Fluids building in abdomen - is there any natural way to relieve this

Posted by pottsy1016 @pottsy1016, Dec 18, 2022

I have never asked a question before now and am not sure this is the right way
I am the caregiver for my husband who has stage four esophageal cancer – his abdomen is most uncomfortable and has been getting larger over the last few weeks
Is there anyone who might help – is there something he can do to

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@pottsy1016, welcome. I'm glad you posted your question. It must be hard to see your husband in such discomfort.

I think what you are describing may be ascites (swollen tummy). I believe the only way to relieve this is to have your doctor drain the fluid. It will provide almost instant relief.

Have you talk to your husband's oncologist about his tummy? Does he have metastasis to the liver?

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@colleenyoung

@pottsy1016, welcome. I'm glad you posted your question. It must be hard to see your husband in such discomfort.

I think what you are describing may be ascites (swollen tummy). I believe the only way to relieve this is to have your doctor drain the fluid. It will provide almost instant relief.

Have you talk to your husband's oncologist about his tummy? Does he have metastasis to the liver?

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He did have metastasis to the live but his last scan showed nothing in his liver
Our oncologist is not very helpful which is why I finally posted here – I need the knowledge your posts offer to be able to ask the oncologist questions other than from my own research
It has proved to be very helpful with the experiences posted
My husband has faired fairly well since his diagnosis a year and a half ago but the chemo is wearing on him and his outlook is dim
Our oncologist has 72 plus hours to respond to us which will be Monday – so I will see if I can get him some relief then.
Thank you

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@pottsy1016

He did have metastasis to the live but his last scan showed nothing in his liver
Our oncologist is not very helpful which is why I finally posted here – I need the knowledge your posts offer to be able to ask the oncologist questions other than from my own research
It has proved to be very helpful with the experiences posted
My husband has faired fairly well since his diagnosis a year and a half ago but the chemo is wearing on him and his outlook is dim
Our oncologist has 72 plus hours to respond to us which will be Monday – so I will see if I can get him some relief then.
Thank you

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Pottsy, I’m sorry that communication with the oncologist is challenging. I’m tagging a few other members who have familiarity with abdominal fluid (ascites) like @digibson @rosemarya @keepmoving2 @ja5747.

While no cancer lesions were seen on his liver at the time of his last scan, you may wish to ask the oncologist if a) he has ascites and b) about his liver function.

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@pottsy1016

He did have metastasis to the live but his last scan showed nothing in his liver
Our oncologist is not very helpful which is why I finally posted here – I need the knowledge your posts offer to be able to ask the oncologist questions other than from my own research
It has proved to be very helpful with the experiences posted
My husband has faired fairly well since his diagnosis a year and a half ago but the chemo is wearing on him and his outlook is dim
Our oncologist has 72 plus hours to respond to us which will be Monday – so I will see if I can get him some relief then.
Thank you

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Hi – just following up if there is any additional news and if you need to know anything else about ascites? I am hoping that you received more and better information from your husband's oncologist. Fingers crossed.

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