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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (135,867)
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6/20/13 10:19 P

Just remember, if things get worse, you can present as an urgent case, OR go to your Nearest Emergency Department!

Kris

MANDY-CASE SparkPoints: (3,425)
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6/20/13 8:34 P

So, I called my doctor and told her all of my symptoms and she thinks possible thyroid issues. I have an appointment next Thursday to go see her and have blood work done. I am kind of scared that I have to wait that long. Hope everything will be ok!

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
6/20/13 3:48 P

I have to agree with some of the previous posters---GO to your doctor or health clinic! The swelling can be a sign of a serious health problems. Not trying to scare you here but maybe I need to! One of my nieces had blood clots when she was only in her twenties. It's something that should not be ignored.

ANARIE Posts: 12,470
6/20/13 10:50 A

Planned Parenthood is actually a very good idea. A few gynecological issues can cause swelling, so it's not entirely out of their arena, and while they probably won't be able to treat you, they can at least look at you, take your vitals, and say, "I don't think this is really serious; cut down on sodium and try to lose some weight," OR, "OMG, get to a doctor! Don't even go home first; go to the emergency room if you don't have insurance."

And they're also just about the best place to find out about *other* low-cost healthcare options.

In the meantime, I'm going to counter some other advice you've gotten about the compression stockings. Wait until you know the cause of the swelling. At your weight, and considering that you might have undiagnosed diabetes, there's a risk of damage from compression stockings if they don't fit right.

As for the bigger issue, "sticking to it" might be easier if you focus on a small, health-related goal first. Losing 5% of your body weight is all it takes to reduce your risk of several health problems. Make 5% your goal. You can do that and it won't even be hard. That's less than 20 pounds; I'm sure you've done that before. It'll take you about 8-10 weeks. At the end of that time, you can either take a break or go on for another 5%. And since 8-10 weeks is how long it takes to really adopt a new habit, chances are that you WILL decide to go for the next 5% because it won't seem so intimidating.

FROGMAN2013 SparkPoints: (1,747)
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6/20/13 9:31 A

You really do need to see a doctor about this. Is there a clinic near you that will give you a break on costs? Planned Parenthood might actually be an option. I can think of several mild reasons why you would be getting swelling in your lower legs, but I can think of others that need to be addressed now or you will only get worse.

When you say that you can't seem to stick to anything, maybe try Nirenin's advice and tackle one small habit at a time. Also, concentrate on diet. For big people, just walking to the mail box and living an independent life is exercise enough at first.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,876
6/20/13 9:23 A

Yes make an appointment to see the doctor as swelling is not normal and fluids can collect around your heart...to get some relief while waiting to see the doctor....

To reduce swelling eat oatmeal, popcorn, whole rye bread....

Vegetables also can decrease fluid retention and since sodium can promote swelling in your feet and ankles, avoid processed vegetables with high sodium contents....Beets, green beans, garlic, onions, pumpkins, grapes, parsley, asparagus, leeks, mustard greens, collard greens, turnips, kale, cabbage, romaine lettuce and other leafy greens are examples of low-sodium vegetables that can decrease swelling. Also kiwi, grapefruits, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and tangerines.

Reduce your salt intake to prevent swelling, because salt attracts fluid

Yes, drink water but other sources like fruits and veggies count too! Some fruits and veggies can hydrate you just as well as water. They also can act as a natural diuretic.

Walk more and move every 20 minutes and drink lots of water.

Because you suffer from swollen ankles, you can help to drain fluid by resting with your legs elevated to the same level as your heart or wearing compression bandages.

Supplementation with vitamin C can also treat water retention, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Please see a medical professional for individual advice as this is not intended as medical advice, just something you might consider to help until you can see the doc.

NIRERIN Posts: 11,990
6/20/13 7:04 A

i'm going to echo the call for you to go to the doc. and if the doc says something very different that what i tell you, follow the doc's advice.

and if you're having problems stick to what you try to do, then you're trying to change too much at once. everything you do is pretty much a habit, and it can take six weeks to change a single habit. and you're trying to change all of them at once. yes, some people can just flip and switch and do that, but most of us can't just like most of us don't pick up calculus books and start reading them for fun in elementary school. changing all your dietary habits at once is the equivalent of deciding you're only going to take left hand turns on your way driving in to work, walk around backwards all day, hop over every crack you cross, spin around three times every time you cross a threshold, stand on one leg while pinwheeling your dominant hand as you brush your teeth, and doing ten squats before and after you go to the bathroom. how long do you think you could last doing that? not very, so don't try the same extreme swap with your diet. and yes, i use the primary definition of diet, which is simply what one eats.
start by tracking as best you can for a few days to see where you are starting. most people take a few weeks to get everything that they usually eat properly entered into the tracker, so don't feel bad if you can't do it in a few days. do the best you can and then take a look at what you are eating. pick one thing that looks like it needs changing. it could be eating a serving of fruits or vegetables, practicing portion control on items you tend to eat a lot of, drinking more water, or finding a replacement for a really high calorie item you eat a lot. whatever small thing you decide to do, focus the next seven days on really doing that one little thing. at the end of the week you need to evaluate. is is still hard to remember to do that one thing? yes? then keep focusing on that for the next week. when you reach the point where you are doing the the thing you're trying to do without having to focus on it so much, then you pick a new thing to focus on until you incorporate it as a habit. keep rotating them through and you'll gradually get to where you want to be. and again, we want to keep these small and easy. if your portion of your favorite pasta dish is something you serve yourself three cups of, don't try and cut back to 1 or 1/2 cup in one week. try cutting back to 2.5 cups for a few weeks. then cut back to 2 cups for a few weeks. then perhaps introduce a half cup of vegetable to your portion [think spaghetti squash, zucchini cut up like whatever shape pasta you are using, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, onions or whatever else might work in the dish]. then bring your pasta portion down to 1.5 cups and if it's getting a little easier to make these swaps bump up your added veg up to .75 cups. once that is habit, scale down the pasta again and bring the veggies up again. and remember, it can take six weeks to change a single habit. don't feel the need to do everything in one week. that's how one falls off the wagon.
as far as exercise, i see two ways to start.
the first is to find five minutes in your day. walk out your door with a watch. once you have been out and walking for 2.5 minutes, turn around and walk back home. note how far you get so that as you get better, you can go further and further in your allotted time. start with trying to take this 5 minute walk twice a week. once you can regularly hit that goal, bump it up. you can either try three times a week or ten minutes a walk. once you're hitting that regularly, do the one you didn't do already. then bump up your walks to 15 minutes. and keep inching it up to where you want it to be. this way you are carving out time to get in exercise. if you want to start doing a workout video, lifting weights, going to a class, playing tennis, whatever it happens to be, swap it out. but the idea is to painlessly mark out time to exercise.
option two is the in home version. you probably watch tv some or most nights. start by marching in place during one commercial each commercial break. if you need to start by only doing one commercial per show, start there. but once you can regularly do one commercial per break, bump it up to two. then three. then keep going until you can do the whole commercial break. when you can do all the breaks, try marching during the show and resting during the breaks. then try marching the whole half hour or hour. once you can do that, start trying to swap in or incorporate some videos [tons of options in the fitness section] or otherwise add whatever activities you might like. yes, this isn't going to create the sort of burn that comes with marathon training, but it's certainly better than not bothering. and if you're at a point where that's where you need to start, that's where you need to start.

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6/20/13 2:40 A

I've had swelling like that before. For me, it's related to sodium intake. If you cut back on sodium (don't eliminate it completely), it might help. Exercise would also help get things moving.

If it doesn't get better after a couple of days of lower sodium intake, make that appointment and see your doctor, even if it costs you. You want to be around to see your kids grow up, you need to take care of yourself.

About sticking to things, it's better to make changes that you can do long-term than it is to go on a really strict diet and try to drop the weight instantly. It took time to put it on, it will take time to take it off. I know how you feel, I want results right away and if I don't get them, I feel like I'm going hungry for no reason. I've had to tell myself that there will be good days and bad days, and any good day for my diet and exercise is better than the way I was before.

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6/19/13 11:19 P

I agree it could be your sodium intake I would check what you eat and see if that could be the issue.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (135,867)
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6/19/13 11:09 P

O.K. - I AM going to tell you to see a Dr. There can be some very serious consequences of that type of swelling. You need a physical to see what the cause is - there are a myriad of possibilities including heart related.

In the meantime, it might help if you had a look at what you eat - processed foods? High sodium intake? Reducing that MIGHT help but still check with your Dr.

Kris

IAMLOVEDBYYOU Posts: 369
6/19/13 10:03 P

I understand not being able to see a doctor, so I am not going to tell you to see a doctor.

I will tell you that a doctor will, of course, tell you to lose weight. Losing weight cannot hurt.

The other thing that cannot hurt is to wear compression stockings. They would probably be really helpful.

I know that you are probably afraid that this is something disastrous, and you are hoping that this isn't something bad. But even if it isn't something that is particularly dangerous, it should be a warning sign that your health is compromised. Take it as a kick of motivation!

Other than that, good luck and God bless!

MANDY-CASE SparkPoints: (3,425)
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6/19/13 9:00 P

Ok, so I am 31 years old and quite overweight. I can't seem to stick to anything I try to do. I am beyond frustrated with myself. But to add to that frustration, I am now experiencing swelling in my feet and legs. I am really kind of worried about this. However, my health insurance is TERRIBLE, so I wanted to get some advice before I ran to the Dr. and had a ton of bills to pay.

Thanks in advance! I am desperate for help!

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