I’ve been dealing with edema for the better part of 2 years, this has been my experience:
- First, I’m nearly 60, type 1 for 55 years. Been well controlled and on a pump past 3 years (A1C was 5.6 last week).
- I’d had minor ankle swelling (peripheral edema) which was well controlled with Lasix until 20 months ago, when I was admitted to the hospital for treatment of pneumonia (and a 10 day stay).
- While in the hospital my edema was significantly worse, and I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
- Since that time, I’ve relied on higher doses of Lasix as well as compression socks. Even so, there was excessive swelling of feet and ankles (especially left ankle)
- I’ve been on BP meds for 20 years (now taking 4: Irbesartan, Amlodipine, Terazosin & Bisoprolol
Significantly, the above combination of meds was unable to produce a stable near-normal blood pressure, and my edema remained a problem. Until 4 weeks ago …
Earlier this year I was finally diagnosed with the cause of my inability to breathe (yet another issue I have): Pulmonary Hypertension. The only drug they can prescribe to dilate my arteries is nitro (via dermal patches).
And guess what? For the 1st time in over 20 years my blood pressure is 110/50. And there’s no edema. No more compression socks.
If you have edema, you likely have had kidney disfunction for some time, but it’s likely you also have CHF.