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    Default Iíve been absent for a while.........

    Hola everyone. My apologies for just dropping off the map. I figured a quick update on what is going on, why Iím decreasing my online presence, and updating a few old threads is in order.


    Have any of you gotten a strong gut feeling that you canít ignore? Lord knows I have, and this is a big part in why Iíve been gone. Something is telling me to seriously decrease my online presence. So, overnight I stopped posting on to every message board that I normally post on. Call it a hunch if you will. A hunch that a crackdown is coming, without knowing when. A new medical problem that has recently surfaced has something to do with my hunch as well.

    And this brings me to the recent medical problem. Recent only in its diagnosis as I have lived with this problem for 5 years. Dystonia is the diagnosis, an involuntary muscle movement. In my case this has shown itself in a massive foot cramp. A cramp so bad that once it cramps up, it does not release until I get into REM sleep. So if I canít get some deep sleep then I rise in the morning with my foot still cramped up. My personal record is 41 hours with no relief. Over a period of 4 months, I had just 4 days when my foot did not cramp up. Forcibly straightening my foot and putting my shoe on to hold my toes straight is the only way I can walk when it cramps up. But even with my foot in a shoe, the cramp does not go away. My foot continues to cramp up, sometimes to the point where my toes curl inside my shoe which makes walking or removing my shoe a VERY difficult task.

    This was diagnosed in late October and I was put on to a new medication (Sinemet) which has worked incredibly well. There is a potential downfall that goes along with this diagnosis though, Parkinsonís disease. Itís not guaranteed but with other symptoms that Iíve got, it is looking like I may be in the early stages of it.

    So with the diagnosis of Dystonia, it has the possibility of forcing me to stop driving a school bus. It is up to the doctor who does the DOT physical. If the doctor seems it too much of a liability, or if the Sinemet is on a list of drugs not approved for DOT drivers to take then my professional driving days will be over.


    And that leaves us in the here and now. The future is unknown, the past is certain. After a few threads get updated and questions get answered then I will be dropping off again. Iím convinced that I will be back so I am not deleting my account, but I do not know how long I will be gone for.
    Prepare for the worst, hope for the best

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    Sorry to hear about your foot cramps and health issues. I wish the best for you and will pray for you. Take care of yourself!
    "The future is unknown, the past is certain." Boy ain't THAT the truth for us all!

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    We wish you well Sir.


    That being said. I do see lots of Parkinsonism Medications out there. The prescribing Doctor is suppose to decide what is best. I only hope you are near a good Doctor. Unfortunately good Doctors seem to be far and few between.

    I have had bad cramps in the past. When I was in service, I had a bad episode with my back. When I was caring a pack on it we were good. No pack, and I could hardly walk. I went down one night/early morning onto the restroom floor. Than G-D I was one who kept it so clean.... My friend on guard duty or fire watch had to help me up. Long story short. I had to go to a Chiropractor. I found a guy and he was a Reservist. Big muscular guy...I needed him because I'm a big guy. The little typical Chiropractors can't seem to get enough muscle and weight to put my back in alignment.

    What I finally realized had brought this issue on. We had been in the field for a good while. You know in the ME you geet dehydrated and have those dehydrated craps that make you wanna pass out you had to push so hard.

    Well guess what it turned out to be the cause of this problem? Dehydration...My electrolytes way out of wack. I guess I needed to carry a salt lick around my neck. Later on I found out that cramps were not caused by lack of Potassium. I know, I know, everyone of the I know it all's will bitch about that statement.

    Doctor guy I was working with explained it best. Magnesium was what your body needs to not have cramps....I gave the standard answer about Potassium. Then we got into the cellular function. Potassium has an open channel and can go in or out of the cell without using energy. Potassium also was used to bring in Sodium. 2-1..Sodium in most cells depolarizes the cell. Yet the cells also bring in Calcium by using Sodium.... Calcium is a very positive...

    Magnesium is higher on the positive scale and decreases the out put of Calcium out of the cell. So it slows the in put and out put of Calcium and Sodium via that transporter.

    Most foods that have lots of Magnesium in it also have lots of Potassium in it. Something about the whole PH scale.

    conclusion: 1) make sure your properly Hydrated. Minimum normal kidney function demands 3L of water per day. That isn't you sweating, just normal kidney function.

    2) make sure your getting a good amount of Electrolytes, Magnesium being one of the most important ones to not cramp.

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    My prayers are with you 91 both for your health and for your career.
    Just take care of yourself and of the things you have to. We'll be here when you have time and want to jump in.
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    Thank yíall for the well wishes. I appreciate it.

    For the longest time I thought my foot cramps were caused from a lack of some kind of nutrient or dehydration, but it is not. It truly originates in my brain, caused from a lack of dopamine. When it does cramp up, itís not like a growing pain kind of cramp. It is more like a Charlie Horse. My toes actually discolor the muscles are so tight. Dystonia is an involuntary muscle movement. No amount of physical therapy, or chiropractor time, nor liquids and minerals will stop it. Unfortunately, it is not a very common problem so neither my foot doctor nor my neurologist knew what it was. I had to drive 2 hours to see a movement disorder specialist to get it diagnosed.

    I forgot to take my 3 Sinemet pills this morning so my foot cramped up on me at 1 pm today. It is now 4 and a half hours later and it has not released. It is life changing dealing with this.
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    Prayers for you for healing and peace.
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    Prayers sent Cav.

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    Knee mail dispatched for you my friend.

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    Sorry to hear about the problem but glad you have a diagnosis. Not knowing what is wrong gets old pretty quick. Keep us updated as to treatment and progress.

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    Thank yíall for the knee mail. I appreciate it all. My crazy projects will continue so I can keep my mind occupied. So when I come back Iíll have some cool things to post about.
    Prepare for the worst, hope for the best

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