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Connie and Cory was posted 12/31/1997 07:28 am by Rosemary
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I am sorry to learn of your husband/father's diagnosis and esp. his most recent difficulties. My Dad was dx 10/01/96. One year ago today we made our first trip to Cleve. Clinic to find out what that swelling, ascites, was all about. Little did anyone expect that a year later it would continue to be his only real symptom of the disease. Dad is a "head scratcher" for the doctors at the Clinic as well as University's Ireland Cancer ctr.: they performed a transjugular liver biopsy, cardiac function tests, repeated tests for malignancy of the lymph fluid, blood tests....and they never figured out what caused the ascites AGH-SIGH-TEASE). Normally it is caused by the PC and/or liver function abnormalites, but with Dad, there best guess is radiation damage to his lymphatic system. (His onoc once told me that Dad's liver functions were probably better than his and mine, thus he was puzzled.) So, he has had fourteen ultrasound guided paracentesis performed over the past year. At each they drain off anywhere from 7 to 11 litres of fluid. At one point, when everything from his breastbone to his toes was affected I begged the onco to try diuretics, at the same time starting him on red clover blossom tea. The two diuretics used are Aldactone and Lasix. (I believe the names are Spiralactone (sp?) and Furosemide.) These seem to be the most successful combination...hopefully that's what he's taking already. The results were pretty quick...as long as the intro. dosage shows some effect, they should increase until a big improvement takes place. (I'm speaking from Dad's experience, and of course, care must be taken. The Lasix seems to be the most potent one...I think he's only taking 20 mg. of that.) Daddy also found that exercise seems to help "redistribute" the fluid so he tries to make himself go for walks or do toe touches, etc. even on his "darkest" days. As far as hiccups, Daddy's not experienced that problem but I know from reading this page others have. My natural remedy has been to take tiny sips of water very quickly (or if water's not available just swallow): the belief is that breaking the rhythm will stop them. If you have any further questions about ascites I can't promise to know the answers but I'd be willing to try. My address is wascak @msn.com. God be with you and your family... toast to a cure in '98. Love and Friendship, Rosemary

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