Progress at last.
Last weekend I was prescribed Candesartan (an angiotensin II receptor antagonist**), which I started last Monday (always best with calendar packs, if you can).
**Basically a vasodilator, which reduces blood pressure. Apparently, it improves kidney function too.
First impressions were an overall increase in pain levels, which seems to have passed off. I also, briefly, had serious gastric pain, like an ulcer on steroids, but that, too, appears to have faded away. Hopefully, that stays gone, as it would be a deal-breaker. An increase in existing pain I can just about cope with; an entirely new pain, especially one of such severity, just isn’t acceptable. Pretty sure my breathing was slightly impaired for a day or two, too, but hard to be absolutely certain as it fluctuates normally.
I had pretty intense nausea for the first few days, but that seems to have passed too, as that would also have been a deal-breaker had it persisted.
Some dizzy spells too, totally disorientating (unable to tell which way is up). I thought they’d stopped – wrong!
Lot of chest pain – could be a side-effect, or not. Don’t know yet.
On the plus side, in conjunction with Furosemide (Lasix to you lot in the colonies and elsewhere), a diuretic, it’s reducing the oedema in my legs visibly – I now have visible knees again! Still can’t walk worth a damn, though.
Last weekend, when I had foolishly run out of Furosemide, I gained 8lb in the three days before a new batch arrived – all of it fluid (6.4 pints of it), thankfully all of it shed again now. Thing is, that’s a lot of liquid and it can’t all be in my legs, so where else am I storing it?
So in terms of meds, this is clearly a step in the right direction but, in addition, I really want a drug that improves heart function as well, like Digoxin, maybe – there are plenty to choose from.
Don’t think anything will change til I get my echo-cardiogram though.