I've been having swelling and pain in my right leg, ankle, and foot. I don't have high blood pressure problems (mine is usually low), and I am not on any medications at all. I have had visible varicose veins since I was 15. It has gotten worse through the years, but I am very careful with them -- I don't cross my legs ever, etc. I am 57 years old and could probably afford to lose 20 pounds, but I drink lots of water and am very active as an office manager at an elementary school.
I am noticing that my right leg (which has the worst vein problems) is showing signs of swelling in my foot, ankle, and calf area after standing for short periods of time while doing work at home or the job. My foot has been hurting for a few months; it feels like I am walking on a rock under my heel. I don't know if that is part of the problem too. The whole right side of my body has developed problems over the last year. I can't even wear a ring on my right hand. My right upper leg has a constant dull pain deep inside. I have a pinkish spot at my ankle area, and just this week I am noticing that my eyes seem more puffy than usual.
I have an appointment with a orthopedic doctor in about two weeks, but I'm getting on a plane June 25th and am concerned about what that will do to my situation. Do I need a different kind of doctor? Any ideas what I am dealing with? Any help is appreciated.
I know the 25th is just around the corner, but I recommend before then getting in to see a general practioner for an evaluation, to discuss your issues, and determine appropriate treatment options. Your symptoms sound like you could be dealing with some kidney or circulation issues. It's probably better to let your doctor see you before you go away on a trip or fly.
Here are some links that might be helpful:
Stress and Heart Disease
7 Ways Your Body Says You’re Stressed
Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
Be Heart Healthy and Lose Weight