Swollen feet

By ston3xc Latest Reply 2010-06-01 17:57:39 -0500
Started 2010-05-29 08:39:38 -0500

I have a problem in the summertime with swollen feet. I mean REALLY swollen feet. I take Lasix and it helps somewhat but I was hospitalized last weekend for dehydration! Also had a UTI. I also wear compression stockings sometimes. I resrict my intake of salt and I take meds for high blood pressure. Does anyone have any input on badly swollen feet that might be helpful?

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PAT L 2010-05-31 12:58:50 -0500 Report

Some Meds like parcardia or Nifedipine-generic will cause water to collect in the feet, My heart Doc ordered a water pill called furosemide an I have to take it twice a day to keep my feet at a normal size. But when you do take the water pill you have to increase your potasium intake to keep the cramps away at nite… Check with your Doc an hope this helps. Oh for water I drink coffee all day an nite. not strong but good. I drink about a pot an half a day…lolololol

ston3xc 2010-05-31 20:28:01 -0500 Report

I do drink enough water, so I don't get leg cramps. But I'm going to start drinking watered down gatorade with a couple of my meals and see if that helps. I too take the furosimide, 1 1/2 a day. I'll have my doctor look into the potasium issue. Thanks!

GabbyPA 2010-06-01 08:40:42 -0500 Report

If you are looking for electrolytes, you might want to try coconut water (not milk) If you can find an unsweetened one it is full of natural electrolytes. I learned this from a Raw Food Vegan, and he is a body builder. He buys whole green coconuts, but I know you can get it unsweetened in health food stores. I have been making my smoothies with it. I just started, so I cannot vouch for the results yet.

ston3xc 2010-06-01 13:03:42 -0500 Report

My husband is severly allergic to coconuts even the slightest smell sends him into choking spasms. We do not even go to places where you can swim because of the coconut tanning rubs - good idea though - let us know if it helps you.

GabbyPA 2010-05-30 18:01:24 -0500 Report

What are you taking for your diabetes if you are taking any meds? There are some diabetic medicines that cause swelling.

ston3xc 2010-05-31 20:19:56 -0500 Report

I'm on two kinds of insulin, Humulin R and Humalog N. I take Metropolol and Lisinipril for high blood pressure, Gabapentin for neuropathy, Lasix for the water retention, Pravastatin for high chloresterol and a hormone, plus a 81mg asprin. My doctor really listens to all my concerns about my medication so I don't think he's giving me any ones that are interacting with one another. I elevate my feet when I can and take cooling foot baths when it gets really warm. So I guess I'm doing the best I can?

Roy531 2010-05-29 09:16:12 -0500 Report

Have you tried setting with your feet up? That helps me when my feet or ankles swell. If you stand or set with your feet down a lot like I do, I will prop my feet up and after a little bit the swelling will go down, drains the fluids out of your feet and back up to your body. At least that's what the doctor told me.

petals 2010-05-29 09:10:32 -0500 Report

My feet started doing that last summer, they get so sore that I don't even want to stand up on them. I soak my feet in epsom salt and then rub them down with Eucalyptus spearmint lotion , I get that at Bath and Body works, that really helps me. It helps me to sleep as well. Not every time, but most of the time. I would be lost with out this lotion. Hope this helps.

Emma2412 2010-05-29 10:40:40 -0500 Report

Hi, Petals
Does the lotion cool your feet off? If it does, I'll have to try it because sometimes my feet are very hot.
My podiatrist has always told me not to soak my feet and I've never found it (before I received his advice) to help me any. It just goes to show you how different we all are.

petals 2010-05-29 16:02:22 -0500 Report

Yse, the lotion does cool your feet. My podiatrist said I could soak my feet but not in one of those electric soakers, sorry went blank on what they are called. I only soak my feet when they are really swollen up big. Most of the time I just use the lotion and prop my feet up.

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