Jun 29, 2006 07:21AM Binney4 wrote:Not dreaming! Keeping a record has been really helpful for me (I still do it when something weird happens with the LE). It's hard to remember all the factors that can influence swelling, so when I log as many as I can think of I've always been able to see the connection. Then I can make a decision about what I'm doing and how to modify it, or whether it's worth it to me to keep it up anyway. If you keep track, here are a few things I've found that influence my swelling:
weather -- heat (especially humid heat), approaching storms (change of air pressure), prolonged cold (but I don't have to worry about that here!)
a lot of driving around, or start-and-stop driving
salt intake -- smoked turkey , chips of course, veggies cooked with bacon, pickles
not drinking enough water
bumps or bruises
exercise -- new or unusual exercises, or NOT exercising as I usually do
lifting anything unsual
a new craft activity that uses my hands in a different way
wearing myself out, getting real tired
overdoing nearly anything (grating carrots, washing windows -- have to pace myself)
sitting in one position for too long, especially if my elbows are resting on something (fluid tends to pool there)
resting my weight on my hands (like at the worktable when I'm cutting out a pattern or whatever)
tight clothes; not wearing a compression garment; compression sleeves too old and needing to be replaced
I'd be really interested to hear what other things affect LE for the rest of you. Hard to keep it all in mind when you're trying to figure it out.
I've heard of nausea from LE drainage, maybe your current problem's related too -- you could check with your therapist about that to be sure. I'm so sorry to hear it, though -- kind of unfair!
Let us know what connections you manage to make!