Q. Can you give a permanent solution for abdominal water retention?

Answered by
Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 22, 2016 and last reviewed on: Apr 24, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am a 33 year old male. I am having regular water retention problem, specially on the abdomen region. It fluctuates quite a bit and so does my weight on the scale. Sometimes there is a lot of discomfort to even wear normal trousers on certain days. This however is most prominent on the days after consuming alcohol the previous night. This has been there for the past 3-4 years, but recently I have observed that this swollen abdomen region remains for couple of days. I have had a thyroid test last month which was normal and general health checkup every year including ECG has always been normal. I am not under any medication and no known ailments. I should also add that my LFT test was done about a year back and that was normal as well. It is just too uncomfortable on certain days to wear the usual clothes (trousers) and I would like seek a permanent solution to this problem. Kindly advise. Thank you.

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Critical Care Physician Diabetology General Medicine Internal Medicine Medical Gastroenterology Nephrology Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors) Rheumatology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

First of all we have to find the cause for this. If no cause is found then we would call it idiopathic. I would recommend you following investigations:

  1. Hemoglobin.
  2. Liver function test.
  3. Kidney function test.
  4. Thyroid profile.
  5. Blood sugar.
  6. Urine for albumin.

You should avoid alcohol, take low salt diet and do regular exercises.


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Hi doctor,

Further to your reply, I must add that liver function test was conducted about a year ago and was normal. Hemoglobin, thyroid profile and blood sugar were all done two months back and were all normal including CBC and general urine test the same day. However, if you require I would do again and get you the reports. Due to my nature of work, I go through complete body checkup and general blood and urine tests every year, and nothing abnormal has been found till date. I do understand that alcohol must be avoided, as the water retention is most prominent. Though I am more curious why none of the people around me have this problem, and to be sure that there is no underlying medical condition. Thanks again for your quick response.

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Critical Care Physician Diabetology General Medicine Internal Medicine Medical Gastroenterology Nephrology Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors) Rheumatology
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Get the tests done once again. If all are normal you have idiopathic water retention and there are many people who have this complaint. My sincere advice would be to avoid alcohol as far as possible and do avoid consumption of salt containing snacks.


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