I went yesterday to my regular kidney clinic appointment, and to meet my new doctor for my kidneys. She turns out to be very supportive and understanding. We discussed peritoneal dialysis and the swelling in my legs. It was her suggestion that I begin a water pill therapy. I have great experience taking Lasix and she decided I should take 80mgs once daily.
Then her attending doctor came into the room and questioned me and decided that I should DOUBLE the dose of Lasix to twice a day. They want me to take off 15 pounds of water weight in one month. This is reasonable.
My main doctor disagrees with this, saying that my swelling in the legs is due to lymphedema.
I am in a quandary as to whom to listen to! I know that I have gained 40 pounds in the last 4 months while eating the EXACT same small amount of food daily. (I really don't eat much. And my clothes still fit but my legs are huge.)
So I don't know who to believe. I think the leg swelling is due to a combination of lympedema, end stage kidney disease and poor posture.
So we are lowering the Lasix today to 20mg.
Bottom line: my main doctor knows my body for 8 years and the kidney doctors saw me for the FIRST TIME yesterday. WHO WOULD YOU LISTEN TO?
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