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Anemia Swollen Ankles
I've been diagnosed with anemia, last cbc show hemoglobin of 7 & hematocrit of 23. Today my ankles and feet are very swollen. What does this mean?
A few things: Excess dietary sodium can cause fluid retention, which can explain swelling in the foot, ankles and legs. Prolonged sitting or standing in place may cause swelling. It can also be due to other medical issues as well: congestive heart disease, htn, diabetes, uremia and many other issues. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
Get checked: Swelling and pain in the ankles can be caused by multiple things such as diet, blood pressure, kidney function, circulation, nerves, injury, previous surgery...Basically many things. You need to see your primary doctor and jot down more info about when do you notice the swelling, does it every go down, when does it hurt, what is your diet, etc. Get checked. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Swelling of both ankles is due to a variety of diseases including heart failure, low blood proteins, liver failure, pregnancy and other systemic diseases. Swelling of just one leg is due to some type of venous or lymphatic blockage in that leg, or possibly a growth in the pelvis or groin on the same side. ...Read more
Many things: There are a number of things that can cause swelling in the foot and ankle. This is a very nonspecific symptom. I recommend that someone with swelling should be seen by orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon for a definitive diagnosis. One in your area can be found at www. Aofas. Org. ...Read more
A number of possi--:
Bilities, including rheumatoid arthritis due to the bilateral involvement of multiple joints; other types of arthritis. Sometimes viral infections can cause multiple joint swellings/pain.
Need to see pcp for onward referral to a rheumatologist, who can diagnose/treat such conditions.
You needs xrays, labs and likely joint fluid to help aspiration to DX or rule out other diagnoses.
Good luck. ...Read more
Most important is close folow with your pcp!
evaluate and monitor blood pressure and ekg and cardiac functions. Also, want to evaluate and monitor blood flow to limbs.
Watch dietary intake of high sodium foods that may contribute to fluid retention.
Elevate limbs above level of heart during hours of slumber.
Wear therapeutic compression stockings or garments. ...Read more
Get diagnosed: It could be from "being on your feet". But there are a number of things that can cause swelling in the ankle. This is a very nonspecific symptom. I recommend that someone swelling in this area should be seen by orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon for a definitive diagnosis so that appropriate treatment can be started. You can find one in your area at www. Aofas. Org. ...Read more
If concerned, yes: This requires medical assessment. If you are concerned that it is serious, then asap. If not, set up an appointment. ...Read more
What can cause persistent fluid in the lungs and swollen ankles, despite taking diuretics continuously?
Several possibilitie: Pneumonia, adult respiratory distress syndrome, advanced malnutrition, congestive heart failure, hepatorenal syndrome, uremia. The lack of response to diuretics implies that either the condition isn't responsive to diuresis or the dose needs to be adjusted. The condition appears to be complicated and should be further evaluated with consultants as needed. ...Read more
Swollen ankles past two weeks I've been having swollen ankles (right ankle more prominent). What are some of the reasons for this?
Can femme tab20-100 bcp make you put on weight or could it be waterretension also I have swollen ankles I've been on bcp for 1 month only?
Birth control: Hi, some people report weight gain and some weight loss with combination birth control like Femme, it should even out in 2-3 months. The birth control pill definitely can cause water retention, if you have lower extremity swelling please contact ur doctor, maybe another combination pill work better for u. ...Read more
I've had very painful swollen ankles for about 4 yrs now the more I'm on my feet the worse they become, it is really limiting what I can do.
See Doctor: I agree with others-persistent ankle pain and swelling need evaluation. If you have not had an injury and not of an age to have degenerative arthritic changes you may need a more systemic evaluation. Primary care physician may be place to start with xrays, blood work and a complete physical exam. If appropriate referral to orthopedic specialist I am sure would be made. ...Read more
Doctor visit: Swollen ankles could be due to a multitude of causes ranging from simple pooling of fluid in legs (dependent edema) to varicose veins to medication side effects to inadequate pumping of the heart. Simple measures you can take are obtaining compression stockings, staying active and avoiding excessive salt however for this problem I would recommend a check up with your primary care doc. ...Read more
Various causes: There are very many causes, from congestive heart failure, to lymphedema, to venous insufficiency, blood clots, pregnancy, a various other causes, including serious and not-so-serious causes. The fact that you legs are the lowest part of your body, fluid have tendency to pool down there, with increased hydrostatic pressure -- sometime called dependent edema. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
Depends on cause: If the swelling resolves overnight, this is most likely due to venous insufficiency. Elastic stockings are best long term remedy. Elevate legs whenever possible. If this persists or if swelling does not improve overnight, get examined by your physician for other possible causes which can be treated. ...Read more