My feet are swelling more every day....

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   Posted 7/10/2011 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Both my feet are swollen to the point that I can't wear any of my shoes other than flip flops. My left is much more swollen - it looks really bad. I am going to the doctor tomorrow but it isn't my normal doc so that isn't the best. I just don't think I should wait til she is back from vacation.
It doesn't hurt so much to walk but the left foot is very tender to the touch. My knee joints hurt so bad that I can barely go up and down stairs. My hands are weak and sometimes swell and I can barely close my hands in the morning.
I have been trying not to list all of my health woes but in order to get honest suggestions from you folks I figure I better. I have spinal stenosis, failed back syndrome (two bad disk herniations and a third surgery for leaking spinal fluid - all within 8 weeks). I had nerve blocks until I had another spinal fluid leak and that caused arachnoiditis. I have oseoarthritis as well as disk degenerative disease and a bulging disk. I have severe neuropathic pain from all of the surgeries.
I am getting a neurostimulator in late August. The surgery is being performed by an exceptional doctor so I feel good about that.
I have slight thyroid issue but nothing huge and acid reflux from my asthma. I also have anxiety which causes physical symptoms (pressure on chest, speeding heart rate etc).
I take morphine, gabapentin (sp?), and have begun naproxin for my hands (they started swelling before my feet but they are nothing like my feet). All my joints, from shoulders, to hands, knees and even hip joints seem to hurt.
Anyway...sorry to babble on but does anyone have any suggestions? If I can head into the doctor tomorrow asking the right questions then I can maybe get more out of the visit.

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   Posted 7/10/2011 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
The potential causes for this are extensive. Everything for circulation problems, to issues with your medications, to kidney issues, insect bites, and so on. IMHO there really is no saying at this point what it could be or even suggesting the top few possibilities.

I suggest before going to the doctor, take some time and list your symptoms on a piece of paper in the order they appeared. Then think about what when they are at their worst and their best and what you were doing before they become worse and/or better.

Finally think about where you live, work, and have visited since you a month or so before your problems with the swelling and joint pain started. Is your area prone to ticks, have you been in the woods or live near a heavily treed area or near areas of tall grass, etc. Have you done any gardening, used any fertilizers or pesticides or possible been exposed to them. Have you switched brands on any personal products like deodorants, shampoos, soaps, dish soaps, laundry products,etc. Even think about anything different you may be doing in regards to imtimacy like using a different kind of personal lubricant or birth control method or if you and your partner uses condoms have you changed brand or style such as going from a non lubricated one to one that is or that might also be coated with a spermicide. Have you made any changes in your diet.

I am not asking these types of questions wanting answers. I am just trying to give you things to think about in order to make the most of your visit.

The more information you can give the doctor about what happened in the month or two before you had these issues, as well as what has been happening since they first appeared will help figure out what is really happening and pinpointing the proper treatment.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 7/11/2011 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jim... my doc has sent me for quite a bit of blood work and I went back today but didn't get to see my regular doc so I wasn't really listened to which is too bad. I was sent though for more blood work and a diuretic as well as a chest x-ray.
Many of the things you suggested don't apply to me but I so appreciate the thoroughness of your suggestions. It has gotten me thinking and I did a little checklist with each of your comments. When I see my regular doc next week I will talk about meds since, even though nothing I take should be causing such a severe response from my body it is the only real change in the past couple of months.
Thanks again for your was really helpful.
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