How common is edema with COPD? My fev1 is around 30%. I am on 5 mg of lasix. My ankles are swollen at the end of the day and pretty much OK when I wake up. I limit water and salt. They don't seem terribly swollen but they are definitely swollen
Edema is a symptom of pulmonary hypertension. I will be getting another right heart cath soon as part of LVRS wotk up. Not scheduled yet.
In 2011 my echo's were showing elevated pressure indicating pulmonary hypertension. I was given a right heart cath and my pressure was slightly elevated 22 and went to normal 18 with nitric oxide challenge. I live in Colorado at 5000 feet so I guess 22 would not be that abnormal. But that was 2011.
I am 58 non-smoker. Unexplained COPD antitrypsin normal. Horrible spring/fall allergies chronic asthma.
The reason I ask is I went to doctor today at University of Colorado Med Center. Evidently if a person has GERD they probably will not qualify for Transplant. I have a GERD diagnosis. If they have Pulmonary Hypertension they won't qualify for LVRS. Might have PH. I am 58 and seem to get worse each year. They are kinda taking away my hope.
I am thinking I may be able to control GERD with diet by eliminating my glass of wine, 2 cups coffee, acidic foods and eat earlier. I was also diagnosed with Celiac in 2011. So that probably contributed to GERD.
I almost hate going to my pulmonary doc because I am mentally screwed up with worry for a couple weeks.