I put a blog on here some months ago about fluid retention and got a lovely lot of kind caring replies which I acted on.
However my GP still insisted it was the steroids which were making me retain fluid. Even when I got to looking like Michelin Man and had fluid pouring out of my right lower leg nothing was really being done! Saw another GP who gave me antibiotics in case I had an infection in the leg but that was about it. This one told me I was in heart failure, the original GP said I was not! I couldn't get my clothes on - so bought stuff two sizes larger than normal!
I went to see the RN at the hospital who was horrified - I could barely walk, it was more of a shuffle, I needed oxygen almost constantly, I couldn't lie down in bed so was sleeping in a chair. She faxed my GP and told me to go and see him the following day. This I did - and got admitted as an emergency!
Once in hospital I was given IV Dieretics (frusemide) and joy of joys the fluid started to come off - it was better than these 'wonder diets' you read about. I lost 4.5 kgs in weight in 3 days, this equated to about 7+ ltres of fluid! (thank goodness for catheters or there would have been a flood) I was in hospital for a week and then sent home on restricted fluids. I am now a shadow of my former self! :-)) You cannot imagine the relief as I started to deflate. The consultant says I am not in heart failure - going for a cardiograph next week - maybe I will get a difinitive answer.
Now I am doing ok - going to change my GP I think! I am managing to lie down in bed although the hospital has provided me with a bed back rest should I need it. Now going to become an e-bay seller to sell all the clothes I bought, Still I suppose it keeps me out of mischief!