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What causes extreme stomach bloating along with water retention?

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: What can cause extrem bloat and water retention ? I have swollen joints in hand , feet and face that occurred almost over night and it's very uncomfortable and a little unsettling . Hope it's nothing serious and I haven't changed medications or done any thing unusual . Look forward to some feed back. Thank you, XXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Noble Zachariah (9 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please provide more information

Detailed Answer:
Hello Ms. XXXXXXX
Welcome and thanks for your query.
Water overload and swelling can be due to several causes.
Please let me have the details of your health conditions and the medicines you are on to give you my opinion.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Noble Zachariah (7 minutes later)
Only medication I'm on is snythriod 1.12 which I'm currently out of and am awaiting a refill but have runout before without any thing like this ever happening.
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Answered by Dr. Noble Zachariah (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Restart Synthyroid asap

Detailed Answer:
You have hypothyroidism which produces myxedema and swelling of the body. You should restart your medicines asap.
The other usual causes are kidney or liver problem with low blood albumin and heart diseases producing decreased pumping action and back pressure in the veins.
It would be better to see a doctor and have yourself examined and tested to see if you have any of these problems. Till you are able to do that the following would help. Restrict salt and fluids and restart your Synthroid. If the swelling is not responding or you have any breathing difficulty, you could take a diuretic to get rid of the retained water.
Do get back to me if you have any further queries.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: Please provide more information Detailed Answer: Hello Ms. XXXXXXX Welcome and thanks for your query. Water overload and swelling can be due to several causes. Please let me have the details of your health conditions and the medicines you are on to give you my opinion.