Post Edited (hep93) : 11/22/2007 1:15:56 AM (GMT-7)
Marji, if you were a male I might suspect an enlarged prostate gland as being the reason for the difficulty urinating. I started out with HCTZ, also, but for BP. It did nothing as far as being a diuretic, that I could tell. Mayo put me on Lasix and Aldactone. If you take both, you do not have to take potassium chloride. At first, they had me on the Lasix alone, and I just could not swallow those huge potassium pills. This way, it is not necessary to take it. I have always urinated often, but the diuretics definitely put me on the "throne" more often! The HCTZ stopped working for my BP, so my PMD added Norvasc. Pressure is now normal.
Pink Grandma, thanks for the input about cirrhosis as it relates to fluid retention. Prior to being diagnosed after the biopsy May 15th, they had not wanted to put me on any diuretics. I had some really bad swelling--about 4+ pitting edema in feet and calves. Perhaps they thought it was due to hip surgery and would go away in time. When they found I had cirrhosis, they prescribed the diuretics.
And Pink...you made me tear up for the 2nd time today, with your kind remarks. Like you, it does me good to be of some help and to be able to share my experience with others.
Take care and have a good Thanksgiving.
Post Edited By Moderator (Pink Grandma) : 12/8/2007 10:39:16 AM (GMT-7)