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I had a complete metabolic panel lab test done and my gap anion came back elevated at 19. I also have edema in both legs. Should I be worried?

I had a complete metabolic panel lab test done and my gap anion came back elevated at 19. I also have edema in both legs. Should I be worried?

Edema of greater: Concern. An anion gap of 19 is above normal, but by itself is not a danger signal. However, edema in both legs is a cause for concern. Please discuss the lab results as well as the leg edema with the doctor who ordered the tests. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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Mva, 2005. Mult. Surgeries = r ankle fused, w/plates, pins, screws, metal rod to halfway up leg. Why sporadic pitting edema in both legs from standing?

Mva, 2005. Mult. Surgeries = r ankle fused, w/plates, pins, screws, metal rod to halfway up leg. Why sporadic pitting edema in both legs from standing?

Edema.: Edema in lower extremities comes from interplay of many factors - protein content of blood, hydrostatic pressure induced by gravity, the state of valves in veins, the amount of circulating fluid in bloodstream and the degree of competency of lymphatic system. If any of these - or a combination of these- is a bit off you get swelling. Might expect swelling worse on r but this might not happen. ...Read more

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I have non-pitting edema in both legs, worse in left. I take 40mg Lasix (furosemide) & potassim plue elevating legs. Now very painful with blisters. What is this?

I have non-pitting edema in both legs, worse in left. I take 40mg Lasix (furosemide) & potassim plue elevating legs. Now very painful with blisters. What is this?

More likely answer: Gotta disagree with doctor. Unless your hands, and other areas are also swollen, the likely diagnosis is from venous disease. This iswhen the veins in your legs do not bring the blood back up due to obesity, pregnancies, trauma or family history of same. You need to find a wound care specialist who works at least 3 full days in the wound center (no dabblers) to get a diagnosis and correct tx. ...Read more

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I have edema both legs and catching my breath when I do simple household chores. What is it?

See specialist: To young for heart problems, but sometimes a cardiomyopathy (malfunction) heart can occur. Right sided failute or dysfunction, liver problems or circulatory insufficiency.
See a doctor. ...Read more

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Pitted edema both legs, no DVT should I wear support stockings all times, & are calf only supp. Compression sleeves as good as toe to upper calf sock?

Pitted edema both legs, no DVT should I wear support stockings all times, & are calf only supp. Compression sleeves as good as toe to upper calf sock?

Calf high works well: The calf muscles act as the main leg circulation pumps so calf compression stockings may work nearly as well as thigh high supports. The other consideration is what strength: consider 30-40 mmhg compression stockings, but recent studies show 20-30 mmhg may work nearly as well, and are easier to put on and take off. Since results vary, consider experimenting with different stocking types. ...Read more

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I am 29 yrs old. I am having non pitting edema in both the legs. Can it be cured. What medication should I take?

I am 29 yrs old. I am having non pitting edema in both the legs. Can it be cured. What medication should I take?

Depends on the cause: There can be many different causes of edema, from congestive heart failure to liver failure to obstruction from a tumor to leaky valves in the veins of the legs. Thus, the cure, if there is one, depends on the underlying cause. So does the treatment. See your primary care provider to discuss why you have the edema and what can be done about it. ...Read more

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I have been seeking answers since march 2012 for edema in both of my lower legs, ankles and feet. Blood work has shown elevated sedimentation rates (4?

I have been seeking answers since march 2012 for edema in both of my lower legs, ankles and feet. Blood work has shown elevated sedimentation rates (4?

Check the thyroid: If no heart failure, kidney and liver disease, or blood vessel abnormalities (varicose, aterial disease) think about your sodium intake or thyroid disease. Esr of 4 doesn't seem high. Google hypothyroidism symptoms. Otherwise it could be a medicine you are on (amlodipine?). Again consulting with an experienced internist might help. ...Read more

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How can I reduce leg edema from the knees down on both legs?

How can I reduce leg edema from the knees down on both legs?

Elevation: Keeping your legs elevated generally reduces swelling; diuretics can be used also but something that should be prescribed after a full evaluation. ...Read more

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I have uncontrolled hypertension hypothyroidism, discoloration both legs & now edema in right leg knee to foot. What kind of doc should I see first?

I have uncontrolled hypertension hypothyroidism, discoloration both legs & now edema in right leg knee to foot. What kind of doc should I see first?

Physician: Family practice physician will help you sort through these problems, do appropriate workups, and refer you to the proper specialists if necessary. ...Read more

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What is the reason for swelling in both legs although serum?

Millions of causes: Your complain is very general. Things that cause that include obesity, allergic reactions, heart failure, severe malnutrition, severe fluid overload, vein disease, etc. Swelling is a very non-specific finding and has so many causes that identifying the cause takes more than 400 words allows me to help. If it is causing you problems, then getting a doctors opinion should give you peace of mind. ...Read more

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20yr female reletively healthy experiencing pain in both legs, comes and goes, on pain scale 5 mostly calve area no swelling or redness, been 4 days?

20yr female reletively healthy experiencing pain in both legs, comes and goes, on pain scale 5 mostly calve area no swelling or redness, been 4 days?

Difficult to say: Without a physical exam and more history. However, a common cause of a constant leg ache in a female your age is anemia. You may want to ask your physician to check a cbc. Also, try hydrating well. If you have had any b trauma and bilateral leg pain is coming from a traumatic injury in your back, see doctor soon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My wife conceived with triplets now its 23rd week. She feels pain in her both legs, sometimes it goes to swelling mildly. Please suggest me what to do?

CALL HER OB: Call her OB right now. This is the only correct answer: go offline right away and always call her ob, you will only get confused and waste time online. ...Read more

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I have swelling in both legs a feeling of tightness and weakness?

I have swelling in both legs a feeling of tightness and weakness?

Get evaluated: Get evaluated by your physician as swelling could be caused by many things with some being more serious than others. ...Read more

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My husband has swelling in both legs, left leg is worse. He has many underlying medical conditions. His GP says it is a natural part of ageing.

My husband has swelling in both legs, left leg is worse. He has many underlying medical conditions. His GP says it is a natural part of ageing.

Leg swelling: There are many medical conditions that can cause lower extremity swelling including but not limited to heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, a blood clot as well as venous insufficiency in the legs. I think you should get a second opinion to make sure he has a thorough work up and the most serious things are ruled out first. ...Read more

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37wks prg quite bad swelling all over bp etc all fine. R leg swells worse so both legs rested but become agony if rested hip height or higher why?

37wks prg quite bad swelling all over bp etc all fine. R leg swells worse so both legs rested but become agony if rested hip height or higher why?

Edema pregnancy: Hello ~ this is an odd question. Why would you want to elevate your legs higher than 90deg to the body. Its probably painful because you are pulling the muscles in thighs with the over elevation. Edema is present in just about 100% pregnancies. If BP ok its benign. Just put your legs up off the ground or just stop standing is all you need to do. Thanks ...Read more

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Painful swelling of mrs. Rajashree mohanty’s legs from knee joints to feet (both legs) the disease started first with cellulitis of left leg about 6to 7?

Painful swelling of mrs. Rajashree mohanty’s legs from knee joints to feet (both legs) the disease started first with cellulitis of left leg about 6to 7?

Mrs. Mohanty: Needs to see a doctor. There are many reasons why legs can swell. The concern is the fact she has pain. Many people with swollen legs do not complain of pain rather tired legs, a heaviness etc. Due to t he fact there is pain this should be checked out. As you stated the swelling itself appears to have been there a while. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with venous stasis, I have moderate swelling in both legs, what are treatments?

I have been diagnosed with venous stasis, I have moderate swelling in both legs, what are treatments?

No worries: Venous stasis is very common and almost never life threatening or even limb threatening. It occurs most commonly when the valves of the leg veins breakdown and no longer prevent blood from traveling with gravity all the way to the feet. Compression stockings are the mainstay of therapy and can prevent more serious complications such as ulcerations if used consistently. ...Read more

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Can a blood clot cause painful swelling to occur in BOTH legs/ankles?

Can a blood clot cause painful swelling to occur in BOTH legs/ankles?

Both legs swelling: It would be unusual for a clot in one leg to cause both legs to swell unless the clot is located in the inferior vena cava which drains the blood from BOTH legs. Often times bilateral leg swelling is due to other issues such as heart, kidney, lung or liver. Even medications can contribute to bilateral leg swelling. See your PMD for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have had a pain in both legs but mostly in my leg leg it hurts to touch it it hurts when anything hit it or touches it no swelling or tingling feet?

I have had a pain in both legs but mostly in my leg leg it hurts to touch it it hurts when anything hit it or touches it no swelling or tingling feet?

Neuropathy: Unless you have had this condition for a long time, the condition is probably not genetic. A neuropathy can occur without tingling, especially early in its course. Nerve conduction studies can confirm or exclude that possibility. Arterial disease can also cause similar symptoms but there would likely be pallor & coldness of the limb. Blood vessel ultrasound can document this is present. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing upper chest pain with swelling in both legs at times and also sometimes swelling in my hands.

I'm experiencing upper chest pain with swelling in both legs at times and also sometimes swelling in my hands.

Be seen: It would be wise to be seen to rule out s cardiac or pulmonary cause. A good medical checkup would be a good place to start. ...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