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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Swollen Legs In The Elderly

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Do you have any suggestions for care of elderly person with swollen legs?

Do you have any suggestions for care of elderly person with swollen legs?

1st find cause: Before discussing treatment options, we always need to figure out cause of problem. Swollen legs could be due to blood clot, kidney failure, heart failure, liver failure or just venous insufficiency (vein failure). Each cause requires different approach. So it's best to take patient to see Family Doc (or Geriatrician if elderly) for complete evaluation then treatment as appropriate.

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Leg Swelling (Definition)

Leg swelling could be due to infection, allergy, poor circulation/congestive heart failure or lymphadema. If you have leg swelling you ...Read more


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What could cause swollen legs?

What could cause swollen legs?

Leg swelling.: Many things from simple dietary indiscretions, such as an excess of salt, to medical conditions including congestive heart failure, kidney insufficiency or liver insufficiency, can cause the legs to swell. Could also be related to arthritis, gout, plantar fasciitis or even medications (calcium channel blockers or NSAIDs like Naproxen). Work-up is necessary.

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What causes swollen legs?

What causes swollen legs?

Various causes: The commonest causes of bilateral leg swelling are fluid retention which may be caused by weak or incompetent veins, heart failure, liver or kidney disorders, some medications, excess salt ingestion, underactive thyroid, etc. Your physician will evaluate you and order any needed tests in order to make a diagnosis.

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Can appendix cause pain on legs or swollen legs?

Can appendix cause pain on legs or swollen legs?

Not directly: Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix and is a medical emergency. Many cases of appendicitis require removal of the inflamed appendix by laparotomy or laparoscopy due to the high mortality associated with rupture of the appendix, which may lead to severe complications such as peritonitis and sepsis. It is not directly a cause of leg pain, but when inflamed the leg movements can illicit pain.

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Do swollen legs from Meloxicam cause Itching?

Do swollen legs from Meloxicam cause Itching?

It may: Meloxicam like all NSAIDs can cause edema, but the itching, if due to Mexican, us a sign of allergy. Suggest stopping for several days to a week to find out. In the meanttime substitute another NSAID like Aleve (naproxen) or ibuprofen for the pain. If not improved look for another cause. Your history shows you, 've used ibuprofen.

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No stones, no infection, no obstruction. But recent left side pain and swollen legs. U/S shows left mild pelvicaliectasis. Causes? Pretty scared.

No stones, no infection, no obstruction. But recent left side pain and swollen legs. U/S shows left mild pelvicaliectasis. Causes? Pretty scared.

Pelvicaliectasis: Pelvicaliectasis is a dilated renal pelvis and calyces. It is not synonymous with the word hydronephrosis. Pelvicaliectasis exists when the renal pelvis and calyces are dilated without any evidence of obstruction. Common causes of pelvicaliectasis include an ileal loop diversion, prune belly syndrome, multicystic dysplastic kidney, and polycystic kidney disease. See a nephrologist soon.

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Is it normal for hypertension medication to cause neck pain and swollen legs?

Is it normal for hypertension medication to cause neck pain and swollen legs?

Drug: If you are asking for a drug that could cause those symptoms, nifedine could. Not clear what you are asking.

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If someone does of a heart attack with diabetes 2 and had swollen legs from a fall, could that have been the cause?

If someone does of a heart attack with diabetes 2 and had swollen legs from a fall, could that have been the cause?

Need more info: Heart attacks occur for multiple reasons. Diabetes can affect the coronary circulation and cause blockages. Swollen legs could indicate congestive heart failure or even blood clots in the legs which could travel to effect the lungs and the heart. Even bruising of the heart from a fall could set up abnormal heart rythms which might lead to a heart attack.

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My brother has swollen legs look like elephant's probably got from sea rocks slipping, what to do?

He needs immediate: Medical attention. There is a strong likelihood that the massive swelling is from infections. Walking on slippery rocks in ; around the ocean can lead to many nicks ; cuts. Sea organisms can cause terrible infections. He needs medical attention.

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Sunburn swollen legs ankles what should I do?

Sunburn swollen legs ankles what should I do?

Apply aloe: Elevate the legs and take an antiinflammatory like Motrin or alleve if not contraindicated for any reason.

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Is menopause related to swollen legs (calves)?

Is menopause related to swollen legs (calves)?

No: Swelling in your legs is not a symptom of menopause. This might be concerning for other problems such as heart disease. This should prompt evaluation by your doctor.

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What should I do about a person that has grave's disease with swollen legs?

What should I do about a person that has grave's disease with swollen legs?

Are they related?: Peopel who are hyperthyroid have exopthalmos and weight loss and sometimes jittery. But I am not sure that swollen legs are related to being hyperthyroid. Ask your doctor who is treating you for your thyroid disease. You cannot cure hyperthyroidism yourself. The leg swelling may be from an unrelated problem.

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What does it mean when u have a burning sensation on your left bottock cheak and swollen legs?

What does it mean when u have a burning sensation on your left bottock cheak and swollen legs?

Nerve Entrapment: Burning pain is usually nerve related. Probably from impingement on the nerve going to the buttock @ the spinal column. Swelling in the legs is probably unrelated, and can be due to a number of things. You need a through examination.

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My nan have very swollen legs and ankles. She is 74. On water tablets for this. Now the legs are weeping water and very painful?

Swollen legs: Swollen les can be caused by many different things such as high blood pressure, infection, heart or kidney failure but when weeping drainage it may be much more serious like cellulitis. Call the dr. Right away.

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My platlet volume is very high 14 fl and also have swollen legs. What could be the reason...please help to understand these symptoms?

My platlet volume is very high 14 fl and also have swollen legs. What could be the reason...please help to understand these symptoms?

Need hematologist: A high platelet count can be for a number of reasons, some of which are serious medical problems. While your physician may be able to find the answer, it is likely that you will need a referral to a hematologist for testing to arrive at the diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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What is the treatment for swollen legs due to sunburn?

What is the treatment for swollen legs due to sunburn?

First: take an anti-: Inflammatory agents. For Ibuprofen the dose is 10 mg/kg/dose taken after meals every 8 hrs. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not an anti-inflammatory drug and it also taken every 4 hrs. It is much less doable outside a hospital setting. Tylenol (acetaminophen) dosing is 10-15 mg/kg/dose every 4 hrs.

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35 yr old male. Dull aches in right peck and arm. Swollen legs. What could this be?

35 yr old male. Dull aches in right peck and arm. Swollen legs. What could this be?

Dangerous: Could be lung, liver, heart, kidney and miscellaneous disease. Check with your doc. This is nothing to fool around. See your doc asap.