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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

The lymph channels work to return fluid from the lower extremities back towards the heart, and filter out bacteria. If the lymph channels and not functioning appropriately swelling of the affected limb is most common presentation. The swelling usually occurs during daily activities and improves with leg elevation. In order to prevent swellingUse a compression ...Read more


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My legs and feet have been swollen for over a year. I have just been told that I have lymphedema. The only thing about that is that I have a terrible shooting pain. What should I do?

My legs and feet have been swollen for over a year. I have just been told that I have lymphedema. The only thing about that is that I have a terrible shooting pain. What should I do?

Most commonly: Cause by removal of or damage if lymph node by cancer. Do you have cancer or cancer treatment? Symptoms are tightness and aching/discomfort, decrease range of motion, hardening of the skin, infections. Cancer, infections like parasites, surgery and congenital causes. Terrible pain not common but in theory peripheral neuropathy and compartment syndrome a possibility. See your physician asap. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle on the leg that has lymphedema, it's been a year and still not healed. Right side of foot bothers me when i walk. Will it ever heal?

Sprained ankle on the leg that has lymphedema,  it's been a year and still not healed.  Right side of foot bothers me when i walk.  Will it ever heal?

Ankle Sprain Healing: Statistically, 10% of all ankle sprains have some residual problem after one year. This can be muscle weakness, ligament instability, missed bone injuries, stiffness, etc. Most of these problems are minor, but not if you are getting some disability. Have it checked out by a podiatrist or orthopedist. Hopefully, the cure is quite simple. Dr rich blake. ...Read more

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Have lymphedema in foot/leg. When I take prednisone for asthma symptoms, my lymphedema goes away! Comes back when asthma starts acting up. Related?

Have lymphedema in foot/leg. When I take prednisone for asthma symptoms,  my lymphedema goes away! Comes back when asthma starts acting up. Related?

Inflammation: Prednisone is a potent anti-inflammatory that acts on the entire body. You are young, you should see a lymphaedema specialist to make sure you are appropriately diagnosed and being treated optimally to avoid future complications. You may have another underlying condition causing inflammation. ...Read more

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Got tattoo on ankle years before developing mild lymphedema in that same foot/ankle. Would removing that tattoo help or harm the lymphedema?

Got tattoo on ankle years before developing mild lymphedema in that same foot/ankle. Would removing that tattoo help or harm the lymphedema?

Harm : I would not mess with ankle that has lymphadema. It can lead to open wounds that very hard to heal. Using compression stockings, and addressing the cause of lymphadema would be more beneficial. ...Read more

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I just read on the web that multiple sclerosis can cause lymphadema. Neuro says I have ms. Could this b y my feet and legs swell. No answers yet?

I just read on the web that multiple sclerosis can cause lymphadema. Neuro says I have ms. Could this b y my feet and legs swell.  No answers yet?

Nonsense: Are loads of comments online regarding many subjects, and all sorts of self-styled experts. Ms in no way causes lymphedema, but some of the drugs used in ms can promote foot swelling. Am more concerned about your kidney function, and wonder if you actually have lupus or another collagen vascular disease, not ms, and if so, kidney issues could be causing your fluid retention. Get second opinion. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has lymphadema how do you keep her legs and feet from swelling up and so they will look normal.

Elevation: Elevate foot of bed 2 inches. Still can use pillows at head. Lymph pumps my be helpful support stocking as much as tolerable choose exercizes that allow leg elevation or supine swimming, weights, pilates , supine bike etc. ...Read more

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My legs especially feet are swollen, is it symptom of pregnancy as I am 22 week and how can I solve it?

My legs especially feet are swollen, is it symptom of pregnancy as I am 22 week and how can I solve it?

Yes and yes: The total circulatory volume of your body increases by about 1/3rd when you are pregnant, so swelling is common. See your doctor and make sure there is not another cause of it however first. Walking, exercise of your legs will help reduce it as will compression stockings. ...Read more

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What should I do quickly for after pregnancy swelling of the feet and legs?

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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My daughter had goten third spacing during her pregnancy, had her baby and still has the third spacing and has very swollen legs and feet , need help ?

My daughter had goten third spacing during her pregnancy, had her baby and still has the third spacing and has very swollen legs and feet , need help
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Talk to her doctor: The question is why she is third spacing. This can be a symptom of pre-eclampsia or can be due to a low serum protein level, or any number of other things. She needs to talk to her OB about the cause in order to know what if anything she needs to do about it. It can take some time for the changes of pregnancy to resolve after delivery. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What can I do for sore legs and feet during pregnancy? Does heat like a heating pad work?

What can I do for sore legs and feet during pregnancy? Does heat like a heating pad work?

Elevate: You can try elevation and ask your doctor for some compression stockings. If you have tired, aching, heavy legs it is likely due to backward flow in your veins. This is common in pregnancy and the majority of women will have resolution of these symptoms after delivery. ...Read more

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What causes varicose veins, and severe swelling of the legs and feet during pregnancy, and how can I treat it myself at home?

What causes varicose veins, and severe swelling of the legs and feet  during pregnancy, and how can I treat it myself at home?

Compression stocking: The pressure of the baby on to draining system- veins is one of the causes for venous reflux. To prevent swelling, pain, and cramps use compression stockings 20mmHg. Also, elevate your legs/feet when in bed or at home. Usually it gets better after the baby, residual disease can be treated with ablation in future if it persists. ...Read more

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What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

If unilateral - DVT?: While it is common to have swollen lower extremities postpartum as fluid shifts occur after delivery, this is usually bilateral. If the swelling is unilateral and/or accompanied by pain, would recommend seeking evaluation to confirm not a deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremity, which has potential serious medical complications (e.g. Pulmonary embolus). ...Read more

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Cont back pain, peeing a lot, weird tingles in legs/feet, higher bbt, craving steak, insomnia..I had a false UTI & negative urine pregnancy test. Help?

Cont back pain, peeing a lot, weird tingles in legs/feet, higher bbt, craving steak, insomnia..I had a false UTI & negative urine pregnancy test. Help?

Confusing: Not sure what you mean by a false uti. If your urine pregnancy test is negative and you repeat it a few days later then you can rest assured you are not pregnant. See a primary care to discuss and organize a plan to evaluate all the other symptoms. ...Read more

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Swollen and aching legs and feet at 35 weeks of pregnacy normal?

Swollen and aching legs and feet at 35 weeks of pregnacy normal?

Norma;: Swollen and achy legs and/or feet can be considered normal in pregnancy. Eating nothing but fruit for one day or steamed rice with apples can make a pregnant woman lose large amounts of water and alleviate the swelling. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more