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Can 8 Cups Of Water/Day Be Too Much For Some People?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I fully intend to talk with my doctor about this question, but I would also like to hear from those of you who may have personal experience with this very topic.
I am currently taking a diuretic (for high blood pressure) and have had swelling in my legs (especially the left leg). At first the Dr. was concerned about Congestive Heart Failure and I had several tests to prove that this was NOT the case. I was then sent to a vein specialist, who did ultrasounds of both legs and diagnosed me with internal varicose veins. They do not show on the outside. I had treatments on these veins to close them off (they are eventually absorbed by the body and other veins take over re: blood flow). The swelling DID NOT go away. Lymphedema is another possible cause, so I am wearing compression hose and doing exercises to help with the condition, which I am told will NEVER go away.
I was reading a newsletter re: heart health the other day, and saw a paragraph which suggested that if you are on diuretics or have edema of any kind, you SHOULD NOT drink large amounts of water as it is hard on the kidneys. They felt that 8 cups/day was too much for this type of person.
Have any of you heard this same advice? Please lend me your expertise.
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  • FLAME42
    Definitely check with your doctor. I think drinking the 8 cups has been good for me, but I don't have those same problems. Be sure to get the go ahead from your doctor on the water & any other suggestions he or she might have.
    3543 days ago
    Talking to your doctor is a great place to start. If he gives the okay to 8 cups of water then try other ways to help the swelling. Getting all other possibilities checked out is a safe way to handle it.
    3543 days ago
    I think if you keep reading you'll find a study that backs up every possible different scenario that exists. The bottom line is the swelling would probably improve if you make sure you stick to under 1500g salt a day, do more exercise (walking ... frequently), and don't sit more that 2 hours at a time without getting up and walking around. If I were you, I'd drink the water. I have swelling in my right ankle and doing those 3 things is what works for me.
    3543 days ago
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