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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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My sister has fluid accumulation despite stomach dialysis. Why?

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 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 »

I am a 35-year-old woman and my muscles ache after any kind of physical activity. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35-year-old woman who is 5 feet 8 inches and 180 pounds. I have been holding onto water in both of my legs for the last three days, and they are now pretty bloated. After only15 minutes of standing, my muscles start to ache. After doing any kind of physical activity, including ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Heart failure, sometimes known as congestive heart failure, occurs when your heart muscle does not pump blood as well as it should. Certain conditions, such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery diseas...  Read Full »

Please suggest a permanent solution for abdominal water retention.

Query: 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 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 to do blood tests for hemoglobin, liver function test, kidney function test, thyroid profile, blood sugar, and urine for albumin. You should a...  Read Full »

How to reverse fluid retention in my nose and lips?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22 year old, and every morning my nose and lips appear swollen due to fluid retention, but as the day goes, it usually subsides. However recently, it is not going away, which means that every time my nose swells up, it remains that way. Does this mean the drainage system is blocked...  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Hassan Shoman

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This could be due to the following reasons: Water retention, to avoid this you should limit alcohol and salt intake and drink adequate amounts of water. Allergy, you might be allergic to feathers of your pillow or material of your pillowcase or allergic sinusitis....  Read Full »

Why do women tend to put on 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 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 »

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 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 yo...  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 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 »

My 64-year-old mother is suffering from water retention. Please suggest a diet chart to balance creatine level.

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 64 years old suffering from diabetes for the last 15 years. She had a major heart attack one year back. She has been facing a water retention problem. On the doctor's advice, I have done her RFT test. In this sodium creatine was 2.2 and blood urea was 95. In this case, we ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello doctor, Welcome to There are 2 things involved. Heart and kidneys. There is every possibility that your mother might be having left ventricular failure (LVF) secondary to a heart attack. Kidneys can be involved in diabetes of long standing especially if it is not properly contro...  Read Full »

What causes swelling of private parts?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female. I have some swelling on my private part. There is no irritation, but swelling has been present since a week. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. Swelling in the private parts could be due to either infection or fluid retention. If the swelling is associated with itching, redness or burning, then it is due to infection. If only swelling is visi...  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 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 »

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