Lorinne said, "What has changed in the past month...if this is new, I would be personally wondering what had changed and caused the swelling.
Is there any chance the water is the issue (salt from a well/softner?).
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Sausage: was this an unusual staple? Could it have had a high sodium content; at least more so than was normal in your diet?
Well water: my mention of that was that some areas have hard water; salt is often used as a softener.
My thoughts were, had your sodium intake possibly increased/changed due to diet or circumstances. It seems everywhere has been over warm and dry this year; increased sodium, warmer temps, different or higher levels of physical activity may be an explanation for your symptoms.
Marisa Lee wrote:I know some time has passed, so hopefully this issue has resolved, but I wanted to add the think that helps me most with swollen feet is nettle tea.
Anne Miller wrote:Are there foods or herbs that help with swollen feet? My ankles do not appear to be swollen just my feet and not the toe area, either. This has been going on for about a month and some days it is better.
I have been trying for the last year to drink as much water as possible. I know I drink at least 64 oz, plus more since I add ice. I am sure this is probably not enough water though I am doing the best I can. Sometimes I get so sick of water ...
Alex Moffitt said, "With the innovations to tele health, this being remote doctors appointments via zoom.
I would advise seeing a qualified medical Practitioner who can see and diagnose your condition.
I worry about the potential risks of taking advise from strangers on the internet.
Simon Olesen wrote: usually it's a bad idea to drink water when you feel sick of drinking water, regulating water intake is a really fundamental priority to all animals, and even though we humans walk on two legs that sick feeling we get from doing such a fundamental thing is a warning sign that it might not be a good idea. Practically speaking drinking a lot of water can lead to electrolytes (and B vitamins) getting flushed out of your system, which means that intercellular potassium concentration becomes too low to exert enough osmotic pressure on extracellular fluid to maintain basic human shape (hypokalemia->edema) and it can lead to low blood natrium which forces the body to substitute other electrolytes in confusing ways in order to maintain ph and some circulation.
If you feel dizzy, confused or sick of drinking water, or dizzy when standing up, please take a moment and listen to your body, does your body crave to munch on something salty? If so at least consider that the salt it craves is what it thinks it needs and consider discussing it with your doctor if he is someone you can talk with.
In general edema is an electrolyte problem and can be helped with sensible electrolytes, but that electrolyte problem might be driven by other things like diabetes, thiamine deficiency, high cortisol, PH issues, or by a combination of electrolyte problems and circulatory problems.