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What Is The Difference Between Bad Leg Edema And Elephantiasis
Edema is also known as Swelling. 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
I'm not sure if this is elephantiasis or not. My family has had a history of big legs. How can we get them to be normal?
Veins or lymphedema: See a lymphedema specialist and a vein specialist: phlebologist- www.Phlebology.Org. Lymphedema and venous insufficiency can present with large swollen legs, even with skin irritations sometimes patients have phlebolymphedema. They have specific ultrasound tests for veins and testing for lymphedema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Noticeable unilateral swelling from mid-calf to ankle. MRI shows no edema, but asymmetrical size difference in legs noticeable on MRI. Possibilities?
Many possibilities: COuld be venous insufficienct which is a back up in the veins that causes pooling of blood in leg ...Read more
My legs and feet hurt and i looked down and out of nowhere my calfs and feet were huge!!! Why would i have edema that bad out of the blue?
What is the best thing to do for sevete edema in the legs? It seems to be the worst from the knee down to feet with the feet being extremely bad.
Yes: Elevate legs as high and as long as possible. Cool water and lubrication will help. It will feel better every day & be ok in 10 days. ...Read more
What is causing my pain? I have severe pain and swelling in both feet, so much so that i can't walk. Soreness travels up my legs and gets bad in my low back where it is beginning to swell. The swelling is not soft, like edema, but hard, like bone. I al
There : There is really not enough information to provide a good answer. There are many possible reasons for swollen legs. While this could be some type of arthritis, i would also be concerned about a vascular, heart. Or kidney problem. I would suggest that you start by seeing your primary care physician and let that person decide what tests or specialists are needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got a chest cold/bronchitis 10/18, now still with left chest pain, ankle and belly edema, bad leg pain. Low fever. High crp/sed. Doc on vacation ?Er
My mom has filariasis in her right leg for over 14 years. Recently she twisted her right knee and has a slipped disc there. What should be done?
Follow ortho advice: You have to follow the orthopedic surgeon's advice , if non operative management is not possible , need surgery then no option but surgery . Filariasis , is a parasitic infection , transmuted by mosquito blocks and destroys lymphatic channels causing edema , if any incision is placed wound will take long time to heal, with lots of local wound care problems. ...Read more
Elephantiasis is gross enlargement of limb or areas of the trunk or head. There is abnormal accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues (lymph) causing severe swelling. The skin is usually thickened, cobble stone appearance and may become ulcerated sometimes with fever, chills.Rare disorder mainly in africa casused by parasities. This is related to blockage ...Read more
Lymphatic filiarisis is a parasitic infection of the lymph system. The parasitic worm is spread by mosquito bites in the tropical areas of asia, africa and other places. The worm blocks the lymph flow which then causes swelling (typically of legs and pelvic areas) you need to live in infected areas a long time to catch this, tourists are not at risk. It is ...Read more
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