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edema from sitting at the computer?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by soctal, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. soctal

    soctal Regular Member

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    has anyone developed edema or swelling of the feet and legs from sitting at the computer? i have been neglecting exercise and working overnight one night to many and now my legs and feet have swelled up and i have to see the doctor.
     
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    Edema in the feet/legs is generally the result of poor circulation. In and of itself, edema can most certainly be caused from sitting for extended periods without major muscle movement of the lower extremities. You should be getting up and walking around for a short while every hour or so. This will promote the circulation of blood to the feet and legs.

    In addition, an underlying problem may exist which can be something as simple as consuming too much sodium or something as severe as kidney or heart failure. We see it a lot in patients with CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and trauma to the lower extremities i.e, fracture. I've personally had severe edema in my feet/legs twice...once when I had a blood clot in my right leg and again when I became pregnant with our second child.

    You can alleviate much of the edema (swelling) by elevating the affected area. In other words, put your feet up! Don't dismiss the problem as something that will take care of itself, especially if the issue continues to persist. You made the right call by scheduling an appointment with your physician. S/he will likely prescribe you a diuretic such as lasix which will rid your body of excess fluid.

    If your doctor does put you on a diuretic regimen, the rapid loss of fluid also flushes the body of important nutrients such as potassium. Therefore, it is important to eat a potassium rich diet as well as take a daily vitamin supplement.
     
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  3. soctal

    soctal Regular Member

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    thanks for the response and advice. yes, heart problems run in my family, so i sure its a circulation problem. i do get up and walk around, but i dont thats enough. i think it got worse with lack of sleeping in my bed and sitting in a chair overnight instead. its going to take a lot of work to clear this up.
     
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    Yes sitting down causes swelling in the legs because the when you are walking the

    muscles in your calfs squeeze your blood and other fluids upwards.

    As an educated guess i would imagine that your blood isn't circulating properly.

    Do try this at home!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic3hLlPxtFA
     
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  5. dearac

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    I have real bad edema. I have it because I'm wheelchair bound. The only way I have been able to deal with it was with exercise.

    Twice a day, morning and after dinner I do some pushups and leg stretching. You got to deal with it fast, it really can hurt your heart.