Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by gmom605, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. gmom605

    gmom605 New Member

    Hello Karen,

    No to your question i don`t have thyroid problems i was check for that, the only way i don`t have leg problem is for me not to be sitting or standing, i can`t just be laying down thats not me and Dr`s. can`t find nothing they kept saying it`s the fm/cfs, and what is this you have leg edema? what symptoms do you have? [if you don`t mind
    me asking] thank you for your reply!,,gmom,,
  2. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    First of all please allow me to apologize for missing you post. I am very sorry for this oversight, I have had my mother in hospital and just pop on here now and again (not an excuse just an explanation), I guess I just missed it.

    Edema is the medical term for swelling/water retention. I have had this for several years due to Hashimoto's/Hypothyroidism. Mine gets pretty bad at times.

    Whan you apply pressure with your thumb on your lower leg there is an impression (dent) left behind. They really do not hurt that bad (for me) just a heaviness to them-for lack of better words.

    The following information is from familydoctor dot org and explains it much better than I.

    Edema (say: eh-dee-mah) is swelling or puffiness of parts of the body. It is caused by water that gets trapped in the tissues of your body. Edema usually happens in the feet, ankles and legs. It also can affect the face and hands. Pregnant women and older adults often get edema, but it can happen to anyone.

    Many things can cause edema. Sometimes gravity pulls water down into your legs and feet. Sitting in one place for too long can cause edema of the legs. Eating food with too much salt can make the problem worse.

    Congestive heart failure and liver, kidney and thyroid diseases can cause edema. You cannot catch edema from other people. It does not run in families.

    How do I know if I have edema?
    Your doctor can tell by examining you whether you have edema. The skin over the swollen area may be stretched and shiny. Pushing gently on the swollen area for about 15 seconds will leave a dimple. If this happens, your doctor might want to do tests to see what is causing the edema.

    What can I do to treat my edema?
    Edema cannot be cured. The only way to treat edema is to treat the condition that is causing it. The following are some things you can do to keep the swelling down:

    Put a pillow under your legs when you are lying down.
    Wear support stockings, which you can buy at most drugstores. Support stockings put pressure on your legs and keep water from collecting in your legs and ankles.
    Do not sit or stand for too long without moving.
    Follow your doctor's orders about limiting how much salt you eat.
    Your doctor might want you to take a medicine called a diuretic (say: di-yoo-ret-tik), which is also called a water pill.

    It is important to see your doctor if you have edema. If it is not treated, your skin may keep stretching, which can lead to other problems. Call your doctor right away if have edema and you start to have trouble breathing. If you are pregnant and you notice edema, call your doctor as soon as you can.

    I hope this helps a little,

  3. kjfms

    kjfms Member