Went to the GP yesterday for an X-ray result. It showed some possible excess fluid on the lungs and a possible enlargement of my heart. I've also been putting on weight faster than a sumo wrestler and my ankles and feet have been swelling too.
He immediately arranged a blood test with a follow-up appointment in two weeks (to see if the med I describe below was beginning to work) with an ECG taken fifteen minutes earlier so he would have the results. He will refer me for an echocardiogram if it seems necessary.
When I compare this with other people's experiences of their GPs as posted on the site I reckon I am very fortunate. Mind you, everyone should get the same or similar.
I'm currently on my emergency pack for a flare-up, something else which he provides without any fuss.
That's not the main reason for posting, though.
He prescribed Furosemide as a diuretic to get rid of some of the excess water.
This has to be the fastest-acting thing I've ever taken. First dose two and a half hours ago and been six times already! I'm wearing a groove in the carpet from my window seat to the WC. If a pint of pure water weighs a pound and a quarter I must have lost about half a stone already!
If it goes on at this rate I'll have to get incontinence pads before going to the shops.
I was just wondering whether anyone else had similar experiences of this "express action".