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Water retention everywhere!

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  • Posted By: jonesk13
  • August 9, 2007
  • 04:35 PM

My name is Kam and I am a 38 year old female. I've been retaining water everywhere (not just in my calves and feet) for the last 5 years. I've been on a low dose of hydrochlorathorizide for 5 years, but it isn't working. I still swell up in my face, shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers, legs, ankles and feet. Sometimes my fingers get so swollen and the skin stretches so much, the skin ends up peeling off. If it am sitting for more than a few hours, I look like I weigh 500 lbs from the knee down.

Within the last few months I've developed other problems that are worrying me. I started having heart palpatations, my blood pressure is in the area of 142/92 (where before it was always at or below 120/80), I sweat all the time, and I am having shortness of breath.

I've, of course, been to the doctor for testing several times. Each year he draws more blood and does an EKG. All are normal. That is where it ends. He recently put me on an antibiotic and an inhaler for the shortness of breath. I asked him to put me on a stronger diuretic, but he refused and said I should lose weight and wear compression hose. I am on Weight Watchers now and am losing some weight, but nothing else has changed. I am overweight, but not huge. It can't be all about my weight, can it?

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  • If you seriously want to get better, look into NAET/Bioset therapy. I have gone for 6 treatments and it works....I was retaining a lot of fluid too, until this treatment. I also had heart palpitations, sweating and shortness of breath.Now it is all gone and so is the Lortab for my joint pain and the Xanax for my "anxiety" I am normal and healthy again.A person in this forum suggested it and I was desperate so I did it. I am so glad I did...I am recommending it to everyone...even if they are not sick.I am not the only person suggesting this...look into it...there are practicioners everywhere!!!Best of luck...Go for therapy...Get your life back...mommy cat
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  • Treat the disease, not the symptoms. Look up the medical reasons for fluid retention. Rule out any major diseases before you try alternative symptom relievers . Is your edema cyclic? Look that up also, "cyclic edema". I know I'll hear from all you homeopaths, but swelling like this could be life-threatening.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 10:12 AM
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  • Thanks for the advice. My water retention is not cyclical at all. It is all the time. It gets even worse when I drink alcohol...even 1 drink will do it. I really try to watch my sodium intake, but when you're trying to lose weight it is hard. It seems like most of the low cal/low fat/low sugar foods are much higher in sodium. The only time I've been able to control the water retention is when I was on a very very low sodium diet, (i.e., NO sodium except what is naturally in chicken and fish). However, my electrolites got out of whack and it is pretty hard to live that way. There has to be some other answer!
    jonesk13 1 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 03:57 PM
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  • My name is Kam and I am a 38 year old female. I've been retaining water everywhere (not just in my calves and feet) for the last 5 years. I've been on a low dose of hydrochlorathorizide for 5 years, but it isn't working. I still swell up in my face, shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers, legs, ankles and feet. Sometimes my fingers get so swollen and the skin stretches so much, the skin ends up peeling off. If it am sitting for more than a few hours, I look like I weigh 500 lbs from the knee down. Within the last few months I've developed other problems that are worrying me. I started having heart palpatations, my blood pressure is in the area of 142/92 (where before it was always at or below 120/80), I sweat all the time, and I am having shortness of breath. I've, of course, been to the doctor for testing several times. Each year he draws more blood and does an EKG. All are normal. That is where it ends. He recently put me on an antibiotic and an inhaler for the shortness of breath. I asked him to put me on a stronger diuretic, but he refused and said I should lose weight and wear compression hose. I am on Weight Watchers now and am losing some weight, but nothing else has changed. I am overweight, but not huge. It can't be all about my weight, can it? I'm certainly not an expert but maybe the swelling has something to do with your kidneys? There's other things that could be causing the swelling but I thought I would mention kidneys. Not trying to alarm you. The reason I'm saying this is b/c my daughter has Nephrotic Syndrome. If your not familiar with it (most people are not) you can do a google search on it to read more about it. Then obvious sign/symptom my daughter had was swelling all over.Here's a little bit of info about what happends with this condition: Healthy kidneys keep protein in the blood, which helps the blood soak up water from tissues. But kidneys with damaged filters may let protein leak into the urine. As a result, not enough protein is left in the blood to soak up the water. The water then moves from the blood into body tissues and causes swelling. You may see swelling around your eyes, belly, and legs. Your may urinate less often than usual and may gain weight from the excess water.
    FireDiva 15 Replies
    • August 11, 2007
    • 06:26 PM
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  • I recommend you get to a cardiologist and have him/her perform an echocardiogram (ultrasound of your heart) and a blood test called BNP. Shortness of breath, especially with edema, should never be treated lightly and an EKG can't really tell you everything. Further testing is definitely warranted here and it needs to be with a cardiologist, not a GP. A specialist knows what to look for. Good luck. I hope you get better soon. I'm struggling with losing weight and low sodium too, so I know how you feel. It's like you can't eat anything.
    KatieRose 29 Replies
    • August 11, 2007
    • 11:27 PM
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  • I am overweight, but not huge. It can't be all about my weight, can it?i know this isnt the answer you want to hear, but yes, it can be all about weight - you dont say how much you weigh or your build or how you carry your weight but i can tell you that i used to get very *****d off at docs that would tell me to lose weight and the chronic edema problem i had would go away - until after gastric bypass surgery happened and guess what, i dont have it any more - the nicer explanation given by one doc was this, some peoples veins arent as strong as others, if yours are at the low end of wall strength, the circulation to empty the fluid out of your system can be hampered by the weight at certain points (my worst was my legs, his statement was the fat at my hip joint/stomach area was compromising circulation and that how much weight it took to do that was totally person dependant... since i asked how come i had this tremendous swelling at 250 lbs but my friend who weighed 487 lbs had no swelling... mine would get so bad my skin on my feet split sometimes... if losing weight is hard for you, get a compression garment... yes, fancy word for long legged girdle and support hose... but it can help alot of times until you can lose some ...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 13, 2007
    • 05:56 AM
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  • My name is Kam and I am a 38 year old female. I've been retaining water everywhere (not just in my calves and feet) for the last 5 years. I've been on a low dose of hydrochlorathorizide for 5 years, but it isn't working. I still swell up in my face, shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers, legs, ankles and feet. Sometimes my fingers get so swollen and the skin stretches so much, the skin ends up peeling off. If it am sitting for more than a few hours, I look like I weigh 500 lbs from the knee down. Within the last few months I've developed other problems that are worrying me. I started having heart palpatations, my blood pressure is in the area of 142/92 (where before it was always at or below 120/80), I sweat all the time, and I am having shortness of breath. I've, of course, been to the doctor for testing several times. Each year he draws more blood and does an EKG. All are normal. That is where it ends. He recently put me on an antibiotic and an inhaler for the shortness of breath. I asked him to put me on a stronger diuretic, but he refused and said I should lose weight and wear compression hose. I am on Weight Watchers now and am losing some weight, but nothing else has changed. I am overweight, but not huge. It can't be all about my weight, can it?Hi Kam,I had the same problem on and off for years. Now I have it very bad and it is being caused by sleep apnea which for me is a symptom of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. You can have swelling like yours with thyroid disease, either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, of which Hashi's is the most common.Have you had thyroid testing? If so get your TSH test results and compare then to the acceptable range of 0.3 to 2.0 within the test range of 0.3 - 3.03. The new guidelines came out in 2003 by the ACCE (endocrinologists). And they state that any TSH over 2.5 is suspect for hypothroid. Many primary care physicians don't know about this. There are also diseases and conditions which can cause the swelling.You could have other glandular conditions which also cause the swelling too. Do a little research on your own and see what you can find.Try something like edema: and list other symptoms here I find that is a fast of finding something more specific on the www. I found the artile I needed using:exercise intolerance: sleep apneaMake sure there's a space after the colon.I would fire your doctor because he's obviously treating your symptoms rather than the whole condition.Can you pinch an inch of skin between your thumb and forefinger on your upper arm right above your elbow?Shortness of breath or SOB, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, and body swelling with fluids are all symptoms of sleep apnea too. And so is weight gain. Sleep apnea could be a symptom of some other condition or you might have it by itself.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 14, 2007
    • 07:29 AM
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