Topic: RE: Calling on the medical professionals! Sorry so long!
First, sorry you are going through so much, and hope they get things cleared up soon.
I am NOT a medical professional, but did go through some similar swelling a few years ago before my VSG and weigh loss.
I was put on a different Blood pressure medicine which shut down my production of red blood cells giving me severe anemia. Un-fortunately it took 6 months before a doc doing my colonoscopy had my blood drawn and tested for this during the colonoscopy. The results came in just after he was done, and I was immediately checked into the hospital and given SIX pints of whole blood over the next day which just brought me up to the minimum red blood cell level to leave the hospital. I stopped the Lisinopril and took ( and still take) and Iron pill, and six months later I was back to a normal iron level, and had my VSG surgery. My levels are still normal a year plus after my VSG.
I had seen 3 specialists and had various blood tests, heart function tests, and even MRI and CT scans. No one did the $20 red blood cell count, and I dragged around for months, and nearly died. My point from all of this, is you have to keep after the medical people. Look up your symptoms and become your own expert. And ask everyone just as you are doing.
My armature advice is to make sure you mention the back pain. Your kidneys are there, and they are what get rid of the excess fluid from your body. They also filter out the chemicals you were given, and they are probably worried about that, and will need to check their functioning.
Make sure they are checking your red and white blood cell counts as there are a bunch of types of anemia you could develop and could contribute to your symptoms.
Salt is probably the one biggest contributor to retained water and to blood pressure. If you are not already taking your bp several times a day, I would recommend it highly. The $50 relion brand at wallmart are actually good BP machines if you do not already have one.
Docs are supposed to be scientists, and they need good data to make diagnosis and decisions. I would suggest keeping a diary of everything you eat, and how you are feeling/notes on any symptoms, and you bp and weight and even temperature during the day. These types of notes can really help you and the docs communicate, and follow what is going on with you.
My armature quick list of things would be:
-Salt in your diet,
-kidney functions not getting rid of liquids fast enough.
-Not drinking enough fluids to help was stuff out of your body (I know it seems backward).
-Possible blood clots as you mentioned
-out of balance blood electrolytes like magnesium/calcium/selenium/zinc
-you heart not beating right or enough to move the fluids through your body (this is the "congestive" part of congestive heart disease). This can cause fluid build up. I had and early form of this that went away after my vsg, and is one of the reason many loose such a large amount of weight in the first week or two after VSG. It is the initial fluid loss. I lost 15 pounds in 4 days after my VSG. Never lost more than 2 or 3 pounds a week after that of real fat loss.
I hope this gives you something positive to try, or at least discuss with your docs.
Good luck, Mack
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Starting Weight 354/ PreOP 335/ Current 249/ Goal 195