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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 2/18/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
turn i Everyone,
        Have not posted in some time. The last time I posted I was letting you know that there was problems with added medication and my sodium level. After a few blood labs in the last couple of weeks my sodium level  was at 125 and my potassium was low. So, my doctor changed my meds to 40 mg of furosemide and 50 mg of spironolactone to bring my potassium level up which it did in my last blood lab. He called me Tuesday and put me on a 1 liter water restriction because my sodium level has not changed and he thinks this may bring the level up. Also, he can not add any added medication like metalazone which he wanted to try at a lower dose to help with the ascities and edema I have been dealing with. He wants to do a paracentisis early next week which I was happy to hear because lately I have experienced alot of discomfort with all the water retention in my stomach. I am starting to get alot of pain from the pressure on my left side under the ribs. Looking forward to next week for some relief. Thanks for listening. Have a healthy,happy day.

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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 3708
   Posted 2/18/2010 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
bostonmike, Things sound as if they are better, or at least, you're adjusting to them. Your dose of lasix is the same as mine was, but they gave me 80 mg. of spironalactone. The single litre of water worked for me as well. Before that, they wanted me to drink double that. After my legs started swelling, they cut it down. While the single time I had paracentisis done (barely any fluid was removed) wasn't painful, it was very weird. In your case it sounds as if it will make a huge difference in how well you feel. I'm happy to hear that you'll be getting some relief. **David**

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 2/18/2010 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Mike, thanks for the update!  I hope you will get some relief from the paracentesis next week.  Please let us know how it goes.



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