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I have swollen legs, is this called Edema? If so is their

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I have swollen legs, is this called Edema ? If so is their any treatment.
JA: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Have you noticed any swelling?
Customer: Calf muscles are swollen, and rock hard.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have perephial neuorophy
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 months ago.

What is your age and gender?

Since when do you have swollen legs?

Were any investigations done for the swelling and rock hard legs?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Swollen legs for 3 weeks. I;m almost 80.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I am male.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 months ago.

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.

You would need investigations to ascertain the cause.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 months ago.

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