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11/17/09 2:13 A

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I have to be careful of even hand lotions that have sodium, or bath salts. Anything that is absorbed into the skin causes me to swell.

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11/9/09 3:21 P

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Thanks for the support everyone! Once I could sleep with my feet up the edema did go away and I have been fine since. I really hope that problem never comes back again!

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LORDLOVER's Photo LORDLOVER Posts: 356
11/8/09 6:09 A

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Sandy, I have battled edema for years (diabetic). My nurse friend always presses on my ankle and counts. If it stays dented for a 10 count, it's mild, but it remains dented for 20 secs, then she said that is the worst level. Lowering salt has been the best thing I've done. In your case since the Dr.'s have attributed it to your neck, I would indeed prop my feet up.

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HLTHYLIVNCCJ's Photo HLTHYLIVNCCJ Posts: 5,366
9/24/09 1:56 P

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emoticon Sandy! Hope you are feeling back to 100% soon!

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9/24/09 8:51 A

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Thank you!!!

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emoticon on your successes Sandy.

We knew you could do this. Keep up the good work.

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9/23/09 9:10 P

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My edema is getting better! My feet are looking more like there old selves. My ankles are still puffy and bigger but my legs are starting to look better also. I am trying even harder to keep the sodium down. I have it down to about 11-1300 a day. But that is being extremely careful. I also take homemade bread with no salt peanut butter and honey to lunch everyday. One of these days I am going to be sick of that! But I try and save my sodium for my nighttime meal just because there is more variety and I cook for 2.
I think when I can start exercising again it will be a big help also.

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HLTHYLIVNCCJ's Photo HLTHYLIVNCCJ Posts: 5,366
9/23/09 11:30 A

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While there may be some on here that are perfectly healthy and wanting to lose a few pounds, many of us on here have health issues and deal with some of the same problems. That's whats so great about posting and blogging, you find others that share in your journey. So know that you are NEVER alone on here!

Hope you feel better soon!

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9/22/09 12:46 P

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Thanks for the help around the edema and the pinched nerve. Nice to know I am not the only one with all these issues!

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HLTHYLIVNCCJ's Photo HLTHYLIVNCCJ Posts: 5,366
9/21/09 5:06 P

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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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9/15/09 7:14 P

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I do monitor my sodium intake and I am on water pills, usually just 50 mg of hydrothroizide but right now I am taking furisimide instead which is more "potent".
The docs think the edema is because I am not able to lie down to sleep and therefore the blood isnt circulating to my legs and feet. Also I used to exercise to help the Meneires but I am unable to exercise right now due to the pinched nerve...
Thanks for your help everyone. I saw the neurosurgeon today and am having another cortizone shot next Tuesday.

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9/14/09 6:15 P

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I hope you recover soon! Swelling has rarely been an issue for me, thankfully. I would recommend discussing it with your doctor, whether it could be from any medications you are on. Watch the sodium intake, and monitor your BP.



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9/14/09 4:59 P

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I second the thing about sodium restriction and putting your feet up whenever possible. Also make sure you drink 10-12 glasses of water a day.

Slow but will get there!


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Did your doctor put you on water pills? I take 2 diuretics both am and pm. I also sleep in a recliner because I cannot lay flat or can't get my breath (asthma).

I really notice when I eat things with higher sodium content, so the trick is to try to eat fresh veggies and fruits an restrict any canned or processed foods.

Sorry about your neck. Hope all is healing fine. Take care.

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9/13/09 7:49 P

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Hi everyone! I took a break from Sparks this summer but am back and need support as much as ever. This summer I developed 2 herniated disks in my neck. I am limited in what I can do physically. I also ate to feel better ( foolish me). The doctor beleives I developed edema because I was not able to sleep laying down and was sleeping with my feet down while I slept in a chair. I now sleep in the chair sometimes but keep my feet up more. they ruled out high blood pressure or kidney issues or congestive heart failure also.
So, I am wondering who has dealt with edema and what worked for you? Any help in dealing with this would be appreciated.

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