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Fluid buildup in legs, ankles, abdomen. History of high BP and cholesterol. Cause of worry?

Hi...I am a 49yr old female...I developed High blood pressure about a year or so ago...have had high cholesterol about the same amount of time. I cannot get rid of is building up in my legs, ankles, abdomen , under my breasts..have been on fluid pills for awhile now--probably 6 or 7 months...legs hurt all the doctors keep telling me that nothing is wrong but something has to be
Asked On : Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Dear Madam,

Thanks for reposing your faith in me. I can fully understand your concern about your problem. I also agree that you need further evaluation to find the exact cause of fluid retention in the body.

There are a couple of possibilities which need to be excluded/confirmed: it can be either gradually progressive failure of the heart; kidney disease; thyroid malfunction. BUT PLEASE DO NOT GET ALARMED AT THIS STAGE, AS WE ARE YET TO LOCALIZE THE CAUSE.

Therefore, I will request you to kindly inform the following at the earliest, so that I can be of great help to you :-

* Is your Blood Pressure under control?
* Does it leave behind a pit or indentation when you press over your feet?
* breathlessness on walking/physical exertion
* breathlessness during sleep
* heaviness or pain in chest on working
* increased/decreased urine output.
* History of excessive hair fall and easy fatigability.
* Medicines with doses, being taken by you.
* Investigation reports available, if any.

Please direct your reply personally addressed to me. You may rest assured of a prompt and sincere advice to the best of my knowledge. I promise that you will get all answers and solution to your problems.


Dr. R Karanwal
Answered: Tue, 24 Sep 2013
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