I am new to this board. I am 48 years old and was diagnosed with asthma just today. I have other health issues, including a severe hypertension. One of the rx blood pressure meds I am on is a potassium-sparing diuretic.
After months of being on five BP meds, INCLUDING a very high dose of a beta blocker,
I developed edema about 3 weeks ago. We are just coming out of a heatwave. Today my calves, feet and ankles are hugely swollen. I don't think they can possibly get much bigger! In the three weeks since the edema started, it has never been this bad.
I keep thinking that perhaps the diuretics are to blame.
Is it safe for an asthmatic to be on this medication?
Is there anything I should start doing differently or avoid?
As you can imagine, I suffered and suffered on the beta blockers, barely able to walk a short distance to my car, short of breath when talking, eating, brushing my teeth, bending down to pull a weed..I was constantly gasping for breath and oxygen starved. I am so happy there's a known cause for my breathing difficulties, as strange as it may seem! (I suspected HF) I am off the beta blockers now so my SOB is not as severe. It will take about 10 days before the results of my pulmonary function tests & a report reach my doctor (who is on holidays) and I get my meds.
I know absolutely nothing about this condition. I find the information & personal experiences of fellow sufferers on these boards invaluable
Your responses and tips would be much appreciated. I look forward to meeting new friends on this board.