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Swollen Ankles Anyone?

Postby kgoose » Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:25 pm

I've been experiencing swollen ankles for the last month or so and can't think what it's related to except being on cpap. Anyone have a similar experience? No heart trouble that I know of, altho I do take a diuretic for high blood pressure. Any insight would be appreciated.
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Re: Swollen Ankles Anyone?

Postby Daniel » Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:57 pm

kgoose wrote:I've been experiencing swollen ankles for the last month or so and can't think what it's related to except being on cpap. Anyone have a similar experience? No heart trouble that I know of, altho I do take a diuretic for high blood pressure. Any insight would be appreciated.


Yeah, I noticed that my ankles went up like balloons the other night. I too take a dieuretic (with some other pills for hypertension.

Before going to the doctor, I back tracked on my activities and noticed that my socks were a little tight. Put on a looser pair today and ankles seem to be back to their former state. Also noticed that I passed a lot of water today.

I'm keeping an eye on my ankles (if that's possible :lol: ), but I would be concerned if it became a regular occurence and would see my doctor about it. It can be a symptom of CHF.

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Postby Paramedic » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:30 pm

I had to go to the hospital with extremely swollen ankles. They have done 2 cardiac echos to make sure I do not have any signs of heart failure. According to my Dr. it is from the sleep apnea and I was told to wear circulation stockings to help. CPAP and BiPAP are not working for me and have been taken off the machines. Since then, my ankles have not been swollen at all. Who knows?
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Postby LoriPA » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:57 pm

Only my left one swelled up recently. Odd. But I went back on the Lasix for awhile and once the excess fluid got out of my system, I was OK again. I try not to rely on diuretics too much.
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Re: Swollen Ankles Anyone?

Postby MaryJ » Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:03 pm

kgoose wrote:I've been experiencing swollen ankles for the last month or so and can't think what it's related to except being on cpap. Anyone have a similar experience? No heart trouble that I know of, altho I do take a diuretic for high blood pressure. Any insight would be appreciated.


I was just at my doctor on Monday and I tried to get some answers from her with some of the osa problems I have been having. The swollen ankles can definately be a result of cpap therapy. I too take a diuretic. I also found out that my very watery eyes are due to cpap. No matter what, it always seems there are no clear answers. Fix one thing and another goes haywire. No justice. :cry:
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Postby kgoose » Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:02 pm

Thanks all for the responses. I'm glad to know others have had the same experience. I have a call into my doc just for reassurance. Wish me luck. I hope it's nothing serious but don't want to ignore it either. I'll keep you posted if I learn anything.
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me too

Postby merywidow » Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:43 pm

I have had edema in my legs for 3 years and had tests done but the doctors couldn't figure it out so I have lived with it. When I went to my pulmo, he saw my legs and said it can be from lack of oxygen in your cells so ordered me to a sleep study which I will be doing this coming Sat. I sure hope that takes care of it. I sure don't want BIGGER ankles.
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Postby LittleMoreAwakeG1 » Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:51 am

To Kgoose and others,
My understanding is that swollen ankles can be a sign of kidney problems. This should be checked out as soon as possible. To let it go too long worsens the prognosis. If your doctors have not tested your kidney function, then I would ask him specifically why he/she hasn´t done so.
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Postby Guest » Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:07 pm

A few years ago my Dr. initially started me on 120mg verapamil ER to help control my Migraines. Around Jan./Feb. my dosage was increased verapamil SR 240 mg and also added a diuretic because I have high blood pressure now. I also have been on a CPAP since 2002 and also around Dec. 2006 the pressure was increased. Around this time I started to feel like the skin on my legs was tight and felt very bloated in the mornings. Tonight I noticed my ankles have swelled up and my skin around my ankles and legs feels tighter. In addition my abdomen has also been gradually getting larger, reminded me of being pregnant, which I am not. Reading everyones blogs and also information about verapamil on other web pages I am seriously thinking about eliminating the pills and also stopping the CPAP or asking to have the pressure brought back down.
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Postby motorwife » Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:40 am

Here's my take on the swollen ankles....

Sleep apnea causes your brain to release diuretic hormones in repsonse to your blood pressure going up during the night when you stop breathing.
So for as many years as you've had sleep apnea, your body has been dumping diuretics into your system every night and that's what your body is used to.
Now that you are on CPAP and are breathing and sleeping better, you don't have all those diuretics in your system and your ankles will swell as a result until your body readjusts again.

That's what happened to me. It took about six months before my ankles stopped swelling.
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Postby Guest » Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:55 am

My ankles and hands have been swelling since May. My ankles are like little pockets around the ankle bone. I've had blood work done a ultra sound on my legs to make sure there was not any blood clots. Could this have anything to do with pre-memopause? I haven't had a period since May. The doctor doesn't seem that concerned, but I am. I don't know what to do to get answers. I'm gaing weight and nothing has changed with my eating habits, which I eat right. Please help

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Postby Guest » Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:27 pm

Also, try to limit salt intake.
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Postby Schlauchkopf » Tue Sep 18, 2007 12:21 am

This forum has been so helpful to me, just knowing there are others out there coping with the same disorder and being able to read about their symptons and challenges.

I was diagnosed with OSA just about a month ago and have been on the CPAP for about 10 days (which seems to have helped a lot). However soon after beginning with the CPAP, my legs began swelling. I will of course consult my GP just to be on the safe side, but I was much relieved to read that it's a common CPAP side effect before I panicked!

Thank you all!
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Postby jerryinnc » Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:11 am

Paramedic wrote:I had to go to the hospital with extremely swollen ankles. They have done 2 cardiac echos to make sure I do not have any signs of heart failure. According to my Dr. it is from the sleep apnea and I was told to wear circulation stockings to help. CPAP and BiPAP are not working for me and have been taken off the machines. Since then, my ankles have not been swollen at all. Who knows?
why can't the doctors get cpap to work for you ? i have never heard of a case that it did not help at least a little in you have sleep apnea ? :?:
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Postby Smokey » Tue Sep 18, 2007 5:21 pm

Someone on avandia or actos for treatment of diabetes could have swollen legs and ankles as a side effect of
these medicines according to my doctor. Just thought I'd mentlion this in case it applies.
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