Having a family member with a chronic illness puts an enormous strain on family relationships. Everyone must adjust and learn to cope. Tasks not only must be reassigned and the household routine upset or interrupted, but additional time and energy may often be devoted to caring for the patient.
One way to cope with stress is to turn down our reaction to it through meditation. Meditation has been practiced in cultures all over the world for thousands of years. It's now being used with increasing frequency by western physicians and health care organizations to treat a diverse range of medical conditions.
The reaction to a diagnosis of periodic paralysis may be relief, shock, grief, despair, or any combination of emotions. It takes time to adjust to a chronic illness. Long cherished plans and dreams may have to be abandoned, some temporarily, others forever. For a time it may seem that the dominant focus in one's life is periodic paralysis, but as the news sinks in and adjustment comes a new balance can be achieved.
Stories We Tell are e-mail exchanges written by our List members. In this exchange patients discuss the difficulties of see-sawing between between looking fine and lying in a heap somewhere, not always in the place of our own choosing.
People with Hypokalemic periodic paralysis, and some Andersen-Tawil Syndrome patients, need to eat a diet low in carbohydrates and sodium, since both carbohydrates and sodium trigger attacks. But how do you do it? Here are handy tips on how to plan a diet that is reduced in sodium and carbohydrates.
Use this chart to help determine patterns to your food triggers. Blanks have been left for you to individualize the chart to your needs. Check food labels for sodium content, etc. This chart is intended to be utilized as an adjunct to a food journal.
The information on this site is based on current medical knowledge but should never at any time be substituted for the advice and care of a properly qualified medical consultant. For medical advice seek the services of a physician.