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My ankles are hugh!

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  • Posted By: Calif-livin
  • February 26, 2007
  • 01:24 AM

I'm in my early 50's and have been taking a blood pressure medicine for more thank 10 years. Over the past year my dr has put me on Lisinopril to help reduce the swollen ankles and it helped at first, but now nothing seems to be working. My legs hurt so bad that it makes exercising hurt. I'm slightly overweight, and try to walk more, but my ankles are so swollen, other people notice and comment on it. Also my dr told me I was borderline diabetes and tried to put me on medicine this year too. I am not taking it, because my daily testing strips show that I am in the normal range and I just don't want to complicate things that much. Any suggestions anyone?

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  • Yah:Get your kidney functioning checked. If your kidneys are having trouble, they won't process the meds properly, they will get too much medicine backed up in them, and eventually, it can seriously damage the kidneys. This is most likely to happen after being sick and getting dehydrated, but it can also happen with diabetes.Your doctor ought to be able to at least run a blood test for kidney function, and check your urine. At the very least.Shula
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 03:05 AM
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  • Thank you - I only have one kidney left and it is only functioning at 40% capacity.
    Calif-livin 1 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 07:59 PM
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  • Then stop taking the meds, if you can, that are supposed to be helping the ankles until you have an all clear that you aren't killing off that last bit of kidney function!OK, I'm not a doctor, but this has me worried...I watched my friend's doctor lose all functioning on diuretics under similar circumstances. Scares me.Shula
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 02:58 AM
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  • First, if the doctor is going to prescribe a blood pressure, he/she should prescribe one with a diurectic in it to wade off the fluid in your body.Swollen ankles are also a sign of liver and or heart disease...a liver and kidney panel should be given to determine an abnormality...Mobility is needed to wade off fluid...it may be difficult for you, however some movement is essential for the good.May you find relief
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