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I have developed swelling in my legs, more in my right than

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I have developed swelling in my legs, more in my right than my left. Feet , ankles swell with tingling. My hands and right arm tingles. Im just as exhausted when I get up as I am when I go to bed. Light headedness couple times. Been to doctor for blood work and urine samples but all comes back normal. About 15 pounds overweight. 46 year old female, had partial hysterectomy in July 2015.
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Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 12 months ago.

Hello,

I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.

I am sorry that your question was unanswered for long.

Swelling of legs on both the sides can be associated because of the following reasons;

1) Venous valvular incompetence

2) Obstruction of the lymphatic outflow

3) Dependent edema which can occur because of the prolonged standing or sitting.

4) Congestive heart failure

5) Kidney diseases

6) Protein deficiency

7) Hypothyroidism

8) Anemia

9) Medications

Following measures are beneficial in decreasing or resolving the swelling:

1) Avoid prolonged standing or walking for long distances in a single stretch.

2) Whenever you sit; keep your legs elevated on a chair or a sofa or stool.Do not hang the legs, otherwise gravity will increase the swelling.

3) Exercises / physical therapy

a) Lie down straight and raise your leg and feet for 10-20 seconds. Repeat this for ten times (twice a day whole set).

b) When you sit; pull the feet towards you for 10-20 seconds. Repeat it for ten times twice a day.

4) Raise leg end of your bed by 6 inches.

The hands and right arm tingling can be due to pinched nerves in the neck. You may need a MRI of the neck and nerve conduction velocity study (NCV) for th4e confirmation. Following can be the other causes;

1) Diabetes

2) An underactive thyroid gland

3) Excessive use of alcohol

4) Thiamine deficiency

5) Vitamin B 12 deficiency (pernicious anemia)

6) Vitamin B 6 (pyridoxine) taken in excessive amounts

7) Drugs, medications, herbs

8) Autoimmune diseases

9) Heavy metals such as lead and mercury.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 12 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 11 months ago.

Swelling in the lower limbs can be caused by following (and these can cause your other symptoms too):

  • Chronic kidney disease / nephrotic syndrome / Proteinuria
  • Heart pumping failure
  • Liver issues
  • Poor nutrition
  • Thyroid disease
  • Hypoalbuminemia
  • Excessive salt or sodium
  • Medications,