I have been noticing that my skin indents easily. for instance, i lay down for maybe 15 minutes max, leaning my bare arm against my shirt. this shirt is very soft with a fine stitching. when i stood up the imprint was etched into my arm and it is just now going away (30 min later) even after rubbing it for a few minutes.
i never used to get these 'imprints' but i get them daily from clothes sitting down for a few minutes, anything. when i wake up in the morning i have lines criss-crossing everywhere on my legs, arms, abdomen...and i never had this before perhaps a week or two ago (this is week 7 of recovery)
could this be due to water retention? :(
I would actually suspect lack of water more than water retention. If your skin is healthy it should have a supply of blood and water plumping it up.
How much water are you drinking?
(And if drinking a lot of water - how much salt are you getting via food / addition to food?)
i drink a lot during the day but i limit myself to 8 glasses of water due to the worry of flushing out electrolytes in recovery...i eat 1400 cals a day now, all home-cooked meals and i add little or no salt. in fact i used to add no salt but everyone keeps pressuring me to add since its good for a healthy balance, so i do add a little now,...
i just thought it might be water retention since my legs look all shiny and huge but if im dehydrated i sure hope they dont get bigger.
i just drink tea and water usually...the occasional diet coke. oh, i have hot lemon-water often. could i be dehydrated then?
I notice that the same thing happens to me when I am dehydrated. Good luck!
I don't know about you guys, but I think it is just the fact of being plump and getting older.
I call them "sleep creases". I am a tummy sleeper. Sometimes I have "road maps" all over my tummy when I awake. Other days I don't. I do not know why they come or go...ha!
Angelwings and Fairydust Blessings,
a road map is certanly a good way to describe it!
even after my recent 15-20 lb weight gain i dont think i could as plump quite yet...and im only 24..which if were counting as old is quite depressing :p
it helps to know that others are get the same thing though, and i have been trying to stay super hydrated (even though ive been dehydrated throughout recovery-which i cant help) thanks everyone!
I unfortunately don't know enough about recovery to know how the electrolyte balance gets rebalanced. I do know that a healthy adult with no sodium issues should be getting about 1500-2500 mg per day so that you have the salt your body needs.
But since I don't know about the effects of the recovery on fixing that balance I can't offer much beyond the comforting advice of:
You're only 24 - that isn't old, and once you're healthy your body will like you agin. So even if there are age creases related - I'm certain that you can spring your body back to excellent.
Salt is not the devil - a little in definite moderation is good - but people with more experience in recovery should tell you how to balance.
The big and shiny I would expect would be dehydration - by gravity. The body will hold onto as much as it can - but not all over you body.
CONGRATS on gaining the weight you've recovered. I'm proud of you - and I'm sure you'll get past these road maps to recovery. Then you won't need maps any more and they can go away one day :D