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post #31 of 41
KittKatt - if you crave salty foods that much and your blood pressure is getting worse, you should probably get in to see a doctor to make sure nothing serious is going on health wise. If nothing is found, you would probably benefit from reading about /trying a DASH diet to help your blood pressure - left untreated that can have serious consequences.
Unfortunately, like high fructose corn syrup, salt is added to so many foods to cover up/add flavor - we get used to or even addicted to it.

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I found out though that I have Addison's Disease which one of the symptoms is craving salt b/c it decreases my sodium levels.

Now that I'm on daily medication I'll eat a pickle or olive occasionally, but we don't have either of them stocked in our fridge anymore. I hardly ever even salt my food anymore, unless it is bland of course. lol
Are you on florinef? If so, you still need to be salting. It helps your body hold onto it but doesn't help if you don't eat enough. You also need to watch your potassium levels on it.


I've never particularly liked really salty foods, including pickles. I like sweet pickles and dill hamburger slices on a hamburger, but that's it. Too bad too, I should be eating a lot of salt and if I did like things like dill pickles and olives that would make it easy.
I haven't really found any sweet pickles that are nice and crunchy - the Vlasic baby gherkins are ok. It doesn't help either that most people hate sweet pickles so there's not as big of a selection as dill has. And no, bread and butter are not the same as sweet.
post #32 of 41
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Thanks for posting those links, LoveMyCats. I'll check them out.
post #33 of 41
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KittKatt - if you crave salty foods that much and your blood pressure is getting worse, you should probably get in to see a doctor to make sure nothing serious is going on health wise. If nothing is found, you would probably benefit from reading about /trying a DASH diet to help your blood pressure - left untreated that can have serious consequences.

I just went to the doc on the 22nd, which was when I found out my blood pressure had gone up higher again - which didn't surprise me any, b/c I was getting that light-headedness again like I had before my doc put me on blood pressure meds. She had to increase my dosage again.

I know the dangers, and it worries me. High blood pressure runs in my family: both my grandma & grandpa on my mom's side died from strokes. Diabetes also runs in the family, and my doc wants to run some blood tests and also do an EKG, but we just don't have the money for all that right now. It has to come out-of-pocket b/c I don't have any insurance. I'm still waiting on my disability. Once I have that, I'll be getting some medical care, and I'll be able to have more stuff done. I just hope it comes soon, b/c my health problems are beginning to worry me now.
post #34 of 41
I didn't mean just a look over from the doctor and a blood pressure test - you need those blood tests. I'll never understand why they charge so much for an EKG.... The thing is strapped to you for a very short period of time and I know ink and paper isn't that expensive. Original cost of the machine and further maintenance can't be as much as what they charge per person to use it. I've lost count of how many times I've been hooked to one. It can tell if you sodium or potassium is off, too, but only if it's really far off - blood tests are better for this.

I hope you can get your disability soon. In the meantime you could look up information about diet changes to help with the BP. Online and at your local library.
post #35 of 41
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I didn't mean just a look over from the doctor and a blood pressure test - you need those blood tests. I'll never understand why they charge so much for an EKG.... The thing is strapped to you for a very short period of time and I know ink and paper isn't that expensive. Original cost of the machine and further maintenance can't be as much as what they charge per person to use it. I've lost count of how many times I've been hooked to one. It can tell if you sodium or potassium is off, too, but only if it's really far off - blood tests are better for this.
I don't understand why everything costs so much, either. I used to be able to make payments to my old doc, but she sold her practice to someone else and then the new doc became affiliated with the hospital. Now they won't let peeps make payments. I guess I can't blame them too much b/c I know they get ripped off a lot. But I think they should make exceptions for each individual person. Not everyone stiffs them. I've always paid my dues.

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I hope you can get your disability soon. In the meantime you could look up information about diet changes to help with the BP. Online and at your local library.

Thanks, StrangeWings. I hope it comes through soon, too. I really want to find out what's going on before it may be too late. In the meantime, I'll do a little research.
post #36 of 41
Pickles are yummy
Pickled okra is my favorite
post #37 of 41
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Pickles are yummy
Pickled okra is my favorite
I forgot about pickled okra! Yummy!
post #38 of 41
LovesMyCats - that sounds good a trip and some fried pickles!

Hope I forgot noones "pickle"!
post #39 of 41
Vinegar and pickles help keep the bad cholestrol down as well. We always had pickles on our table for every meal (well except for breakfast .
post #40 of 41
Even though I have ibs(tmi I know) I still on occassion will eat pickles. I used to eat them all the time, everyday. Now they just don't like me much...
My favorites are Claussen dill spears, they are at Walmart in the refrigerated section, oh talk about heaven!!!!!!! I also love, love, LOVE Zesty bread and butter pickle chips...
When I eat them I have to watch how many I eat or I'll be sick within an hour...
But I used to be able to sit in front of the computer and just eat pickles and surf the web all day..
Getting old sucks...
post #41 of 41
I am probably the only person on this thread about to say this...

i don't like pickles

But, I suppose the reason is because...

I've never tried one



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