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Well, I finally got to the doctor's office yesterday. I lost my medical insurance when the job at Apple ended. I had to wait to get hired on full time at PlumChoice for their medical to kick in. This was not good as I was definitely showing signs of Type II Diabetes in my last testing with the doctor, but that's not what brought me in yesterday.

Let's summarize. I've been working at home for PlumChoice since March, and I don't have the best desk posture. I started having the tops of my feet swell. I was thinking this was due to me rolling my ankles and resting on the feet funny. Turns out it was water retention. Fast forward to about a week and a half ago, and the swelling starts to head north. Knees, inside of thighs, pelvis, stomach, and back. This is quite uncomfortable and makes moving painful and awkward at best. I do some online research and try some home treatment such as cranberry pills and lemon water(1 lemon squeezed into about 16oz of water.). These didn't help a whole lot.

So, to the Doctor's once my medical insurance kicked in. Confirmed the Type II Diabetes diagnosis. Gave the doctor my run down on symptoms. She thinks it's likely something to do with the heart, liver, or kidneys as these three account for the majority of extreme water/liquid retention. Oh, by extreme, I mean I hold probably 40lbs or more of liquid. She ran an EKG, heart appears good. Not jaundiced or anything, unlikely to be liver. She writes up a prescription for water pills and a potassium supplement and schedules me for a bunch of tests. Off to the imaging center for an ultrasound and x-rays. The ultrasound was interesting and torturous at the same time. They went over my legs for blood clots and stomach and pelvis to make sure the fluid retention was in the tissue and not the body cavity. Finally a couple x-rays of my chest. All look good according to tests.

Took my prescriptions once I got home. According to the doctor I'd be going like a faucet after a couple hours. Took about 4 to kick in, but boy did it. I'm still very swollen, but there's noticable improvement in the upper areas. Gonna consult again with the doctor this morning. See if she want to run more tests, or just wait a few days and see if the water pills continue to work.

Date: 2009-09-12 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bashou.livejournal.com
Hopefully you'll be feeling better and more healthy. :)

Date: 2009-09-12 10:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] denjiro.livejournal.com
Yeah, I'm down a bit and feeling a bit better now. But it fluctuates. The big problem I have is nowhere really good do recline with my feet up. I need a La-Z-Boy type recliner or something badly. Bed right now is about the best place I have, but not ideal. Also, since it's on a futon frame, it's really low to the ground and hard to get up from.

Date: 2009-09-12 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] conflictwithin.livejournal.com
i was going to make a very off hand joke about expecting something in 9 months. Haha, but that totally does not apply!

My mom randomly started retaining water too before, and it was diabetes

Date: 2009-09-12 10:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] denjiro.livejournal.com
The way my stomach swelled you'd think I were expecting. Although much more solid feeling. The water retention is no fun. It's taken away a lot of mobility, especially for bending and whatnot. I don't like to impose on my room mate, so I try to be as self sufficient as possible, but this is definitely not making it easy. On the plus side, it has given me ample motivation to adjust eating habits. I'm having to lower carb and sugar intake to balance my blood sugar levels. But at least I don't have to worry about sodium. The doctor says my sodium intake is very unlikely to have caused any of the problems, so yay, bacon still on the menu.

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