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judyinky
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   Posted 10/15/2006 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hepatitis Central, Current Information On Hepatitis C & treatments for the medical professional and patient.
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judyinky
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   Posted 10/15/2006 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have often wondered what foods I should be eating and the ones I should avoid but never looked into it until last night. The above lnk is very informative and I thought might be useful to others.
Oh, if anyone knows where to get Milk Thistle, let me know. Can it be bought at a regular helth food store, Walgreens, ect??

Thanks,

Judy
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wheredidigo
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   Posted 10/15/2006 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
judy,i think you can bye it from any place with health food items,though it you might find it cheaper on the internet,,,just be careful to make sure you get what you want,,,that is a great diet to go by btw,,thanks
trish
 
 
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Marg57
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   Posted 10/16/2006 3:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks judy.
Another great article. If only I could stick to what's good for me all the time.

Lately i think I have been pretty good, according to the suggestions in your article, except I have recently returned to drinking coffee a few times each day. For about 2 1/2 years I had no coffee, only green tea, then chai tea. Well, I'll try to cut the coffee.

I've just been researching the adrenal glands as well. And the role Prednisone plays in the workings of these glands. Thanks for that info as well.

Take care.
Marg
 


judyinky
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   Posted 10/17/2006 2:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marg,
What have you found out about the adrenal glands? I have not read about it too much, just that they have to fire back up because after being on prednisone over a long period of time they shut down.

I drink way too much coffee. I do split go half and half on the caffine and decaf, I mix it. I need to go to caffine only. I don't want to give it up altogether. I need to get the Milk Thistle and a few more of the things in the article. I eat meat and it definately says not to do that, so I will be slowing that down. I eat more chicken and fish though. It's an interesting article and very imformative. I think I will take it to my doctor along with the other article I posted. I wish doctors would give out handouts to their patients early on. It would help many people, esp those that do not have accesss to the internet. It would have been espically helpful to me if he had given me a diet. Mine hasen't been too far off though as I have been on that diabetic diet. I've stopped posting on the diet thread. I hope it's still going.

Let me know, about the info you found out about the adrenal glands.


Thanks Trish for the information about where to get the Milk Thistle. I wish I had been taking it for months. People have mentioned it, I've just not gotten around to getting it. There is also a sweetener alternative that I would like to get. It's expensive, but is an herb that I could grow myself.
I cannot remember the name.

Bye yall,

Be Well,

Judy
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Marg57
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   Posted 10/17/2006 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Judy,
A short summary of what I read. I'll find the article again and post it all.

Prednisone suppresses the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands secrete or produce adrenaline (as well as other things) which affects blood pressure, heart rate and sweating.
It mentioned that when the adrenal glands are not working you need more Prednisone if you are under stress.
Makes a hormone (cortisol - a corticosteroid) ) that maintains blood sugar, suppresses immune response and is released when under stress. When there is an adrenal deficiency potassium levels may become elevated and sodium levels may decrease, thus the need for regular blood tests.

I made some rough notes as i read and this summary is from the notes. I thought this made some sense, particularly the sweating and the stress / depression thing My last bloods showed a slight potassium elevation as well.

I guess it takes a little while for the adrenal glands to kick in as our Prednisone dose id decreased.

I'll find the rest of the info for you.
Marg

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frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 10/18/2006 3:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Judy;

Thanks for the diet tips. Reading that was eye opening that I am eatting most of the wrong things. The prednosone so far has made me want to eat everything that isnt' nailed down. I agree that reducing/cutting out the caffiene will be the hardest. I seem to use it more when I feel more fatigue.

I was also unaware about the role pred plays with the adrenal gland so thanks for that info too.

Hope all are feeling well

Lucy

judyinky
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   Posted 10/18/2006 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lucy and Marge,
Thanks Marge for the input on the adrenal glands. I have a good book on Hepatitis, as well as one on dealing with prednisone. I think I'll check back in those to see what I can find out too.

Lucy,
I am glad you wrote. Welcome. What I did with the caffiene was to buy a can of decaffinated and mix the two. That way I can wean off the caffine and still get some of the effects..lol pretty sneaky huh.
I love my coffee and tea. I undertand about wanting to eat all the time on the prednisone. I had to change my diet radically because the pred. caused my blood sugar to rise and I am not treating diabetic symptoms. So, I have gone on a low carb diet. And I have some things to eat when I am feeling really hungry that I keep here all the time. One is sugar free jello. My partner, Willie, teases me about being addicted to it.. well, he's probably right. lol But it beats chopping on somethng with calories, fat and calaries after I've already eaten a meal and am still hungry, or hungry an hour later.
I try, and I stress try to eat every 3-4 hours, and eat smaller meals. The diet I am on stresses eating a certain amount of carbs, protein and fat per meal. And to try to stay within a certain calarie range.
I thnk mine is 1200. I have found lots of things I like to eat that are healthy.
I've lost 20lbs since being on this diet. That's an acomplishment for me anyway,.:-) and really is being on prednisone. If you need support with your diet you can write me off line or on here. My email address is posted in my profile.

Warm Regards to everyone.

Be Well,

Judy
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frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 10/19/2006 3:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Judy;

Congrats on losing twenty pounds!!!!!! That is wonderful and a tribute to your will power since the pred works totally against you. Would love any diet tips you can give me. My hepatologist hasn't given me one except to cut out dairy, but that is due to the crohn's not AIH. He also suggested that I take out added salt, which I have done. At work there is this "evil" snack machine that seems to call me whenever I walk by it that I am having the worse problem not listening too. I dont' know if anyone else has this problem, but it seems that nothing I eat really tastes to me and I find myself eatting to find something that tastes good. So any suggestions that you have on "tasty" snacks or foods I would really appreciate.

May today be a good day for all,

Lucy

judyinky
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   Posted 10/22/2006 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Lucy,
I'm so sorry I just left you hanging here. I didn't sign for them to send an email when there was a post on her, so I didn't get an email telling me there was a post. I haven't been posting much lately either. I wanted to apologize; I have not been well, and still not doing very good. I've got symptoms of a cold am depressed.

I will bring up a post, or copy the information on a new post for you about foods instead of typing them all over again. I have some that are really good for me. They are sugarless, or almost. I hope it will help you.

I understand about the snack thing. Although I don't have a snack machine thing. I keep junk food out of my house. I have to! I have diabetes from the prednisone.

I hope you are doing ok. Please let me know.

Judy
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frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 10/27/2006 1:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Judy;

So sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Hope things improve quickly and you are back on the mend. I saved the link with the diet on and was just wondering if there were any others that you had found that were helpful. Am trying hard not to gain a ton of weight on the pred but feel like I am raging an up hill battle. Thankfully I have not gained like I have read the average person does on it, but find myself searching frequently for something that will taste good. Am not sure if anyone else has this problem or not but it seems that things don't taste the way they should or the way I want them too and I find myself wanting "something" but not knowing what that is.

I do hope you quickly kick the cold and the depressive mood shifts. Let me know how you are.

Lucy
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