It has been awhile since I have been on here, I have searched on the internet about this but I would like to know from people that have and are dealing with this. The swelling and bloating.
For the past year I have been swelling up around my stomach and thighs, legs. The nurses, docs just tell me-oh, it's your age and to lay off the sweets, exercise more. My last doc visit, the lovely person in the lab coat told me the "swelling comes with the territory". Apparently, doctors do not get that yes this hurts and yes it does affect our mentality. I personally have exercised to the point where I put myself in a major flare.(doesn't take much for me, but really stupid move on my part) And, I know that something isn't right inside me. I did have that 24 hour urine test. Which I can personally say I have never thought about going to the bathroom so much in my life to the point where on that particular day, I was paranoid about it. diagnosis-proteinuria.
I know I need to be tested more about why I am swelling/bloating up at the drop of a hat. All that aside, I just would like to know if I really do look like a hippo butt, because I sure feel like one. How do all of you deal with it? I wear loose long shirts to hide the swelling, I cannot handle anything tight on my thighs, legs and stomach. the marks elastic leaves,ugh. I have come to wearing clothes a size bigger now to accommodate the pending swelling.
Last week I finally let my Mom help me dress and she saw how much the swelling was. She poked her finger in my side and it left an indentation. That really did bother me in so many levels. Mostly because I know I must look as hideous as I feel.
Thanks for letting me vent
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