Swelling Feet/legs

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Kat's Comment
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What do you guys do to combat this problem? I am on blood pressure meds that cause swelling so I take a water pill to offset the issue, but now that I am driving 10 hours a day, it's becoming a problem...and it hurts! I watch my salt intake and sip on water through the day. Any other suggestions??

Errol V.'s Comment
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Get some pressure stockings. You should find them in the pharmacy area. I got started with these by prescription from my Doc. I think there's some non-prescription ones out there.

Kat's Comment
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Thanks! I will check those out!


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Earl J.'s Comment
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I usually put some music on and bounce my feet to the tunes every hour or so which helps the blood flow to my feet, this seems to always help with the swelling.

Phoenix's Comment
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My husband and I noticed our ankles swelling shortly after moving into our new truck. Turned out it was due to how we had our seat positioned while we drove..too much pressure on the back of the thighs above the knee tends to obstruct circulation in the legs; by raising the seat a little too high, we were cutting off blood flow to our feet. Now I lower my seat until my feet are flat on the floor. My husband still keeps his high and his ankles still swell now and then, depending on his water and salt intake.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Try and stop a few times. Doing it while teaming is hard... but walk around the truck and go to the bathroom. Women on certain meds can be prone to blood clots and sitting for long periods can increase the chances. I was on the pill decades ago and when I went on a 10 hour flight the doctor told me to make sure I get up and walk or grab a connecting flight.

Jeff H.'s Comment
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Get some pressure stockings. You should find them in the pharmacy area. I got started with these by prescription from my Doc. I think there's some non-prescription ones out there.

Thorlos is a GREAT brand best socks I have ever owned. good luck.

Old School's Comment
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Kat, Phoenix is dead on with her advice about adjusting the seat. I see rookies with this same issue all the time - they always think they have got to have that seat way up high. You may have some other issues affecting you also, but lowering that seat way down until it is almost bottomed out will help tremendously.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I agree with Old School about the seat being lowered. I actually drive with zero air in my seat, save for the lower lumbar being inflated a tad. I had a trainer that said if you can't comfortably slip your hands under your thighs, you are sitting too high. Sitting too high restricts blood flow. When I drive my Cascadia, I don't even see the hood of the tractor. In a Volvo, I sit with no air and I can still see the hood - all has to do with truck design.

Kat's Comment
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Thanks for all the advice! I never would have thought about the seat... I like to ride high so I will try lowering it!

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