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having swelling in both legs (foot), breathing problem, stomach ache - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 30-May-2013
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User:Hi Doctor,
My husband is not feeling well. he is 31 years old and he is having swelling in both legs (foot) without any pain and all the tests are normal (Sugar, BP, Urea and Vascular scan-Venous doppler scan). Doctor's said that it was filarial lymphedema. and also he is having breathing problem. even he is not able to sleep properly. and he is having pain in his upper stomach part feeling like something hard in his stomach. please advice whether its curable.what type of physician should I have to contact for this type of issues.
Doctor:I am Dr. Mazumdar
User:I am from chennai
Doctor:Give me a couple of minutes
Doctor:to read the query
Doctor:Since how long is the problem
User:last 2 weeks
Doctor:Are you able to press over the swelling and did you see dipping?
Doctor:and is the dip recovering in a minute?
User:If he wear shoes, it will auomatically compress and once he removed his shoes,it automatically swelling
Doctor:Any problem in the Xray or the Urine or blood?
Doctor:Are the proteins done in Blood and Urine
User:they take blood test particularly for sugar, urea and creatinine
Doctor:Ok since the routine investigations are normal
User:we have not taken urine test
Doctor:I think you should not be worried about
Doctor:Keep a watch on them
Doctor:Ask you husband to keep the feet on the stool all the time when he sits (esp above the hip joint)
Doctor:and he should rest for 4 days without work
User:finally the vascular surgeon said its filarial lymphedema, it have no solution
User:your legs have never come back to the normal position
User:ti always looks with swelling
Doctor:I am not sure since I do not have a personal consultation, but the things that can be tried are
Doctor:1) Measure the circumference of the feet now with a tap with the surface touching
Doctor:2) Rest for 4 days completely with feet on the stool (the height above the hip)
Doctor:3)Place pillows under the knee while at sleep
Doctor:so that the feet are elevated
Doctor:4) Stocking have to be worn (medical stocking) when he resumes the duty
Doctor:5) He can go for olive oil massage thrice a day
Doctor:for the feet
Doctor:6) Get the Urine test - Routine done, early morning first sample to be given in a good lab
Doctor:Let me know the progress after a week
Doctor:measuring the circumference of the foot again
Doctor:I hope he has swelling of both the foot
Doctor:yeah I could read it
Doctor:Are you with me?
Doctor:Did you follow?
User:sorry internet problem
User:Is filarial lymphedema curable?
User:hi again
User:Is it related to filarial lymphedema?
User:R u thr
Doctor:Are you with me?
Doctor:I am sorry as I was looking at a journal about the swelling
Doctor:I am closing the window as we finished the discussion over the phone
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