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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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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Can you get severe edema from wheelchair confinement?

Can you get severe edema from wheelchair confinement?

Edema: Yes, your lower extremity venous return can be blocked, inmobilization can cause loss of muscle mass and also incomptence of valves in veins of lower extremities. ...Read more

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I'm 47 and gained 100 lbs in a year, can weight cause severe edema and can edema make it hard to lose weight?

I'm 47 and gained 100 lbs in a year, can weight cause severe edema and can edema make it hard to lose weight?

Go to see doctors...: Gaining weight results from positive balance between intake and output of water and energy by multiple reasons: over-eating urged by habit, depression, sugar craving, drugs (steroid, hormone, some for diabetic, etc.); slowing energy consumption by aging, illness, drugs; water retention from heart failure, poor circulation, kidney disease, etc.; and many others... So, go to doctors for detailing. ...Read more

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Can cancer cause severe edema? If so what kind of cancers can cause you to retain fluid. All other tests were normal. I need help.

Can cancer cause severe edema? If so what kind of cancers can cause you to retain fluid. All other tests were normal. I need help.

Yes: Generalized edema is due to low Albumin levels in the serum and not frequently seen with cancer. Edema of the extremities can be caused by cancer in the pelvis obstruction the return flow of blood from pressure on in iliac vessels. This js a more frequent finding. ...Read more

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Can h-pylori in your stomache cause severe edema throughout your body?

Can h-pylori in your stomache cause severe edema throughout your body?

Not normally: You definitely need to see a physician as soon as possible. H. Pylori by itself does not normally cause you to have full body swelling. There's something else going on that needs to be investigated, and examined by your physician. Don't delay. ...Read more

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Would you have edema (severe) with euvolemic hyponatremia and would blood work be normal?

Would you have edema (severe) with euvolemic hyponatremia and would blood work be normal?

Urine electrolytes: Euvolemia means there is no evidence of dehydration nor fluid overload. Typically there is no edema in euvolemia. Hyponatremia - low serum sodium levels. One should check urine electrolytes to find out the exact reason for low serum sodium. This problem usually needs nephrologist consult. ...Read more

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Severe edema during preg., delivered feb 9, and still have terrfic leg pain. What could this be?

Severe edema during preg., delivered feb 9, and still have terrfic leg pain. What could this be?

See your doctor: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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I'm 47 and suffer from severe edema the last 2 1/2 yrs. Seen kidney heart dr and endocranologist who can't figure it out. Who do I see, i need help.

I'm 47 and suffer from severe edema the last 2 1/2 yrs. Seen kidney heart dr and endocranologist who can't figure it out. Who do I see, i need help.

Edema's cause: The most common causes of edema are, acute kidney failure, cardiomyopathy, chronic kidney failure, varicose veins, congestive heart failure, lymphedema, nephrotic syndrome, use of nsaid's, pericarditis and thrombophelbiitis. As you have no cardiac disease, have your lymphatic system and your veins of your legs checked. See: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/symptoms/leg-swelling/basics/causes/sym-20050910. ...Read more

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Can severe pedal edema be associated with smoking?

Can severe pedal edema be associated with smoking?

Ischemia: Smoking causes vasoconstriction of blood vessels and in general is bad for circulation. It can directly or indirectly cause all kinds of circulatory disturbance. Usually, the main concern is ischemia or lack of blood flow though. ...Read more

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I have CHF and suffer from severe edema. What can I do to prevent the swelling?

I have CHF and suffer from severe edema. What can I do to prevent the swelling?

Diuretics: Diuretics or "water pils" help the body remove the extra fluid in patients with chf. These include furosemide, torsemide, bumex, metalazone, spironolactone and occasionally hctz (hydrochlorothiazide). These usually are taken daily to keep extra fluid off. Limiting the amount of fluid intake to 1500 - 2000 cc/day can also limit the amount of meds needed. Severe edema may need IV meds in the hospital to get the fluid off. ...Read more

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What happens if you are md or if you yourself suffer from CHF & severe edema-please reply?

What happens if you are md or if you yourself suffer from CHF & severe edema-please reply?

Md=?: By md, do you mean medical doctor or muscular dystrophy? Regardless, in either case, get established with a heart failure specialist. I'm sure Orlando has one (near you) or the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, FL is 250 miles from you. ...Read more

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Leg pain from severe edema, possible salt retention from food on vacation in asia?

Leg pain from severe edema, possible salt retention from food on vacation in asia?

Too much salt: Be sure you do not have a DVT from travel.Otherwise, yes, if edema is bilateral and you have deduced accurately that excess salt ingestion was the cause, then getting this out of your body is essential; elevate legs on two pillows as much as possible. Eliminate salty foods. Let fruit and veggies dominate your diet; Egg whites for protein; no meats for awhile; no fried foods; no bread. See doc ...Read more

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What happens if Lasix (furosemide) does not work for severe edema of the legs?

What happens if Lasix (furosemide) does not work for severe edema of the legs?

Edema: It requires a diagnosis of the cause of the severe edema in the legs. If there is signficant outflow obstruction, the lasix (furosemide) won't work, if there is lots of protein deficiency or severe venous insufficiency, likewise the diuretic may not be successful. There are other causes of refractory edema also. ...Read more

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Liver, kidneys and heart have all been ruled out through tests but i still have severe edema. I've gained 76lbs in a year. Help me?

Liver, kidneys and heart have all been ruled out through tests but i still have severe edema. I've gained 76lbs in a year.  Help me?

Edema: Unclear where the edema is. If it is in the lower extremities then consider lymphedema. Also would looks at hormonal causes like adrenal or thyroid problems. ...Read more

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I have ureter structure. Not completely closed off. Dr won't see me, I owe money. Having severe edema. I hurt every day in my kidneys. I can't do work?

I have ureter structure. Not completely closed off. Dr won't see me, I owe money. Having severe edema. I hurt every day in my kidneys. I can't do work?

Go to the ER: Hi Iwona, if you are starting to build up fluid in your body and have an obstruction in your ureter, you should see emergency medical treatment at the nearest emergency room. If there is something obstructing your kidneys you are at a high risk of kidney failure. ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe leg edema, is this a common symptom of pulmonary hypertension?

I am experiencing severe leg edema, is this a common symptom of pulmonary hypertension?

It can be: Edema can result from right sided heart failure but there are many other causes including left heart failure, venous obstruction, inflammation, and other causes as well. All edema needs an evaluation and explanation however. ...Read more

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My ex-husband is a heroin addict. He has pretty severe pitting edema in his legs and I'm wondering if that can be from the heroin use...

My ex-husband is a heroin addict. He has pretty severe pitting edema in his legs and I'm wondering if that can be from the heroin use...

Heroin addict: If you are not connecting with him there is little you can do. If you think he will listen to you and go to see a doctor please try and take him to a doctor. Heroin addiction is regrettably common but really needs attention. ...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