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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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How to deal with water retention in feet, ankles, and lower legs?

How to deal with water retention in feet, ankles, and lower legs?

Edema: Swelling to the feet and ankles is common as we get older. It can be a vascular insufficiency, kidney or blood pressure issue. If you have been given a diuretic by your doctor - take it on schedule! You can try to wear support hose and elevate your fee when out of bed. If this does not relieve your issue see your doctor. Do not ignore this. ...Read more

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I've been taking generic Lasix for several months and it isn't doing the trick. Is there an alternative medication? I've been battling water retention in my feet, ankles, and legs for quite a few years. My family doctor put me on Lasix several months ago,

I've been taking generic Lasix for several months and it isn't doing the trick. Is there an alternative medication? I've been battling water retention in my feet, ankles, and legs for quite a few years. My family doctor put me on Lasix several months ago,

There : There are certainly other drugs that work like Lasix (furosemide) and that are much stronger/potent. You should talk to your doctor about alternatives, but of course, you must keep in mind your overall health condition and what you can or can't handle for example due to heart failure, kidney failure, or liver failure..... In any event, you should record and limit your fluid intake daily based on your doctor's assessment. And finally, don't forget to elevate your legs as much as possible and wear the support stockings. ...Read more

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My partner foot is red & swollen with purple patches, yes he had water retention about 2 yrs.No its not going up the leg like cellulitis. Any idea?

My partner foot is red & swollen with purple patches,  yes he had water retention about 2 yrs.No its not going up the leg like cellulitis.  Any  idea?

Clotting?: It sounds as if your partner needs appropriate compression garments to reduce edema and swelling but this is best for venous stasis and not necessarily for arterial insufficency. I would be concerned about varicose veins as well as a potential blood clot(s). A peripheral pulse exam and possible ultrasound imaging may be necessary to evaluate possible etiologies. ...Read more

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My dad has severe water retention with swollen ankles and legs. He was just diagnosed with lung cancer. How can he be helped with the endema?

My dad has severe water retention with swollen ankles and legs.  He was just diagnosed with lung cancer.  How can he be helped with the endema?

Edema: Severe edema is caused by either liver, cardiac, kidney failure or very low albumin, or lymphatic blockage from tumor or DVT so diagnosing underlying cause and treating that is imp. Diuretics like lasix, (furosemide) leg elevation and ted stockings should help. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is Lasix (furosemide) really effective for water retention in ankle and foot?

Please help docs! is Lasix (furosemide) really effective for water retention in ankle and foot?

Lasix (furosemide): Lasix (furosemide) is effective for fluid retention in ankle and foot but it is important to know why there is fluid retention in ankle and foot to know the appropriate treatment. For many people support hose is appropriate and other interventions for other people. For some Lasix (furosemide) is appropriate. ...Read more

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If I have high slighty high uric acid and water retention and ankle pain could I have kidney disease? The ankle pain started first a few months ago.

Could be gout: There could be many different things contributing here. One possibility is the problems are not related... The both water retention and ankle pain could be from being overweight if that is a concern. Another possibility is that you can have gout , which is when elevated uric acid deposits crystals in joints which cause pain. You should review these findings with the doctor that ordered the lab. ...Read more

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I have joint pain recently, foot, left knee, right hip, which is particularly painful and some water retention. Blood tests show high uric acid (8.4)?

? Gout : www.painspot.com will lead you through a series of questions based on where you feel your pain, and then provide a list of possible causes and information about them. You can print that out and take it to your health provider, or a rheumatologist (arthritis specialist). The main thing is not to miss gout as is is treatable and preventable. ...Read more

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I have a problem with diabetic water retention in legs causing blisters. I take 160 mg lassic's per day, and 20 meq potassium. What do I have to do?

I have a problem with diabetic water retention in legs causing blisters. I take 160 mg lassic's per day, and 20 meq potassium. What do I have to do?

Edema: You seem to have some real problems with either your cardiac or kidney function. See a cardiologist and get an echocardiogram to see if you have a low ejection fraction and evidence of renal disease. You may also need to have your leg veins visualized by a venous doppler study to see if you have varicose veins causing your edema. Another cause of edema is too much water and/ sodium intake. ...Read more

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Does januvia (sitagliptin) cause water retention in three legs?

Does januvia (sitagliptin) cause water retention in three legs?

Trick questions?: We have 2 lungs, one on the right and one on the left. Unless you are referring to the 3 lobes of the lung on the right. (fluid retention) pleural effusion or pulmonary edema is not an expected effect of januvia (sitagliptin). Lung cancer is claimed, but doubtful from januvia (sitagliptin). Pancreatic-pulmonary fistula can do this & januvia (sitagliptin) has been suspected. Common things are common, don't blame januvia (sitagliptin) yet & keep looking. ...Read more

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I retain fluid in my face and legs. I don, 't usually add extra salt to my diet.What could be contributing to the water retention?

I retain fluid in my face and legs. I don, 't usually add extra salt to my diet.What could be contributing to the water retention?

Multiple reasons: The list of probable causes is long, from heart failure to liver or kidney disease, cushing's disease to hypothyroidism etc. Please discuss with your doctor who can help you to identify the problem and discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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I'm on seasonique since I have endo. Been on it for years and my legs are so swollen from water retention. Would it be ok to routinely takewater pill?

I'm on seasonique since I have endo. Been on it for years and my legs are so swollen from water retention. Would it be ok to routinely takewater pill?

No: Before starting a diuretic, you need to be evaluated for other causes: kidney or liver dysfunction, low thyroid, blood clots in the legs (which is a risk for estrogens). Before starting a diuretic for any reason, you need your potassium checked. ...Read more

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My wife is on Paxil (paroxetine) 20mg 1x/day for ocd. Last couple weeks lots of water retention and edema in legs. Pcp says it's Paxil (paroxetine) side efx. Is this possible?

My wife is on Paxil (paroxetine) 20mg 1x/day for ocd.  Last couple weeks lots of water retention and edema in legs.  Pcp says it's Paxil (paroxetine) side efx. Is this possible?

Possible but rare: Peripheral edema happens in 0.1-1% of people, making it a rare, but possible side effect. Even more rarely (<.1%) people can develop inappropriate ADH (vasopressin) secretion and low sodium. I see that these are being checked for in labs. There are other, much more common, causes for peripheral edema also, though. ...Read more

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What are reasons you have swollen legs when the doctor say its not water retention or your heart?

What are reasons you have swollen legs when the doctor say its not water retention or your heart?

Venous insufficiency: The commonest cause is inadequacy of the tiny valves that in the veins of your lower legs allowing gravity to push fluid into the interstitial spaces of your legs when you're on your feet. Elevation and support stockings can be helpful. Do you leave an indentation in your skin when you press down on it? If not, you may not really have swelling at all. Many people think they do but, not really! ...Read more

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How do I know if I have water retention condition? I'm 5'4, about 9 stone and slim but always have rather puffy calfs/ankles?

Kidneys: Water retention is common among those with kidney issues or other medical issues. Although the calfs/ankles may get "puffy", this may just be your normal body type. Sometimes during pregnancy, you may experience body changes, but you are young and from the list of medical condition you provided, it's unlikely you have serious problems. ...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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Could potassium cause water retention in feet and ankles?

Could potassium cause water retention in feet and ankles?

Water: As stated , potassium is not the cause of water or fluid retention. In fact there are potassium sparing BP meds. See your prescribing doc if you are on BP meds. If you are not , then see your family doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a vitamin B12 energy booster injection cause swelling of ankles and overall water retention?

Can a vitamin B12 energy booster injection cause swelling of ankles and overall water retention?

Reported but rare: I've given B12 shots to hundreds of patients and have never seen this happen so I was going to say no, but in researching this some sites list "feeling of swelling of the entire body" and "swelling of the ankles or feet" as possible side effects. This is very rare.
https://www.drugs.com/sfx/vitamin-b12-side-effects.html and https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318216.php
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I have struggled with water retention inns recent trip to Europe and today with our hot weather. I get it in my feet and ankles. I don't eat high amounts of sodium. Is there a natural way to manage water retention that seems to be creeping up on me at 50.

I have struggled with water retention inns recent trip to Europe and today with our hot weather. I get it in my feet and ankles. I don't eat high amounts of sodium. Is there a natural way to manage water retention that seems to be creeping up on me at 50.

Need to be seen : first to find a cause for your edema 'water retention' , then look for a treatment. Although salt retention is a common cause, there are causes too, can be your heart, kidneys, liver, or may be your thyroid, etc.. Better see your doctor for evaluation, good luck ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to relieve water retention (face, hands, belly, feet & ankles)?

What is the most effective way to relieve water retention (face, hands, belly, feet & ankles)?

FIND THE CAUSE: Giving you a diuretic is easy. The right thing to do is to find out what's triggering your fluid retention. Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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My mom is a patient of water retention. So how to reduce leg swelling or water retention? Is there any kind of surgery for that

My mom is a patient of water retention. So how to reduce leg swelling or water retention? Is there any kind of surgery for that

Have her talk to: Her physician to make sure diuretics aren't required otherwise compression stockings may be beneficial. ...Read more

Water Retention (Definition)

fluid retention = edema. Occurs when excess fluid collects in tissues, body cavities ...Read more