Originally Posted by bluebottle
trying to exercise as much as possible might help?
... she said it was definitely because of my activity level - what adds up to several hours of walking a day, lots of flights of stairs, and a half-hour or hour of yoga a day (my only intentional "exercise."). i know that on days when i am able to stay in, i feel a lot worse, so have been trying to get out as much as possible - even scheduling work meetings as walks through parks, things like that.
Right, my MW said same thing - there's only one way for the fluid to get back to your heart if it's been pooling due to standing or sitting for long periods of time. Lying down flat (legs/arms up on pillows) or exercise does seem to make a huge difference. Also - water, massage, chiropractics, etc.
I feel pretty lucky this time around, I have very little swelling except when I fall off the proverbial horse and sit around, not drinking much and eating a lot of processed foods (mmm, gardenburgers have 400 grams of sodium, so good for the fluid retention...). Which happens to coincide with every weekend, but still
... on the weekdays I usually do well.