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Old 10-07-2004, 11:34 AM   #1
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Water retention question

I tend to retain fluids quite often so I try to drink alot of water. I have a neighbor who began to experience heart trouble and suddenly swelled very badly(they removed 13 pounds of fluid from his body). The doctors advised him to take in very little fluids. Just wondering if this means that I should lay off the water a bit especially at that lovely time of the month when I bloat up worst of all?

 
Old 10-07-2004, 01:49 PM   #2
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Re: Water retention question

DMGW,

I think that forcing water is one of those new "diet book thing" that is taken to an extreme. Water is a weak diuretic in the long term because when it's peed out it always takes a little bit of sodium with it. Less sodium, less retention. But in the short run you can up your BP a lot with a tank of water. If there's any weakness in kidney or cardiac function, you can do some damage. There IS such a thing called water intoxication.

More and more of a good thing is often not so good.

If you have trouble with water retention (like ME), maybe a weak diuretic is a better idea and it works a LOT faster than 2 gallons of water. It's a GREAT idea if you have any tendency toward high blood pressure.

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Old 10-07-2004, 04:56 PM   #3
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Re: Water retention question

zip2play,

That's interesting. I have been trying to up my water consumption to 8-12 glasses a day in order to do something about weight and a little water retention from the atenelol. Is that too much water? I am confused.

 
Old 10-07-2004, 08:09 PM   #4
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Re: Water retention question

kfz,

8-12 glasses is under 100 ounces and should be just fine!

 
Old 10-10-2004, 11:21 AM   #5
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Re: Water retention question

zip2play,

I already take a 25mg HCTZw/potassium. Should I double up and take 50mg on those couple of days a month when it is a big problem?

 
Old 10-10-2004, 02:22 PM   #6
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DMGW...I take 50 mg. daily. My doctor doesn't like it but then he'd rather see me drop to 25 and buy 2 beta blockers, an ACE, 4 ARB's and all 3 channel blockers instead.

If you are certain that you need more at when Aunty Flo comes a'visitin' (wonderful South Park gag) I think 50 mg. might cure what ails you. (Don't tell the busybody with the M.D. after his name.)

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Old 10-12-2004, 12:31 PM   #7
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Re: Water retention question

zip2play,

Thank you for the advice. I will give it a try next month!

 
Old 10-12-2004, 01:04 PM   #8
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Come on Zip, "busybody with MD after his name", don't you think that is a little much? The man worked long and hard to get that degree. Where's yours?

 
Old 10-12-2004, 07:39 PM   #9
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I sympathize for all his long hard work...but the several tens of millions he will earn will be more than ample reward for a couple years work as an intern (paid) beyond what we with several other degrees get.

My degrees are in my closet.

I don't choose to revere the letters M.D. in the same way some people do, I've dealt with enough to realize they deserve no more respect than my mailman and unfortunately I have listened to many of them talk!

Anyone who chooses to elevate them to priesthood levels (if that is an elevation) is perfectly free to do so.

In the future please follow the board rules and guidlines, bharkins, and address your answer to the poster. I require no comments on the quality of any of my replies; if they don't meet with your approval, just ignore them!

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Old 10-12-2004, 08:53 PM   #10
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Re: Water retention question

No elevations here. Just being fair. My mailman was not the one who saved my husband's life.

 
Old 10-13-2004, 03:59 AM   #11
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Re: Water retention question

Well,
When MY GP saves my life, he will be trated with all the halleluyahs that are appropriate. As it stands though, if I don't second guess his every move, he'll do me more harm than good.

I too have had some specialists who were miracle workers (and some who NEEDED miracle workers,) but I have NEVER seen a GP with the skill and savvy that would ever get the mail into the right box or the right prescription written on the pad with any degree of certainty.

Most can't even work their own sphygmomanometers correctly and besides incompetence the only trait they usually share is SNIDE ARROGANCE...as in "Where's YOUR degree?"
(A reply I will get to use EVENTUALLY is "ONE of mine is in Chemical Engineering, YOU should have tried a few chem courses?")

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Old 10-13-2004, 08:16 AM   #12
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Re: Water retention question

Yeah for Zip! I definitely share your opinion. I hate it when you talk to the dr and he says'take it anyway'. I guess he means even if it 'kills you'. I have no doubt, the meds will accomplish what they're design to BUT how about the rest of it. Most of my drs seem to blame me for high cholesterol, and the likes. They claim im not sticking to my diabetic diet. My ?? then is why im losing the weight then. I went from 245lbs to 170 lbs all in a yr and a half. B4 all this crap started my weight never went over 180 lbs. I agree with you saying drs are arrogant. I asked a dr if avandia would cause me to gain weight and his reply was " it doesn't have calories'. He was an idiot. It maynot have calories, but it can change the cell structures.

 
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