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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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Have used lithium for 10+ years with constant edema of ankles. Now have chronic venous deficiency. Could lithium have caused this as long use.

Lithium and veins: Endothelial cells have the key function of participating in the maintenance of open and functional capillaries. Dysfunction of the vascular endothelium is thus a hallmark of human diseases such as peripheral vascular disease (rajendran 2013) however lithium alters the disposition and release of norepinephrine and, as a result, affects adrenergic neurotransmission (beaty 1981) may impair venous flow.

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How to prevent dependent edema of ankles and feet?

How to prevent dependent edema of ankles and feet?

Use your muscles: The contraction of calf muscles helps to push the blood back up to the heart. So doing calf raises, going for a walk are helpful. Compression socks (like jobst) are also very useful in preventing swelling especially if you have a job where you are standing still for many hours.

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Difference of pedal edema or ankle swelling?

Difference of pedal edema or ankle swelling?

Local or general: Pedal edema is how doctors refer to swollen feet. Pregnant women often get pedal edema as their pregnancy progresses heart disease circulation problems etc. Ankle get swelling because you have sprain ankle.

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My BP, blood sugar is under control. My echocardiography shows no abnormality. Then y do I get pitting edema around ankles?

My BP, blood sugar is under control. My echocardiography shows no abnormality. Then y do I get pitting edema around ankles?

Edema: Important to determine cause. Possibilities are: kidney losses of protein and low blood albumin, liver impairment of albumin synthesis and low blood albumin, nutritional insufficiency of protein and low blood albumin, venous insufficiency of leg veins, blockage of leg veins, or lung disease and venous engorgement, or kidney insufficiency and sodium retention.

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Motrin and Mobic (meloxicam) cause edema in ankles and legs. Do I need to avoid taking them or is it ok as long as it doesn't bother me too much?

Motrin and Mobic (meloxicam) cause edema in ankles and legs. Do I need to avoid taking them or is it ok as long as it doesn't bother me too much?

Side effects of meds: Sometimes certain drugs can cause side effects that are uncomfortable. Motrin and Mobic (meloxicam) both can cause pedal edema, but if you are having pain and the edema is manageable, you can take them. However, if the edema becomes painful itself and it hurts to walk, then stop the meds. If there are signs of an allergy, such as hives, then stop the medication. Consult with your physician and pharmacist.

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Left ring finger tip is kind of white, hard and numb. Also have edema in ankles (left is much worse). Recovered meth addict. 36 y.o. Female?

Left ring finger tip is kind of white, hard and numb. Also have edema in ankles (left is much worse). Recovered meth addict. 36 y.o. Female?

Multiple issues: Please clarify what you are asking. It sounds like you need ongoing care and support from a good primary care doctor. Good luck!

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Pitting edema around ankles one week after ankle injury. No pain, just discomfort, causes whole foot to swell after standing. Treatment options?

Pitting edema around ankles one week after ankle injury. No pain, just discomfort, causes whole foot to swell after standing. Treatment options?

Common: Injuries disrupt the flow of the lymphatics. This results in swelling. It is only temporary. Solution: Co-band wrap or Ace-wrap for ~1week and, keep using it (unless real painful) [if bruising, you may need an x-ray]

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Got edema in ankles and feet on vacation. Then severe sunburn. 5 days later Can't walk. Severe pain. Doctor prescribed lasix, how soon will this help?

Got edema in ankles and feet on vacation. Then severe sunburn. 5 days later Can't walk. Severe pain. Doctor prescribed lasix, how soon will this help?

Depends: Its possible that some of the swelling is increased fluid in your tissues due to the sunburn. I would bet that it is the burn that makes walking not bearable. The lasix may help marginally with the discomfort, but so would elevating your legs. Treating the burn (ie with moisturizers) would likely help the swelling quite a lot, and may make walking bearable again sooner, as well.

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I have hemihypertrophy on my right leg. One lump on knee two on right side of leg. Searing pain in calf plus pitting edema in ankle. Is this urgent?

I have hemihypertrophy on my right leg. One lump on knee two on right side of leg. Searing pain in calf plus pitting edema in ankle. Is this urgent?

Could be serious.: Hemihypertrophy can mean a difference in length of the leg as well as girth of the leg. If you have suddenly noticed a difference in girth with searing calf pain and pitting edema, you need to go to the ER immediately because of the possibility of a blood clot. I believe in playing it safe since failure to treat could have devastating consequences.

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16 months postpartum, still have edema, left ankle and leg larger than right, no thrombosis, knee pain, breastfeeding?

16 months postpartum, still have edema, left ankle and leg larger than right, no thrombosis, knee pain, breastfeeding?

See an orthopod: After making sure that no deep vein thrombosis in that leg, you need to see an orthopedic surgeon, mentioned you had knee pain, inflammation may be affecting the ankle as well. As for breastfeeding, pain killers like paracetamol or NSAIDs as ibuprofen won't affect your baby, but tell your doctor if s/he wants to prescribe something different, good luck

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Dx'd Ana dual @ 1:320. Rosacea, eczema, SOB on exert, lower leg pit edema shins ankles. Abn PFT, no sig find HR CT lung, wgt gain, - ech o card. Next?

Dx'd Ana dual @ 1:320. Rosacea, eczema, SOB on exert, lower leg pit edema shins ankles. Abn PFT, no sig find HR CT lung, wgt gain, - ech o card. Next?

Mgt and workup: A virtual appointment can be booked so that all the test results and your findings can be reviewed. Based on your description, I would also recommend renal function screening.

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