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Why do people with emphysema sometimes have problems with fluid retention and ankle swelling?

Why do people with emphysema sometimes have problems with fluid retention and ankle swelling?

Right heart strain: This is usually related to right heart strain from lung disease or from pulmonary hypertension (high pressure in the pulmonary vascular bed). Patients with advanced copd/emphysema develop increased pressure in their lungs which causes the right side of the heart to dilate/enlarge. This in turn causes fluid retention in the legs/ankles (known as edema). ...Read more

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Fluid Retention (Definition)

Fluid retention is a clinical finding in which there is swelling in the body due to fluid accumulation. This can occur due to liver, ...Read more

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Hi there I have had swollen ankles and calfs for the past 5 days my doctor said fluid retention i've tried everything but nothing has helped me!

Hi there I have had swollen ankles and calfs for the past 5 days my doctor said fluid retention i've tried everything but nothing has helped me!

Refer to answer: A varieties of condition can cause your problem. Stop your salt intake. Make sure your BP is normal. Have your dr. Check your albumin, calcium, and your thyroid level. Besides you need renal function test plus liver function test. If all are normal you need ct scan of abdomen and pelvis. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest at beginning of injury
Once
Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
Once
Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
Once
Keep injury elevated
Once
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What causes fluid retention?

Depends: There are a lot of reasons to retain fluid but one of the most common is due to eat too much salt. It's important to limit your salt intake to 1500mg a day or less. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest
Once
Ice your ankle
Once
Use compression
Once
Elevate your ankle
Once
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Could widespread inflammation cause fluid retention?

Could widespread inflammation cause fluid retention?

Yes: Any acute or chronic inflammatory disorder can cause fluid retention by several mechanisms. This generally is secondary to reductions in the serum Albumin level secondary to decreased production, liver disease, renal disease with protein excretion, and protein loss through the gastrointestinal tract. When the protein loss is significant fluid retention(edema) is present. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Ice
20 Min, Hourly for 1 day
Elevate
20 Min, Hourly for 1 day
Provide compression with a brace/wrap
12 Hrs, Daily for 1 week
See a specialist to differentiate sprain versus tear of the ligament
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