Water Retention

Water retention is the accumulation of excess fluid in the body tissues and cavities. They are also known as edema. Water retention leads to swelling in the hands, legs, ankles, etc. Flying in an airplane, menstrual changes, increased intake of sodium, weak heart, deep vein thrombosis, pregnancy, etc., are the causes for water retention. Reduction of salt intake, increasing magnesium intake, diuretics, etc., help in reducing water retention.

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Which vitamins cause water retention?

Query: Hi doctor, I am obese despite doing yoga thrice weekly and eating healthy diet. I have the problem of water retention in legs and inflammation. Also I continue to gain weight. Please find the root cause.  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are many conditions that can cause water retention like low protein levels, kidney problems, reduced blood flow to leg or thyroid problems. I recommend you to get the following tests done and revert back with reports. CBC (complete blood count), serum albumin, ser...  Read Full »

My mother has been experiencing chest pain along with breathlessness, and her chest X-ray shows fluid buildup in the lungs. What could cause this?

Query: Hello doctor, My mom is a diabetic, hypertensive, and on medications for both. For the last six months, she has been having peripheral edema right-sided. Kidney function tests, complete blood count, and urine all reports are normal. Yesterday she was having mild chest pain and breathlessness. The EC...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. Was the echocardiogram entirely normal, or was there any diastolic dysfunction? Just check it. Pedal edema may occur with age due to excessive salt retention in the body. Since you have ruled out important causes, now there is no need to wo...  Read Full »

I am a 51-year-old woman with hypothyroidism and struggling to lose weight. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 51 years old woman and I have trouble losing weight. I have more cellulite and constantly get tired. I have a busy, hectic work life, but I do try to exercise. I also have a lot of water retention and lots of bloating. I have flatulence with stomach swelling. I was diagnosed wit...  Read Full »


Dr. Saumya Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. First, the thyroid condition you have may cause the symptoms. Second, water retention and the symptoms can be a part of taking the medication Fluoxetine. Therefore, I recommend stopping the medicine. Abdominal distension, if associated wit...  Read Full »

Do all my symptoms occur due to lupus?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 44 year old female, and I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, and Sjogren's syndrome, with symptoms dating back to as young as six years old. I have also been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, thyroiditis, Raynaud disease, right-sided heart enlargeme...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The diagnosis of asthma is doubtful as pulmonary issues are seen in conditions you are already suffering from like SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus) and rheumatoid arthritis. Basically, the right term for you is MCTD (mixed connective tissue disease), which are assoc...  Read Full »

Why is there accumulation of water in spite of stomach dialysis?

Query: Hello doctor,My sister has been undergoing stomach dialysis treatment for the past one month. Now, she has developed water in the lungs. Due to that, there is breathlessness, no appetite, no sleep, and water retention in the feet and stomach. The doctor has removed 1 liter of water from the lungs, b...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Varma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your sister is undergoing peritoneal (stomach) dialysis. Now, she has fluid retention in her body. This can be either due to a change in her fluid intake habits wherein she has now increased fluid intake; another reason may be that the dialysis technique is not resul...  Read Full »

Please give me advice on treating systemic sclerosis.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old male. I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis. I have been experiencing a couple of symptoms along with this disease. Could you please give me some advice on how to treat these symptoms, which I could pass on to my regular docto...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to my opinion, Raynaud's phenomenon is a part of CREST syndrome of systemic sclerosis. In case that is troubling you, the best treatment that I have found very successful is the use of crushed Sorbitrate tablets in coconut oil and apply them to massage over th...  Read Full »

Why do some women put on a lot of weight after an abortion?

Query: Hello doctor,What are the reasons for some girls to put on weight after they have an abortion? Also, is it common for all women?  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and from what you have mentioned, I would say that the women usually gain weight after abortion for many reasons: Water retention. Emotional eating. To fulfill the stress of undergoing an abortion, the body triggers off a hunger ...  Read Full »

How do fluid retention and high BP contribute to primary hyperaldosteronism?

Query: Hello doctor, I have fluid retention and high blood pressure which caused me multiple strokes and TIAs. My plasma renin activity is 0.12 and my aldosterone-to-renin ratio is 33.3, which qualifies clinically as primary hyperaldosteronism. My aldosterone LC/MS is 4. My potassium level 4.0. CT scan of...  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and from what you have mentioned it appears that you do have primary hyperaldosteronism and it is a very high likelihood for it to be a possibility based on your results. You can try MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan for proper visualizatio...  Read Full »

Are my concentration problems related to the past traumatic brain injury?

Query: Hello doctor, Despite being an avid reader my entire life, I cannot read books as my focus is compromised now. I struggle with body equilibrium issues, water retention, fluctuating vision issues, headaches, complete loss of thought in the middle of a sentence. I also have massive anxiety, even unde...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I would like to know the following details about your headache:1) Since when you started to have these headaches? 2) In which part of the head do you feel headaches? 3) What type of headaches do you feel?4) How long does one episode of headache lasts?5) Do you feel any n...  Read Full »

Due to high uric acid, my father feels drowsy with leg swelling. How to manage it?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 42 years of age, and he has a¬†congestive and congenital heart disease by birth. He visited many doctors, but all of them suggested that there is no need for any immediate treatment and that he can live with it. He is now under medications, and he is doing well. The reason...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your dad's health issues. Your dad seems to be suffering from Eisenmenger's syndrome. This is a long-term complication of congenital heart disease. It is the cause of his kidney problems. In my practice, I usually suggest diuretics for my patients j...  Read Full »

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