My mom has congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and Diabetes. She's been on diuretics her entire adult life. Over the past 8 years, whenever she got excessive fluid build-up and severe symptoms, the hospital would basically flush her out with heavy IV diuretics and she would be fine again.
However, she has been hospitalized for 3 weeks now, was on a ventilator for 3 of those days and had over a liter of fluid drained from her back. She also got pneumonia while at the hospital which is supposedly all gone now.
The problem now is that she can't get better bc the diuretics are causing problems with her kidneys. So, they've had to keep juggling back and forth with just minimal diuretics. Over the past 3 days, however, she has gained 2 pounds a day with excessive fluid, even with barely eating. So, another big attack is imminent.
She had a few very close calls while in the hospital; but they released her to a rehab facility saying there is no cure and she probably won't last very long. Mentally, she is very young, vibrant and loves life. I'm desperate to do whatever is possible to help her remain with us.
I have 2 questions:
1. Is there any kind of natural, food or herbal diuretic that could help her without stressing her kidneys? Example: I know caffeine has diuretic properties; but maybe those properties cause the same negative effects on the kidneys as the medication, comparatively (less damage, but less results).
2. My good friend's mom had the identical conditions and they both told me that putting in a pacemaker 15 years ago cured her and completely changed her life. Now she even runs, etc. when before she could barely walk.
The cardiologists and pulmonologist both say her heart is very "hard". If a pacemaker could help, I can't imagine why none of them have suggested that?? She's afraid to ask them because she feels they might be offended, as if she's questioning them.
Any answers to either or both questions could be life-saving. Also, any additional advice or ideas I may not have thought of would be so very appreciated!