My feet, ankles & lower legs are swollen!

CWMecca
By CWMecca Latest Reply 2013-02-06 01:41:38 -0600
Started 2012-06-16 08:26:05 -0500

For the last week or so I've noticed that my feet, ankles & lower legs are swollen. Some days not so bad but most days the ankles look as big as large oranges! They don't hurt exactly, more of an ache when I have to walk. I can feel the tightness of my skin in those areas. Putting my feet up doesn't help much at all. I tried to lay flat with my feet up higher than my heart but I couldn't breathe laying on my back like that. That scared me! Repeated calls to my cardiologist's office have gone unanswered, which is unusual and really annoying. I see him next Thursday but I'm not sure if this is something that needs to be looked at NOW or if it can wait. I also have Type 2 Diabetes.


27 replies

AuntieBear
AuntieBear 2013-02-05 23:32:50 -0600 Report

Hey CWMecca, how have you been doing with the swelling? Hope things have gottenless swelled. Please keep us posted.

CWMecca
CWMecca 2013-02-06 01:41:38 -0600 Report

Okay I'm alive LOL! My feet still swell but they don't get red. No pain. I have another appointment 2/21. Still no surgery date for the bypass, still fighting some sort of skin infection.

mr.awesome
mr.awesome 2013-02-05 18:33:30 -0600 Report

Have u ever felt:severe pain in that area,disability to walk with out pain,falling,injury typed accident?once I broke my arm and it was swollen as a big red basket ball almost.it could just be an injury!

Lady Trolley
Lady Trolley 2012-08-14 06:21:01 -0500 Report

Good Morning CW;
I feel for you…I have had a problem with edema for many years but recently it has gotten worse and my MD has increased my Lasix. The problem is, is that lately it has become worse and red and rather painful but the day I went in to see my MD ithe swelling was down so he called me a lier and said there was nothing he could do for me. I have elvated my legs but only while sitting up. I think I will try the lying down and see if that helps. Thanks for that advice. I don't see my cardiologist until February but, if advised, I will make an earlier appointment. I try not to walk at all if able.

AuntieBear
AuntieBear 2012-09-04 04:34:12 -0500 Report

The next time your legs get red and painful take a photo of them. That way you can show your doctor what he missed. Hope the idea helps. It worked wonders for me the last time I had a bad reaction to an injection.

AuntieBear
AuntieBear 2012-07-01 05:00:16 -0500 Report

Hi CW, Just thought I would put my two cents in on the being swollen thing.

I too can NOT lay flat on my back with my legs elevated and breathe. So I had to modify my elevation method. I prop up on enough pillows that I can breathe easily and then I elevate my feet close to heart level. I have a jumbo teddy bear that is just the right amount of chubby to prop my legs on. This keeps my legs elevated with my knees slightly bent for comfort. Body pillows and orthopedic pillows are useful too. I don't know if this is something that would help you, but it helps me.

As for the ahcing when you walk. One of the things I accidnetally stumbled on that helps ease the discomfort of being swollen is to massage the feet ankles and lower legs. I don't know why it helps me, it just does. So when I get swollen, I grab for a bottle of lotion (I have chronically dry skin anyway) and start massaging. It seems to relax everything and makes me less achy when I move.

This in no way beats making sure your doctor knows what is going on. Have you been keeping track of your activities and how much stuff you are doing when you have swelling problems? It might help your doctor to find an underlying cause.

Hope you feel better soon.
Bear

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-06-17 01:05:50 -0500 Report

CW,

Sounds like a classic case of edema, Elevation is one tchnique but that seems problematic for you. Definitely get with your doc. He may prescribe somethng like a diuretic to remove water.

HH

CWMecca
CWMecca 2012-06-18 07:46:39 -0500 Report

My boyfriend bought a diuretic at Walgreen's after looking it up on WebMD AND talking to the pharmacist. It's one that's recommended for people with heart conditions and I started it yesterday. I'll try again today to get my doctor's office to respond.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-06-18 21:46:22 -0500 Report

CW:

I would be leery about starting any OTC diuretic without first consulting a doc. Fortunately, most OTC diurtetics are very mild but may have other unwanted effects.

What product did you buy?

HH

CWMecca
CWMecca 2012-06-19 01:31:16 -0500 Report

It's called Diurex Aquagels. It says you can take up to 4 per day but I've only been taking 1 after breakfast and trying to drink even more water. It seems to have helped a bit. Since my doctor or his nurse hasn't returned any of my calls this was the one recommended by WebMD and the pharmacist.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-06-20 00:01:35 -0500 Report

CW,

The active ingredient is Pamabrom, a mild diuretic which works by increasing urination. You should consult your doc first if you have high blood pressure, heart disease or kidney disease per advice from WebMD.

HH

CWMecca
CWMecca 2012-06-22 13:16:53 -0500 Report

I couldn't get to the doctor's yesterday, no ride. I've been taking 1 aquagel a day of the Diurex. It's not helping much but it has helped a bit. I can't get anyone from his office to call me back!

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-06-22 22:47:20 -0500 Report

CW,

I would start looking for another doc. Even the best doc in the world is no good if you can't see them or talk to them! It took me several docs to find a good cardiologist and I still haven't found a good endocrinologist.

HH

CWMecca
CWMecca 2012-06-24 21:45:53 -0500 Report

I rescheduled my appointment due to not having a ride. He was out of town and they were quite busy last week. I like my doc, he actually listens and answers even the dumbest questions without being condescending. I'll see him on the 5th and my ankles, etc., are much better.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-06-24 22:46:28 -0500 Report

CW,

Great news! Also, glad to hear your doc is taking good care of you and answers your questions!

HH

CWMecca
CWMecca 2012-07-12 18:42:44 -0500 Report

Saw my doctor, he took me off Amlodipine. Told me to call him by today if the swelling wasn't any better. It's better, somewhat. Have to call him for a diuretic I guess. Now if I can just get my bg numbers down under 200 I'd be better. Starting metformin tonight again. Do you know what high blood glucose levels can do to the heart?

CWMecca
CWMecca 2012-07-19 11:41:45 -0500 Report

BS levels are down again, thank goodness. The metformin is helping. Ankle are good now, without a diuretic.

CWMecca
CWMecca 2012-07-26 10:40:44 -0500 Report

Off the metformin again, hoping to get more soon. Ankles are swelling again, bf's picking up the diuretic & potassium prescriptions, with all the others, today. I think it's time to push for the bypass surgery. I'm tired of being tired and not being able to do anything.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-07-26 23:34:44 -0500 Report

CW,

Yeah, looks like the diuretic and potassium will be around for a while. What are the docs saying the bypass will do for you?

HH

CWMecca
CWMecca 2012-08-03 01:36:12 -0500 Report

I see my doc again on the 9th, I'm going to be asking about the bypass then. It's been nearly a year, let's get it done already!

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-08-04 23:28:14 -0500 Report

CW,

Right on if that what it takes. Keep us in the loop. Your experience will prove valuable to everyone in the community. Remember, for every one person that actually particpates there are 1000 that watch and learn!

HH

CWMecca
CWMecca 2012-08-11 06:46:26 -0500 Report

Didn't get to the doctors on Thursday, no ride! Rescheduled for the 23rd. At least on that day I'll be able to take a cab.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-08-12 22:41:58 -0500 Report

CW,

Good to hear from you. Too bad about the appointment. That sucks. Be sure to get back to us after the new appointment so we can talk about it!

HH

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