(pitting peripheral edema for you medical folks). I have not been adding more salt to my diet than usual. I did start back on Soma recently but I've been on it for like 2 months now and this has been showing up in the last week or so and I had taken Soma for a long time previously and do not remember having this problem with Soma before. Has anyone noticed swelling after starting Soma? I have been having a lot of back pain too but it just seems to be normal back pain just increased (like a flare)but I do wonder if something isnt going on with the kidneys. I even take HCTZ 50mg daily and it just doesnt seem to be doing much for the swelling. They do go down some at night but not all the way. I guess it is time to break down and go see the Primary Dr!! I'm supposed to be going to Las Vegas this weekend so it will have to wait until next week!
Hey all!! I'm having a problem. I have noticed a lot of lower leg and feet swelling?
Added 23 Nov 2011:
Thanks all for responding. Yes, I know better. Dont you know that we medical folks are terrible when it comes to taking care of ourselves??? It is do as I say not as I do! LOL Anyway the swelling seems to be better in my feet but I'm still kinda bloated in my stomach and my back has been in such a bad flare I can hardly concentrate!! I need to go up to the store and check the old B/P. I have a cuff but my stethescope died and I havent replaced it. I think it is ok though. I have an appt with the Dr on 12/8 but if it gets worse I'll see about going in earlier. I do need bloodwork, I'm overdue. Unfortunately it was more Lost Wages than any winning for me although a couple others in our party did quite well. I dont think I won anything larger than 60 bucks! :( Oh well, there is always next time! I LOVE Vegas! My favorite way to spend a weekend!
I know you know the causes of peripheral edema, so I like Maso am not going to lecture you. I only recommend you seek the advice of the doc when you get home. It maybe that the addition of a clinical loop diuretic like Lasix can be added to the HCTZ (distal loop diuretic) and solve the problem. While you are in Vegas try to keep those feet elevated when you can and some support stockings if only at night might be advisable.
Have a wonderful time and don't do anything I wouldn't do, LOL.
I was going to suggest lasix, but LS did that, so I don't know.
I am having the same problem, swollen feets and ankles, CANKLES, they're soooo attractive, no?
As you probably remember, I've a kidney infection/stones, so get yourself to your doc before you are so sick you can't go to Lost Wages!!
Do you feel nauseated, barfy, hurlish? Fever? You are a pro, I don't know why I'm asking you these Q's but it seems like you pro's don't take care of yourselves at times, you are too busy taking care of others!!
Have fun, and please DO something I wouldn't do?
Until you can see yr doc I'd think seriously of grabbing 2 pair of compression stockings & wear them everyday, especially for long flights or driving. 20-30 compression is usually prescribed. It's tough to get the swelling down once it's started - but not impossible or anything. I'm worried about you my dear - wish you'd get some labs done before you're off to Vegas -
Hi DzooBaby! I hope that if you did go to Vegas, it didn't turn out to be Lost Wages! (Too funneeee, sweet lemon) :D
Please see your doctor as soon as you can. I've been swelling / swollen for over 3 years & it's sometimes to much to bear. It adds to the pain & discomfort so much, as you likely know. A good diagnostic would be to have some vascular tests performed such as a Doppler ultrasound on your legs. Your blood pressure levels will be checked in several areas as well as your vascular system. Additionally, your lymphatic system might need to be looked at. Perhaps get a kidney function test done.
In addition to what our other friends have already suggested: try to keep your feet elevated; use ice to reduce swelling; don't be sedentary for extended periods; make sure you check for hidden salt in prepared foods; try not to cross your legs while seated; no tight socks or shoes (excepting compression hosiery). Watch for discolouration of red or purple spots on feet or legs. Massages are always welcome. You may get some relief from soaking in a warm bath with epsom salts. (Ironic, huh? LOL)
All the best to you, DzooBaby! Take good care.
Love, your friend, Wendy :)
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