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  1. I am going out on a limb here. I figured that since there are so many people who belong to this community, that I just might get a "hit". Does anyone here have Idiopathic Cyclic Edema? Basically, you "gain" and "lose" large amounts of weight very suddenly, without a solid reason. Fluid accumulates very quickly, as in 5-7 pounds over the course of a day (morning to evening), and even 10-15 pounds overnight or in a few days' time, and even up to 35 pounds in a couple of weeks, regardless of food intake/exercise. Fluid retention occurs mostly in the torso (abdomen, breasts, hips), face, and sometimes fingers. Weight fluctuations occur unexpectedly, but possible triggers include heat, exercise, standing for long periods of time and there's a theory that the fluid is caused by non-blood fluids leaking from the capillaries into surrounding tissue. Along with the swelling (which makes your skin feel very stretched out), there can be overall achiness, stiffness, and depression. If you wear glasses, you might feel like they are suddenly tight. Even the loosest fabrics can cause "fabric marks" and indentations in the skin. The body shape resembles a box on stilts (legs). This isn't just "feeing bloated", though sometimes it *feels* like the worst PMS you have ever had. A flareup can last a few days, to weeks and even years, then disappear just as suddenly as it began. Diuretics may make you feel better for a single day, but they don't work on long term basis, and usage may cause "rebound" edema. This edema is not caused by kidney, heart, or other organ disease. Electrolytes (sodium, potassium) are normal. In other words, it's not from "too much salt" or "not enough water". It is not body fat or gaining true weight. It tends to occur in women under the age of 50. Does this sound like you or anyone you know?
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