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Swelling of Legs & no diagnosis

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  • Posted By: LoriCV
  • October 8, 2006
  • 00:06 AM

I am 67 yrs. old and three or four weeks ago my legs started to swell. All my blood work was good and my chest x-ray was normal. Dr. said this can happen from time to time but I have never had it happen to me before & I am not satisified with the answer I got. Was told to move my legs while sitting or exercise. I got on my treadmill & the swelling increased NOT decreased. Any suggestions?

Just told by Dr. since all tests came back normal that the problem is with circulation which makes sense since it seems I am always cold.

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  • I'm 53- post menapausal and had problems this summer of ankles and legs swelling. My blood pressure was o.k. and blood work was o.k. The doctor put me on lasix and but that really didn't help either..So I stopped the lasix after a month...I found that the problem went away after the heat and humidity of the summer stopped.Just one of those "woman" things I guess??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 8, 2006
    • 00:20 PM
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  • Thanks so much for your input. It has not been hot here & Dr. did not prescribe any water pills. I am really at my wits end wondering if there is some underlying problem.
    LoriCV 4 Replies
    • October 8, 2006
    • 00:25 PM
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  • yes i can understand your concern, i would go back to your gp, however if the post saying it is just seasonal heat ect, then try resting with your legs lifted higher than your waist. ie rested under another chair higher than the other.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 8, 2006
    • 05:56 PM
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  • yes i can understand your concern, i would go back to your gp, however if the post saying it is just seasonal heat ect, then try resting with your legs lifted higher than your waist. ie rested under another chair higher than the other.
    mike2305 4 Replies
    • October 8, 2006
    • 05:59 PM
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  • Have your blood pressure checked.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 8, 2006
    • 06:10 PM
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  • Blood Pressure was good. Noticed also today that the color of my urine is clear. Did call & again question my Primary a few days ago, still do not like the answer I got which was swollen legs are not that unusual. It has not been hot here for quite awhile so it is not heat related.Thanks all for your input.
    LoriCV 4 Replies
    • October 8, 2006
    • 07:51 PM
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  • It sounds like you are having decreased vascular return. Elevating your legs will help. That was a good suggestion. Also decrease your salt intake. Salt makes you retain water and if you are an active person this can show up in your legs. Perhaps why walking on the tread mill made the swelling increase. At night sleep with your legs on a pillow. This will help to decrease the swelling as well. You might want to lool into some type of stockings. Or personnel wear them all the time, as well as open heart patients to prevent edema in their legs.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2006
    • 05:32 PM
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  • Thank you for the suggestion. My legs at night do go down to normal size, they swell after I am up for 10 mins. or so. I rarely use salt so that is not the cause. I will research decreased vascular return. Thanks much.
    LoriCV 4 Replies
    • October 9, 2006
    • 06:29 PM
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  • I am 67 yrs. old and three or four weeks ago my legs started to swell. All my blood work was good and my chest x-ray was normal. Dr. said this can happen from time to time but I have never had it happen to me before & I am not satisified with the answer I got. Was told to move my legs while sitting or exercise. I got on my treadmill & the swelling increased NOT decreased. Any suggestions?Did he tell you to add water and/or to cut salt intake? You could have phlebitis, which comes from weak vessels I think, They fill with blood when valves don't close all the way and blood pools. Don't take my word, check to verify. Also, kidney;s and thyroid checked? I'm 45 and gained weight suddenly, and in past few days hands and feet swollen. No blood results yet, but thyroid suspected. Doctor told me, just getting old and out of shape. He's at least partially right about that. Thrombosis, or clots can also be sign of cancer, my stepfather has lung cancer which started showing with clotting in his legs. Is it painful? If not, probably not a clot. Did anyone check your pulse in those arteries? Think they can do this with dopler ultrasound now to check for blockages.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 13, 2006
    • 05:47 AM
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  • Thrombosis, or clots can also be sign of cancer, my stepfather has lung cancer which started showing with clotting in his legs. How much time was there between his clotting episodes and his diagnosis or development of lung cancer? Thanks for the reply.
    winsall 15 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 11:21 PM
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