Why Are My Legs/feet And Hands Retaining Fluid?


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You should contact your doctor immediately because it is common for heart problems to lead to swelling and fluid retention in the legs, ankles and feet. Speak to your doctor if you are worried by the amount of swelling and they may also be able to recommend some exercises to reduce the swelling or some medication to make you more comfortable.
Heart valve disease occurs when the heart valves do not work the way they should. Your heart valves lie at the exit of each of your four heart chambers and maintain one-way blood flow through your heart. One heart problem which often leads to fluid retention in the limbs is ‘Valvular insufficiency’, also called regurgitation, incompetence, or "leaky valve", this occurs when a valve does not close tightly. If the valves do not seal, some blood will leak backwards across the valve. As the leak worsens, the heart has to work harder to make up for the leaky valve, and less blood may flow to the rest of the body. Depending on which valve is affected, the condition is called tricuspid regurgitation, pulmonary regurgitation, mitral regurgitation, or aortic regurgitation.
Heart failure can cause a number of symptoms including shortness of breath, leg swelling, and exercise intolerance. Backward failure of the right ventricle leads to congestion of systemic capillaries. This generates excess fluid accumulation in the body. This causes swelling under the skin (termed peripheral edema or anasarca) and usually affects the dependent parts of the body first (causing foot and ankle swelling in people who are standing up, and sacral edema in people who are predominantly lying down). Nocturia (frequent night time urination) may occur when fluid from the legs is returned to the bloodstream while lying down at night. In progressively severe cases, ascites (fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity causing swelling) and hepatomegaly (enlargement of the liver) may develop.
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Anonymous answered
I started having this problem when I was 30 yrs old (I am 41 now) and it is due to heart problems and a neuro muscular and vessel disease I did not know I had. Get it checked out soon so you can at least have peace of mind in knowing what is causing this. I can gain 20 pounds in just a few days if I don't take my meds -this causes more chest pain, difficulty breathing and makes it hard to walk!! Take care of it now and avoid these problems later. Good luck!!
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ray of light answered
There are many reasons of edema in feet, legs and hands. It can be due to severe conditions of liver, kidney, heart and blood vessels. Some other causes are poor diet rich in salt and carbohydrates, use of diuretics and drugs, neuromuscular disorder, birth control pills, pregnancy, MS and many more. I advise you to visit a doctor and get differential diagnosis and proper treatment. For more details, visit Edema.
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My legs and feet are swollen can't loose weight

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