How should I treat cardiomegaly with water retention, pitting edema, and dyspnea?

Diuresis/peeing. This question describes the symptoms of heart failure and should be evaluated by a physician/nurse practitioner - esp if this is a new problem. However, the usual treatment will be managing fluid intake (mostly by managing salt consumption) and through increasing diuresis/peeing through medications.

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I have pitting edema all over my body and my doctor recognizes I have water retention. But he won't treat it. Why?

Anasarca . The best way to treat it is to treat the cause, not the symptom. Read more...
Many reasons. Edema can be due to too much salt in your diet leading to water retention to neutralize the salt. Diuretics work by making the kidneys leak salt and the water goes away with the salt. Lowering salt intake i preferable to medications. Edema can be due to hypothyroidism, reduced kidney function (that can go along with diabetes) and obesity/sleep apnea. Read more...

I have +5 pitting edema in the lower extremities bilaterally. I also have shortness of breath when supine. Is this congestive heart failure?

It sure fits. Hi. CHF is very likely in your setting, but volume overload from kidney disease can cause the same symptoms. Are you making normal amounts of urine? I can't imagine you haven't seen a doctor about this. What has she/he said was the cause? CHF is easy to diagnose and can result from a variety of causes. Need more info to tell you any more. Read more...
Pitting Edema and. shortness of breath when laying supine certainly are suspicious of CHF. It is time for you to SEE a doctor, who can conduct a hands-on exam, get the appropriate studies and get you started on appropriate medications if needed. Don't wait. The longer you wait the more likely of permanent sequelae will develop. Read more...