swollen legs

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Does anyone else with graves suffer with swollen legs. Thus first started a couple of years ago when it was really bad. I'm now stabilising for the third time but still getting some swelling if I'm on my feet a lot. The

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    My doctor said it can happen. I don't know if it's hyperthyroidism or a reaction from the nedication. It should be reported, to your doctor anyway so that's a good time to ask.
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      Thank you for taking the trouble to reply. I've noticed a few references to it but it's not a common symptom with hyper but can also occur with hypo I think. I have told the doctors already but they seem to think it will improve as I stabilise.
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    While being hyper I experienced swollen lower legs. This would happen typically towards the evening. It was so bad that I could not wear shoes or slippers and I had to raise my legs.

    Luckily for me I noticed that it always got worse shortly after taking Propranolol. That's why I stopping taking Propranolol and found that the swelling reduced considerably. (Just to be safe, I also informed my GP and I kept monitoring my heart rate to make sure it does not get too high.) 

    It helped me a lot to lie on my back with the feet raised on a pillow. You can also try to massage your feet/legs (while lying down and lifting one leg slightly)  by forming a tight circle with your thumbs and index fingers and pulling the 'circle' along your leg starting at the toes. 

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    Swollen legs are what got me to see my Dr and from there I was diagnosed with Graves Disease.  I had all the symptoms but the swollen legs sorta forced me to go see my primary Dr...I thought it was heart related.  I've been on medication now for a year and haven't had swollen legs since. 
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      It's reassuring to know others have experienced this distressing symptom and some have had it much worse than me. I hope mine settles when I'm propertly stabilised. Thank you all.
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