playing with dosage means more blood monitoring, which is a major pain.
But more interesting was that my calcium (blood calcium, not bone calcium) was high. Additionally, my Vitamin D levels are low. Doc and I need to talk about this.
And still even more interesting- my fasting blood sugar and A1C levels were normal. That's some great news.
The lipid panel was another story. I'm concerned about the rising triglycerides level. It could be a function of my having gained weight. My triglycerides to HDL ratio was still good, so I'm not panicking.
That's it for me. No new insights. Just staying steady.