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Having pain in legs and feet, overweight. What to do? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 30-May-2013
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Doctor:How are you?
User:Fine , thanks.
Doctor:How can I help?
User:Dr, my job is mostly to operate from the office and not the field one. Every evening I get pain in my legs, esp feets. Also, my weight is bit high than the required.
User:My age is 41 y, M, Ht 5.7 and wt 83
Doctor:The pain is in the lower legs?
User:yes, feets.
Doctor:How much water do you drink daily?
User:Around 2 Ltr
Doctor:where are you based?
Doctor:There can be 2 issues
Doctor:First, you are not drinking enough water/fluids
Doctor:second is the weight
Doctor:Both these are acting together to cause the pain
Doctor:We'll deal with them one by one
Doctor:Since its very hot in Indore, I would suggest you have atleast 3-4 litres of water/other fluids in a day
Doctor:You can have lemon water., lassi or coconut water
Doctor:This does not include tea/coffee as they are diuretics and cause excretion of more water
Doctor:Also, avoid fruit juice as it has a lot of calories
Doctor:In this regard, keeping your feet on a small stool under your desk will be useful
Doctor:Also, you can try using a crepe bandage and tying it on your legs
Doctor:This will help the blood to flow back and will minimize the pain
Doctor:In the evening, lie down straight on your bed and make your wife sit down on your lower legs
Doctor:This will push the blood up and relieve the pain
Doctor:Do you follow?
User:Yes, sure.
Doctor:second thing is the weight
Doctor:You are definitely overweight
Doctor:for this start exercising for atleast 30-40 minutes
Doctor:go for a brisk walk/jog/skip/swim
Doctor:whatever you like
User:I do go for a walk in morning...
Doctor:It needs to be brisk
Doctor:that fast that you cant talk to anyone who's walking next to you
Doctor:so we'd e looking atleast at covering 7-8 km/hour
Doctor:as far as the diet is concerned,
Doctor:I will tell you the basics
Doctor:I would also suggest that you get a personalized diet chart from our dietician
Doctor:She will make a plan as per your eating habits
Doctor:Would you want that?
User:Please guide me on the basics... I hv already asked for the diet chart...
User:However, not recd the call as yet
Doctor:first thing is that breakfast is a must
Doctor:you must never skip it
Doctor:it can be 1-2 roti +sabji or wheatflakes+milk/2 whole wheat vegetable sandwich
Doctor:or 1 parantha with minimum oil
Doctor:Breakfast should be heaviest and dinner should be lightest
Doctor:also, eat something small every 3-4 hours
Doctor:so ideally
Doctor:start you day with 1 fruit dont have tea/coffee in the morning
Doctor:you can have green tea at that time have breakfast at say 8-9
Doctor:then at 11 have 1 cup tea +1-2 XXXXXXX biscuits at 1-2 have 1 roti+ sabji
Doctor:At around 4 have 1 roti+dal or poha or idli or upma or sprouts
Doctor:at around 7 or maximum by 8:30 have your dinner
Doctor:1-2 rotis+dal+sabji
Doctor:do you take non veg?
User:Very rare. Only when outside
Doctor:when outside
Doctor:choose baked/grilled/tandoori item
Doctor:stay away from gravies etc
Doctor:Thats it
User:Ok. Thanks.
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help with?
User:No, thank You Dr. If required, will get in touch again. Thanks again.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me
Doctor:Have a good day ahead
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