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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Water Retention (Overview)

Fluid retention = edema. Occurs when excess fluid collects in tissues, body cavities or the circulatory system.


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Why does any medication that causes water retention, make me ill. Its in most drugs..?

Why does any medication that causes water retention, make me ill. Its in most drugs..?

Uncertain: There are clearly groups of medications such as otc arthritis medications that can predispose to water retention. But by no means does all medications alter fluid balance within human body. Excluding entirely medications that induce diuresis (urination). ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
372 Doctors shared insights

Water Retention (Overview)

Fluid retention = edema. Occurs when excess fluid collects in tissues, body cavities or the circulatory system.


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What does it mean if water retention is worse after drinking water?

What does it mean if water retention is worse after drinking water?

Water retension: When you drinking water, excess water with body wastes should go out in the form of urine andc sweat. If it is not happening then we will call it as water is retaining. Usually it happend in people who have either heart failuire or kidney failure or liver failure or combination of any of the above diseases. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm now taking Norvasc (amlodipine) 10mg. How do I treat water retention and swelling of ankles and feet? Thankyou.

Hello. I'm now taking Norvasc (amlodipine) 10mg. How do I treat water retention and swelling of ankles and feet? Thankyou.

Discuss with your MD: Sometimes MD will have you on a diuretic. Or might switch you off the Norvasc (amlodipine) if the Norvasc (amlodipine) is causing the ankle swelling which is one of its side effects. ...Read more

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Salt causes water retention, why is syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone treated with salt tablets?

Salt causes water retention, why is syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone treated with salt tablets?

SIADH and salt?: The syndrome of inappropriate antiduretic hormone (SIADH) is not treated with salt tablets. The choice of therapy is dependent on the severity of the symptoms. Agents used to treat SIADH are either 3% or. 9% saline infusions, fluid restriction, loop diuretics, vaptan and demeclocycline. The basic problem of SIADH is fluid accumulation in the body causing a low sodium. Salt tablets don't work. ...Read more

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How can I manage water retention?

Improving muscle ton: Most women who are pregnant develop some water retention. This is due to the hormone Progesterone as well as changes in the circulatory system that occur with pregnancy. Elevating your feet, warm baths, swimming, support stockings, leg exercises will all help temporarily relieve the symptoms of water retention. ...Read more

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I have water retention, take hydrochlorothiazide 25mg have low blood pressure with symptoms, its a vicious cycle, what is my best option of treatment?

I have water retention, take hydrochlorothiazide 25mg have low blood pressure with symptoms, its a vicious cycle, what is my best option of treatment?

Dose adjustment: Fine tune dose adjustment (your dr will do it) or a switch to different preparation/brand/ drug/combination will probably help. Tell your dr. ...Read more

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What are the natural cures for water retention?

What are the natural cures for water retention?

No: No. Water retention usually occurs either due to problem with heart, , kidney or liver function. Some medications can cause water retention. If you have water retention, you must see the doctor to find out the cause. ...Read more

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How to get rid of water retention on pill?

How to get rid of water retention on pill?

Diuretic drugs: Many different medications can promote increased urine output and thereby get rid of extra water that is retained as 'edema" or fluid in the tissues. Most common medications include thiazide or "loop diuretic" agents. ...Read more

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Will drinking plenty water reduce water retention and help show abs? Do anti-diarrhea drugs cause water retention? I not sick, just want a better bod

Will drinking plenty water reduce water retention and help show abs? Do anti-diarrhea drugs cause water retention? I not sick, just want a better bod

No shortcuts to abs.: The above answer is an excellent simplification of a complex topic: fluid and electrolyte balance. No one food or supplement will enhance your ab's. Exercise your core and maintain a normal body habitus. Check your BMI as a guide. It's boring advice, but healthier. ...Read more

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Side effect of water retention tablets as I m on that tablet for 2 years now. Many times my heamoglobin goes up n down is it cause of this tablet.?

Side effect of water retention tablets as I m on that tablet for 2 years now. Many times my heamoglobin goes up n down is it cause of this tablet.?

Possibly...: Water retention tablets (or diuretics) that you got from the doctor or in supplement form shouldn't cause big fluctuations in your hemoglobin. In mod to severe dehydration and rehydration the hemoglobin will change... But if you're noticing it, I would look for other causes of the anemia first. ...Read more

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What is neuropathy and can it be cured? Dizziness, very disoriented. Tingling hands, fingers, feet, and also swelling, water retention, feels like I'm drunk cannot walk straight, very much afraid of falling, I feel like I'm tilting more to one side.

What is neuropathy and can it be cured? Dizziness, very disoriented. Tingling hands, fingers, feet, and also swelling, water retention, feels like I'm drunk cannot walk straight, very much afraid of falling, I feel like I'm tilting more to one side.

"Neuropathy": "neuropathy" as a term is usually used to describe or label diseases of the peripheral nerves, so it is also often called "peripheral neuropathy" to emphasize that this is not a term to use to describe diseases of the brain or spinal cord. There are many types of peripheral neuropathy, and several ways to classify them, based on whether the major systems involved are those which provide nervous system input to muscles (motor neuropathies), those that are involved in sensation such as touch, pressure, heat, cold, pain, etc (sensory neuropathies), or those that are involved in control of involunatry functions such as maintenance of blood pressure, sweating, and bowel and bladder function. There are mixed neuropathies, pure motor neuropathies, pure sensory neuropathies, etc. Equally, there are classifications by cause (etiology), such as diabetic neuropathy (which is usually a sensory neuropathy but may involve motor problems or autonomic problems in some patients) or ischemic neuropathy (neuropathy caused by insufficient blood supply to some nerves).

Some neuropathies have a genetic basis, others are acquired. Some are due to other diseases involving nerve secondarily, such as diseases in which the immune system attacks blood vessels, producing vasculitis, which then can produce ischemic neuropathy in the affected nerves. This often produces a clinical pattern called "mononeuropathy multiplex", meaning multiple nerves are involved one at at time with no pattern, whereas a lot of other types of neuropathy as I have described above are "polyneuropathies", involving multiple nerves usually in symmetric patterns, such as in what is called a "stocking and glove" distribution.

So the causes are different, and some are identifiable and curable, others are not curable but are treatable, and some are difficult to treat. So this is a long answer to your main question about "what is neuropathy".

Some of what you describe could be a peripheral polyneuropathy: tingling sensations in your hands and feet, feeling "drunk" which may mean your sense of where you are in space is not working well, leading to a feeling that you may fall. However as dr krob suggested "dizziness", swelling and water retention, and disorientation are not commonly associated with neuropathy and could suggest that you have a serious medical condition which needs prompt evaluation and treatment. Some of these might also cause neuropathy; so, to pick just one possibility (not to say you have this), there are diseases called "collagen vascular diseases" such as lupus which may damage the kidneys, producing water retention, swelling of the legs, feet, and hands, and this may also affect nerves by causing vasculitis, giving you the tingling and perhaps also the "feeling like I'm drunk". So see a physician, very soon. ...Read more

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What are the signs of water retention?

What are the signs of water retention?

Dependent edema: Mild sodium/fluid retention is seen as "bags" under eyes after laying down or as swelling in lower extremities after standing. Common even in younger people if they have eaten a fair amount of salt or had to stand motionless for prolonged periods.

Swelling up the leg is more advanced retention. If retention due to left heart failure, fluid can back up into lungs causing breathlessness. ...Read more

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Does watermelon cause water retention?

Does watermelon cause water retention?

Watermelon: Watermelon is a delicious fruit that does not cause water retention, even though it's 91% water. In fact, it may help you get rid of water. It is fat-free and salt-free. It's full of great lycopene, an antioxidant important in cardiovascular and bone health. Enjoy fresh, red, juicy watermelon -- and maybe even have a seed-spitting contest. :-) http://tinyurl. Com/j865j. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause water retention?

Generally not: If by dehydration you mean volume depletion then water retention would occur only if you had a very severe dehydration that caused severe muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis) or kidney failure. ...Read more

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Is water retention related to loperamide?

Nope: Loperamide doesn't cause generalized fluid retention. In men, it can cause urinary retention (due to enlarged prostate). ...Read more

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Are water retention and menopause related?

Are water retention and menopause related?

Can be: Many women complain of water retention, bloating with menopause. This can occur due to the hormonal imbalance especially low Progesterone levels as well as the increase in weight that is seen with menopause. Treating the women with hormone replacement if she is candidate, improving diet, exercise can help these symptoms. ...Read more

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Can sodium in the diet cause water retention?

Yes it can: Excess sodium in the diet is a big reason for swelling and water retention in a variety of disease states. Wherever sodium goes, water follows...Its called osmosis. ...Read more

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What are the natural cures for water retention?

No: No. Water retention usually occurs either due to problem with heart, , kidney or liver function. Some medications can cause water retention. If you have water retention, you must see the doctor to find out the cause. ...Read more

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Are there any liquids that do not cause water retention?

Liquids not cause: Liquids do not cause retention of fluid. Kidney failure, salt intake, heart function, protein levels in blood, liver function, lymphatic circulation all affect fluid retention. The fluid intake is essential, it's elimination that may be problem. ...Read more

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Can one injection of dexamethasone cause water retention?

Unlikely: Dose and duration relative.
One small dose, no
, or very slight retention of no great significance- like salt from potato chips! ...Read more

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How to ease water retention while taking methyprednisolone?

How to ease water retention while taking methyprednisolone?

Water retention: You have to be very careful about salt intake as this will make the water retention worse. Sometimes you need a water pill (diuretic) if the swelling gets too severe. ...Read more

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How to cure water retention? Have had this problem for 3 years now.

Water retention: There are many causes of soft tissue swelling; some serious, others perfectly normal. Hormone changes during the menstrual cycle, dietary salt intake, kidney function, heart function, and the function of veins and lymphatics all can be involved. To figure out the right management, first a doctor will want to take a detailed history to understand which causes need attention. ...Read more

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Can it really make sense to drink more water if you have water retention?

No: No. Water retention usually occurs either due to problem with heart, , kidney or liver function. Some medications can cause water retention. If you have water retention, you must see the doctor to find out the cause. ...Read more

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Plse teach me how to reduce my water retention. I'm healthy except for thyroids?

Salt restriction: Water retention is actually usually caused by sodium retention. That easiest way to reduce water retention is to reduce the amount of sodium intake. The recommended amount of sodium on a low sodium diet is 2000 mg per day. Most food items will have the sodium in milligrams label on them. ...Read more

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Could diseases that cause inflammation throughout the body also cause water retention?

Very possible: However, every disease is different. For instance autoimmune diseases cause fluid retention through causing kidney disease. Others could cause heart or liver disease, thereby, causing retention. ...Read more

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Best ways to treat water retention weight? I'm so swollen and its so painful; please help.

What is the cause?: First thing to consider is cause of the water retention. Is it a medical problem, is it a dietary problem? You need to see your family physician to get a complete exam including several different blood tests.. ...Read more

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Can diseases that often cause inflammation throughout the body also lead to water retention?

Can diseases that often cause inflammation throughout the body also lead to water retention?

Water retention: Inflammatory diseases might lead to water retention. Keep in mind that many medications that are used to treat inflammation, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, prednisone, etc may cause water retention or swelling. Water retention is also a side effect of other medications. ...Read more

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What is water retention? What are the symtons of water retention and what are the preventions?

Edema: Water retention or edema occur in variety of conditions including kidney, liver, heart problems. Also could be there with low protein levels in blood. There are other causes too. Treatment depends on underlying cause along with salt and fluid restriction, using diuretics (water pills). ...Read more

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I had lots of chocolate, I put on 1 kg over night and now I feel fat. Is it water retention or fat?

Calories: 3500 calories is 1 pound, usually stored as fat in the body. If you ate total of 3500 calories over what your body burns you gained 1 lbs. If you ate a total of 7000 calories over what your body burns in a day, you gained 2 lbs of fat. 2.2 lbs is 1 kg. The rest of the weight gain is probably fluid/ stool. ...Read more

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What are the causes of water retention? How to treat it? Thanks. Is massage good? What type of massage and how often?

The real question: Is why are you retaining fluid...Talk to your physician so things like CHF can be ruled out then appropriate treatment can be undertaken. ...Read more

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Good morning. I have been using Amaloretic for over 4 years due to water retention. I am retaining water with the medication. What should I do?

It is important to: Recognize that the fluid balance in your body is an equilibrium. If there is excess fluid in your body you are either taking in too much or excreting too little. The medicine will help with excretion but intake remains an issue. In addition if you have excessive sodium ingestion this will also cause you to retain. Reduce your fluid intake and sodium intake and retention should resolve. ...Read more

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I'm on hydrochlorathiazide for water retention. Dr. Put me on this two yrs. Ago. Have new dr. Now n was wondering why im just left on this med. N dr. Doesn't evaluate? What do I say to him about why im just left on this med?

Ask: Ask your new doctor if you still need to be on it. If it is really just for water retention and not for high blood pressure, then you could most likely be weaned off it without any problem. When people are treated with diuretics for swelling, it can be difficult to get off your medication without the swelling coming back. You might want to see an herbalist. Exercise can be very helpful too. ...Read more

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How can I manage water retention?

Improving muscle ton: Most women who are pregnant develop some water retention. This is due to the hormone Progesterone as well as changes in the circulatory system that occur with pregnancy. Elevating your feet, warm baths, swimming, support stockings, leg exercises will all help temporarily relieve the symptoms of water retention. ...Read more

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What is good for water retention?

Salt restriction: Salt and fluid restriction. Use diuretics if some other abnormality. ...Read more

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How can I relieve water retention?

Relief of edema: To best way to relieve your retention of water is for you to find out its cause. It could be due to several factors, heart failure, chronic kidney disease and varicose veins, among others. The best thing to do is to see a physician who can examine you and lead you on the road to a diagnosis which will give you a treatment plan. ...Read more

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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