I moved to Seattle a few weeks ago, since then I've had difficulties with swollen feet and ankles. It's a little worrying. Should I be worried?
So, I moved to Seattle for health reasons, mostly because I appeared to be allergic to New Mexico
and we hoped the change of weather, altitude, and allergens would help. Well, my breathing is a lot better, but holy hell! My feet have swollen up like balloons!
At first it was, like, only at night, and I thought that was due to lack of furniture (no place to put my feet up) but now it's constant. I can hardly wear my shoes because my feet and ankles are so swollen. They're very tender too. They feel bruised. I had some
swelling in New Mexico, which my doctor didn't seem to be very concerned about, but nothing like this
. It's kinda scary. Every once in a while, my hands will swell up too, but that doesn't last.
I haven't changed my diet in any significant way. I'm exercising more now than I was in New Mexico because we're in an apartment and I have to walk the dogs rather than let them out into the back yard. Plus I have a little extra energy to do so now that I'm not fighting for every breath. I'm drinking tons of water and other fluids (mostly coffee). I'm overweight because of the thyroid problem, but I'm losing weight -- yay for more exercise! I have arch supports in my shoes for when I'm walking. It's not even remotely possible that I'm pregnant (I no longer possess the necessary plumbing).
Before I left New Mexico, I had the veins in my legs checked for a different reason - something about backspacing - they said my veins were "beautiful" and functioning normally. I've also had my heart checked recently and it appears to be working normally. I have hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and some other comorbid issues.
But what I guess I'm asking is, should I be worried about this? Most websites say "no". But it's uncomfortable and getting to be quite painful actually. And if I shouldn't be worried about it at this point (three weeks in), at what point should
I start to become concerned?
Also, YANMD, but any idea why my feet would react so violently to moving to Seattle? I'm in the process of finding a doctor, but it's not an easy thing when one unemployed.