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    ChoctawGirl42 posted:
    At age 45 I had a hysterectomy which threw me into menopause. They tried different kinds of estrogen treatments over the next 4 months which all made me very nauseated and my blood pressure to soar. A gel on the wrist was the final treatment. Still the same - sick and very high bp. When I passed out at work I was rushed to the ER, my pulse was 153 and BP 214/119!! After 5 days on the heart floor, every test known to man, it was determined that I cannot take estrogen and because of nausea I was extremely dehydrated. But! I drink tons of water! ?? The heart specialist told me I was not retaining enough in my blood, my blood was very thick. He said to put a pinch of salt in my water and to cut out all dehydrating drinks like, carbonated beverages, alcohol, caffeine, etc... I have been fine since, 7 years. And, I can tell you that when I drink even one alcoholic beverage or carbonated drink I can feel it. I have arthritis in my low back - a drink of either and the pain is obvious!! So, for me, I drink around a half gallon of water with a pinch of salt everyday...and the more active I am the better I feel!
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