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Old 07-16-2015, 01:03 PM   #1
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Angry Urinary Incontinence/Edema/Lasix :(

I have urinary incontinence which presented itself following surgery on lumbar spine back in 1992 and now I also have extremely swollen legs and feet due to the fluid retention. My doctor prescribed Lasix and so now I am having to deal with pants-wetting "accidents" which are so frustrating, but because of my physical disabilities these "accidents" are unfortunately unavoidable. I've thought about stopping the Lasix but have been advised against it by several healthcare professionals. They have all told me that if I don't take the Lasix, the fluid will not only be in my feet/legs but will also get to my heart and cause fatal consequences.

I'm gonna be 64 years old in two months......wetting my pants?? Geez!!!

 
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Old 07-16-2015, 01:43 PM   #2
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Re: Urinary Incontinence/Edema/Lasix :(

Hi my mother in law went thru that but didn't have due to the back issues according to drs. But she has severe scoliosis! She ended up having the bladder lift thing whatever it's called and it helped a lot. wonder if that would help even if your back issues? I mean it's because of nerve issues right? Seems like they would have come up with something. Cathy

 
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Re: Urinary Incontinence/Edema/Lasix :(

Hi, thanks for your response. . I'm not sure if the bladder lift you mentioned is the same thing as a sling? I've seen a few adverts on TV about legal actions for persons who have suffered injuries resulting from use of those slings so that kinda put me off....

I guess I'll probably take the Lasix med daily, maybe see if the swelling goes down and then ask the doctor if it would be possible to take Lasix less often after that, gradually reducing the dosage. He'll probably say no but it doesn't hurt to ask..

 
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Re: Urinary Incontinence/Edema/Lasix :(

Why not wear the incontance pads or pants that you can buy at the drug store or retailer. They are not very expensve and are very discreet. I have this problem for years, and still have at 50 years young. Always used the pad with scent guard. It works with pads or the pant. and another thing, how much water are you drinking a day. Have them check your electrolites, make sure it is not depleted. They would give you a different lassix med and caution you to cut back some on the water, helps cut the visits to the john. Good luck and hugs for today.
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Old 07-23-2015, 02:07 PM   #5
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Re: Urinary Incontinence/Edema/Lasix :(

Hello and thanks for your response. I have been using the Depends super extra absorbency disposable briefs with a Poise pad insert for extra protection but still sometimes have those wet pants "accidents" which are so #$%&@# frustrating!!!! I tried to explain the situation to my mom (she'll be 90 in Sept. and I'll be 64.....and we share the same birthday!! ). Her comment was "All women have a problem with a leaky bladder as they get older; it's just a part of the aging process. You get a package of those pad inserts for your panties and problem solved!". I then explained to her that my bladder doesn't just "leak"........no, my bladder simply empties itself completely........those disposable panties and pads are hardly ever strong and disposable enough to contain it. I was also advised to give up my daily morning coffee and orange juice as their acidic content would cause further irritation to my bladder. I've done that as well but it doesn't seem to help my bladder. Sooooo.....my bladder is irritated, and now so am I irritated....grrrrrr.....why am I sitting here LMAO cos it is so NOT FUNNY!!!!!!

 
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Old 07-23-2015, 03:29 PM   #6
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Re: Urinary Incontinence/Edema/Lasix :(

You know when my MIL was on the Lasix hers would empty the same way! She would have to change her pj's during the nite, lived alone, she has severe RA uses dressing sticks, I felt so bad for her. I told her to just wear a tank top and panties with the pad so it wouldn't be so hard on her. But she said what if there was a fire?

She is much older. I know it's frustrating.

Did we talk about the other meds you're on? Anything that could cause edema?

 
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Re: Urinary Incontinence/Edema/Lasix :(

Actually right at the moment I don't know what all meds I'm taking. I live in a nursing home and the meds are brought around at the appropriate times to each resident by the unit nurses. I can ask the nurse to give me a copy of a list of my current meds which now that it's on my mind I should do. It's been a while since I requested an updated list of current meds ..:-) Since the medical staff ----- general practitioner, nurses, nurse practitioner are all available and aware of each resident's medical /health issues, I don't think my current meds are problematic but thanks very much for your response. :-)
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Re: Urinary Incontinence/Edema/Lasix :(

With back issues you could be taking gabapentin (neurontin) or lyrica both can cause swelling of lower extrementies, my MIL had that! All of a sudden it clicked in my mind!

We got her on topomax instead and she's much better with swelling and it actually reduces swelling. But can cause kidney stones but as long as you drink lots of water not usually a problem. She has lost lots of weight on it too. Good for nerve pain, migraines, I take it too. As the others start on low dose.

I'm no dr. But I have several friends on it. My pain dr is the one who switched her. Cathy

 
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Hi . I spoke with one of the nurses earlier today and showed her the areas on both my legs....bottom/front of legs which now have reddened skin --- looks a bit like sunburn but it's not sunburn because I've not been outside for several weeks due to pain levels. I've actually been in bed the past two days.... but was feeling OK enough to get out of bed today. As for tomorrow, hopefully it will be another "good" day but won't know until I get there.
Anyway she did tell me that my Dr. started me on Lyrica because I had mentioned having "needles & pins" feeling in my feet. So she thinks this new med Lyrica is what is causing
the skin redness and I'll be getting a different med. Hopefully the new med will be better....maybe it will be that other med you mentioned....I'll let you know when they change it.

 
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Re: Urinary Incontinence/Edema/Lasix :(

Hi ok glad we talked. Also your kidney function is ok too right? Just to be sure. Good luck. Cathy

 
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Old 07-29-2015, 02:24 PM   #11
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Re: Urinary Incontinence/Edema/Lasix :(

The nurse practitioner came in today to look at the rash on my legs and her diagnosis is "cellulitus" which apparently can get serious if not treated promptly. So an antibiotic was prescribed and the nurses will check daily to make sure it's healing properly because if not, I'll be in the hospital.

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Re: Urinary Incontinence/Edema/Lasix :(

Glad you had the legs looked after. Urine on beds sheets can cause all kinds of health issues, especially when not looked at. Hope you did not have to go inbto hospital.And the key for some of the urination is to stop drinking fluids after a certain time, asthmatics have to do this to they are also prone to urinate in bed during the night. Hugs for today.
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Re: Urinary Incontinence/Edema/Lasix :(

Hey, I thought I had replied to this before the submit must not have worked.

Well anyway I hope the cellulitis has cleared up by now. I did want to say my mom saw a wound specialists for hers. The dr. Prescribed calamine lotion and wrapping the legs. The wrapping also helped with the edema.

But I'm hoping the edema has gone down coming off the lyrica and switching to the topomax.

One thing being where you are if still there, you REALKY have to stay on top of the PCP, they have a lot of patients. If your cellulitis hasn't cleared up insists on the specialist.

I'm not going to go into what happened with my mom. But plz do stay on top of things, if you're able, keep a notebook yourself. Always ask what meds they are giving you, ok? Nurses in hospitals have told me to always ask cuz meds DO get mixed up.

When my hubby had colon cancer in 03 the ONE night I went home out of 9 they gave him someone else's gout meds. Made him throw up like crazy.

Plz let us know how you're doing, ok?

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