Okay, I've been on the phone with my mother getting all the details for you.
The swelling started with his hands/wrists close to a year ago. It later moved on to his feet/ankles a few months later.
He had been to a vascular surgeon in July about the swelling. My dad has had PAD, peripheral artery disorder, for a few years. That doctor thinks my father should see a cardiologist re: hardening of the arteries (and a possible relation to the swelling)??
He had hernia surgery in August but the hand/feet swelling preceeded the hernia and hernia surgery. He healed up from the surgery well and no problems there.
He saw his general doctor at the VA on Oct 1 who did blood tests. They came back as follows:
low on RBC (4.46)
high on RDW (14.6)
low on MPV (6.1)
low on lymphocytes % (17.8)
high on mononuclear (0.8)
high on B12 (1023) - geriatrician had put him on B12
high on folate (serum) >24.00
high on urea nitrogen (23)
low in chloride (99)
high cholesterol (226) went off simvastatin in Sept due to violent nighmares
cholesterol/HDL together (4.52 - within normal range)
low iron (52)
high anion gap (12)
This doctor thought it looked like arthritis (even though there was no pain) and sent him to someone else to test for arthritis. As mentioned earlier, that came out negative and he was just told to take advil.
As for medications, here's what he's on:
Triam/HCTZ 37.5/25 mg once a day
atenolol 25 mg
felodipine 5 mg (that used to be 10 but was reduced in July to 5 and it seemed to reduce the swelling immediately from extreme to bad and has remained at the same bad level since)
Proscar (for reduction of prostate) 5 mg
Cilostazil 100 mg twice a day (for PAD)
3 inhalers, one puff each AM and PM for breathing and sleep apnea (spiriva, asmanax, foradil)
Polyethylene glycol (Miralax) for bowel movements 15 grams every other day
Zoloft 50 mg
1 aspirin 325 mg
D 1000 iu
B12 1000 mcg
one-a-day multi vitamin
I think that's it. Thanks!