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Old 07-20-2013, 11:02 AM   #16
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Happens to me also! Every year at the beach and on the cruise. I take a "water pill" everyday as soon as vacation starts and it helps. We went to Disney World for one day once after our beach vacation and I thought I was absolutely going to die from the swelling and rash that happened that day. The broken capillaries lasted for a week or so.
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:05 AM   #17
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Happens to me also! Every year at the beach and on the cruise. I take a "water pill" everyday as soon as vacation starts and it helps. We went to Disney World for one day once after our beach vacation and I thought I was absolutely going to die from the swelling and rash that happened that day. The broken capillaries lasted for a week or so.

IBUPROFEN!! Trust me, after being miserable for several years' worth of trips, it's like a miracle!
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:45 PM   #18
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Does the ibuprofen work after the swelling starts?
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:55 PM   #19
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Ibuprofen & Fluid Retention
Oct 18, 2011 | By Assia M. Mortensen

Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter pain reliever that is useful for the treatment of minor aches and pains. It is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent. According to Drugs.com, fluid retention has been observed in some patients taking ibuprofen. For that reason, the medication should be used with caution in patients who already have fluid retention, kidney or heart problems. Consult your doctor about the possible risks of taking ibuprofen.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/54...uid-retention/

From FDA reports: Ibuprofen and Water retention

This is a study of Water retention (Fluid Retention) among people who take Ibuprofen. The study analyzes: the time on Ibuprofen when people have Water retention, gender and age of these people, the severity of Water retention, how they recovered, and common conditions and drugs used besides Ibuprofen. In total 53,186 Ibuprofen users are studied. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and is updated regularly.

Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen has active ingredients of ibuprofen. It is used in pain, headache, back pain - low, inflammation, arthritis. Commonly reported side effects of Ibuprofen include pain, nausea, stress and anxiety, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

Water retention

Water retention has been reported by people with high blood pressure, primary pulmonary hypertension, diabetes, type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis.

http://www.ehealthme.com/ds/ibuprofen/water+retention
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:34 PM   #20
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I found this all interesting. I start to swell as soon as we get on an airplane and it usually lasts the whole cruise or vacation. I try to sleep with my feet up at night. Glad I am not the only one.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #21
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I have always had super bad swelling on cruises (I have done 7). This last cruise I was, and am, on an extreme low carb way of eating due to medical reasons. I had no swelling at all. I am thinking it might be all the sugar and breads I would have eaten in the past. I don't blame salt at all even though I have my share as I just recently learned salt is not an enemy of our systems the way we think.

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Old 07-20-2013, 08:21 PM   #22
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This is quite fascinating!


Absolutely some amount of salt is needed by the body. Several years back some friends of ours did this diet where you cut out all salt. A week into it the husband was mowing his grass and passed out on the front lawn. It was the lack of salt!
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I have always had super bad swelling on cruises (I have done 7). This last cruise I was, and am, on an extreme low carb way of eating due to medical reasons. I had no swelling at all. I am thinking it might be all the sugar and breads I would have eaten in the past. I don't blame salt at all even though I have my share as I just recently learned salt is not an enemy of our systems the way we think.

Article:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/op...anted=all&_r=0
This is so interesting. I don't eat carbs and haven't had an issue with swelling yet but I do swell on airplanes.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:54 PM   #24
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That's me!!! It was a week before I could put my shoes back on...

They even had to let me into Palo (all dressed of course) with flip flops on!
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:37 PM   #25
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I never had this issue when we cruised in 03' (3 night) or 04' (7 night) so I sure hope it doesn't happen on my EBPC next year (14 night), cause it sounds like it sucks.
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:50 PM   #26
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I had it on the WBPC cruise in '08... I'd go prepared... ask your doctor for a water pill to use if you are worried.
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What's a water pill?
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It's a diuretic and it pulls water out of your system. There are many different types of them and I don't recommend them without the approval of your doctor. They can be dangerous if you are being treated for other conditions or if you have any kind of kidney problem.


My feet swelled like crazy on my last cruise and I thought they were going to explode when I was in Cuba in May. After I figured out the bottled water we were drinking in Cuba had sodium in it and found a different kind, that helped.

"Salt" isn't the problem. Sodium is the problem and regardless of the article posted above and any debate re: longterm effects on blood pressure, increased sodium intake will make you retain water and swell. That's basic anatomy and physiology.
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It's a diuretic and it pulls water out of your system. There are many different types of them and I don't recommend them without the approval of your doctor. They can be dangerous if you are being treated for other conditions or if you have any kind of kidney problem.

My feet swelled like crazy on my last cruise and I thought they were going to explode when I was in Cuba in May. After I figured out the bottled water we were drinking in Cuba had sodium in it and found a different kind, that helped.

"Salt" isn't the problem. Sodium is the problem and regardless of the article posted above and any debate re: longterm effects on blood pressure, increased sodium intake will make you retain water and swell. That's basic anatomy and physiology.
Pretty sure the article wasn't saying to increase your intake but that we all need SOME in our diet. How much depends on sweat and activity level. Too little and you risk hyponatremia, which can be deadly.
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Does the ibuprofen work after the swelling starts?
It does. I've tried everything and it's the only thing that helps, even after I start swelling.
I read the article PrincessSchmoo posted, but none of it is true for me.
Water pills don't do anything for my swollen legs, but they do cause me to visit every restroom onboard!
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