Beth, I’m so sorry to hear of your problem. The lasix should be getting rid of the excess water if it is being caused by a heart problem, and that will take some of the load off your heart. If you also have a lot of body fat then you will also help your heart if you can lose some of that fat. The better your heart works, the less water you will retain. The problem is that with a heart condition there isn’t enough pressure to make the kidneys work as hard as they should. That is why lasix or similar medications are needed, as they are kidney stimulants. Wishing you well.
Different forms of arthritis have different root causes. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are examples of “inflammatory arthritis,” also described as autoimmune arthritis. This occurs when the immune system generates internal inflammation to get rid of perceived threats (like an infection or allergy) and mistakenly causes joint erosion and sometimes organ damage. These forms of arthritis are especially important to treat as early on as possible, since tissue damage can be hard to reverse once it sets in. Inflammatory arthritis is believed to be highly tied to gut health, which means a healthy diet is key for recovery.