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Swelling of the ankles?

Posted by betty_the_villages ( on
Mon, May 5, 08 at 20:58

In the past 10 days my ankles are swollen and feel like stretched rubber bands. I have diabetes, and on Metforman. Not reading real good but around and under 135. I am on Blood pressure pills and my BP is reading ok every day. I am small and only weigh 106. A few weeks ago I started taking Vitamen-D pills. Can this cause it?
Friday I have an appointment with a doctor. So I shall see just what is wrong...I!
Has anyone had this problem?
Betty in Florida

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RE: Swelling of the ankles?

Betty, I'm going to fuss at you a little, so please don't get offended.

You have two potentially bad health problems, diabeties and High B/P. Did your doctor tell you to take the Vitamin D? You shouldn't take ANYTHING unless he tells you to. Some things just don't go together. It's easy to think that something like more vitamines would be harmless, but sometimes, it's just not wise.

Think back a few days. Have you eaten an unusual amount of salty stuff like potato chips? If so, you need to be able to tell your doctor when you see him. In fact, if you have done anything unusual with your diet, he needs to be aware of it. It could have a bearing on the swelling.

Be sure that you are drinking enough water too.

Let us know how things go Friday.

RE: Swelling of the ankles?

Gosh! I never thought about Vitamen D or the salt or the water <:-(( Thanks!
I imagine one or all are some of the problem <:-((
Thanks and God Bless!

RE: Swelling of the ankles?

My legs have started to swell and the doc recommended compression hose. I solved the problem by not sitting at the PC for a long length of time. If it continues I will get a laptop and sit in my recliner when I surf. And I will get the compression hose for bus trips and flying.

RE: Swelling of the ankles?

Betty: I, too, have diabetes and high blood pressure. If that's not bad enough, I came down with gout as well. I was on hydrochlorothiazide to help with the BP, but that might have caused the gout. Anyway, my dr put me on a low dose of lasix. Nada. Nothing. Nicht. So swollen that I couldn't put shoes on. So I doubled my dose. Relief, but not enough. I did some research and found out that the ibuprofen I was taking for back pain counteracted the lasix. SO, being a reasonable person, I stopped the ibu. Like magic, no more swelling. If this sounds like you, you might check with your doctor.

RE: Swelling of the ankles?

One thing I noticed was that my ankles would be swollen the morning after I ate pizza. As it turns out, processed cheese is high in sodium chloride (salt). For anyone else who might be reading this post, swollen ankles are not something to ignore. My doctor told me that the seepage that is occuring to cause my ankles to swell can weaken the veins and tissues and after years, it can cause that terrible afflication you see on some unfortunate women - the continuous, giant ankles. I kind of refer to them as 'elephant ankles.' So often we think that whatever we are experiencing is minor and silly. NOT! Ladies, let's take care of ourselves. We are worth it!

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