Very Localized Water Retention?...
March 27, 2012 7:51 AM Subscribe
Does PMS exacerbate injury-related swelling, or am I a freak of nature?
posted by EmpressCallipygos to health & fitness (5 answers total)
So I've been coping with a broken-and-healing foot for the past 3 months. Fortunately I'm about 95% mended; the boot cast came off a month ago, I'm seeing a physical therapist and doing great.
I noticed something weird, though. At one point when I had the boot cast on, after some steady progress, there was one week when it suddenly got much more swollen than it had been. It wasn't painful, just...big. I iced it and kept an eye on it, and a few days later, just as suddenly, the swelling went down again. Then just last week, after I'd had the boot off and was trying to get around without it, it started to swell way up again; my physical therapist even remarked on it ("the rest of your symptoms are really minor, but that's a LOT of swellling...") I iced it every day again, and it kept swelling for a few days -- and then just as suddenly, it all went away. It's a lot better now.
However -- I've just realized that in both instances, those cases of hyper-swelling came a week before my period. Could that have been the cause? Is this something I should bring up with my orthopedist or the physical therapist?