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Date Joined Jan 2013
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   Posted 9/24/2013 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I usually post on UC, CP, and Lupus but I am going through something new. I humbly ask for support. Lately on the days I go to work or sit in a chair for any extended period on time my feet swell as big as grapefruits. Normally I sit on the bed most of the time so my legs are elevated.

I went to my PC and they did tests and couldn't find anything. They told me to take an extra 12.5 mg of HCTZ when it happens and drink extra water and eat a banana or tomato. So that would be 25 mg total for the day. That still did not help so I have to go to a heart doctor.

I am only 31. I am obese but I am really scared. They have tested my cholesterol and it was fine and they test the blood flow in my legs and it was fine. The whole prospect of this is scary. There is no way I could do a stress test. My balance sucks. My legs hurt. I know I just have to do what they say to make sure that I do not have a heart attack but I just do not know what to expect. Will I do tests at my first appt or will they schedule them? There are so many unknowns and I hate not having control. Thanks for listening to me ramble.
30 female. Sherrie, 2007 UC, 5/13UCTD, Hypothyroidism, Intercostal Neuralgia, Agoraphobia, Bipolar tendencies, Panic disorder, Acid reflux, Lactose intolerance, Eczema, Migraines, Degenerative disk, Hypertension, and Anemia.
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   Posted 9/25/2013 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
When you retain fluid, the fluid often accumulates in the most dependent part of your body, your legs and feet. Retaining fluid in the legs and feet -- a condition known as dependent edema -- can make it uncomfortable to walk and difficult to put shoes on. Swelling often increases when it's hot outside.
One of the simplest ways to reduce dependent edema is to elevate your legs and feet higher than your heart. This encourages the flow of fluid back to the heart. In hot weather, cooling your feet and legs in a cool bath can also help reduce edema, since the cold constricts blood vessels so that less fluid accumulates in them. Elevate your legs whenever you sit down during the day. When sitting for long periods, such as on long car or plane trips, move your legs frequently and don't sit with your legs or ankles crossed.
Your doctor has  prescribed diuretics  to reduce fluid volume and decrease dependent edema. Never take diuretics without your doctor's permission, since they have side effects. Drugs that strengthen your heart and increase the force of each heartbeat can also improve blood pooling in the lower legs and feet.
Do stay in close contact with your Dr. and know your not alone.  My left leg swells every day and no I do not have a blood clot.  I do wear a medical elastic stocking on the left leg.
Be well,
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