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Brenda
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I had to go to the ER wed. night with a blood pressure of 165/111. They told me to double my cardizem and see my GP. I saw my GP friday and he put me on Dyazide and told me to keep taking double the cardizem. BP is still in the 135/95 range. He said he thinks it may be my kidneys because I have a lot of water retention, hpb, and very weak muscles (especially my legs. I fell in the lab because my legs wouldn't hold me as I was standing up).

You all have a wealth of experience and I hate waiting for test results. Does it sound plausible that it could be a kidney problem or just maybe an over cautious doctor?
 

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It's certainly a possibility based on your symptoms, & I am assuming that your doctor ran a U/A and blood tests that assess kidney functioning? Hopefully you will find out on Monday to minimize and worry/wait time.

Trouble with kidneys is highly correlated with a spike in blood pressure and water retention. Weakness can occur too due to anemia and other causes also associated with reduced kidney function. So I'm glad you were seen and have already gotten the tests done - now you just have to wait a few days to find out. That's always the hardest part!

Good luck - write back to let us know how it turns out.
 

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Thank you :) It helps so much just to have an ear hear. They did do a blood test but not a U/A yet. I have been taking antibiotics for 2 months trying to get rid of what they thought was a kidney infection. But nothing ever grew in the lab so it must not be. You're right, the waiting game is WAY overrated ;)
 

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I got my results today. The renal function was fine. But I had to go off the diuretic I got really short of breath and the left side of my face and tongue went numb. Just like it feels when the dentist deadens it. It's a pity too because I lost 15 pounds on the few days I took the medicine. In 24 hours I've gained that plus some back in water and am back on oxygen. The doctor wants to see me next week. He said there are other ones we can try. I have lasix but he doesn't want me to use that because he says it causes too much potassium loss. I may just take half of one tomorrow anyway. The inflammation results came back. My rhuemy was going to let me go down to half of my steroid pills if it was normal but he said it's still elevated so I have to stay the course.

I'm very thankful the renal function was normal!
 

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Overall good news. Now to just find something that will help with that water weight that won't cause too many other problems...

Thanks for the update!
 

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try dandelin tea

search it on the internet but I use this tea to reduce water but it puts potassium i your system or something like that :) I love it you can pick it up from any health food store and whole food markets and sometimes the grocery stores like rite aid
 

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Thank you, I will check it out. I think I'll ask my doctor first though, as I have allergies to pollen. I don't know if it would be the same ingesting it or not.
 
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