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How could medication cause edema in the lower extremities?

How could medication cause edema in the lower extremities?

Vasodilation: This is a very common concern with blood pressure medications. Certain medications dilate your blood vessels which make it difficult to circulate blood through your lower extremities against gravity. If you want to send me your medication list i can review it and inform you of any potential concerns. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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Can pitting edema of the lower extremities be caused by CHF also having respiratory difficulty?

Can pitting edema of the lower extremities be caused by CHF also having respiratory difficulty?

Time to see doctor: Heart failure does lead to edema in the legs. A person with difficulty breathing needs to see his doctor right away, or be seen in the E.R. Right away. Other problems can be occurring at the same time that there is heart failure, such as fluid in the lungs, pneumonia, heart attack, etc.... ...Read more

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I have bilateral lower extremity edema. Swelln pain dr says valve n legs failing light headed is compression stockns treatmrnt? She says then surgery to cut off flow from valve can this wait?

I have bilateral lower extremity edema. Swelln pain dr says valve n legs failing light headed is compression stockns treatmrnt? She says then surgery to cut off flow from valve can this wait?

Stockings ok: You are female and 42 years old. You have bilateral leg swelling and your doctor notes venous incompetence. Stockings should be ok. First make sure you can have the correct fitting. Many patients can tolerate these if done correctly. Your doctor also may want to assess your cardiac function by echocardiography. Normal function is 75%. Be well. ...Read more

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I have pitting edema in my lower extremities. I hold for 5 seconds, it takes more than twice as long for it to return to normal. Should i worry?

I have pitting edema in my lower extremities. I hold for 5 seconds, it takes more than twice as long for it to return to normal. Should i worry?

need evaluation: That does not sound normal, especially for a 31 eyar-old. I am concerned that you have had high bp. This could be a serious problem and you should be evaluated by an internist very soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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My father is suffering frm central cord edema,not able to move lower limbs since it hapned 6 days ago. MRI shows'D6 to D8 hyperintesity. Recovery wen?

My father is suffering frm central cord edema,not able to move lower limbs since it hapned 6 days ago. MRI shows'D6 to D8 hyperintesity. Recovery wen?

If by D6-D8 you: meant T6-T8 then it would be a long recovery course indeed. Central cord edema may improve quickly with steroids and such medical treatment, but as it has to do with spinal nerve roots, it will be a long arduous process. He may get intermittent improvement in his muscle strength, but they may only be intermittent, or episodic. Hopefully the physical therapy will start soon if he hasn't already. ...Read more

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I have pitting edema + 2 to bilateral lower extremities. High LDL of 433 and i tend to have more swelling in my right leg. Could it be a clot?

I have pitting edema + 2 to bilateral lower extremities.  High LDL of 433 and i tend to have more swelling in my right leg. Could it be a clot?

It might lead to one: This appears to be a result of congestive heart failure/ fluid retention. This is usually in people in their sixth decade of life (50-60). However you've a high LDL and so there is likely an increased risk of heart disease. The edema is not a sign of a clot by itself, but the pressure on the vessels of your legs can cause one by venous stasis, etc.. Please see your doctor soon for therapy. ...Read more

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Brain edema due to japanese encephalitis, nw she's conscious bt hvng difficulty in swallowing nd hr left limbs r little weak, suggest some exercises.

Brain edema due to japanese encephalitis, nw she's conscious bt hvng difficulty in swallowing nd hr left limbs r little weak, suggest some exercises.

Consult neuro: There is no sense guessing without a lot more information . Please contact your primary care provider to see how this applies to you. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Extremity (Definition)

Is appendage or body part that extends from the main body, such as arms or ...Read more