Water/fluids in legs

Discussion in 'Health & Beauty' started by radgirl, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. radgirl

    radgirl Give me da candy!!!

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    I believe that I am retaining water/fluids in the lower half of my body. I am drinking about a gallon of water a day, so I should be getting rid of it. It's not that time of the month. In fact, this seems to be an ongoing daily problem. My socks leave marks on my ankles all the time. What else can I do to move the water along? And, why would it be accumulating in my legs?
     
  2. Erik

    Erik Admin

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    What makes you think that?
     
  3. radgirl

    radgirl Give me da candy!!!

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    My socks are digging into my ankles and have left significant marks. I find this upon waking up in the morning as well. I also have pitting of the skin.
     
  4. carebearstitch

    carebearstitch Well-Known Member

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    You could buy some soft fuzzy socks. :love:
     
  5. Sarah

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    has your diet changed? are you legs better are worse at certain times of the day? are you standing/sitting more?
     
  6. radgirl

    radgirl Give me da candy!!!

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    Nothing has changed. I noticed the sock indentations when I wake up or when I have them on all day. Legs stay about the same throughout the day. I just find it kind of odd that they are hold water around the lower calf/ankle area. One leg seems to pit more than the other.
     
  7. JJ29

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    I always have had sock indentations...isn't that normal?:shrug:
     
  8. thefuture

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    I was wondering this today. I just started wearing socks because it's getting chilly out and by the end of the day there are rings around my ankles.
     
  9. radgirl

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    But I also have pittng, where I press my finger into my leg and it stays for a little bit.
     
  10. Sarah

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    let me backup - i'm really sorry this has been happening. my mom has Lymphoedema (water retention) in both legs. I know it is frustrating.

    how long has this been going on? how much sodium are to taking in? does it help at all when you elevate your legs?
     
  11. radgirl

    radgirl Give me da candy!!!

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    This has been going on for sometime now. The doc has given me water pills, but I don't want to start on those daily either. I try to keep my salt intake moderate. I also notice that when my carbs are higher, I tend to retain more fluid in general. It is frustrating. I really haven't noticed that elevated legs make it any better. I guess it's something you live with. :shrug:

    Kiwi, what does your mom find helpful?
     
  12. trueblue

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    ohmigosh!! me too.

    wait hold on. ha! I'm not wearing socks.

    maybe I should tomorrow just to see if I have the same problem.
     
  13. Sarah

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    My mom did the best when she was doing PT for her legs. Certain exercises assist the lymph nodes in squeezing out the liquids. Also masage thereapy. Have you tried wearing various "support" hose? Most of the major manufactureres make them. Generally called "energy" or something like that. Also what helps and is "free" - use a hair brush (one with plastic bristles) and stroke (no comments!) up your leg (never down) while your legs are eleveated slightly. This will increase circulation. After a while your legs will start to feel tingly and then start to itch. Mom was told that once the itching starts to continue for 20 mins. The more annoying the feeling becomes - the better. The big key is to keep your circulation up. Circulation will assist in keeping the lymph nodes deflated. The thing you have to watch is that lymph nodes are like balloons. Once you blow them up it is easier the next time. Also I'd recommend an osteo or homeopathic physician. They seem to be a bit more receptive. There are specialist out there. If you live near Northern Indiana/Chicago I can point you to a few. A lot of time most doctors (MD's) don't know how to treat mild to moderate water retention. It isn't until it gets out of control that they seem to kick in. The water pills help (some).

    To recap....low salt. high water. circulation.
     
  14. thefuture

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    Yes, maybe you should. You might have the same problem and then again, maybe you won't!
     
  15. Sarah

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    i have larger calves and just about any sock i wear puts marks on my legs - anklets, calf, trouser, knee high socks...watever. jsut means the sock is smaller around than your leg. not an indiciation of fluid retention. however, if you never got lines before and all of a sudden getting them - you should take notice of it.
     
  16. ariel

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    odema is a major symptom of hypothyroidism.
     
  17. radgirl

    radgirl Give me da candy!!!

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    Figures. I guess things will start clearing up in time. It's only been 3 weeks that I've been on meds.
     

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