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Swollen legs and ankles

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Coolgran65 Sun 21-Jun-20 07:06:26

I'm hoping some of you wonderful ladies have some advice to help me. Or what helped you with swollen legs and ankles.

This will be long but I want to include as much information as possible.

A year ago I was prescribe a blood pressure tablet and my ankles and feet swelled up so it was changed to different one and the swelling went down. I'm sorry I can't recall the name of the meds and can't find out just at the minute. It's 5am and the details are in the bedroom. Don't want to wake up dh.

All was fine until one month ago when they swelled up again. The right leg more than the left and some of the skin is red and coarse.

Eventually I went to my gp. He told me to raise my legs as much as possible.
A week later I went back to GP and he sent me to ER where I was checked for cellulitis and for a clot. Both were clear and I was sent home with a suggestion to be checked for heart failure both of which are now tested and confirmed ok.

So back to GP again.
He says if i was presenting for the first time he'd be sending me to ER. But as I've already been he has started me on an antibiotic. Also changed my BP
tablet to one which includes a diuretic.

If this doesnt work in a week he will send me back to ER to be rechecked for a clot.
Says the medical practice cant offer much more!!

Meantime I've only been taking the new BP medication with diuretic and the antibiotic for 36 hours. There's no change as yet but fingers crossed.

I take a lot of medication, about 10 different ones and hope there's no interraction.

Any opinions or experiences are most welcome.

kittylester Sun 21-Jun-20 08:49:48

I was put on a diuretic as well as my bp tablets (ramipril) sounds as though it's definitely worth a try.

I hope you get sorted.

Coolgran65 Sun 21-Jun-20 08:59:58

kittylester- did the diuretic work well for you.

merlotgran Sun 21-Jun-20 09:16:35

DH takes 80mg of furosemide (diuretic) every day because he has heart failure which leads to fluid retention, especially in his right leg. He also takes verapamil rather than ramipril which gave him an irritating cough.

If his legs look extra puffy he can increase the furosemide but his kidneys often struggle with this so he has to go back to the original dose. He's also advised not to drink too much liquid every day which is hard when the weather is hot.

Last winter we bought a recliner so he can keep his legs elevated whenever possible. This seems to help.

I hope you get it sorted soon, Coolgran. This is a difficult time to get on top of things that go awry.

EllanVannin Sun 21-Jun-20 09:28:05

Some BP medications can cause swelling of feet/ankles. I take Bisoprolol and my right foot is swollen as we speak. I've learned to live with this particularly as my foot has been like this since the dose was increased to 5mg from 3.75mg.

This increase has stopped the frequency of A/fib, but has caused the swelling so you can't win, but saying that if there was a choice I'll stick with the swollen foot.
My next door neighbour is on the same medication and her ankles are swollen, so it is a side effect of many beta-blockers.

GrandmaMoira Sun 21-Jun-20 09:36:13

I have always been inclined to have swollen feet, especially when I am hot. It was severe when I gave up smoking and had to wear prescribed support stockings. I was also advised to walk more.
If you are able, increase your walking. My swelling has gone away since retirement as I am no longer desk bound and am much more active.

harrigran Sun 21-Jun-20 10:11:29

Amlodipine is well known for causing ankle swelling.

Coolgran65 Sun 21-Jun-20 11:33:10

Thank you everyone. I have been trying to up my steps. I have several ongoing conditions under investigation one being sleep apnea so I only sleep about 2 hours nightly.

The gp thought there was more to it (red rash and coarse skin indicating cellulitis or clot) but hospital said no.
Fingers crossed the antibiotic works.

merlotgran Sun 21-Jun-20 16:14:02

Just a thought, Coolgran, I haven't suffered from swollen ankles since I removed gluten from my diet five years ago.

I'm not on any medication though.

Whingingmom Sun 21-Jun-20 16:23:30

It may be that you have some peripheral vascular disease and some support stockings might help with venous return and relieve the swelling in your legs.
PVD is usually a nursing speciality - you can have an ultrasound Doppler test and a specialist nurse can diagnose PVD and prescribe the correct compression hosiery if required. You really need the Doppler test first though - compression stockings can make matters worse if the swelling is caused by arterial rather than venous problems.
I’m surprised your GP hasn’t suggested this, and would advise you ask for a referral to a PVD/Doppler clinic specialist nurse. Most GP practice nurse specialists can offer this.
Hope it helps

Coolgran65 Thu 25-Jun-20 11:14:24

Thank you everyone.
Whingingmom - I will mention this to GP. To be honest I feel like I’m running the show. It was me who asked for the blood test to check on heart failure. Then I suggested and got an ECG done..... it was all clear. I’ll ask for this.

HAZBEEN Thu 25-Jun-20 11:34:08

Hi Coolgran65. I suffer from swollen feet and ankles as well. My GP sent me for a Doppler scan which seemingly came back clear. I am also taking medication (Amiodipine, Atenol, Ramipril) which can cause it but I also take Bendroflumethiazide which is a duiretic so dont know if any of them are the problem!
I was going through tests for this and other problems just before lockdown so everything stopped!