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    What causes constant swelling in the feet, calves and hands?

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Posted on Thu, 13 Jul 2017 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: I have continual swelling of my feet, calves and hands and over the counter diarrhetics don't help. Previously I was on prescription diarrhetics which helped and was taken off of them. When symptoms returned doctor sent me to a cardiologist which found nothing wrong. Swelling is effecting me and preventing me from exercising and causing tenderness in my feet.
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Answered by Dr. Ahmed Aly Hassan 33 minutes later
Brief Answer:
If no cardiac causes then usually a vascular cause , elevation and compression stockings and gentle massaging is effective in most of cases .

Detailed Answer:
Hi i am Dr Ahmed Aly
thanks for using HealthcareMagic site ,
I had gone through your question and understand your concerns ..

I hope you feel better soon , usually when the swelling in the feet is bilateral the cause of the swelling is due to a systemic cause mostly cardiac so if your cardiologist found nothing wrong then it could be due to a vascular or blood flow injury .
Doppler U/S on both your lower limbs vascular system is highly diagnostic if there is a minor clot that interferes the blood flowing back towards the heart . elevation , compression bandaging , icing is helpful in decreasing swelling in the feet . sometimes the venous system is obstructed by DVT ( Deep Vein Thrombosis ) which may cause dangerous complications if present .
For my patients i recommend elevation ,compression , advil tabs as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent when needed , gentle massaging with topical anti-inflammatory gels will be effective for most of cases .
If the swelling persists i recommend further investigations and follow them up with your physician for proper evaluation and management .

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Any further clarifications feel free to ask.
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