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swelling and fibromyalgia

Jan 25, 2016 5:17 PM

With the snow this past weekend, I had to work almost 18-20 hours a day for the past 3 days. I started to have a lot of swelling in my hands, legs, and feet. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to help get the swelling down?

Jan 26, 2016 9:54 AM

Welcome to the community Drgreenswife! I'm sorry you pulled such long shifts. I have swelling in my feet and hands due to vascular reflux issues, but I also have fibro. I elevate my feet above my hips, use ice packs to reduce hand swelling, and wear compression stockings on my lower legs. I also buy shoes 1/2 size bigger if I can't find wide toe shoes. I hope some of this helps. Hugs & prayers! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 28, 2016 6:49 PM

I will definitely try this. I never thought of the compression stockings. Thanks for the info FlappysLady81

Jan 28, 2016 9:22 PM

I'm in the moderate compression of 20-30 mmHg pressure. You might try the ones 15-20 mmHg pressure first. Also look into Gravity Defyer tennis shoes; they may have casual shoes too. But they are extra cushioned with shock absorption. There's also Vionic brand, Propet brand, & Orthaheel shoes. I buy almost everything from Amazon...Lol. The gravity Defyer shoes run a little big, that or my feet have shrunk. I prefer wide toe box shoes and I purchased an 8 (per my usual in person purchases), but they were too big. I ended up giving them to my sister and order a 7 1/2 wide. πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 29, 2016 12:39 AM

I have terrible swelling. I thought it was from the Lyrica! Nothing fits, wearing slippers to work! I have tree trunks for legs now and Goblin feet.

Jan 29, 2016 11:48 AM

Newty, has your doc looked for vascular issues? My ankles, feet, and lower legs starting swelling as I worked my 8 hours shifts, in 2009-2010. I had pelvic surgery to remove a mass in 2010. Due to pain in my pelvis, gherkin, and thighs they did further tests and found p pelvic congestion syndrome (blood engorged veins not pumping properly). I had surgery that brought immediate relief, but last year the swelling came back & they found the veins in my legs are doing the same because they can't pump upwards. The compression stockings help a lot. You may not (hopefully not) have vein issues, but compression stockings might be helpful. πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 30, 2016 12:12 AM

Newty, I also thought it might had been the lyrics because I had my dose upped again, but normally I only swell for a few days until the dose gets in my system. It's still not going away. I feel like a balloon, can't even wear my work clothes at the moment. I go to a new doctor on Thursday hourly he can give me some answers. I'm on the highest dose of lyrics now and still no relief.

FlappysLady81, I will check or amazon this evening and see what I can find. Any type of relief would be great at this point.:) Just got to keep on going

Jan 30, 2016 12:57 AM

Thank you!! Following up with specialist on 5th.

Jan 30, 2016 11:57 PM

Any lower extremity swelling needs to be addressed. Do you stand all day? Compression socks are a good idea. Do you have pain with the swelling? Any cardiac issues, hypertension, etc? How's your diet? Salt intake? Frequent rest during work with your legs elevated for at least fifteen minutes is a solid recommendation. Let's us know how it goes..love and Blessings, Terri

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