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Old April 29th, 2012, 08:55 AM
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Lois...I am so envious. Istanbul was my most favourite port of all my travels!!
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Lois...I am so envious. Istanbul was my most favourite port of all my travels!!
Karen, this trip is not going to Instanbul......we do go to Ephesus though
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I bought them about a month ago and haven't started taking them
yet. I leave here on Wed, May 9th and fly to Rome. My cruise is May
11th......did you start to take them before you sailed?
Yes, I've been taking them for a while now. Maybe since I first noticed them on here. About a month of 2. My MIL loves them for her ankle and knee pain. They did help with my TOM when I was on the cruise also, I didn't notice I was really bloated and my cramps weren't as bad.

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Hello, so do I understand that it also helps you sleep ?? I thought they were just for the swelling, I want to get some for my husband. and what dosage of water pill and what type do you get , just in case you need them ? Thanks in advance for the information.
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They really help with sleep. I sleep like a rock now and wake up rested. I just bought an OTC water pill just in case I needed it from CVS, but never took one.
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Has anybody tried using the sauna or steam room to put the swelling at bay? I started using the sauna at my gym, and I've noticed a huge difference in inflammation. I'm going to try it on the cruise...hoping it helps.
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I think it works for some, doesn't work for others - just like everything else. I started taking one 1,000 mg capsule of Black Cherry and another 1,000 mg pill of Termeric (sp) (recommended by Vitamin World) a week before my trip and then during the trip. Took them in the mornings.

Spent 4 days in Orlando before driving down to FLL for a 10-day Caribbean cruise (first 2 weeks of April).

I noticed right away that my hands were a little swollen from the heat and my feet were a tad big swollen also. But nothing huge or painful. But decided the capsules and pills didn't work that great. Just a little.

In the future - I'll still take them because I think they did help a little bit. Sometimes all of that heat, humidity and salty cruise food just does strange things to you, lol.
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Has anybody tried using the sauna or steam room to put the swelling at bay? I started using the sauna at my gym, and I've noticed a huge difference in inflammation. I'm going to try it on the cruise...hoping it helps.
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Started taking the black cherry capsules two weeks prior to our PC cruise and noticed no swelling on flights or cruise. Very pleased!
Also had bought a bottle for a friend going to Hawaii to spend a week (not cruise). She reported no swelling even though past long flights had been awful for her. She's now a fan.
Probably won't take them regularly due to price but will always take them before and during future trips. So very thankful to the original person who suggested them (Sorry....forgot who and even think it was on another thread).
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Has anybody tried using the sauna or steam room to put the swelling at bay? I started using the sauna at my gym, and I've noticed a huge difference in inflammation. I'm going to try it on the cruise...hoping it helps.
Never thought of that. Even if it doesn't work - at least I'll be relaxed.
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I have a water pill I do not take on cruises because I am afraid of dehydrating myself. ( I drink more alcohol than water) does the black cherry pill also dehydrate if you do not drink enough water?
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I live in the humidity capital of the world...and my feet NEVER
swell here at home....I don't belive the humidity has anything to do
with it..........I am in Florida and it is always humid here.
I am from New Orleans area, very humid. My feet never swell. I would hope that everyone taking this black cherry stuff checks with their doctor before taking it.
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I am from New Orleans area, very humid. My feet never swell. I would hope that everyone taking this black cherry stuff checks with their doctor before taking it.
Why? I have been taking them for about 4 days now...no side
effects. It is an over the counter supplement. I take no other meds
at all....nothing...so it doesn't mix with anything else.
I did not call my Dr and don't plan to.....
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They did not help me anyway........
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They did not help me anyway........

I was disappointed that they did not help me either; however, I do think they have made a small difference in the arthritis in my knees.

We are doing our first Celebrity cruise in October and have purchased a drink package so my plan is to get my money's worth and drink tons of bottled water. I usually drink a lot of the ship's water, and theoretically, that should not cause a problem but this will be my experiment. I don't have swelling problems on the plane, it usually starts a few days after boarding the ship. So we shall see!

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I was disappointed that they did not help me either; however, I do think they have made a small difference in the arthritis in my knees.

We are doing our first Celebrity cruise in October and have purchased a drink package so my plan is to get my money's worth and drink tons of bottled water. I usually drink a lot of the ship's water, and theoretically, that should not cause a problem but this will be my experiment. I don't have swelling problems on the plane, it usually starts a few days after boarding the ship. So we shall see!

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Hi Sherri, which ship and itinerary?....I wasn't going to go into
the whole thing but will now...ok...my feet did swell on the long fight
to Rome but I just didn't care.....by the time we arrived I knew
I was doing this wonderful cruise. Driver picked me up at the airport
and off we went to my B&B. I had a Private Tour booked (FABULOUS)
and we walked, walked and walked some more....the only thing
I noticed (I mentioned this in another thread titled ****MY
EXPERIENCE***) was a callous on my heel....and maybe I just
didn't see any feet swelling or it really did not happen.
I noticed it a bit on the cruise...but we were on tours almost every
day....Athens, Turkey, etc....and maybe all that walking really
helped and I did not swell too much on the ship....yes, somewhat
but not what I consider ALOT.
I also put a pillow at the end of the bed and tried to fall asleep with
my feet propped up.
Now, as for that flight home? They got swollen on it....I noticed it
immediately.....
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Hi Sherri, which ship and itinerary?....I wasn't going to go into
the whole thing but will now...ok...my feet did swell on the long fight
to Rome but I just didn't care.....by the time we arrived I knew
I was doing this wonderful cruise. Driver picked me up at the airport
and off we went to my B&B. I had a Private Tour booked (FABULOUS)
and we walked, walked and walked some more....the only thing
I noticed (I mentioned this in another thread titled ****MY
EXPERIENCE***) was a callous on my heel....and maybe I just
didn't see any feet swelling or it really did not happen.
I noticed it a bit on the cruise...but we were on tours almost every
day....Athens, Turkey, etc....and maybe all that walking really
helped and I did not swell too much on the ship....yes, somewhat
but not what I consider ALOT.
I also put a pillow at the end of the bed and tried to fall asleep with
my feet propped up.
Now, as for that flight home? They got swollen on it....I noticed it
immediately.....
We are going on the Century to Hawaii. I am very excited about it as I really like older, smaller ships although it seems strange not to be going on RC . We did a TA from Rome in November and spent 2 days before our cruise walking around Rome, had a great time!

I do wonder if part of my swelling problem on the ships is due to the sodium in the food. I am really careful about sodium intake at home and I've noticed on our last few cruises that a lot of the food tastes salty to me.

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I live in the humidity capital of the world...and my feet NEVER swell here at home....I don't belive the humidity has anything to do with it..........I am in Florida and it is always humid here.
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I do not believe it has anything to do with the humidity. I am sure someone may take this the wrong way, but how athletic the people who are having the swelling? I have been in Korea 2 years and I do not have a car so I walk everywhere. Mostly everyone has to. Between two roommates who struggle to keep up with me, they both had severe feet/ankle/leg swelling their first few weeks here from all of the walking, no elevator and going up six flights of stairs to our place (4th floor, but two sets of outside stairs to get to the building.) Could it be that while you are on the cruise you are more active than normal which is causing the swelling?

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I do not believe it has anything to do with the humidity. I am sure someone may take this the wrong way, but how athletic the people who are having the swelling? I have been in Korea 2 years and I do not have a car so I walk everywhere. Mostly everyone has to. Between two roommates who struggle to keep up with me, they both had severe feet/ankle/leg swelling their first few weeks here from all of the walking, no elevator and going up six flights of stairs to our place (4th floor, but two sets of outside stairs to get to the building.) Could it be that while you are on the cruise you are more active than normal which is causing the swelling?

http://footcare.ygoy.com/2007/10/17/...-swollen-feet/
I work out intensely 13-14 hours a week. I live in Chicago, so I walk many places. I take stairs when available. I sit on a ball at work. I have the VO2 Max of a professional athlete. My feet don't swell due to being in poor shape.
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I do not believe it has anything to do with the humidity. I am sure someone may take this the wrong way, but how athletic the people who are having the swelling? I have been in Korea 2 years and I do not have a car so I walk everywhere. Mostly everyone has to. Between two roommates who struggle to keep up with me, they both had severe feet/ankle/leg swelling their first few weeks here from all of the walking, no elevator and going up six flights of stairs to our place (4th floor, but two sets of outside stairs to get to the building.) Could it be that while you are on the cruise you are more active than normal which is causing the swelling?

http://footcare.ygoy.com/2007/10/17/...-swollen-feet/
I believe there are many gals who have posted who do work out
at home so that theory? It may be true for some people but I believe
everyone's body is different and so there is not 1 cause for everyone.
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