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   Posted 9/18/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so uncomfortable. I feel like I'm going to pop. They had me on 80mg of pred in the hospital. I gained over 10lbs of weight while in there for 4 days not eating or drinking. I know my body is just holding onto those fluids they kept pumping in. Will anything help me?

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   Posted 9/19/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Avoid salt and foods with salt at all costs. That only adds to the retention problem. Also, if possible - walk. When you get moving, the circulation picks up, filtering the blood through the kidneys faster allowing the excess fluid to be processed and gotten rid of. When you sit, keep those feet elevated.

My PCP had to prescribe lasix to deal with the edema I got from large doses of prednisone.
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   Posted 9/21/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. I think I found another solution...I'm nauseous and cramping so I'm not eating and drinking much. The swelling is slowly going down.

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   Posted 9/21/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   

I found when I was in hospital for 5 days on pred drip a couple of years ago, I swelled up like a baloon! my eye lids were puffy and my stomach was all smooshy. I was freaked out, I'd never experienced that before!! I told the nurse I was worried and she said the day after I got home I should go for a brief walk.

I weighed myself when I got home and I was 60kg - 5kg or 11 pounds more than I was 5 days ago!!

the next day I went for a short walk, came home, and slept the night.

The following day weighed myself and I had lost 7kilos! So I was less than my original weight! Seemed crazy to be able to lose 15 pounds in one night but it was all the water weight! Strangest thing ever!!

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   Posted 9/21/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I even noticed something weird with my eyes that I think was from the extra fluids. It was like there was extra fluid in the whites. It looked like it was just under a very thin layer of clear skin and they felt funny. Kind of freaked me out.
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