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How does obesity cause swelling of the legs?

How does obesity cause swelling of the legs?

Obesity/leg swelling: Ironically, the larger one is the less water weight and more body fat they have. When the body's water mass falls to about 42% or lower, we see leg swelling as seen in many bariartic practicies with obese patient. Ddrink more water; get your water and fat mass checked. Water pills usually make this worse. The other mechanisms of less exercise and decreased venous flow can contribute as well. ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


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Leg muscles jellified & gave up on me 5 mins into workout...also bad chest...is it because I'm very obese & not used to exercise?

Leg muscles jellified & gave up on me 5 mins into workout...also bad chest...is it because I'm very obese & not used to exercise?

It very well could: Be related to significant physical deconditioning and exercise intolerance. ... severe obesity wouldn't be helping either. I assume you mean chest "pain" or "discomfort" as that was cut off. It would be uncommon at 19 even with severe obesity to have obstructive heart disease that you most commonly worry about with those symptoms. Nonetheless, you should still review this with your doc. ...Read more

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My trainer said, that people who used to be obese, then lost their weight, will notice having larger than average leg muscles, compared to others.?

My trainer said, that people who used to be obese, then lost their weight, will notice having larger than average leg muscles, compared to others.?

Yes if they r active: I have been suprize by how mascular is the legs of obese people are, this likely due to the extra weight that they have to carry around 24/7. This of course is until their movement and activity start to slow down, at then you will probably start seeing atrophy and loss of this mascular bulk. ...Read more

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If diuretics or acetazolamide can't help in leg edema (obese) patient what can be used? Please give exact names of medicines rather than escapist reply

If diuretics or acetazolamide can't help in leg edema (obese) patient what can be used? Please give exact names of medicines rather than escapist reply

Your question is: Beyond the scope of this general question format. To avoid an escapist reply you may consider a virtual consult with a HealthTap physician. Per our guidelines "public answers on HealthTap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis." ...Read more

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Can cellulitis cause a person to lose balnce and fall. Complints of hip pain in same leg as cellulitis... Very limited mobility. Super obese?

Can cellulitis cause a person to lose balnce and fall. Complints of hip pain in same leg as cellulitis... Very limited mobility. Super obese?

Typically not: Cellulitis should not cause difficulty in balance or falling although if there is pain or discomfort in the affected leg, then gait and standing may be affected to avoid the discomfort which in turn may lead to increase risk if fall in a very obese person. If pain in the hip occurred after a fall, it should be evaluated to rule out fracture or dislocation. ...Read more

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I'm an obese and sweat really bad between my legs and my belly. I'm gaulded and I'm in pain. What can I do to get rid of the gaulding?

I'm an obese and sweat really bad between my legs and my belly. I'm gaulded and I'm in pain. What can I do to get rid of the gaulding?

Blistershield: I recommend use of a high quality powder or roll-on friction reduction product. The cheapest and fastest solution is petrolatum jelly (like Vaseline), but this is messy. I like Sport Shield or Blister Shield made by 2Toms, and Blisterguard is another good product. You can shop for these on line or find them in sports shops and some other stores. ...Read more

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I am experiencing leg swelling, ankle swelling and knee pain. The following also describe me: Obesity and Knee pain. What should I do?

I am experiencing leg swelling, ankle swelling and knee pain. The following also describe me: Obesity and Knee pain. What should I do?

Simple things first: Hi Minam,
Sorry to hear that you are experiencing struggles with your health. I am assuming that your symptoms have been going on for awhile? Or at least gradually worsening? If so, the best thing will likely be lifestyle improvement through developing healthy habits in areas of fitness, eating, sleep, and mental wellness. The emphasis is developing healthy habits, the results will come naturally. ...Read more

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My right knee hurts. It always has. Even when I was just a child. I can't fold my legs for too long. Reason?? Now that I'm obese, it hurts even more!

My right knee hurts. It always has. Even when I was just a child. I can't fold my legs for too long. Reason?? Now that I'm obese, it hurts even more!

Be seen: You would really need to be seen and examined and probably undergo some testing for an accurate diagnosis as there are multiple possibilities, from an undiagnosed inflammatory arthritis to some type of congenital problem. There are so many pisdibilities. On top of that, obesity can aggravate an underlying knee problem as well and should be treated aggressively. ...Read more

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I am 52 black female who is obese I have the following wrong swollen legs I am incontient lower back problems can't raised legs to get in out of car?

If you haven't: Sought medical care for these symptoms yet - it is important to do so. The obesity may be impacting other symptoms. Recommend you start with comprehensive medical evaluation & discuss weight loss program with your physician. Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, ...Read more

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Obese lady, 45 years, suffering from knee osteoarthritis in one leg; inability to bend knee. Frequent swelling & unbearable pain. Diclo-para ineffective?

Obese lady, 45 years, suffering from knee osteoarthritis in one leg; inability to bend knee. Frequent swelling & unbearable pain. Diclo-para ineffective?

Possible joint mouse: Could be joint mouse interfering with motion, . Evaluation for associated calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease would be helpful. Can to opposite side to take stress off the knee would help. Rheumatologic evaluation could identify specific medications to consider. ...Read more

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My cousin's left shoulder down to her left leg are dead. Doc said it's not a stroke. I wonder what kind of disease is that? She has no injury but a little obese.

My cousin's left shoulder down to her left leg are dead. Doc said it's not a stroke. I wonder what kind of disease is that? She has no injury but a little obese.

A: A number of organic and psychiatric conditions can cause numbness and/or weakness on one side of the body from the neck down. Neurological conditions that could cause such symptoms would include those that affect the spinal cord in the neck, and could include inflammatory / demyelinating conditions such as multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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I am experiencing leg tingling and legs cramping. The following also describes me: Obesity. What should I do?

I am experiencing leg tingling and legs cramping. The following also describes me: Obesity. What should I do?

Leg tingle & cramps: It is important to rule out/identify possible medical conditions such as circulation issues or nutritional/hormonal imbalances. Please start by seeing your doctor. He/she can also guide you in weight management. Please ask about lower carb food plan. Peace and good health. Shanti. ...Read more

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I am an obese person, I get burning rashes between the legs due to friction when I walk more. It continues paining. Kindly suggest anasthatic cream.

I am an obese person, I get burning rashes between the legs due to friction when I walk more. It continues paining. Kindly suggest anasthatic cream.

Zinc oxide: An anesthetic cream is not the answer. You have to treat the problem. The best remedy is obviously to try to lose some weight but I'm sure you are doing this. Try to rub zinc oxide paste on the part of the thighs that are rubbing. This is a great skin lubricant that will stay on your skin and continue to help all day. When the rash is bad, try rubbing 1% Hydrocortisone cream under the zinc. ...Read more

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Obese f 165 cm 120 kg Heartattack patient with edema. Water leaks from legs. Cracks are there. What can be done? Any medicines? Any advices? Who can help?

Obese f 165 cm 120 kg Heartattack patient with edema. Water leaks from legs. Cracks are there. What can be done? Any medicines? Any advices? Who can help?

Edema: Tricky situation. Leg swelling can be a sign of worsening heart function. Sometimes we treat edema (leg swelling) with diuretics like Lasix (furosemide) which send a signal to the kidneys to eliminate the extra fluid. The problem is that Lasix (furosemide) can also damage the kidneys if over used. Also, patients have to be careful not to "over drink" and add excess body water to the system. This requires close attention. ...Read more

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I'm obesed 340 lost 30 knees & leg pain poss bone n bone dr won't consider knee replacement also have COPD trying to lose more weight what options have?

I'm obesed 340 lost 30 knees & leg pain poss bone n bone dr won't consider knee replacement also have COPD trying to lose more weight what options have?

Delay surgery: Based on your present state of health, proceeding with total knee replacement surgery now will put you at increased risk for medical complications and infection. A knee replacement surgery is safest to perform when the patient's bmi is under 40 and any medical conditions you may have are under good control. Ask your surgeon for a preop physical therapy referral to help with weight loss now. ...Read more

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My 14 Y.O son is not obese but really skinny. His veins bulge out a lot when he's leaning on somthing with his arms or legs. Why is this?

Normal: Blood becomes backed up in his veins because of the pressure and slowing of venous return to the heart, gets relieved with correct posture, by being skinny it becomes more apparent, but everybody has it, skinny is better than being obese or overweight, but being over-skinny isn't healthy too, unless that's his own built, so long he is healthy don't worry, take care ...Read more

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I feel pain in hip leg joint bone &feel tiered I'm obese lady38age all blodtest clear my legs r thinner than uperbody all weight on kegs?

I feel pain in hip leg joint bone &feel tiered I'm obese lady38age all blodtest clear my legs r thinner than uperbody all weight on kegs?

See your PCP: Get evaluated by your pcp. Although it is challenging to loose weight, it is a challenge that is well worth any expense/effort/time. Getting down to your ideal body weight, will tremendously help prolong your life expectancy, and help alleviate lots of joint pain and symptoms, as well as help slow down the rate of degeneration of your joints, as there will be less weight on those joints. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for leg vein varices? (a 43 years old woman with high blood pressure and obesity)

What is the best treatment for leg vein varices? (a 43 years old woman with high blood pressure and obesity)

Best is definitive: Conservative treatment with compression stockings never hurt and should be tried at first. It may help symptoms but won't be make the veins go away. The best treatment for leg varices starts with ultrasound to determine if saphenous vein needs treatment. After the saphenous vein is treated, if needed, then the branch veins [superficial varicosities ] should be treated. See a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Knee pain. Meds, ice, heat don't work. I'm obese. Used to pop by twisting knee. Same leg longer than other. Pain is all over. No job or money for dr?

Weight: For 1 week write in full detail what you eat, and drink. I mean everything (even water, chips, candy etc). Then look at it, analyse it. You have to trim down (gradually) the eating diary. Many time you think you eat well but when you look at it on a piece of paper you realize there are always adjustment to make without starving that is a simple advice to a complex situation. ...Read more

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I am experiencing leg swelling and eye pain (quality: sore or burning) (side: left). The following also describes me: Obesity. What should I do?

I am experiencing leg swelling and eye pain (quality: sore or burning) (side: left). The following also describes me: Obesity. What should I do?

Eye pain: Burning eye pain is almost always due to dryness or meibomian gland dysfunction: do you have dry mouth, arthritis? Leg swelling: do you have any kidney or heart issues? Please consult with us to help determine best treatment for both. ...Read more

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31 y/o african american female and obese. Have high blood pressure and poor circulation in legs. Want to start a diet but I lose focus. What can I do?

31 y/o african american female and obese. Have high blood pressure and poor circulation in legs. Want to start a diet but I lose focus. What can I do?

Small changes: Small changes, try to start by eliminating sugar containing drinks from your diet. I have had patients lose weight weekly by drinking water as their primary source of hydration- its calorie free and healthy. ...Read more

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Can obesity lead to swelling in legs and feet al had echo cariagram and stress test came back ok I have severe obstructive sleep apnea if I loose we9?

Do lose weight!: Losing weight will certainly help both your swelling and the sleep apnea! Will it cure both? Depends on whether or not something else is causing either or both. But both will improve with weight loss (usually!) and you will certainly be healthier if you lose weight. Go for it! (High protein-low carb diets are not the way to go for most, these are causing their own set of med. Problems.) ...Read more

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Is my knee pain related to my obesity?

Is my knee pain related to my obesity?

Yes: A person's knees take on a lot of stress when he carries a heavy backpack or gains 50-100 pounds in weight. Obesity can worsen knee problems such as pain, swelling, difficulty walking, or trouble climbing stairs. Even if the original cause of the knee problems were from another disease or injury, the heavier a person is, the more wear and tear the knees have to endure. ...Read more

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Can obesity cause numbness above your knee?

Can obesity cause numbness above your knee?

Indirectly..: Obesity itself is unlikely to cause numbness above your knee. However, obesity could be making back problems worse which could cause those symptoms. Or certain vitamin deficiencies could also cause these symptoms. Follow up with your primary physician. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of knee pain for people who are obese?

What are the main causes of knee pain for people who are obese?

Osteoarthritis: Hi, great question...

The biggest thing is premature osteoarthritis. The increased stress across the joint results in articular cartilage damage and loss and ultimately osteoarthritis.

Now in the same spectrum and biomechanical etiology there is increased stress on the meniscus (cushion) between the femur and tibia. This can result in meniscus tear and another pain generator.

Best wishes. ...Read more