Thursday, April 15, 2010
I guess I probably have venous insufficiency in my legs. Dr. said since both legs are equally swollen I don't need to worry about a thrombosis. I have always had rather poor circulation in my legs and sitting at a desk all day with my legs hanging down is aggravating the lack of circulation. I need to be super vigilant abouts sodium intake, drink plenty of water and be sure to eat a banana or other source of potassium while on the high dose diuretic. I got 100 pills of prescription for less than $4.00. I need to be sure to get plenty of potassium as I work with someone who said a neighbor of hers (a fairly young woman) was put on a diuretic and her potassium got too low and she died of a heart attack in the shower (she did not have heart disease). So, of course, my friend at work said to make sure the doctor watches my potassium level.
I have the nutrition data from Spark People and noticed that my potassium intake has been very good. I seem to get a lot of potassium from some of my favorite foods. Isn't SparkPeople great?
P.S. The doctor suggested regular support hose or even knee highs would help since I have trouble getting the graduated TED stockings on because of my hand issues (arthritis, carpal tunnel, trigger thumb, thumb joint replacements, etc.).