How to know for sure about ascites? Is it just watching the abdomen expand? Is there a certain feeling or pain or something associated with ascites?
I am going for an ultrasound on Wednesday to see if there is ascites to be drained but I was just wondering how else one would know......my weight is fluctuating quite a bit up and down, but my abdomen reminds me of when I was pregnant with the twins!!
Also how do you know if/when ascites is an emergency? What should I look for before Wednesday?
With ascites I would expect a continual weight gain as you continue to retain fluid. Daily weight and a measurement around the abdomen can provide an indication. I had no pain, just uncomfortable, at the extreme it affected my breathing. My hepatologist treated it as more of providing comfort than an emergency situation.
I was unaware I had ascitis until it was discovered with the MRI. My abdomen has been distended for the past couple of years and I just thought it was the menopause belly, even though I'd gone through menopause 10 years ago. But when they found it I also had swollen ankles. The last US I had 3 months after the MRI didn't show any ascitis. I did go on a very low sodium diet and increased my exercising, not sure if the ascitis is gone really or not. My abdomen continues to be distended but I was told it is more air than fluid and that I have some malabsorbtion going on when I eat, so only very small meals in the course of the day.
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