staying uplifted
By staying uplifted Latest Reply 2011-08-19 16:35:41 -0500
Started 2011-08-13 22:19:15 -0500

swollen feets help

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Tluvtigger 2011-08-18 07:10:05 -0500 Report

I feel your pain, literally. I too have been experiencing very swollen feet and ankles. It gets so uncomfortable sometimes I feel like I can't even walk around or it hurts. My Doctor has put me on lasix, and that helps a lot, and I really try to watch my sodium intake, but they still swell. I am waiting on more test results. I have had an echo-cardiogram, and my dr has said that I will probably be put on a beta blocker and that should help. Do you have any high pulse issues? Good luck, and like the others are saying, keep your feet elevated when you can, and when you go to bed at night, sleep with a big pillow under your feet.

GabbyPA 2011-08-17 20:51:54 -0500 Report

Are you taking actos or avandia for your diabetes? Both of those can lead to water retention. My mom was on actos and had edema really bad. Once she stopped, she has not had problems since.

As edvel54 says, elevating your legs should help and don't sit for long periods of time. Take a break and get up and walk around about every two hours.

If it continues you really need to see your doctor about it. It could be an indication of many other things so you want to have it checked out.

staying uplifted
staying uplifted 2011-08-14 17:28:25 -0500 Report

hi jayabee52 thanks for the information. I am holding on every pieice of furniture .making it around the house it hurts soooooooooooo bad 2days away i want a saw lol dont have crutchs ARE U A DOC yours answers r very medical . try very hard not 2 cause any more damage,SAD BECAUSE I WANT B MOVING ABOUT

jayabee52 2011-08-14 18:28:10 -0500 Report

OH BTW staying uplifted, since you are new to DC you might not have seen the link "reply" below and to the left of the posting. You can click that and then post directly under the post to which you wish to reply. It keeps the order of the posts better. Another feature you might easily miss is the "edit" function. that link is just to the right of the reply link. If you want to change anything about your own posting click that and you can then change whatever it is.

To your question of "are you a Doc" the short answer is no.

But here's a fuller explanation: I have an earned masters degree in a field unrelated to medicine, but later in life had to earn a living for me and my family by becoming a Certified Nurse Aid ("CNA"). I spent 11 yrs doing that, mostly as a Home Health Aide, but sometimes I moonlighted in a hospital in either the ER or the Med/Surg floors or sometimes in the Psych Department. I learned a LOT about the practice of medicine in the ER or the Med/Surg floors. I had planned to try to get an RN, but each time I tried circumstances made it impossible. The last time I tried, I became disabled so I couldn't work any longer.

Then I met and married a blind lady, my "Jem". She had a LOT of "medical challenges" and I learned a lot from helping her learn about and deal with those challenges. She passed from this life in July 2010. Before she passed I stumbled upon Diabetic Connect. In September I will have been a member here for 3 years.
I have learned so much here too about many things including diabetes.

Some of my answer to you is from my CNA experience some of it is from things I had learned dealing with my own or with Jem's medical conditions and some comes from experience on DC.

Thank you for the compliment.


PS I know what you're going through hanging on to furniture. When I was first disabled I couldn't walk right, so I had to hold onto walls and furniture to get from my bedroom to the bathroom and back again.

I pray you get some relief SOON!

jayabee52 2011-08-13 23:38:50 -0500 Report

Having swollen feet (aka edema) could be a symptom of very many medical conditions, some of them quite serious, others simply annoying. But you cannot tell which of those conditions may be doing it unless you go to a MD and are checked out thoroughly. There may be other symptoms that your MD could ask you about which would make a definite diagnosis more likely. Then you can get treated for whatever it is and hopefully the swelling will go down.

In the mean time, prop your feet up whenever you can. If you can raise your feet above the level of your heart, do so. When you're in bed at night prop your feet on 2 or 3 pillows. But get your condition looked at ASAP! I pray this is not a serious problem presenting itself, but if it is it is better to know sooner than Later!



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