Hi, Mike, and welcome back!! I know your main problem has always been fluid retention. I'm sorry you are still experiencing this. Do you have hep C? I've forgotten.
Diet: Really watch your sodium intake. YES, try eliminating simple carbs like refined sugar, pancake syrup,
cookies and other desserts. Complex carbs like pasta and potaoes should be okay IN MODERATION. A cup of either should be sufficient, especially if you are eating it every day. Make pasta whole wheat. If rice, make it brown rice. Try a stir-fry on brown rice. Focus on protein. And elevate your legs as much as possible. Also, anything with fiber will help fill you up: Popcorn, as David mentioned, plus fruit (watermelon will fill you with very few calories), Fiber One bars, This should help with losing weight.
Just as you read labels for sodium content, read labels for CORN SYRUP. It's in almost everything. Those things, you want to steer clear of.
Also, the diuretics have a boomerang effect when the dose keeps being increased. It stops working. I'm very surprised that your kidney function is normal. Try DECREASING the Lasix to 100 mg/day and Spironolactone to 250 mg. for 2 weeks. If that goes well, try decreasing a little more. The result should be that you are peeing more and retaining less fluid than on such a high dose of these meds. Try it. Nothing to lose.
I take magnesium oxide 400 mg twice a day, ever since TP. And it still runs low. To add insult to injury, my insurance won't pay for it.
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Post Edited (hep93) : 8/29/2013 8:18:18 PM (GMT-6)