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Pain in legs and excessive swelling in legs, hands and face. Had recent delivery. What could be the cause?

Mar 2013
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Hi Doctor

My wife delivered a baby boy on 6th dec 2012.From last few days she feels pain in her leg due to excessive swelling.The swelling also takes place in hands and face when the pain is ore..she couldnt do anything but take rest on that day...Please advise
Posted Mon, 13 May 2013 in Women's Health
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 48 minutes later
Thanks for your query.
There could be a number of reasons for the problems described by you.
Firstly, your wife could be having hypertension, or increased blood pressure, which leads to swelling over the legs and in severe cases, over the hands and face.
Renal or kidney damage or dysfunction also could lead to such symptoms.
Also, in some conditions of arthritis, the first development before joint pain is such swelling.
Almost four months after the childbirth, it is unlikely that the symptoms are related to childbirth.
Please consult a Physician for the proper diagnosis, appropriate testing such as blood pressure, renal profile test,screening for arthritis and autoimmune disorders.

Meanwhile, try and restrict salt in diet.
Take care, and feel free to ask further questions.
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Follow-up: Pain in legs and excessive swelling in legs, hands and face. Had recent delivery. What could be the cause? 5 minutes later
can it be thyroid deficiency as well?

please write a comprehensive list of test ?
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 39 minutes later
Yes it could be.
Please get the following investigations done :
1. Height and weight and BMI
2. Blood pressure and vitals assessment
3. Cardiac and respiratory systems clinical examination by Physician.
4. Thyroid function tests
5. Renal function tests
6. Rheumatoid arthritis factor and other tests as suggested for auto immune diseases.
7. Serum uric acid
8. Serum electrolytes.
9. Complete blood count
10. Liver function test.

Any other tests as suggested after evaluation by Physician.
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