Pulmonary Oedema…

After being diagnosed with Pulmonary Oedema in hospital, I’ve been doing some research.

I rather wish I hadn’t but as I firmly believe that knowledge is preferable to ignorance I had no choice. This is Pulmonary Oedema. The Mayo Clinic – which is where that link will take you – is one of the more reliable sources of medical information on the Web.

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An experiment…

I’ve proven, empirically, that the main, if not sole, cause of my nausea and vomiting was my diuretic, Furosemide. (and my thanks to the person who suggested this – I regret I’ve forgotten your name for now, but I’ll track it down and put this right).

I stopped taking it, the nausea and vomiting stopped too. Reintroduced it at half the normal dose (40mg), all was still well but, of course, it was only half as effective, which wasn’t enough – I retain fluid like a human sponge and, after a week on 40mg, my Continue reading

Furosemide problems . . .

As I’m writing a rather long post about hospital, I thought I’d take a break to write about a subject close to heart patients everywhere – diuretics and pee.

I’ve been taking 40mg of Furosemide (Lasix), a day for over two years, and the effect has varied from modest to zero. Same dose in APH had me peeing round the clock every 15-30 minutes, I kid you not. Continue reading

Do your meds cause you to walk too much?

My normal walking distance is measured in yards, and damn few at that (if I try to walk further, can’t breathe, heart fucks up – it’s a technical term!). There is also exhaustion and a hell of a lot of pain to contend with.

Anyhoo, as regular readers will know, I currently have, in addition to all the pre-existing crap, Continue reading