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Hello, what is the most common reason for feet, ankles and legs swelling up in a person aged 78 and has been a heart patient for 31 years. the person also cannot pass urine and stomach is also blouted. the person is also diabetic. thanks so much?

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Dr. Lori Lange answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Seems like the kidneys are not working up to par. They help eliminate fluid in the body. In diabetics the kidney or renal function can be decreased. They are probably also taking medications. Some meds can cause urinary retention. Meds also need to be adjusted in kidney failure. See a doctor to get the complete diagnosis and best way to get them going again while their is still time to improve.

Answered Dec 2, 2020

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Happens typically in the interplay between the pump (heart) and the filter (kidneys). If no longer making urine help is needed fast before the lungs fill up with fluid.

Answered Nov 29, 2020

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