I Am My Own Lab Rat: The Lab Rat Discovers Fish Oil

I’m a Registered Nurse and was taught that regular use of health supplements is usually unnecessary and potentially dangerous. For this short blog post, I am not going to cite a slew of research articles that confirm or negate this view. I am simply going to share my experience with you. It turned me into a regular user of health supplements!

In 2014, I started having strange symptoms in my hand and foot. I would bend my thumb and it would lock into place for about half a minute. Around the same time, the same symptom occurred on my foot while I was driving. Luckily, I was only a block away from home! After this, I started to have tightness in my entire hand which led to pain in my hand. After about a week, my hand became so tight that I could barely write with it. My doctor tested me for an electrolyte imbalance and found everything to be normal. Instead of undergoing more testing, I decided to do some research on my own. This research let to my discovery of fish oil. I started taking fish oil and all my symptoms were gone within a week! I started taking fish oil in 2014 and have not had the same issues since then.

What is your view on health supplements? E-mail me at contact@inspirationforwellness.com for high-quality supplements!

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This post was originally posted on December 6, 2018; it was updated on September 26, 2019.

13 thoughts on “I Am My Own Lab Rat: The Lab Rat Discovers Fish Oil”

  1. I have also had success with fish oil. It helps my chronic dry eye; however, it makes my stomach upset. Therefore, I switched to Flaxseed oil a few years ago and had the same beneficial results. Best of luck to you!

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  2. I take supplements but don’t currently take fish oil. I have it in my cupboard but I don’t consume it on a regular basis. I find that drinking enough water helps with joint pain. Whenever I have achy, creaky bones, I increase my water intake for a few days. The symptoms usually disappear. I also do Pilates with helps with my joints and flexibility.

    I didn’t know you are a registered nurse. That’s really cool! I’m studying to become a RN but have had some setbacks along the way. I plan to finish this degree. With my first degree in bio, I ended up minoring in NANS (nutrition and neutraceutical sciences) There are definitely benefits to taking fish oil and I’m happy that you found some relief by taking this supplement.

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  3. I thought I wanted to be a peds nurse, but the peds NI gave me a terrible time last term. After that nightmare, I don’t want to do pediatrics again, unless they place me in peds during undergrad. I think I rather do orthopedics or work in the hospital with adult patients, or geriatrics. I haven’t been to a mental health facility so unless I’m placed there and I happen to like it, I don’t see myself being a psych nurse either.

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  4. My issue was that the nursing instructor (NI) wouldn’t let me past the basic assessments. She wouldn’t let me prepare meds or do any of the tasks I was supposed to do either. She kept telling me that I “failed” regardless of what I did and would lecture me for 2 hours afterwards, thus putting me further and further behind. I never had this issue with my previous NI for the first half of the semester who said I was doing a good job! The peds NI however, shattered me… I ended up in a very deep depression after last term but I’m off the antidepressant now.

    Seeing sick kids was tough, yes, but I was able to handle that part. My daughter goes to this hospital often for surgery and sometimes the students from my school assess her. She’s got a condition called FEVR.

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