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Hypothyroid/hashimoto's. Levels low. Constant bloating, distended belly, water retention. Tried more water, fiber helped little. What else can I do?!

Hypothyroid/hashimoto's. Levels low. Constant bloating, distended belly, water retention. Tried more water, fiber helped little. What else can I do?!

See your doc: If your thyroid levels are low you may need to adjust the dose of your replacement. It sounds as though your symptoms are consistent with an inadequately treated underactive thyroid. Even if your levels were relatively normal, your meds may still need adjusting while you continue to have symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Aiman Shammas
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Fluid Retention (Definition)

It denotes the presence of excessive water in intravascular space - vessels & interstitial space - among cells, due to poor automatic water movement and distribution by poor perfusion by low BP from hydration or/+ weak heart, poor osmotic pressure from malnutrition, poor water excretion from kidneys, & poor lymphatic drainage. More? Ask your doctor or contact me; I ...Read more


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What would cause fluid retention in just 1 leg?

What would cause fluid retention in just 1 leg?

Fluid retention: Fluid retention in just one leg is usually related to obstruction in the venous and/or lymphatics draining that swollen leg. ...Read more

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What could cause fluid retention and thyroid fluctuation?

What could cause fluid retention and thyroid fluctuation?

Thyroid: Hypothyroidism can cause fluid retention. Sometimes thyroid problems are associated with other autoimmune disorders affecting kidneys. This would cause fluid retention as well. Certain GI problems like celiac disease could also lead to malabsorption which could cause fluctuation in fluid status. ...Read more

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Does Neurontin cause fluid retention? I'm on a low dosage.

Neurontin: Yes it causes fluid retention- most common with increasing doses but can be seen at any dose. ...Read more

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Could widespread inflammation cause fluid retention?

Yes: Any acute or chronic inflammatory disorder can cause fluid retention by several mechanisms. This generally is secondary to reductions in the serum Albumin level secondary to decreased production, liver disease, renal disease with protein excretion, and protein loss through the gastrointestinal tract. When the protein loss is significant fluid retention(edema) is present. ...Read more

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What causes fluid retention and weight gain?

Hormones, salt: Hormones affect fluid retention. In the week before menses many women get fluid retention. Salt intake can also affect how much fluid your body retains. Other more obscure causes are related to serious diseases such as heart failure, nephrotic syndrome(kidney disease), severe malnutrition , peripheral vascular disease. If one leg is swollen, i would worry about a blood clot. ...Read more

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Can 150mg a day topamax (topiramate) cause fluid retention?

Yes, it can: The metabolic adverse effects of topiramate have been well documented. Common side effects of Topamax include tiredness, dizziness, coordination problems and fluid retention. ...Read more

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Can not eating enough fat cause constipation and fluid retention?

Can not eating enough fat cause constipation and fluid retention?

Not really: Though you should look at your diet. Foods which cause constipation are usually the grains:rice, barley, oats; milk; bananas. Lay off of those in your diet for a week and your constipation will probably resolve. As to the fluid retention at 22 you probably don't have kidney disease but you may be on BCPs. These are steroids and as a side effect can cause fluid retention. Talk to your doc about ano ...Read more

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What causes fluid retention with longer term nsaids? (and what do they mean by "long term"?)

What causes fluid retention with longer term nsaids? (and what do they mean by "long term"?)

NSAIDS: Long term term means greater than one month. They affect the tiny arteries of the kidneys and cause the kidneys to be less efficient and slow clearing of fluid. ...Read more

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What mechanism causes fluid retention with gabapentin?

What mechanism causes fluid retention with gabapentin?

Not sure: The mechanism is unclear, but commonly patients will have 2-3 pounds of water retention that will be seen as ankle/foot swelling and will resolve within a few days of stopping the medication. ...Read more

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Can not eating enough calories cause fluid retention and constipation?

Can not eating enough calories cause fluid retention and constipation?

Starvation?: There is no long-term substitution for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Very simplistically, weight gain is achieved if the individual takes in more calories than he/she burns; weight loss happens when calories burned exceed calorie intake. Diet modification often results in GI & non-GI manifestations, but perhaps you need some guidance. Ask your doctor at this time for a check-up & his/her advice. ...Read more

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Would any food allergy cause severe fluid retention like the photo above?

Would any food allergy cause severe fluid retention like the photo above?

Fluid: I specialize in fluid issues. Lets do 2nd opinion and you can send pictures. otherwise cannot see them. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more