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Fluid Retention-Blood Pressure-Weight Gain

Sunday, February 17, 2019

I’m starting to research the cause and effect relationship between fluid retention, higher blood pressure, and weight gain.

Example:
My average blood pressure is around 115/70 to 120/80
My recent elevated higher blood pressure was 138/80
My sudden weight gain in a day was 7 pounds

I’m wondering what were the factors that took part to cause this to happen.

Situation - Before the Weight Gain:
I spent the entire night from 9pm-7am in the hospital emergency room with my sick grandson and got no sleep that night. I felt terrible the next day from all the stress and lack of sleep. I did sleep a few hours after getting home from that stressful experience. But, at my morning weigh-in, I was shocked to find I had gained 7 pounds in just 1 day.

Blood pressure:
When I checked my blood pressure it was elevated from a normal 115/70 to a higher 138/70. My doctor has prescribed me a low dosage blood pressure medicine (diuretic) which I take as needed when my blood pressure is higher than 120/80. I check my blood pressure daily to see if I should take the blood pressure medicine. I took the blood pressure medicine that day and the next day my blood pressure was normal again.

Weight gain:
I’ve noticed that when I gain 2-5 pounds suddenly (sometimes in just 1 day), my blood pressure has also increased and is at a higher number.

Fluid:
I always notice fluid retention first in my fingers. Then I see some swelling in my ankle areas and legs. Along with the fluid retention, I notice the weight gain.

Today’s conclusion:
Since I am a very curious person, I want to get a better understanding about what I need to do to fix this fluid retention-higher blood pressure-weight gain problem for me and maybe help other SparkFriends, too. I’m starting my research and will write a follow-up with my findings. If anyone has any helpful information, I would appreciate it and it will speed up the research process for me.

Have a great SparkDay!

P.S.
My Grandson went to the emergency room because he had complications from being sick 2 weeks with pneumonia but he is now feeling better and on the road to full recovery! I’m so thankful...it was a very stressful situation for us.
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  • JEANKNEE
    Sorry to hear your grandson required hospitalization and am happy to hear he is doing better. emoticon

    Proper fluid function can be tricky business. Many things can be impacting it: stress, sleep deprivation, inadequate hydration, macronutrient composition, electrolyte balance … sodium/potassium/magnesium balance, heart function, lymphatic function, venous function. I have been advised by a nutritionist to supplement with some herbs to support proper fluid function in my body since my body is challenged.

    It is good that you are doing your research. I had serious fluid function issues in my body and have had success with dietary changes. For me, it required reduction in my carb intake and the elimination of a number of foods that were actually doing my body harm. And, if I do not get enough sleep? I'm in trouble.
    583 days ago
  • SUNSHINE6442
    STRESS ALONE CAN RAISE BLOOD PRESSURE, BUT SO CAN UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR. DEHYDRATION IS ANOTHER CAUSE OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. WHEN YOU BODY DOESN'T GET ENOUGH FLUIDS, YOUR BODY ACTS LIKE A SPONGE TO RETAIN WATER. LACK OF SLEEP ALSO RAISES BLOOD PRESSURE. BEING UP ALL NIGHT AT THE ER AND NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER MAY IN PART BE THE CAUSES FOR YOUR SPIKE.

    GREEN AND BLACK TEA MIGHT HELP WATER RETENTION AND WEIGHT LOSS. I ALSO HAVE STRESSED HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO HAVE AN ONION A DAY FOR A DIABETIC. ONIONS CAN ALSO REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE AND EVEN HELP WITH HYDRATION.

    ROSEMARY, CUMIN AND PARSLEY FLAKES CAN BE ADDED TO SOUPS WHICH ALL ACT ACT NATURAL WAYS TO REDUCE WATER RETENTION.

    EAT MORE WATER FOODS, MELON, BERRIES, BROCCOLI WHICH IS ABOUT 90% WATER, CAULIFLOWER, LETTUCE, SPINACH, MUSHROOMS,APPLES, CELERY, ETC.

    CONTINUE YOUR RESEARCH ON FOODS AND SPICES THAT LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE. ALSO TRACK YOU SODIUM INTAKE ON SPARK. TRY TO STAY AROUND 1500MG OF SALT WHICH HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED FOR DIABETICS. YOU WILL ALSO SEE YOUR WEIGHT START DROPPING.
    583 days ago
  • LPORTER2015
    I have lymphedema in my feet and ankles which can cause water retention/swelling
    583 days ago
  • LINDAF49
    Hi, I have two heart stents and a compromised heart valve - take three heart meds and asprin - I am also pre-diabetic and very sensitive to factors that you are seeing. Shareing expereriences:
    I notice the water in my hands, feet/ankles and is feeling of lungs being full
    My blood pressure and fluid retention increase with salt or sugar/carbohydrate intake
    My water retention increases with lack of sleep, or if I don't use the CPAP or if head not elevated in sleep
    I have more water retention if too much activity or too little so I wear a pedometer

    Things that help - I use Lite Salt [1/2 sodium : 1/2 potassium] when I add "salt" to foods
    ...add lemon, lime and or apple cider vinegar to water -
    ... I measure/record amount of water and goal at 1/2 of my weight in pounds = number of ounces of water
    per day water in = water out!! I do have one cup of coffee per day and 1 cup caffeinated tea per day
    ...I also supplement magnesium in form of MagMalate through the day - adding one extra tab if puffy.
    ...I appreciate diuretic foods - celery is mainstay! Google lists of diureticfoods
    ...I strive to eat an anti-inflammatory diet - and have eleminated many foods from my routine eating
    I subscribed to your blog and look forward to more hints in your lifestyle and improvement in your health.

    583 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/18/2019 12:14:13 AM
  • DEBTEVELDAHL
    Hi Marilyn, I hope that your grandson continues to improve. I know how stressful ER visits can be and with no rest, that has to be that much harder. Do you think that salt might be a factor in your diet, that might elevate blood pressure and cause you to retain water ? I have fluid retention too and my cardiologist has me on florsemide for water retention. My blood pressure is really similar to yours, so I will be interested in reading your research. This is a very good subject. Thank you Deb
    583 days ago
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