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Old 06-13-2008, 06:05 PM   #1
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Edema

Ok, way off topic, but, I'm tired of looking online and getting nowhere.
The last couple of months, I have had Edema. Substitute Cardiologist looked at my leg and said it was nothing. here's the thing, I can put my finger to it and leave a hollow for about 5 minutes or longer. I don't have ankles, I have cankles!! They are getting painful to walk on. Doesn't matter if I sit or walk all day, it's the same. I changed my shoes, the same. I don't eat salt and I drink water all day. Plus, I "glisten" a bit at work, since, the dept is in the shop. I have trouble sleeping more and more from cramps. I feel bloated all the time now, everyday. My clothes are not fitting and the almost overnight weight gain is ticking me off
I've already gotten a Thyroid slide done, so, it's not that.

Does anyone have any proven home remedies for this??

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Old 06-13-2008, 06:40 PM   #2
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Miss Stacy...I would seek the opinion of another Doctor...If you have that much swelling....leaving an indention for several minutes...that's some pretty serious edema.
Are you currently taking a diuretic?
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I agree with Uncle Bob, get thyself to another dr. :)
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Ok, way off topic, but, I'm tired of looking online and getting nowhere.
The last couple of months, I have had Edema. Substitute Cardiologist looked at my leg and said it was nothing. here's the thing, I can put my finger to it and leave a hollow for about 5 minutes or longer. I don't have ankles, I have cankles!! They are getting painful to walk on. Doesn't matter if I sit or walk all day, it's the same. I changed my shoes, the same. I don't eat salt and I drink water all day. Plus, I "glisten" a bit at work, since, the dept is in the shop. I have trouble sleeping more and more from cramps. I feel bloated all the time now, everyday. My clothes are not fitting and the almost overnight weight gain is ticking me off
I've already gotten a Thyroid slide done, so, it's not that.

Does anyone have any proven home remedies for this??
Stacy,
I've had all those symptoms and look where I am...Get to and internist or even better an endo..Have the whole blood work up..Home remedies are fine for little things..This is NOT a little thing..Need to get some answers, dh's brain is free to pick.
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No diuretics, just coreg.
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:52 PM   #6
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I guess I will have to find another dr then. I hate specialist though. They are so expensive and I hate paying them, lol. It will have to wait until next Friday.
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That sounds awful, Stacy. I can't imagine what it could be but I agree that it warrants further investigation.
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Old 06-13-2008, 07:02 PM   #8
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Miss Stacy...Ya don't need a "specialist" at this point...A regular Doctor...internal medicine man, etc, will be fine...He can order first line of defense test as he sees fit...Plus he can give you meds...diuretics maybe... to help eliminate the fluid build up in your body...is the Coreg controling your BP?? Have you had it checked lately??
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I would agree an Internal Med doctor should do just fine. Seems they should have thought to start a diuretic and maybe taken a sample of the fluid for testing.
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I would agree an Internal Med doctor should do just fine. Seems they should have thought to start a diuretic and maybe taken a sample of the fluid for testing.
i have taken a diuretic for many many years. had same swelling in feet and legs. the diuretic takes care of it. mine has to do with high blood pressure , which is under control with diuretic and other oral meds.

forty five years i am thinking is how long.

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When I was doing clinicals in a family practice, I had to take the pulse of a woman with whole body edema. When I pressed on her wrist I left indentations and really caught me off guard.

I hope you find physician tha can help. I would stay away from home remedies for something like this. Good luck.
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Miss Stacy...Ya don't need a "specialist" at this point...A regular Doctor...internal medicine man, etc, will be fine...He can order first line of defense test as he sees fit...Plus he can give you meds...diuretics maybe... to help eliminate the fluid build up in your body...is the Coreg controling your BP?? Have you had it checked lately??
Truthfully, I have been taking beta blockers for palpitations for 3 years now and had nothing to do withbp. In the last few months, my bp has been way for me. Got up to 149/96, and that was ON the beta's. The sub said "no those numbers are great!!" I'm scared to think of what it would have been off of them. He checked my foot and said, nope, not heart failure {?} and he changed me to the Coreg and I have only had a few days that it went up.
That was....a little over a month, so, it hasn't been long.

Ok, don't say anything about the unpedicured toes!!
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Again I cannot emphasize enough for you to see a family physician ASAP..If for no other reason than to have your BP checked...The Coreg at its present dose level may not be doing the job you need it to do....149/96 is not "great" in my book...It's borderline "HIgh"....You are describing pretty serious edema in your feet & ankles... so you may be experiencing edema in other areas...around your heart would be one possiblity...Again have yourself checked out by a Doctor ASAP...

Maybe tonight or first thing in the morning go to a nearby Fire Department...Ask them (EMT-Paramedic) to check your BP...they will be happy to do it for you!!
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Oh, oh, oh Stacy - that is very bad looking. Really. I think you should run, not walk, to your internists' office in the am. I'm sure if you show up with those feet and ankles, they won't worry about an appointment.
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I don't know about everywhere, but our Walgreens has a free BP machine you can use. Also, does your insurance cover you buying one for home use to monitor it?
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PM me your address Stacy and I will send you a BP machine for home. I have an extra one and I would love for you to have it.
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I guess I will have to find another dr then. I hate specialist though. They are so expensive and I hate paying them, lol. It will have to wait until next Friday.
Kades, Endocrynologist? {sp}
Yes Stacy, don't worry about the spelling I still have to run look it up..But boy do they know how you work and what causes what....I'm here and so is Gil if you need us.
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Here ya go Kades and Stacy:
What is an Endocrinologist?
Just some info on what Kades was referring to.
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Oh, sorry, was going to mention I got a referral from my doctor a few years ago for Diabetes to an Endocrinologist. She ended up sending me back to my Dr. because, in my case, there was nothing new for her to do for the diabetes.
There have been several advances since then, and bless her heart she always sends me info on them to keep me up to date.
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Truthfully, I have been taking beta blockers for palpitations for 3 years now and had nothing to do withbp. In the last few months, my bp has been way for me. Got up to 149/96, and that was ON the beta's. The sub said "no those numbers are great!!" I'm scared to think of what it would have been off of them. He checked my foot and said, nope, not heart failure {?} and he changed me to the Coreg and I have only had a few days that it went up.
That was....a little over a month, so, it hasn't been long.

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Stacy, someone is full of it..149/96 is high and you need to get it down...JUst the look of your foot, scares the daylights out of me..Mine were like that for months and the doc who was supposed to be taking care of what kidney function I had said the same darn thing and wham, here I am with NO kidney function and living with a solution and a machine forever..Yours might not be the same but that BP has to come down, they have mine under control now and it's at the teens on top and below 80 on the bottom...It might be to late for me, kiddo do something NOW..hang the money, pay so much a month..You need to stop worrying about the cost it will get pain one way or another, just get in there and see what is causing this..Maybe the coreg is causing the edema..Gil asked when you started the coreg and did the swelling start after that?
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