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I was diagnosed with edema in 2008. I’d noticed my huge legs and “cankles”, but honestly just thought it was fat. I was definitely overweight, and thought the disappearance of my ankle bones was yet another sign I was TOO FAT. I started seeing my physician pretty regularly that spring as he’d insisted we could no longer put off dealing with my high blood pressure, we could no longer “wait and see”, we had to deal with it. In April of 2008, he put me on Norvasc (Amlodipine, a calcium channel blocker), with little improvement. A few weeks later he tried changing me over to Dyazide (triamterene and hydrochlorothiazide). When I went back to follow up, I asked him about my puffy legs. I’d finally realized maybe something else was going on – as at this point, one leg was MUCH larger than the other. I’ve never been “fatter” on one side.
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