Ruptured disc causing water retention?

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Acheybody
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   Posted 3/1/2012 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm really frustrated!  This disc problem has had far-reaching effects. 
 
For about a month, I've weighed 10 lbs more than normal (not that I care per se, but it's odd) and my feet and ankles have been swollen to one degree or another. Without trying to give all the details, I just wonder, first off - does anyone know if there's a correlation between this and a disc problem/sciatica?
 
My doctors seem to disagree on how to treat this.  I think they don't understand it themselves.
 
Debbie 
fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with sciatica), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably from Menieres Disease)

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   Posted 3/1/2012 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you need a water pill. I take diazide for blood pressure and it helped me get rid of water retention. It is used for both.

Maybe it could be a coincidence and have nothing to do with your back or sciatica. It is so hard to say anymore. We go through changes and we don't know if one thing relates to another or not. Just deal with one thing at a time. But if you are retaining water, I would talk to the doc about the diazide or some other duiretic(sp).

I hope that it doesn't bother you to much. But the ankle swelling would bother me. Well, the ten pounds would bother me also. lol...

I hope that you are having a good day today.

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Klambert1
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   Posted 3/2/2012 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think your disk would effect that, but then again Im not a Md. I have a severly ruptured disk at L5-S1, and bulging at L4-L5. I have had back pain since my early 20's, 38 now. I haven't had any problems with swelling, but everyone is different. I know someone that had severe nerve pain so bad they had to get surgery, and person had foot dropsy because of her disk, but no swelling in either one of these people. Swelling of the ankles and feet could be caused by numerous things, I think of fluid retention, vascular problems, kidneys, or heart problems. NOT SAYING you do, but guess being a cardiac nurse that's the first thing I think of..lol, could be something simple though..to much salt? Not enough water? Are you taking new meds? Ibuprofen causes water retention if you take alot. Are you swelling all over or just in those places?

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   Posted 3/2/2012 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be because you are sitting far more than you usually do.  I know if I sit a lot, I will have lightly swollen ankles.  My ankles are super skinny so lightly swollen is a lot for me!
 
Also, are you drinking a lot of water?  You SHOULD!  Fliud retention can happen because you are dehydrated.  I know it sounds crazy to drink more water to get rid of water retention but it's true. 
 
Bottoms up!  Glug, glug, glug!  smilewinkgrin
 
 
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Acheybody
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   Posted 3/2/2012 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
It's hard to tell....the only place I can definitely SEE swelling is my left foot, which hurts anyway. And since the first time I elevated it, even that looks almost normal.


Yesterday I dropped something and without thinking, I squatted to get it, like I would have before....(for over a month now I've used my reacher for everything)....it felt so wrong, my legs felt tight and weak, (or maybe it was just the one) like they were never meant to support me. I freaked and immediately stood back up and had increased pain for the rest of the night all along the sciatic nerve. So I guess the tight feeling means my legs are swollen to some degree, even though I can't see it.


My surgeon says it could be dangerous, but then won't stick around long enough to discuss it....he didn't even look at my foot yesterday. Long story, I won't bore you with it! He doesn't like being questioned. (I'm so used to my GP, with whom I can talk out all my questions as 2 equals, that this really burns me.) I suppose if it were THAT important, he'd make sure I understand. Hopefully....


Yes, I'm taking lots of extra meds right now. Norco, Flexeril, Gabapentin, extra Nortriptyline. Tired of living in la-la land! Ready to be on the other side of this ordeal. Thanks for letting me vent - again!


Debbie
fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with sciatica), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably from Menieres Disease)

Acheybody
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   Posted 3/2/2012 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Our posts crossed, Sherrine. I love your advice - I always feel healthier when I drink a lot. Glug glug indeed!

And yes, I'm sitting 90% of the time. So that makes sense.

Thanks! :)
fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with sciatica), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably from Menieres Disease)

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   Posted 3/5/2012 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Debbie your surgery is coming up soon so try to be patient with the surgeon if there is something else wrong in there I'm sure he will fix it. I am thinking its the inactivity I have days when my feet swell and today is one as I have been unable to get up other than to use the washroom and I needed help to get there.

I hope you soon get some relief and that no flares decide to pop in for a visit to make things even oh so much more ...interesting.
Take care
Rose



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