Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
124 Doctors are Online

Suffering from thyroid and have swelling in feet. Test showed kidney stone. Cause and treatment?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Internal Medicine Specialist
Practicing since : 2000
Answered : 1417 Questions
My mother-in-law has a lot of swelling in both her feet. I am attaching two pictures showing the swelling. We got her routine blood tests done. She has been suffering from thyroid for past 5-6 years. Therefore, apart from thyroid we got her urine analysis and other tests done. I am also including two attachments for the reports. It seems from the reports that she has kidney stones. However that does not explain the huge swelling in both her feet. A doctor told us that the swelling could be due to inflammation of bones. He also took some pus out of the feet through an injection. But it seems to have aggravated her condition. Please let me know the cause and treatment of this swelling?



Please note: I am sending four attachments in a separate email at the mail ID - YYYY@YYYY
Posted Wed, 12 Dec 2012 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Sudhir 6 hours later

Thanks for the question.

First of all I don't completely agree with diagnosis of inflammation of bone. Secondly I think your mother's case has not been completely evaluated.

Her symptoms are suggestive of pedal edema. Retention of water in the soft tissue is the cause of such swelling.This kind of swelling is not specific for one particular cause and can be seen in various conditions. Few such conditions are venous insufficiency in leg, diseases of heart ,kidney .liver,lung etc, lymphedema, hypertension,allergies,anemia, endocrine disorder and hypoproteinemia .From reports only causes related to kidney seems to have been ruled out.Even her thyroid issues might be contributing to leg swelling.

Ideal next step would be to get investigations for other causes.Investigations which can be suggested are lower limb color Doppler,liver function test, 2 decho, hemogram, hormone levels(if needed) and serum protein levels etc.

Usually diagnosis is reached with help of detailed medical history , clinical examination and few investigations.

So I would suggest you to have discussion with your doctor and get investigations done. The treatment is usually directed towards the underlying cause.

Please ask if you want me to explain anything.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Internal Med Specialist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor