I just realized I made the announcement over at New Nostalgia’s Facebook page, but never wrote an update here on my scan results.
ALL IS NORMAL.
I AM NED. (no evidence of disease)
I can’t tell you how thankful and relieved I feel. Reading the words “there is NED” is such a profound gift to a cancer fighter/survivor. I know so many of you reading this now would give just about anything to hear those words and I want you to know I think about that and you in my heart and thoughts.
I got the brain MRI back first, and it was completely normal.
I had been feeling much more normal a day before getting the calls, so I was hopeful it was low potassium causing all these crazy symptoms. You can read more about low potassium and the havoc it can cause on the body, and also ways to get more potassium in your diet —> here.
My blood test results showed my potassium level was going up, and thanks to the awesome world of health blogs I was able to figure out that it was not lack of potassium foods in my diet (I live on them) but lack of MAGNESIUM! I am less faithful with eating foods with lots of magnesium (oat bran, sesame seeds, etc) so this made much more sense. Magnesium is needed to absorb potassium, so this was my solution. When I brought this up to my doctor, she agreed it could very well be that and lets tackle magnesium, too.
I am now being much more purposeful about getting magnesium and I can’t tell you how much better I feel!! My digestion is perfect…PERFECT! My energy levels are up so much and I am getting this house decluttered with my new energy. I am still taking naps, but I think as long as I am on cancer meds that is just something I have to accept as part of my life now, and be thankful that I have a life that allows for naps.
A great way to get magnesium besides food is by taking Epsom salt baths, which are so good and detoxifying. If you have trouble sleeping, take one before bed. I always feel like going to sleep right after an Epsom salt detox bath.
Another great way I just found from Herbs & Oils is a Homemade Magnesium Oil spray. What a cool idea! Magnesium can be absorbed into the skin so this is something I am going to look into. I enjoyed reading the comments on this post. So many have been helped by up-ing this mineral!
If you suffer from migraines, fibromyalgia, have neck and back pain, low energy, low sex drive, and constipation…you may want to up your potassium foods and make sure you are getting magnesium. It has made the world of difference for me and so many others.