I am experiencing extreme swelling in my feet and legs. Is this normal or should I get it checked? Is there anything I can do to ease it?
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replied March 13th, 2009
Go to your doctor!!!
PLEASE go see a doctor and also suggest Postpardum Cardiomyopathy! INSIST that they do an electrocardiogram. This condition is overlooked by doctors ALL the time and is extremely serious! I had heart failure after I had my daughter in 2007. No one knew this until now (19 months later) but I have Postpardum Cardiomyopathy. I became so swollen after about the 2nd day coming home from the hospital that I could not breathe and refused to sleep because I thought I was going to die. I could not bend my legs to get in the car to do to the ER. When I did get to the ER the doctor told me I was just having a panic attack and sent me home. Two days later I was even worse so I got in to see my OBGYN and she gave me a diuretic. I lost 35 lbs in ONE day from fluid! 19 months later after SEVERAL doctors and many that had no answer for me I have been diagnosed. I am very lucky that I didn't die! And had it not been for finally getting a diuretic I would have. Get a diuretic!!!!! You may also have eclampsia but only a doctor can check. It is normal to have some swelling but too much is not normal!!!
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replied August 22nd, 2009
YES!!!!!! Very dangerous. I had swelling all over. I tried to lay down and felt like I was drowning. I had to keep in an upright position at all times. Couldnt walk. Couldnt breathe. I kept going to the ER and they gave me either breathing treatments or anxiety meds. It was 2 weeks after I had her. I had to make a choice to die at home or keep trying. I went to another hospital. I argued with the doctors(well as much as I could being in the shape I was) I cried and told them I was dying. I could feel it. They called a specialist in. They took me back ran a few test and the rest was blury. I had a Ef was 9 and your ej is supposed to be 60. I had over 5 pounds of fluid around my heart I lost 35lbs.. I woke up 3 days later. I have to take alot of meds. and if I even miss one day. I swell bad. Now my ej is 25-30. I dont wear O2 anymore. It took me 6 months before i could walk over 10 feet without feeling like I was going to pass out. I had my daughter 7-6-7. I am doing good now.
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replied December 13th, 2011
I also had postpartum cardiomyopathy. By time they figured out what it was they said I should have never made it to hospital. The only thing that kept me alive is that I didn't lay down. They removed some of the fluid from my chest just so I could breathe. I have to say though, I found a really great doctor that specializes in this. He ran a long line to my heart and fed antibiotics straight to it. A month after getting out of the hospital my ef was back to 50-55. My heart has been normal since and I take no meds for it, that was over 8 years ago. If you are still having problems you might want to see if your doctor will look into it.
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replied December 13th, 2011
I also had postpartum cardiomyopathy. By time they figured out what it was they said I should have never made it to hospital. The only thing that kept me alive is that I didn't lay down. They removed some of the fluid from my chest just so I could breathe. I have to say though, I found a really great doctor that specializes in this. He ran a long line to my heart and fed antibiotics straight to it. A month after getting out of the hospital my ef was back to 50-55. My heart has been normal since and I take no meds for it, that was over 8 years ago. If you are still having problems you might want to see if your doctor will look into it.
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