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My wife's swollen lower legs


morgansean
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Hi everyone,
I'm new to this forum and need some help if you can. When I took a look around I didn't relize that this is a Britsh group, but the problem must be universal.
Back in early Feb. of this year my wife noticed that her lower legs (from the knee down, including ankles and feet) were swelling. In the span of about 2 weeks they had become very large. By early April she could not get shoes on and has worn sandals (what we here in the US call tongs or Flop-Flops). Her Calves have become, at times, larger than her Thighs and are always 2-3 times normal size. She has gone to our Dr and had an Ultra-sound study of her legs, chest, and abdominto see if there is a artieo / vasular restictionor circulatory problems that would cause the swelling, all negative. they also did a CT scan for the same pupose, also negative. As far as we have been told so far, her heart is good, her blood cirlatory system is good, her liver function and kidneys are good. Last week she took a test call a "Phlebo-chair" study to determine the speed her legs fill and drain blood. The results were good. Her legs fill and drain equally and within normal timelines.
As you can see we've done just about everything to determine the cause to no avail. I asked if this could be Elephantitisis or some related disease.
We live in the Midwest US in the Southwest region of Wisconsin, but in early Feb we spent 9 days in Cancun, Mexico and spent some time in the Southcentral area of the Yucatan.
Please, any ideas of what this is will be greatly appreciated.
(Please forgive the terrible spelling)
Steve

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Moonfairy
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RE: My wife's swollen lower legs

Hi Steve and welcome to HP

So sorry to hear about this problem your wife has. It must be very worrying and indeed uncomfortable for her. Unfortunately I'm not a medical practitioner, butI did look up 'Elephantiasis' on 'Google' and found this information which I hope you may find helpful:
[DLMURL="http://www.raintree-health.co.uk/cgi-bin/getpage.pl?/data/elephantitis.html"] Elephantiasis Link1[/DLMURL]
[url] Elephantiasis Link2[/url]

As you say the problem started in February when she went to Mexico,perhaps she was bitten by a mosquito carrying the parasites which cause the condition Elephantiasis? But it would be best if she goes back to her doctorto ask him/her about this possibility, and to hopefully run some tests for this.

I do hope it gets sorted out foryour wifesoon though. Perhaps you'll let us all know how she gets on.

Best wishes
Moonfairy
x

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Lynora
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RE: My wife's swollen lower legs

Hi morgansean - I have sent you an email.
JTH

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Jayne AshwoodF
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Get her to a spiritual hypnotherapist who can hypnotize her to find out what is happening in her legs - especially any emotions she is carrying there.

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Mtbw
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Hi everyone,
I'm new to this forum and need some help if you can. When I took a look around I didn't relize that this is a Britsh group, but the problem must be universal.
Back in early Feb. of this year my wife noticed that her lower legs (from the knee down, including ankles and feet) were swelling. In the span of about 2 weeks they had become very large. By early April she could not get shoes on and has worn sandals (what we here in the US call tongs or Flop-Flops). Her Calves have become, at times, larger than her Thighs and are always 2-3 times normal size. She has gone to our Dr and had an Ultra-sound study of her legs, chest, and abdominto see if there is a artieo / vasular restictionor circulatory problems that would cause the swelling, all negative. they also did a CT scan for the same pupose, also negative. As far as we have been told so far, her heart is good, her blood cirlatory system is good, her liver function and kidneys are good. Last week she took a test call a "Phlebo-chair" study to determine the speed her legs fill and drain blood. The results were good. Her legs fill and drain equally and within normal timelines.
As you can see we've done just about everything to determine the cause to no avail. I asked if this could be Elephantitisis or some related disease.
We live in the Midwest US in the Southwest region of Wisconsin, but in early Feb we spent 9 days in Cancun, Mexico and spent some time in the Southcentral area of the Yucatan.
Please, any ideas of what this is will be greatly appreciated.
(Please forgive the terrible spelling)
Steve

First of all you need to visit dr and check:
1. Lungs
2. Heart, kidneys
3. Blood vessels in body below umbilicus
4. Check history or symptomes of infections and parasites (dr will make at least blood count test and check structure of types of white blood cells)
5. Check lymph nodes around hip area

Meanwhile: elevate your legs , drain fluid from down to up, from feet to waste, continue moving (contraction of muscle will make pump effect, lymph vessels have no own pump organs)

But, firs to the dr. To check and be sure. Oedema is a sign that something works not good and it must be investigated.

Also compressing stockings and socks , pants, may help to reduce oedema....

Check urination and how often..... but dr knows what to do in her particular case

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