MEATBALL713

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Don't know what to do!

Monday, July 30, 2012

I have a problem and I'm not sure what to do. For the last two years I have been on medication for leg edema. My left leg is larger than my right leg. This happened late summer in 2010. I want to be off the medication, but it won't stay away. It seems to be on the mend and then there it is again. I try to avoid salt as much as possible. I believe it will go away if I lose more weight. I have already had a consultation with a doctor for a lap-band. I want to get the Roux en-Y, but it's not possible because of all the scarring from previous hernia surgeries. The last few weeks I have been doing really well on WW and I have started moving around more. This could very easily be temporary and I desperately want this weight gone. I don't know if I should go through with the surgery or not. I have had several family members go through it and they are doing well. What to do, what to do? I appreciate any help you can give. Thanks!
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  • MEATBALL713
    Thanks JIBBIE49, QUILTINGB52, and TRACYZABELLE for your recent input. I have just become aware of my mortality. My BIL died a few months ago at 58 and a cousin died recently at 55. Neither had a weight problem. It's just they died so young and I am 52. I am going to have the surgery. I feel it's my only chance at living a longer life. I have had swollen legs before and it has gone away. This time it's hanging on for dear life! It will get better and I will relax. Then Bam! It gets worse again. It gets better when my daughter massages it for me. I call her bonecrusher because she isn't afraid to hurt me. I have read that sitting/standing too long has something to do with it. I am a cashier and stand several hours a day. When I am off I do a lot of sitting. I have tried moving around more. My husband is going to buy me one of those pedal exercisers so I can move my legs more. We live in a small apartment and there isn't much to do. We have a short summer and our winters in Chicago can be brutal. I guess some movement is better than none. I want to be more athletic and it's just not possible at the weight I currently am. I am making a promise to myself to not die a couch potato!

    Elisa
    2798 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    If you have only released 40# in the last two years, I'd certainly have the surgery done and get the weight off. I watched the HBO 4 part documentary "THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION" which said that FATTY LIVER is the worst concern we have being obese. IT really upset me to see what considtion so many obese people were in. Your leg problem would certainly improve if you released 200# and were about 160#. Another thing in the BBC documentary on obesity, it said that many obese people have fecal impacting which causes inflammation in the colon and raises the risk of colon cancer, etc.
    I'd certainly have the surgery. My SIL was about 450# & she died of a heart attack at 55. She wouldn't go to the doctor because she was to afraid of the surgery.
    2801 days ago
  • QUILTINGB52
    You most likely have Lymphedema - an incurable disease that will never go away, but you can control it with exercise and compression. Finding a physical therapist with CDT qualifications will help you towards getting in control of your Lymphedema.

    As for the surgery - that is totally your decision. I personally would never do it, for you no longer will absorb the nutrients that your body needs. But either way, the journey it tough and having an engorged leg, doesn't make things easier. But onward we plod.....

    Good luck in your journey!!
    2806 days ago
  • TRACYZABELLE
    I have lymphedema/lipodema and I am in the same boat .. severe hysterectomy scarring but I had the vertical sleeve gastrectomy in April-- healed wonderfully and down 60 pounds in 3 months I am feeling great see if this is an option for you... Good luck.

    I had a bad couple of weeks from eating beef jerky WAY too much salt!!
    2808 days ago
  • MEATBALL713
    Thank you for the prayers, Little_Queen. I have been trying to do more for myself instead of having my husband or daughter do them for me. I have elevated my legs in the past. But sometimes I get that numb feeling and then my legs get itchy and tingly. It's just so aggravating that one leg is twice the size of the other. It makes it hard to wear shoes. I have to squeeze my foot into a tight shoe and wait for the swelling to go down before I can tie the shoe. My doctor can't find what's wrong. I had an ultrasound done and she said there weren't any blood clots. I do know that the swelling lessens when my daughter massages my foot and leg. I call her bonecrusher because it feels like she's trying to break my foot. I don't want to live the rest of my life with two different size legs.
    2808 days ago
  • LITTLE_QUEEN
    I HAVE LOST HALF MY BODY WEIGHT AND FOR THE FIRST TIME I ALSO HAVE EDEMA, IT HAS FREAKED ME OUT, AND I DON'T LIKE IT AT ALL, SO I DO UNDERSTAND, BUT I AM NOW UNDER 200 POUNDS SO EVEN IN LOSING WEIGHT IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT WILL CURE YOUR EDEMA, IT PROBABLY WOULD HELP TO TRY TO MOVE AROUND A BIT MORE AND OF COURSE WHEN YOU DO SIT I WAS TOLD TO ELEVATE MY LEGS, I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS
    2808 days ago
  • MEATBALL713
    Yes, I do realize this is not a cure-all. I know that I will have to watch whatever I eat and that I will still need to exercise. At least with the surgery it will make it hard to overeat because of the dumping syndrome. I am a person who will not vomit unless I can't take the pain anymore. I am not a drinker, so that is no problem. I have only lost 40 lbs in 2 years. I'm not saying that I do WW 100%. But, when I do work the program I still have a very minimal loss. I can feel when the retention is getting worse. I can feel my toes getting tight and I can feel my leg start to feel heavier. I read up on it and it says that it could be from too much sitting or too much standing. I'm guilty of both! When I'm home, I sit. When I'm at work, I stand at a cash register all day. I have some time before I make my decision. I do know that my husband thinks I should do it. I could have had it done in 2001, but I was on WW then and my doctor thought I could do it on my own. Then I weighed 401 again in Sept 2010. I am currently at 362, give or take a pound up or down. I haven't lost any additional weight since July 2011. I am working the program now and my husband is helping me to be more active. I walked the mall twice this morning. I figure that to be about a mile since the mall is 2 blocks long. I just want my normal size legs back and I'm hoping losing the weight sooner than later will help with that. Thanks for all your comments. emoticon Elisa
    2808 days ago
  • SASSYTHING52
    what is good for some isnt good for others and whether u lose on ur own or surgry it will have to be a change in ur lifestyle for ever surgrey sounds like alot changes sounds like u doing good on ur own my prayers are with u emoticon
    2808 days ago
  • NIKKICOLE83
    As long as you understand that you still have to eat right and will have other dietary restrictions with the Lap-band. My cousin got it and she didn't completely comply. She would drink alcohol still (which is a huge no-no), she would still eat fried foods and bread and now she is miserable because she didn't consider that her lifestyle STILL had to change. Lap-band isn't a cure all but it is a great tool for some. Good luck.
    2808 days ago
  • LITTLE_QUEEN
    I THINK THAT THIS IS ONLY A DECISION THAT ONLY YOU AND YOUR DR CAN MAKE, I WISH YOU LUCK THOUGH ON WHICHEVER THAT IS. I MYSELF HAD A SURGERY CALLED A PANNILECTOMY WHICH HELPED ME WITH MY RATHER LARGE TUMMY, BECAUSE I HAD THAT I WAS ABLE TO MOVE AROUND MORE AND LOSE WEIGHT
    2808 days ago
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