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Ankle Swelling

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by johnpol, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. johnpol

    johnpol Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Don't know if this is the right place for this but here goes. Been diabetic for 24yrs this year and have just recently started with swelling of my ankles/feet (before the heatwave started) been for my annual review and circulation/sensation to my feet are good and am on different medications for high blood pressure and a stroke (I know unlucky) my blood pressure is well within range,120/75 on my last reading , but my ankles have started to swell and it's getting extremely painful. I have a sedentary job role now and do sit at a desk for prolonged periods, but I do get up and walk around a lot but my ankles swell even more doing this. I suppose my question is has anyone else experienced this? I am going to make an appointment with my GP (for all the good it will do) I am just wondering if this is a diabetes related thing (which I can understand) or something else, hopefully just weather related.

    Thanks for taking the time to read.


    Take care everyone
     
  2. therower

    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @johnpol . Hi.
    I had a similar problem maybe 10yrs + ago. Early mid 40’s
    My ankles swelled up quite noticeably on two separate occasions.
    HbA1C was good, weight was no different to usual, diet was usual, exercise and work normal.
    Nonetheless my ankles just swelled up, didn’t seek any medical advice as I went on a suggestion from my wife, a nurse, to elevate my feet as often as possible. Consequently every evening I had my feet elevated high than my hips. ( a side table and a cushion ). Over the course of a few weeks the swelling went.
    Not sure if this offers any help.
    Obviously if you are concerned then a GP visit should be your first port of call.
    Good luck and skinny ankles :)
     
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  3. Pasha

    Pasha Prediabetes · Expert

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    Do you weigh yourself in the mornings before breakfast ? Have you tested how far up on your shins the pitting oedema occurs ?
     
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    johnpol Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It goes about midway up my shin, my weight has gone up but I'm training hard again for competition so it goes up a few pounds
     
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    johnpol Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I sit every day on my reclining couch (best thing I've ever bought) with a cushion to raise my feet higher, but they are still swollen. I think I may have to do the unthinkable and go to my GP
     
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    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Probably your best bet. Hopefully you can get it all sorted.
     
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    Pasha Prediabetes · Expert

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    Yes, best to see you GP as soon as possible.
     
  8. therower

    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @johnpol . Just one of those stupid thoughts.
    Rather like yourself, I still like to have a good workout 5 days a week. Probably like yourself I’m getting no younger;).
    I’ve noticed over the last year or so that I’m prone to niggling injuries that I didn’t know existed.
    Maybe you may, like me forget that we’re not in our 20’s or 30’s anymore and still try that bit too much.
    Could the ankle trouble be in any way related to your lifting exploits ( which I have great admiration of ) ?
    I’m pretty certain you’ve considered this but just in case you haven’t :)
     
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    Have a read up on the side effects of your blood pressure tablets. Amiolopidine is known for causing swollen ankles.
     
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    johnpol Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the replies, I am reluctantly going to the Doctors (but as usual I have to wait a few weeks to be seen) hopefully it's nothing bad and is me being a bit melodramatic!!
     
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    Becca6510 · Well-Known Member

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    How’s your kidney function? Tend to get them checked with all other diabetic bloods. Sometimes Chronic kidney disease patients can have water retention. Also, ever had any issues with your heart in the past? Sometimes that shows in ankle swelling/fluid retention. As the others say may be best to get to a gp and have some tests done
     
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