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As being a paraplegic, can the edema in my feet spread into

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As being a paraplegic, can the edema in my feet spread into my legs?
JA: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Have you noticed any swelling?
Customer: Worse. My feet have severe swelling & now it's spread into my legs.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No. I've been a paraplegic for 2 yrs. now.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

yes, in some cases, swelling of the feet can get worse and spread to the legs.

compression stockings, massage therapy, elevation of your legs up to drain lymphatic fluid can help.

eating more protein and getting your liver to make more albumin can help keep more fluid in your blood vessels and decrease risks for swelling.

avoiding excessive salt intake can help as well