I would call the Dr. again and ask him about diruretic's and if you are not pleased or feel he is responding to you in a way that helps you understand why, then probably need to find a 2nd opinion.
I just started prednisone and have had edema for 7 years b/c of kidney problems, all my Doc' did not take it seriously.
For the water retention, my Kidney Doc who prescribed me the prednisone told me to also do a low salt diet of 1500mg a day that that would help w/the water retention and also help my kidney's through this tough time.
Last night I made a spicy baked cod, my own salad dressing (pretty good, need to work on my recipie to make it my taste) and vegetables cooked w/balsamic vinegar and some olive oil & garlic.
I bought a low salt cookbook this weekend for recipies to make salad dressings, marinades and different ideas to keep my taste buds happy. I am glad I did that.
Maybe until you find the answers do a low salt diet (can't hurt, right?) and drink cranberry juice.
I know how awful swelling is!! I hope it gets better!
btw, I would recommend asking your GI for a urinalysis to check for proteins in your husbands urine (also, if it's foamy when he urinates that means there are a lot of proteins). I have a hypersensitivity to 5ASA drugs, which caused the proteins in my urine and edema. Doesn't hurt to pee in a cup, right?
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Lialda 2.4mg 1xday since 8/24/07 (prev. Asacol 4800mg day),Calcium and Vit D 500mg 2xday.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20 mg 1xday
Diovan 80mg 1xday. Fosomax 1xweek 70mg. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.