prednisone question-nor related to ucbut maybe you have an opinion

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jayce
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   Posted 3/30/2008 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
hi-my dad has been in the hospital for about 4 weeks now- he had a heart attack
and ended up with a stent and balloon. because he only has 1 funtioning kidney he's not
an easy case, the dye for angiograms is riskier for him then 2 kidney person- anyway the problem is
that he has to take prednisone for rheumatoid arthritis-he can't move without it- but now that he's moved to the rehab section and put him back on prednisone his anlkles and lower leggs are swollen with fluid- i think we should take him to the cardiologis
but the dr at rehab says it's from the prednisone-they are going to lower his dose. i know you can blow up from prednisone, but this is juist in his lower leggs. on hte phone the cardiologist says it's from the prednisone-he can't come into the rehab facility-should i insist
that my dad take an ambulette service to the cardiologist?
thanks for listening- i guess it's always something.
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Red_34
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   Posted 3/30/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe you can ask this question on our heart forum to see if you would get better answers or more responses. I know that when my FIL was in the hospital for a crack rib cartiledge/pnuemonia that his ankles started swelling so they did a kidney function test on him. His kidneys weren't working right so after they fixed that his swelling went down a bit. Has he had his kidney checked recently?
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jayce
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   Posted 3/31/2008 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherry,
thanks for your answer -he only has 1 kidney so there is always care given to that,
i just thought that there is so much experience with prednisone on this board someone
may have insight into the ankles swelling part and not he moon face/whole body swelling. i wll go to the heart forum-thanks again
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily-discontinued
colazal 3 3x daily/switched to 4 4x daily
proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed time 6mp50
xifaxan antibiotic 400mg 2x day


Beth75
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   Posted 3/31/2008 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
hi Please,

I have kidney disease and am on pred for that. I had some swelling prior to that b/c of the disease but since being on the pred, my calves ankles and feet really swell up and there is not much I can do to keep the swelling down. I take a diuretic but, I don't take much b/c I need to give my kidneys a rest and chance to heal.

If I have a lot of salt, they really swell up, so talk to the Doc about a low salt diet and keeping the legs elevated. Also, i'm not sure if they can drain the fluid, if it gets real bad.

Also, may be good to have a urinalysis to check for protiens in his urine (why not at this point), that could be a kidney disease if there are proteins. Edema is a symptom of kidney disease.

So yes, the pred made me swell and someone posted here the other day that they got swollen from pred too.


Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ almost in remission
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd Sept 2007 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 30mg 1xday (taper 5mg a week from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalpril 10mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your protiens!
Pre-Diabetic from Prednisone use - Low carb/sugar diet & exercise.

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