I skipped my usual dose of Lasix in the morning yesterday because I had an appointment with my primary medical doctor and it was such a long commute– and the CTA doesn’t have bathrooms! He was excited how much I was able to get the swelling down by doubling up on the water pills. Awesome! Continue the water pills and come back in a month to recheck.

Within hours of seeing my doctor I could feel some pain from a little swelling around my ankles. I took a Lasix. Shortly thereafter I started to feel wheezey. My breathing continued to get worse. Within six hours of my doctor appointment I checked the swelling level in my legs. It was 3+ to 4+ edema! That’s seriously not good! I didn’t feel good. I took two more tabs of Lasix. If I didn’t already have these water pills I would have had to go to the hospital last night. It was almost a little scary how I felt. I still have a great deal of swelling but my breathing is much better.

Moral of the story: This obviously means that when I have my next doctor appointment I *WILL* take my water pills that day and not skip no  matter how long the commute!


Author: padschicago

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  1. UPDATE: The swelling has gone UP more today. It is for sure at a 4+ level now. My lungs are much clearer than last night when everything came on so quickly. However, earlier tonight I started to have chest pain and mild cough. After a while I was able to check my blood pressure, which came out a little borderline high at 128/90 with pulse 60. Not bad, but enough to cause some chest pressure evidently. I took my Propranolol and extra Lasix again tonight. Can’t say I’m doing much peeing though. At least I can breathe tonight! 🙂


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