Today I was prescribed Lasix to help with my carpal tunnel syndrome, has anyone ever heard of that?
4 May 2012
Lasix is a prescription medicine that is used as a diuretic for high blood pressure and fluid retention. It is part of a class of medicines known as diuretics.
Specific uses of Lasix include: Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension); treating water retention (edema) due to several causes, including congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, and kidney failure (renal failure).
Treatment of Corpal Tunnel Syndrome a doc would be able to give you more details.
Take care, best wishes!
4 May 2012
Perhaps your doc feels it may "take excess extracellular fluid off". Doing this would potentially decrease the pressure on the nerves releiving some of yhe symptoms. Pregnancy often causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for this reason and usually dissappears after pregnancy. Lasix is a diuretc and lowers BP by basically making you pee out the excess fluidshanging out. Ive never heard of Lasix as a treatment for CT but it makes sense in theory. Your gonna have to time when you take it though b/c your going to be visiting the bathroom. It will lower you BP too so be careful to get up slowly and watch your BP.
4 May 2012
Unless you have high blood pressure this is not a good thing to be prescribled for carpal tunnel syndrome. It would be wise of you to see a neurolgist or an orthopaedic doctor for treatment of carpel tunnel. They make wrist braces that help this condition. If this doesn't help, surgery is usually the next option to relieve the pressure on the nerve... Mary
4 May 2012
I was given 20 mg of Lasix and 10 meq of potassium for my carpal tunnel syndrome and it worked nicely. At the time my blood pressure was running 97/60 and I had no trouble at all. The only thing that happened was relief of the pain and loss of my range of motion in my wrist.
Everyone is different so if you have any problems with dizziness when rising from a sitting position or getting out of bed, call the prescribing doc and let him know. The thinking is to start with simple treatments and see if that helps. If not, then something else will be tried to relieve your symptoms. No need to hit a tack with a sledge hammer. I believe the doc is being sensible and is saving you the expense of a consultation with a specialist. A little Lasix is reasonable.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
7 May 2012
Wrong, wrong, wrong, and right!! Just kidding all, but diuretics are used for carpel tunnel syndrome. I am the queen of fluid retention, and it is not true that they use diuretics only for high blood pressure. They use it for fluid retention also, and when you have fluid retention (especially as much as I have from all the other "helping" meds), you also get swollen wrists, which put pressure on the carpel tunnel. THat is why your doctor gave you lasix. He wants to hopefully take that pressure off, so that you avoid surgery. I hope that it works for you. Remember to keep getting your potassium checked, as diuretics tend to pee away potassium. Eat those bananas!! One more thing that my doc did to help with carpel tunnel syndrome was tell me to take a B-100 daily. That worked!! Also, wear a brace to bed at least every night, if not daily also. You don't want surgery if you don't need it! Good luck!
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