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Cankles? Swollen feet & ankles

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  • Posted By: cachitodemialma
  • June 1, 2008
  • 03:03 AM

So, I dunno where to begin...it's been ages this has been going on. I've asked the Dr about it and he's done nothing. He's only asked a couple of questions and gave me anti inflamitory pills and said keep your feet elevated. I emailed again to tell him that they aren't helping weeks later & he's sending me to a physical therapist. No test has been done...or anything.

I am NOT pregnant.
I am watching my salt in take and hardly ever add it to my foods.
I DO drink water 8+ glasses a day.
I DO elevate them as often as possible.
I have NOT injured them recently (last time was over 14 years ago)
I do NOT have high blood pressure that I know of
I do walk I exercise my legs I massage them...I sit down as well because I know pro longed standing makes it worse.

They do NOT always go down over night. Sometimes I wake up and they are already starting to swell.

I have worn all kinds of shoes & at this point can only really wear flats or flip flops.

I AM currently taking Zocor for high cholesterol (could that be it?)
I also take Lodine for the swelling on occasion although it rarely helps.
I have also taken Lorazepam but havent had to take it in about 3 months.

It's mostly in my left foot/ankle it's the worse of the two. The right will swell slightly. The left looks horrible sometimes so bad I can't bend my toes and I have lines/cracks in them.

I do not have rash, fevers, or anything like that. Some times it throbs and sometimes it tingles...but for the most part it just feels like my skin is about to burst.

Anybody have any ideas?

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  • Are you a man or women? How old are you? Do you have any other symtpoms...anything at all (losing hair, dry skin....anything?) Joan
    Joan5555 316 Replies Flag this Response
  • Swollen feet and ankles are classical symptoms when having problem with your heart. If the heart is not beating regularly, it will cause the liquid in your body to accumulate in your legs. The drainage from left leg has anatomically a longer way to the heart, that’s why the left leg is worse. Can you manage to feel your pulse? It would give you a rough idea if your heart bit is regular. It should beet regularly with approximately 60 beats per minute.You need to see a cardiologist. Best of luck!
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • Are you a man or women? How old are you? Do you have any other symtpoms...anything at all (losing hair, dry skin....anything?) JoanI am a woman sorry and 30 years old.I've had hair loss but thats all been since pregnancy skin is fine other than my feet which have been drying out a lot lately. The only other major thing has been my menstrual cramps have been outrageous for the last few months again. They come and go. Other than that I've been relatively fine.
    cachitodemialma 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Swollen feet and ankles are classical symptoms when having problem with your heart. If the heart is not beating regularly, it will cause the liquid in your body to accumulate in your legs. The drainage from left leg has anatomically a longer way to the heart, that’s why the left leg is worse. Can you manage to feel your pulse? It would give you a rough idea if your heart bit is regular. It should beet regularly with approximately 60 beats per minute.You need to see a cardiologist. Best of luck! 69 beats is what I counted. I've been to the Dr recently would he be able to tell with a regular visit that I should see a cardiologist? I've had an irregular heart beat I was told years ago but have never had any troubles with it & nothings been said in over 8 years about it. I used to have ekg's monthly because of a blood pressure medication shortly after pregnancy but thats it. I was off after a month or two and I've yet to hear anything else.
    cachitodemialma 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • When you just took your beats, where the regular?
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • When you just took your beats, where the regular?Yes as far as I could tell. Nothing too fast or too slow no skipping that I could tell.
    cachitodemialma 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • That sounds good, but feeling your pulse is a very simplified method to ****s your heart. I would still go and see a cardiologist, especially since you actually have had some trouble with your heart before. If this would be due to a heart problem, there is good treatment, i.e. diuretics. My mum had exactly the same symptoms as you do, and her doctor didn’t recognize this (a really bad doctor, because this is basics) and she one day started coughing and losing breath, we called an ambulance and they immediately saw what was wrong. I don’t mean to scare you, but they barely saved her life. After she got treatment, even though her condition had been neglected for more than 10 years (the same bad doctor) and she was by then 75, she lived happily another 13 years before her heart finally gave up.I wish you the best of luck!
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • That sounds good, but feeling your pulse is a very simplified method to ****s your heart. I would still go and see a cardiologist, especially since you actually have had some trouble with your heart before. If this would be due to a heart problem, there is good treatment, i.e. diuretics. My mum had exactly the same symptoms as you do, and her doctor didn’t recognize this (a really bad doctor, because this is basics) and she one day started coughing and losing breath, we called an ambulance and they immediately saw what was wrong. I don’t mean to scare you, but they barely saved her life. After she got treatment, even though her condition had been neglected for more than 10 years (the same bad doctor) and she was by then 75, she lived happily another 13 years before her heart finally gave up.I wish you the best of luck!You gave me goosebumps, but I'm glad to hear she finally got the help she needed. Ill request my doctor look into this further & refer me to the cardiologist or Ill switch dr's til one does. I'm a mother of 4 who NEEDS to be healthy for all of our sake. Thank you all for your comments!
    cachitodemialma 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm sorry, I really didn't mean to scare you. You are a young person and have all the chances to get well. I keep my fingers crossed. Could you get back and tell me how it went? I'll be keeping an eye on your thread. Best of luck!
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • I think it is good to get your heart checked!!!!!! If it turns out not to be your heart, since you are a women, keep in mind that HORMONES can and do cause swelling and hair loss....ovarian hormones ...not uncommon for them to fluctuate or get out of whack.... if it is not your heart, check with GOOD GYN...If you are on Birth Control, keep in mind that THAT could be causing it...sometime these pills work fine for a while and then even a year later can start giving some strange side-effects......there are many kinds of pills so you can always try another though personally I recommend not messing with hormones and using something else..... also get the thryoid checked as it can also cause hair loss and swelling...especially with low thryoid, though if you are not feeling fairly fatigued as well, thryoid is not high on the list.. Diet: are you eating a lot of salt...can cause water retention....have you been checked for diabetes?
    Joan5555 316 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm sorry, I really didn't mean to scare you. You are a young person and have all the chances to get well. I keep my fingers crossed. Could you get back and tell me how it went? I'll be keeping an eye on your thread. Best of luck!no apologies needed, its a good scare. You opened up my eyes. Ill definitely check back in and update you all. Thank you!
    cachitodemialma 5 Replies Flag this Response
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  • Wow cachitodemialma,I sure hope you still periodically check this thread because I am in my mid-20s experiencing the EXACT SAME symptoms--even down to the fact that it is my LEFT ankle that swells so significantly. I have been to doctor after doctor and had test after test, but everything comes back "normal." I am very thin and in great health otherwise. I am so frustrated as this swelling has tremendously impacted my self esteem!No matter how much I work out, nothing alleviates this swelling. Were you ever finally diagnosed with a condition? I, personally, was previously diagnosed with primary lymphodema, but that has since been retracted by other doctors. I will go in to further detail with all of this if you respond so I know that you still tend to this post! Hope all was figured out for you. I feel your pain 100%!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 24, 2010
    • 04:11 AM
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  • That sounds good, but feeling your pulse is a very simplified method to ****s your heart. I would still go and see a cardiologist, especially since you actually have had some trouble with your heart before. If this would be due to a heart problem, there is good treatment, i.e. diuretics. My mum had exactly the same symptoms as you do, and her doctor didn’t recognize this (a really bad doctor, because this is basics) and she one day started coughing and losing breath, we called an ambulance and they immediately saw what was wrong. I don’t mean to scare you, but they barely saved her life. After she got treatment, even though her condition had been neglected for more than 10 years (the same bad doctor) and she was by then 75, she lived happily another 13 years before her heart finally gave up. I wish you the best of luck! I feel we are in the same boat, I too have swollen ankles as well as other issues, I posted a thread with the "list" of common issues. I take an older style Drug for the Cholesterol & Tri's, my mother in law is a top notch forensic nurse, she researches EVERYTHING...Hullo...forensic...SO..she never took meds until absolutely life threatening, she takes Gemfibrozil get on that, I take it, there's like NO side effects, it's a very old well studied cardiac drug with excellent results, I have underlying issues that have not surfaced according to the Endocrinologist, I might have hypothyroid or hypothalmic disorder, but it's too early in the condition to "diagnose" so, in the mean time, dont let your other body parts suffer..my ankles are swollen too, I have IBS Issues (both constipation & diarrhea)FatigueMAJOR Weight Gain, despite eating only healthy farmers markets freshly made foods.Crave for salty or sugary foods (I do not give into the cravings)Daily Hot FlashesALWAYS, feeling hot, at home I walk around in underwear because I get too hot.Sweating profusely Sweating doing simple tasks, can’t be outside in semi warm weather without becoming covered in sweat, grocery shopping, cooking in a somewhat warm room.Major Hair lossPainful periods, (pain is similar to labor pain)Very low sex driveHeadachesFeel full fast, then hungry shortly afterOut of nowhere heart palpitationsAbnormal responses to stressSome insomniaTri &Cholesterol Issues (never had before)Sinus Issues (never had before)Joint & Muscle pain severeLeg & Ankle swelling severeDesire to remain at home, due to all of the aboveDecreased concentration, Dyslexia issuesMoodinessBoth of my parents siblings have thyroid issues.
    JanStar 7 Replies
    • November 25, 2010
    • 04:25 PM
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