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Cured! Itchy, red ankles! Compression stockings did it!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

I hate putting on these compression stockings. But I have to say they worked. I used creams, too, and even put some tea tree oil in the creams. It helped with itching.

I have also been putting my feet up as much as possible.

I guess I have proven this is a circulatory problem. I am thinking venous return to the heart is weak. emoticon No, I have not been to the doctor.

He will tell me to lose weight, right? And exercise more.... I am trying ....

I am on a diuretic already.

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    Your doctor probably will tell you to lose weight if you have a problem with venous insufficiency. Sometimes that advice is good advice. They will also tell you to be as active as possible. Also to elevate your legs and avoid standing for long periods. Don't cross your legs and drink lots of water. Those are the things you can do to help yourself.

    If you haven't made an appointment please do so, it's important to make sure you're being treated appropriately and depending on where the problem lies there may be other treatment options.

    Good luck!
    1180 days ago
    I was diagnosed with venous insufficiency several years ago, meaning that the valves in the veins in my legs don't work properly to send the blood back to the heart and it pools down there. Although I have had ankle swelling for years, a couple of weeks ago I developed severe itching in the ankles and lower calves. What ended up helping me was a combination of skin-calming lotion and elevation of the feet above the level of the heart as often as possible. Getting a good diagnosis can ease your mind. Good luck.
    1568 days ago
    Since you're using creams and tea tree oil plus the compression stockings, it could be either or both that helped. Also, are you sure to drink enough water since you're on the diuretic? If you don't drink enough water then your blood might be thickening, causing it to move extra slowly through your extremities. Do you have a lot of vericose veins? Those can be signs of and sometimes worsen blood flow issues. Do you cross your legs a lot? Crossing your legs, putting uneven pressure on your legs (such as sitting on one foot or sitting cross-legged) frequently, etc puts pressure on veins and can damage them over time, leading to a buildup of blood in the legs. Also, conditions like diabetes and blood clots or not getting enough movement during the day can cause blood flow to slow in the legs.

    I suggest showing your doctor. If they keep pushing you to lose weight, as them for help and explain what you're already doing. If s/he shames you (not just says 'you should lose weight' but actually puts you down for your weight) or won't offer you help in addition to what you're already doing, then fire the doctor and find a new one. But vein and blood flow issues in the legs should not be ignored. Just because it goes away doesn't mean there isn't an underlying problem that's getting worse while going untreated. Also, some medications cause edemas, fluid to build up in the extremities. If this is happening, you really should see a doctor becaucse the medications need to be adjusted or stopped.

    I've been on several medications and treatments that frequently cause edemas, and even if I am certain I'm not having any they always check to make sure because they're that dangerous of a symptom. I also have serious blood flow issues (because of my EDS) and had blood backed up in my feet and legs plenty of times, but never had what you're describing. I have thigh-high compression stockings at a prescription strength (30-40 mmHg, though I'd like to try even higher in the future) that I have to wear year round whenever I'll be upright for a few hours. So even if it is partially blood flow issues, there's far more going on than you probably realize.

    It is easier to fire and replace a doctor who doesn't treat you with respect than to deal with the aftermath of a potentially serious health issue.
    1570 days ago
    1570 days ago
    Hope you feel better and those socks help you too.
    1570 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    I agree with the others, you do need to see a dr. This could be something serious and you do not want to find out later that had you come in sooner that it might have been a simple fix but now it is more complicated.

    1570 days ago
    Hope you feel better soon
    1570 days ago
    Sorry girlfriend but I agree, you gotta make an appointment with the doctor. You do not want to fool around your heath. It is too precious and too easy to lose. Got you covered in prayer! Healing Hugs. Pat
    1570 days ago
  • MAW_OH
    I have to agree, I would most likely think the same thing about the Dr, 'lose some weight' they would most likely say. But I also agree that you should go. Even if it is to rule out heart failure (swollen feet can be a symptom of congestive heart failure) You would want to know and treat that sooner rather than later.

    Take Care Chris!
    1570 days ago
    Go to the Doctor about it and insist on knowing what it might be. If he says anything about diet and exercise tell him what you've been doing. Keep asking until you are satisfied. emoticon
    1570 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Hmmm this is very informative for me. I was silly and sitting at the computer with my foot down (see Frankenfoot blogs) and it began to swell. That night my foot was a bit rashy and stung. It subsided by morning but I really was careful and went back to putting my toes above my nose whenever possible.

    I called my surgeon but he just thought it was athlete's foot ( constantly in aircast boot) and suggested a cream which I bought....thing is I knew it was associated with the swelling! But why?

    1571 days ago
  • MISSG180
    You should go to the doctor. And after she says, "lose weight and exercise more" ask her, "if a thin person came to you with this problem, what would you prescribe?" Because you deserve the same treatment as a thin people, who do also get this condition. You have to advocate for yourself. Good luck.
    1571 days ago
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