I read something someone posted a link to from a dept of natural resources type place in canada about water safety standards. Some level of ammonia in our tap water is considered to be normal. I have well water and aquariums and my fish started failing and I found out my ammonia in my well water is kind of high. I don't think it passed the level of acceptable, but the fish sure didn't like it and I couldn't drink it either.
In that article it said that people with hepatic impairment may not be able to tolerate the "acceptable" ammonia levels in tap water--city or well.
I got an ammonia test kit from the pet store for four bucks or you can take a sample of your water to dept nat resources or pet store for free testing. I wish they would let people know about this. I wonder how many people with liver impairment get really sick from this. I switched to distilled water for my drinking. I plan to put a filter on my pump to try to lower the ammonia.
Also, my sugars were nutsy after my last taper for a while and I was getting really lightheaded and dizzy and forgetful and disoriented and when I went back on pred they came down. Also, my blood cortisol was high because I couldn't urinate without the pred. So now that I'm on the pred, I can urinate and my cortisol came down. All exacty opposite of what they were supposed to do. Do they test your cortisol? Are you on synthroid? Really low TSH can make you feel like that too, as can high. And of course, the normal lupus like fog.
Also, I had similar problems due to intolerance to meds, I got very bad amnesia from SSRIs. I just can't take any of that crap anymore.
But all this, I agree with Lucy and myfather, you need to get tested esp. because you are on pred and you don't want that cushingoid side effect. Maybe if you even just call your doc they can set up with some labs soon.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
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