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deedee48
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   Posted 9/7/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Timeless,
You are right about the calcium supplement. It helped me alot. I use to get cramps in my legs ,hands even my back,and now I very seldom do.
I was wondering if your on the transplant list and what your meld score is?
I hope your feeling well today.
DeeDee

hep93
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   Posted 9/7/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Rick, I can't take credit for the calcium info.  Could it have been PG?  I seem to remember reading that a lack of potassium can cause leg cramps.  I was having toe cramps for awhile, but they have eased up to very seldom.  I'm not a milk drinker, but do like ice cream/frozen yogurt and cheese and they don't seem to bother me.
 
My red blood counts were low while I was in rehab for my hip, and they were giving me iron tablets.  I think they were very toxic to my liver as they made me nauseous every morning and I actually upchucked a couple of times (something I never do.)  Their meals were also very heavy.  Now that I am home, I'm not taking iron and am on my mostly vegetarian diet and feel better, though a bit tired.   I'm trying to increase my meat intake for the iron, but have to force myself.
 
It does sound like you may need to increase your Lactulose, though I know it's not pleasant.
 
Hugs,
Connie
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deedee48
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   Posted 9/8/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rick, I was told by my Dr. to stay away from Vit.A  and iron supplements ,especially red meat.since im not a big meat eater anyway,I was told to drink 16oz. of milk a day and to get my protein from yogurt,nuts,beans 2 tbs. of peanut butter,ensure,
cheese ect. I was also told to take a multivitamin/mineral daily and I take centrum. I told the Dr. and he didnt say anything. I drink lactaid fat free milk or smart balance lactose free milk. I was also told to eat dark green leafy veg. and fresh friut and not to drink alot of water instead to drink fruit juice and no sodium veg. juice. I was also told not to drink sodapop  and to stay away from caffine.
Im glad you feel good and as far as forgetting things,I think it comes with our age. I go in another room for something and by the time I get there I forgot what I went in for. My saying is once you hit 40 you lose everthing and every thing that can go wrong does,but I keep :-) and laughing afterall laughing is the best medicine.
Take Care,
DeeDee

deedee48
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   Posted 9/8/2009 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie,
What is wrong with your hip? I read you had several surgeries on you hip.
As far as the iron supplements I think you are right,according to what my Doc told me. I was very anemic but by eating what they told me it has helped. As you are not a meat eater as Im not ,ask to see a nutrtionist and ask them for some suggestions.
Take Care,
DeeDee

hep93
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   Posted 9/8/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   

 Thanks for reminding me about iron-rich foods, DeeDee.  I knew about dark, leafy greens and have had some of those.  Forgot about peanut butter, which I like on rice cakes.

In answer to your question about my hip, I developed a rather rare disease called osteonecrosis (literally "bone death") which can hit any of the large joints.  I know of some people with multiple joint involvement.  Fortunately, mine has thus far contained itself to my bilateral hips.  The blood supply is cut off to the femoral heads and they die and disintegrate, and the femoral head collapses.  I had the left one replaced first, and had to have a revision of it 3 weeks later when the cup slipped out of place (they replace the acetabulum/cup, femoral head, and about half of the femur (long bone in the thigh.)  I had the right hip replaced 6 mos. later.  Unfortunately, these replacements were not done correctly and in time started to dislocate.  I had the left one revised again 3 yrs. ago, but at Mayo, and the rt. one revised on Aug. 12th of this year, by the same Mayo orthopedic surgeon.  I should have no more trouble with my hips and just pray that other joints don't become affected.  I cringe when I see people on long-term prednisone use, as that is the #1 cause of osteonecrosis.  In my case, they think it was due to heavy, long-term drinking, although I had been sober for 16 yrs. when I was diagnosed.  Had the initial replacements been done correctly, I would not have needed subsequent revision surgeries.

Because of the hep C and cirrhosis, I am tired doing nothing.  Surgery takes a lot out of anyone, so right now I am just trying to regain some strength and stamina, but am still healing.

Thanks for asking.

Hugs,

Connie


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