Sandy....sorry to hear of your problems. I have had a little edema here and there, once while I was pregnant with my son, the other times when I failed to keep my legs elevated or took in too much sodium and too little water. I have Meniere's too and last summer had a pinched nerve in my lower back, affecting my sciatica, so was limited on my ability to exercise. What helped with my back was sitting in a recumbant bike, head and back supported and peddled. I thought it would be very painful, but actually found lots of relief that way. Though should discuss with a doctor, possible exercises. Anyhow, at home, I wanted the same good feeling, so I had a set of pedals that just sit on the floor, where I can tighten a knob for added tension, and sat in a chair that supported my back and neck and peddled. I had to go for some physical therapy then too, so they not only showed me the bike exercise, but other exercises that kept my body moving and would provide relief from the pain.
Another thing that helps with edema, is taking showers or baths. I know it sounds silly. I didn't think it worked either. But, had severe edema prior to and right after my son's birth and taking showers did bring down the swelling in my legs considerably.
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