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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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What would cause fluid retention in just 1 leg?

What would cause fluid retention in just 1 leg?

Fluid retention: Fluid retention in just one leg is usually related to obstruction in the venous and/or lymphatics draining that swollen leg. ...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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Dr. Jack Rubin, M.d.
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I am having fluid retention (most noticeable in my legs but present everywhere). I work out and watch my salt intake, take lasex. What cld cause this?

I am having fluid retention (most noticeable in my legs but present everywhere). I work out and watch my salt intake, take lasex.  What cld cause this?

Leg edema cause: If you have no kidney or cardiac disease and are not pregnant, the possible causes of your leg edema could be chronic venous insufficiency, lymphedema of your legs, NSAID use, prolonged sitting or standing and thrombophlebitis ( a blood clot in one of the veins of your leg) see your physician to see if one of these is causing your problem and to make sure your heart and kidneys are fine. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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How do you know if you have fluid retention in your leg?

How do you know if you have fluid retention in your leg?

Fluid retention: Fluid retention causes swelling that increases with gravitation (eg leg swelling after standing for long period of time). It is symmetric and dimples when pressed upon. Also, weight will fluctuate rapidly when caused by fluid retention. Notably, there are many other causes for leg swelling, and if occurring in one leg only, then likely not fluid. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Rubin, M.d.
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I've been elevating my legs overnight due to fluid retention when i wake in the morning the swelling has gone but now they've swelled up again!

I've been elevating my legs overnight due to fluid retention when i wake in the morning the swelling has gone but now they've swelled up again!

Fluid retention: When you lie down and elevate your legs, the edema fluid leaves your legs and goes into your blood and you have increased urination at night. That's why your legs are less swollen in the am. During the day, water goes to the most dependent part of your body, your legs. At 29, you are not expected to have edema. See a cardiologist or a neprhologist to find out why you do. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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58 y male being treated for hf stage 3 post mi 2013. Have all usual symptoms except no leg swelling. Is it poss to have hf but no fluid retention?

58 y male being treated for hf stage 3 post mi 2013. Have all usual symptoms except no leg swelling. Is it poss to have hf but no fluid retention?

Here are some ...: Known to most, every life event including illness is always a process of lifelong making and, as well, displays itself as a process of full spectrum; so, does hf and yours is expected as you have been experiencing. Besides, it would be helpful to realize life is a process of constant struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty of daily living for survival, growth, and continuation. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Is it possible to reverse chronic venous insufficiency (fluid retention in lower legs)?

Is it possible to reverse chronic venous insufficiency (fluid retention in lower legs)?

Sometimes: There are a variety of examinations and doppler studies than can specifically localize the issues and some can be treated. Fluid retention and thus swelling is a symptom of a number of conditions that need to be sorted out and not just assumed. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Can chronic venous insufficiency (fluid retention in lower legs) be reversed or it never reverses?

Venous stasis : Venous insufficiency can be controlled medically with compression and some simple preventive measures. Venous insufficiency, if deemed severe enough due to complications (like ulcerations), can be treated with surgery. Even with surgery, complete correction, from the pure sense of the word, is not the correct language. You would still have compression stockings recommended after the procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Joshua Moss
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Abnormal fluid retention and swelling in the legs with minimal response to diuretics, retention onset was rapid , could be because methadone maintenanc?

Abnormal fluid retention and swelling in the legs with minimal response to diuretics, retention onset was rapid , could be because methadone maintenanc?

Not likely: You should seek a full evaluation from your physician -- such swelling can be the result of cardiac, renal (kidney), liver, and/or vascular (blood vessel) problems, amongst other things. ...Read more

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