I was diagnoised with hepatitis C in 1995 - went through the introferon injections for 3 years and also took the ribo pills - was in remission for only 1 month - have been taking birth control pills for over 30 years - doctor stopped them in February - have not had a period since then and have gained weight in the stomach area - left leg and ankle swelling - overall feel lousy - need to know if the pill was actually helping and if so to find a doctor who will help - no insurance been going to the county health department for 25 years.
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.
You want to know the cause of the symptoms that you experience.
Women usually gain weight when they are in menopause. Since the protective effect of the female sex hormones is lowered in menopause, women may experience additional symptoms that might suggest osteoporosis, heart conditions due to atherosclerosis, joint issues, etc. Swelling and pain in the legs and ankles may indicate arthritis or deep vein thrombosis.
Given the data that you described, you experience weight gain and swelling of the left leg and ankle. See your doctor for further diagnosis to rule out possible deep vein thrombosis. You may need to have an RTG scan of the ankle to rule out possible degenerative processes or injury to this joint.
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