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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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43yr,hypothy-62.5mcg TSH-0.53,sweating,pain while swallowing, weakness,slow breathing,insomnia,swelling hand,ankles,is it possible?hyperthyroid at .53

43yr,hypothy-62.5mcg TSH-0.53,sweating,pain while swallowing, weakness,slow breathing,insomnia,swelling hand,ankles,is it possible?hyperthyroid at .53

Possible: Hi. There's huge individual variation in response to any level of thyroid hormone replacement. Some of those symptoms COULD be your body's response to having a TSH of 0.53. I would try lowering your l-thyroxine dose to 50 mcg or 25 mcg and see if your symptoms improve with your TSH coming up a bit. However, many people feel fine with a TSH of 0.53, and it's possible your symptoms are not thyroid ...Read more

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I have panic attacks, heart palpitations, & severe anxiety. Could I have hyperthyroidism? I'm only 16! I also feel a pulse/twitch in my leg constantly

I have panic attacks, heart palpitations, & severe anxiety. Could I have hyperthyroidism? I'm only 16! I also feel a pulse/twitch in my leg constantly

Need an exam: Your symptoms can be due to psychological factors, but may also be due to physical disorder. You need to see your MD for a physical exam. A simple blood test (T3, T4, TSH) can determine if you have a thyroid disorder. Your leg twitch may be due to panic/anxiety, but may be due to electrolyte imbalance (again blood test will tell). If physical exam is normal, then see a psychologist using CBT. ...Read more

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Bad cramping in my legs, face twitching, was told i had back arthritis and was told I have hyperthyroidism. Small sore red lump on my leg, sore nippl?

Bad cramping in my legs, face twitching, was told i had back arthritis  and was told I have hyperthyroidism. Small sore red lump on my leg, sore nippl?

Hyperthyroidism: So what's your question? Hyperthyroidism or excess thyroid function needs to be evaluated & treated to minimize risk for palpitations, racing heart beat, atrial fibrillation, tremors, anxiety, bulging eyes (exophthalmos), weight loss, bone density loss, etc. Hyperthyroidism might explain some of your symptoms but i'm not sure about red lump & sore nipple (gynecomastia?). Go see your family doc. ...Read more

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Broke ankle 15 weeks ago. Today my ankle is so swollen and spongey. . .edema. . . .what should I do?

Broke ankle 15 weeks ago.   Today my ankle is so swollen and spongey. . .edema. . . .what should I do?

Elevate: Swelling after an ankle fracture can persist for months after the injury. 'Edema', swelling etc .is best helped by elevating the affected extremity ( foot/ ankle) above heart level( mid- chest)and application of an ice compress acutely. With time swelling tends to dissipate; if it persists see your ORS for evaluation and other options( TED hose, Jobes comp.etc.) good luck! ...Read more

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I've twisted my ankle and still have pain on a scale of 10. Could it be broken. There us a lot of edema. And it doesn't look any better.

I've twisted my ankle and still have pain on a scale of 10. Could it be broken. There us a lot of edema. And it doesn't look any better.

Bad sprains can : Be swollen and hurt for some time. You should be using a brace or cam walker I the pain is that secvere. How are you rehabbing it? And yes, the possibility of a fracture is real. So if it wasn't xrayed yet, that would be a good idea. If pain persists an MRI might be a good way to assess the actual damage. ...Read more

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What is done for edema, or swelling of the ankles?

What is done for edema, or swelling of the ankles?

Many things but: The most important thing is to find out what's causing it. Please see a physician. In the meantime, elevate legs while sitting, do not stand in place for prolonged periods of time. ...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.

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. ...Read more

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How to cure pitting edema of the ankle?

How to cure pitting edema of the ankle?

Why do you have it?: Is it unilateral or bilateral. Is it something that worsens during the day. Do you have a heart or kidney ailment. I need more info to help you. Can be bad veins and many other things. ...Read more

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If you have ankle edema when should you go to er?

See below: If it is grossly swollen and you are experiencing pain and numbness that would be a good time. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My son is 8 weeks old and i still have edema in my right ankle. Should i be concerned?

Water and gravity: Our bodies have a large amount of water needed to keep organs functioning. The vessels that carry the fluids are not perfect and they can leak. Also, our tissues have a certain amount of water to stay moist and pliable. Gravity works to pull the fluids down towards the feet even in healthy people. It will worsen as the day progresses. Treatment is compression socks/elevation. Avoid water pills. ...Read more

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How to treat pitting edema on my ankle?

How to treat pitting edema on my ankle?

1st find out cause: Before treating a condition, figure out it's cause. In case of swelling in feet/ankles, make sure your kidneys, liver & heart are ok. Ask if any medications might be causing your edema. Make sure you don't have a blood clot in your leg. Amlodipine is notorious for this. Assuming there's nothing wrong, keep your feet propped up. Avoid prolonged standing. Wear support hose. Consider a water pill. ...Read more

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What causes subchondral bone edema in my ankle?

What causes subchondral bone edema in my ankle?

Subchondral edema: Subchonral bone edema in your ankle typically occurs after an injury like an ankle sprain. Usually associated with a talar done lesion. ...Read more

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Docs, what's the cause of bone edema in my ankle?

Docs, what's the cause of bone edema in my ankle?

Injury: Edema in the ankle is usually due to some type of trauma. ...Read more

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Why does heart failure lead to edema in the ankles?

Why does heart failure lead to edema in the ankles?

Heart and kidneys: In the patient with congestive heart failure, the body senses that the heart is not working correctly. It sends a message the kidneys to hold onto salt and water that the patient eats and drinks. This excess salt and water builds up and becomes apparent in the legs, belly, and lungs. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Susan Wingo
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Overactive Thyroid (Definition)

Hyperthyroidism, often called "overactive thyroid," is a condition where the thyroid secretes too much of the thyroid hormones. Common symptoms include heat intolerance, increased appetite, ...Read more