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What Is The Difference Between Bad Leg Edema And Elephantiasis
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
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 more
What to do if I have bone marrow edema in a lot of parts of my foot/ankle (talus, etc.) I am wondering what is the difference between this and avascular necrosis?
Avascular necrosis: Marrow edema, like swelling anywhere else in the body, is a nonspecific response to any number of inflammatory, infectious, traumatic, vascular, autoimmune, arthritic, or neoplastic processes. Avascular necrosis, bone "death" due to insufficient blood supply, is one of many entities that can be associated with marrow edema. ...Read more
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?
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
I am 25 years old &I have bad edema and my legs are swelling in my legs above my knees down to my feet change color if I'm on them 4a short period?
4 days Leg calves itch bad, slight swollen started new job on feet lot. No redness. 2 days later feet burn, BP fine. Normally have little edema. Age 61?
Common: This is a common problem for your situation. Support hose and proper fitting footwear are helpful ...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
This is a very limited question, in terms of information
many things ought to be cosidered. The first is, if you have swelling, why? Swelling in the feet, could be due to many many causes that not necesarilly are due to arthritis or joints and this swelling might be the cause of the pain. If one determines the cause of pain so then diferent test could help to determine whether that swelling could be resolved and how. On the other hand m bone does not cause swelling, if the consistency is that of bone, so again imaging studies ought to be done to define why this is so. ...Read more
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
I have pitting edema and a bad achy pain with bad spasms and charlie horses in my right foot and ankle. It hurts so bad that it's giving me panic attacks. What should I do?
I'm 37 yrs old, bad knee pain, knee MRI says osteochondral lesion & subchondral cyst marrow edema suprapatellar effusion. What's wrong with my knee?
Inflammation: Your knee is inflamed. See a doctor. Consider lifestyle changes to address underlying inflammation. Try anti-inflammatory foods; avoid inflammatory food. Eliminate toxic exposures. Exercise judiciously--isometric exercises to begin. Progress to passive, then active, range of motion exercises, strengthening and endurance exercises. Read "Foods That Fight Pain" by Neal Barnard, MD. ...Read more
Pitting edema, very bad in one shin and slight to nothing in other, traceprotein, GFR 94, alt:57, ast:39, alk:61 bb total:1.7, PLT 130, cr: 0.9, INR 1.1, -chf, -dvt, +hbp, +dm, what is causing this?
Venous insufficiency: I would recommend you have a venous ultrasound study to check for venous insufficiency with reflux evaluation. If the venous valves are incompetent, the blood does not flow back to your heart correctly and may pool in your veins, causing the edema. Therapeutic options depend on the exact cause. ...Read more
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
A lot of diseases.:
Generally, we think of systemic diseases (heart failure, cirrhoss) causing bilateral edema. Those are less likely if it is confined to one leg. Conditions that cause it:
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot)
- Chronic Venous insufficiency
- lymphedema (from surgery or trauma)- edema more often nonpitting
there are many more, which is why you must see your doctor and have it evaluated. ...Read more
It can come from many causes, including heart faikure, liver disease, kidney disease, excessive salt intake and fluid retension. It can also come from lacal condition involving just the affected extremitiy, like varicose veins and thrombophlebitis.
You should see your doctor and have him check you. ...Read more
See your doctor: You should let your doctor know you are having pain. He/she can examine you and possibly run tests to find out the cause. ...Read more
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
I'm competitive cycliste, every afternoon after my training I had legs edema everyday, what should I do?
Get checked: Swelling and pain in such a diffuse area of the lower extremity can be caused by multitude of things such as diet, blood pressure, kidney function, circulation, nerves, injury, previous surgery...Basically many things. You need to see your primary doctor and jot down more info about when do you notice the swelling, does it every go down, when does it hurt, what is your diet, etc. Get checked. ...Read more
Gravity: When legs are down gravity pulls the water down and it pools in your legs. When you lay down it re-distributes in your body. At night when asleep your kidneys frequently filter better as there is more blood flow to them when less to muscles, etc at rest and it helps to clear fluid from the body. Answer is less fluid intake and less salt intake, not more diuretic as they are hard on kidneys! ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Some causes of swelling of the legs can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
When drs feel the calves of my legs, can they feel the edema I have? My swelling is primarily in legs, not feet.
Now!: Fluid collecting in your legs that's now advanced to your belly is not a good thing. Hopefully your breathing hasn't been compromised. Regardless, you need to talk to your doctors now. If not possible, go to ER for evaluation and treatment. Don't wait! ...Read more
I don't have lymphedema but I have drainage issues legs to stomach swelling would "ckls" help my edema drainage issue?
Careful: Your symptoms could suggest a number of various diagnoses, some of which could be very serious. If you haven't received expert medical advice on the diagnosis responsible for your symptom, I would encourage you do so before embarking on a herbal remedy. ...Read more
Swelling: Or edema, has several very different causes and because of that- different treatments. Water retention due to cardiac issues needs to be treated medically, vein problems can be addressed by compression hose and elevation, lymphatic swelling needs compression via stockings and lympedema pumps. ...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
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