One of the upsides to being a nurse is that I can generally tell you WHY you feel a certain way. One of the downsides is that I can generally tell you WHY you feel a certain way, which is why I rarely mention my medical background to people who don't know me. After that one weird time on the train when someone wanted to show me their rash, I'm a little wary.
But you've got some weird symptoms going on, right? And maybe you're scared because you don't know what they mean and you're REALLY hoping you don't end up on an episode of House M.D. Here are some possible reasons for your your bizarre and inexplicable symptoms.
1) Your pee smells strange. There are a LOT of reasons why urine may smell different - the amount of liquid you've been drinking, the food you've ingested (coffee anyone?), or something more like a urinary tract infection. Easiest way to fix funky-smelling urine? Hydrate and see if the smell lessens. If it doesn't, check with your doctor.
2) Your legs cramp up weirdly at night. Mine do this a lot. Turns out? It's nothing serious - it's an electrolyte imbalance, meaning that you're dehydrated or lacking a certain mineral like potassium, calcium, or magnesium. Solution? Rub the cramp out, drink a big glass of water, and make sure you take a multivitamin.
3) Your body jerks you awake as you're falling asleep. This very odd symptom can really freak you out, unless you know what's going on and how harmless it is. These "sleep starts" are caused by misfiring of nerves while your body shifts from waking to sleeping. While it can scare you, these twitches are harmless, and last only a few seconds.
4) When you stand up from sitting or lying down, you feel dizzy and lightheaded. Generally, people with low blood pressure suffer from this condition, called "orthostatic hypotension," but it can also be caused by dehydration. The fix for this one is simple. Stand up slowly, and be extra careful when going from lying down to standing up. Also, to be on the safe side, drink a big ole glass of water.
5) You have white floaters in your eyes. Sometimes, when you're just minding your own business, you find that there are these tiny white specks floating through your line of vision for a couple of moments. While they're annoying, they're often just bits of tissue floating through the liquid inside of each eyeball. Luckily, the body will generally absorb them and they'll disappear on their own.
Have you experienced any of these bizarre symptoms? Do they alarm you?
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