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I had twin boys about 8 months ago since i fell pregnant i had swollen feet and developed high blood pressure during my pregnancy since after i gave birth the swel;ling in my feet went away but i have noticed that after a work day my feet swell?

I had twin boys about 8 months ago since i fell pregnant i had swollen feet and developed high blood pressure during my pregnancy since after i gave birth the swel;ling in my feet went away but i have noticed that after a work day my feet swell?

Swollen ft s/p birth: Likely from the pregnancy you have venous insufficiency due to the weight of the babies . This is not uncommon after birth. Do you have visible varicose veins? That would be a similar process. Would check you blood pressure , chec kcreatinien and renal ( kidney function) make sure it has returned to normal, limit salt intake , discuss use of supportive hose with your doctor. F/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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My daughter had goten third spacing during her pregnancy, had her baby and still has the third spacing and has very swollen legs and feet , need help ?

My daughter had goten third spacing during her pregnancy, had her baby and still has the third spacing and has very swollen legs and feet , need help
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Talk to her doctor: The question is why she is third spacing. This can be a symptom of pre-eclampsia or can be due to a low serum protein level, or any number of other things. She needs to talk to her OB about the cause in order to know what if anything she needs to do about it. It can take some time for the changes of pregnancy to resolve after delivery. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What can I do for sore legs and feet during pregnancy? Does heat like a heating pad work?

What can I do for sore legs and feet during pregnancy? Does heat like a heating pad work?

Elevate: You can try elevation and ask your doctor for some compression stockings. If you have tired, aching, heavy legs it is likely due to backward flow in your veins. This is common in pregnancy and the majority of women will have resolution of these symptoms after delivery. ...Read more

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What causes varicose veins, and severe swelling of the legs and feet during pregnancy, and how can I treat it myself at home?

What causes varicose veins, and severe swelling of the legs and feet  during pregnancy, and how can I treat it myself at home?

Compression stocking: The pressure of the baby on to draining system- veins is one of the causes for venous reflux. To prevent swelling, pain, and cramps use compression stockings 20mmHg. Also, elevate your legs/feet when in bed or at home. Usually it gets better after the baby, residual disease can be treated with ablation in future if it persists. ...Read more

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What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

If unilateral - DVT?: While it is common to have swollen lower extremities postpartum as fluid shifts occur after delivery, this is usually bilateral. If the swelling is unilateral and/or accompanied by pain, would recommend seeking evaluation to confirm not a deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremity, which has potential serious medical complications (e.g. Pulmonary embolus). ...Read more

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What should I do quickly for after pregnancy swelling of the feet and legs?

What should I do quickly for after pregnancy swelling of the feet and legs?

Water and gravity: Our bodies have a large amount of water needed to keep organs functioning. The vessels that carry the fluids are not perfect and they can leak. Also, our tissues have a certain amount of water to stay moist and pliable. Gravity works to pull the fluids down towards the feet even in healthy people. It will worsen as the day progresses. Treatment is compression socks/elevation. Avoid water pills. ...Read more

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My legs especially feet are swollen, is it symptom of pregnancy as I am 22 week and how can I solve it?

My legs especially feet are swollen, is it symptom of pregnancy as I am 22 week and how can I solve it?

Yes and yes: The total circulatory volume of your body increases by about 1/3rd when you are pregnant, so swelling is common. See your doctor and make sure there is not another cause of it however first. Walking, exercise of your legs will help reduce it as will compression stockings. ...Read more

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Cont back pain, peeing a lot, weird tingles in legs/feet, higher bbt, craving steak, insomnia..I had a false UTI & negative urine pregnancy test. Help?

Cont back pain, peeing a lot, weird tingles in legs/feet, higher bbt, craving steak, insomnia..I had a false UTI & negative urine pregnancy test. Help?

Confusing: Not sure what you mean by a false uti. If your urine pregnancy test is negative and you repeat it a few days later then you can rest assured you are not pregnant. See a primary care to discuss and organize a plan to evaluate all the other symptoms. ...Read more

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I have varicose from my last pregnancy. My baby is now10 months old. I also have mild fluid retention. From the last few days, I have been having pain in limbs, hands and feet; heat makes it worse. Is it typical of varicose veins?

I have varicose from my last pregnancy. My baby is now10 months old. I also have mild fluid retention. From the last few days, I have been having pain in limbs, hands and feet; heat makes it worse. Is it typical of varicose veins?

It sure is!: Varicosities are dilated veins, usually associated with damage to valves within the vessels. Once damaged, these faulty valves allow blood to distend the veins, causing swelling and pressure discomfort in the legs. Weight loss, leg elevation (hard to do with a new baby), and elastic support stockings will help. You may want to see a vascular surgeon for advice and possible varicose vein treatment! ...Read more

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Legs and feet swell as the day goes on?

Legs and feet swell as the day goes on?

Need evaluation.: Swelling of the legs and feet are common complaints and there can be many causes including medications, venous disease or lymphedema. You should see a vein specialist for a full evaluation. Often times a venous duplex exam and sometimes a CAT scan may be necessary. Sometimes the cause of the swelling cannot be determined. There are many treatments for leg swelling. ...Read more

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Why do my legs and feet swell legs stay swelled?

Why do my legs and feet swell legs stay swelled?

Perhaps : You have varicose veins or perforators/ venous insufficiency. There are many other possibilities and this should be discussed with your medical doctor. ...Read more

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What would make legs and feet swell even when you are taking a diuretic?

What would make legs and feet swell even when you are taking a diuretic?

Many: Not enough diuretics, suboptimally treated congestive heart failure, too much salt, incompetent veins, low protein levels, poor lymphatic drainage are among them. ...Read more

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I have gained a lot of weight in the last 7 months. After having my son 8yrs ago I was regular with my weight. Now my legs and feet swell alot

I have gained a lot of  weight in the last 7 months. After having my son 8yrs ago I was regular with my weight. Now my legs and feet swell alot

Underactive thyroid?: 1st thought that comes to my mind is an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism - http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothyroidism/basics/definition/con-20021179). Your family doc can order a TSH blood test. Swollen feet & legs can also be caused by kidney & heart issues plus excess salt in diet. So don't forget that nutrition & exercise are also important & can't be ignored. ...Read more

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When I eat oatmeal my legs and feet swell. The swelling is also accompanied with burning and redness,like from retaining water. Why does this happen?

When I eat oatmeal my legs and feet swell. The swelling is also accompanied with burning and redness,like from retaining water. Why does this happen?

Poss oat allergy: I would see your doctor and be tested for an oat allergy. I would avoid oat products until confirmed either way. If a true allergy the reactions could escalate ...Read more

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Why do my legs/feet swell after I fly? I've tried walking on plane & compression socks, but when I take them off, they swell up. Swelling lasts days.

Why do my legs/feet swell after I fly? I've tried walking on plane & compression socks, but when I take them off, they swell up. Swelling lasts days.

Dependent edema: Try moving your feet up and down. In addition take an occasional walk up and down theisle. There is a plexus of veins at the bottom of the feet. Walking helps moving the blood in the plexus and decreases swelling. ...Read more

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


Dr. Eric Bluman
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Foot Swelling (Definition)

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