No. I didn't think about the possibility of abdominal edema until after I saw my PCP about two months ago. I brought it up today when I saw a psychiatrist for a scrip refill today and he said it wasn't a possibility. He said there would be other signs of edema first. However, he also said it wasn't possible to have a 100% blocked artery and be alive, but I do have a 100% blockage and I am alive.
In my condition, is abdominal edema a possibility without other signs and how should I approach my doctors to broach the possibilty. I don't think the condition is new, and they haven't considered it up to now.
Pretty much. It reminds me of pictures I used to see of malnourished children with skinny bodies but distended bellies and belly buttons. They might look about the same, but I haven't seen many pregnant women's bellies without clothing.
My bowel movements are more liquidy than usual. The last lab report (six months ago) didn't give my cardiologist or my PCP any reason to think there were any liver problems or any new problems of any kind.
I'm sorry Dr. Chip,
I appreciate your quick and thorough responses, but I still think it's related to my heart. Also, they said they won't do a colonoscopy on someone with such a severe heart condition.
Thankyou. I think we can stop here.
Hi Dr. Chip,
After I asked you the question, I found out that right heart failure can cause ascitis.
I will ask my PCP about a ct of the abdomen or a barium enema.