Water holding in one ankle only?

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sailrib
sailrib Member Posts: 327
edited 3. May 2014, 16:01 in Living with Arthritis archive
Just curious if it's normal to only hold water in one ankle only?

I've just been put on a water tablet (can't spell the name) and it is helping but not 100%.

I seem to only hold water in my left ankle which my GP and I both agree.

I've had surgery on both sides, (ankle / feet) but I've had 3 on my left and due for another one and 1 on my right.

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  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Just because you have two ankles doesn't mean that both will retain water; I have two knees but only one became really fat thanks to uncontrolled inflammation. I was put on a water tablet when I began meds for high BP, mine is bendrofluormethiazide (I think that's how you spell it!) In my experience any tablet only helps to a certain degree, wouldn't it be fab if there was one pill (to be taken once) that sorted everything? :lol: DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Mine is my right ankle and has been since my eldest son was born 41 years ago, but now I have kidney probs it spreads up my leg..I am told to drink more water this gets rid of it... :? x
    Love
    Barbara
  • trepolpen
    trepolpen Member Posts: 504
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    hi sailrib

    know most on here wont agree with me but I got the same as you & had it alot longer with first ankle fused in 2001 & waited to long to get second one fused in 2009

    the problem is circulation in our legs & able to walk like normal person & pump the fluids back , raising our legs will help & you may find over night it will go down , not tried tablets before as I find using a V3 Circulation Booster helps alot with fluids & pain because its a large TENS m/c but it makes our muscles in our lower legs work like you would if you were out walking & will help move the fluid , amazon has them at a good price now & would recommend you get one , it will help you stop having more complication with bad circulations in your feet & ankles

    also agree with what Nicole posted above
  • sailrib
    sailrib Member Posts: 327
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Nicg wrote:
    Because of gravity, water retention is most common in ankles. In many arthritic cases, swelling is common in the knee joint or the ankle. But when ONE foot or ankle swells, it almost always means something is wrong with the foot or ankle, and it's not related to fluid retention. Also, fluid retention is not typically painful; is your one hurting you badly?
    There is also possibility of venous insufficiency that is placing pressure on the veins that drain the legs. A blood clot in a vein can also cause swelling that is typically presents with swelling only on one side.
    My best advice is to share your worries with your GP :P . He or she might order appropriate tests, and make an appropriate referral to a specialist, if needed. But I wouldn't ignore this. I would get it checked out. Feel better.

    Nicole

    Since my left foot started to swell, I've been on 9 months worth of blood thinning injections, would that solve the problem of it maybe being a clot? I'm now worrying that it could be something else other then fluid retention. :cry: Altho it wasn't 9 months all together. My left foot started swell at the end of 2010.
  • sailrib
    sailrib Member Posts: 327
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    trepolpen wrote:
    hi sailrib

    know most on here wont agree with me but I got the same as you & had it alot longer with first ankle fused in 2001 & waited to long to get second one fused in 2009

    the problem is circulation in our legs & able to walk like normal person & pump the fluids back , raising our legs will help & you may find over night it will go down , not tried tablets before as I find using a V3 Circulation Booster helps alot with fluids & pain because its a large TENS m/c but it makes our muscles in our lower legs work like you would if you were out walking & will help move the fluid , amazon has them at a good price now & would recommend you get one , it will help you stop having more complication with bad circulations in your feet & ankles

    also agree with what Nicole posted above

    I do agree that because we can't move our feet / ankles like before, doesn't help :cry:

    I've actually got a tens machine and it really helps but doesn't do much once I take it off, maybe lasts another 2 hours afterwards.
  • trepolpen
    trepolpen Member Posts: 504
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    sailrib wrote:
    I do agree that because we can't move our feet / ankles like before, doesn't help :cry:

    I've actually got a tens machine and it really helps but doesn't do much once I take it off, maybe lasts another 2 hours afterwards.

    if you put the TENS on your calf muscles it should help pump the fluids around , there is a venous non return valve in your calf & its that the V3 circalation boaster works on , you could make a normal TENS do the same + raising your leg will help , compression socks would help as well

    long term you can get damage to the skin & vains in your lower leg & around your ankle & risk having leg ulcers , try the tablets & see if they help & then maybe talk to your GP or consultant as to protecting your ankles