04-30-2012, 11:22 AM
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: St. Louis, Mo. USA
Good Info... may be long but worth it.
I have been wanting to share this with you all, but haven't been able to get here. Recently I have been having some water retention problems. I'm post menopausal so we won't go in that direction. Anyway this all seem to happen overnight, I would gain pounds of water weight, have trouble sleeping, crave foods and be so lethargic. This would sometimes last a week or more. A good friend suggested I ask my doc for a diuretic. I waited till my scheduled visit and tried to figure out what was causing this. Finally got in to see the doc and described what was happening and ask for a mild diuretic. She said that a diuretic would cause me kidney damage because I don't need it for water retention like people with high blood pressure and things like that. Here is what she explained that I thought would be helpful to some of you.
She explained that people like me who have connective tissue disease (CTD) retain water in the connective tissue, that is why my fingers and hands and feet swell so much. But not my wrists and ankles and arms and legs like people with high blood pressure and those type problems. When given a diuretic to get rid of the water in the connective tissue it only causes kidney damage and doesn't work well. She said to get OTC Guifenesin, not the one with dextromathorphan, just the plain Guifenesin. It is what is found in mucinex or robotussin. I use the generic brand of mucinex. I got it and tried it and she was right it works. It took about two days to start getting all the water out and I took two pills a day. On the third day, I spent most of my time peeing and I was back to normal. I use it occasionally when I wake up and my hands and feet are blown up like balloons. If you have CTD, you know what I mean about the fingers and hands. Yes, you have water weight in the connective tissue in other parts of the body, but my hands and feet are where it is more noticeable on me.
Hope this info helps someone.
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05-04-2012, 11:47 AM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Re: Good Info... may be long but worth it.
Not yet. I have to do some grocery shopping later & will pick some up. Sooo don't wanna go...
I swell all the time so really wanna see I it helps!
I'll let you know. I can't see why it wouldn't..
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