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?