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Where does the edema water from your legs go when you sleep?

Where does the edema water from your legs go when you sleep?

Gravity: When legs are down gravity pulls the water down and it pools in your legs. When you lay down it re-distributes in your body. At night when asleep your kidneys frequently filter better as there is more blood flow to them when less to muscles, etc at rest and it helps to clear fluid from the body. Answer is less fluid intake and less salt intake, not more diuretic as they are hard on kidneys! ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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Is Diurex Diuretic Water Pills for for leg edema?

Is Diurex Diuretic Water Pills for for leg edema?

Leg edema: Yes, Diurex can be used to help leg edema, but is not a strong fluid pill. It is mainly used for the bloating and water retention associated with menstral cycles. If you are just having swelling in the legs and nothing else, you should see your doc to investigate further. Elevate your legs often, to help make the swelling go away, without the use of medication. Hope this was helpful. ...Read more

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Obese f 165 cm 120 kg Heartattack patient with edema.Water leaks from legs.Cracks are there.What can be done?Any medicines?Any advices?who can help?

Obese f 165 cm 120 kg Heartattack patient with edema.Water leaks from legs.Cracks are there.What can be done?Any medicines?Any advices?who can help?

Edema: Tricky situation. Leg swelling can be a sign of worsening heart function. Sometimes we treat edema (leg swelling) with diuretics like Lasix (furosemide) which send a signal to the kidneys to eliminate the extra fluid. The problem is that Lasix (furosemide) can also damage the kidneys if over used. Also, patients have to be careful not to "over drink" and add excess body water to the system. This requires close attention. ...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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Edema ~ 3 mo affects all areas of body. pain in legs/feet prevent sleep. upper abdomen distended & tenderPCP unconcerned says drink more water?

Edema  ~ 3 mo affects all areas of body. pain in legs/feet prevent sleep. upper abdomen distended & tenderPCP unconcerned says drink more water?

Depends...: Not knowing your Medical Hx, Medications........Anemia, k idney, liver failure, CHF, Hypothyriodism can be responsible. So also medication side effect. Normal daily need of fluid is around 1200cc per day. If you are retaining fluid...you should limit fluid. A diuretic like Lasix (furosemide) will help. It all depends on your overall health condition. ...Read more

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My leg muscles have been aching for a week. I can't have a decent sleep. Earlier in the week i swam in cold water. Is there a connection?. Howdo i fix

My leg muscles have been aching for a week. I can't have a decent sleep. Earlier in the week i swam in cold water. Is there a connection?. Howdo i fix

Cramps?: Muscle cramps from cold exposure can happen and if its severe enough can cause residual pain. Certain meds can cause pain like cholesterol meds. Blood clots can cause pain also. Make sure your md knows. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more