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Had swollen ankles, extreme temperature and bruises on arms. Has high BP and overweight. Reason?

On Holiday last week with my friend she suffered from extremes of body heat (we were in Norway with freezing temperatures), she was boiling hot when everyone else was cold , she had a sudden swelling of both of her ankles - which reduced if she lifted them to waist height but quickly came back again when she walked for even a short period of time. She kept developing bruises mainly on her arms for no reason that we could pin point. Her moods were also very erratic. She is over weight, 5 5 and about 12 stone ish. She suffers from high blood pressure and has been on HRT for many many years.... very concerned about her ....any ideas?
Asked On : Tue, 5 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Sep 2013
Thanks for the query to H.C..M. Forum.
This type of swelling is known as edema ( pitting type) .
This occurs over dependent parts as feet ,ankle lower part of legs and lower parts of hand fingers .
The reasons are many particularly in this case as she is chronic patient of hypertension .
Congestive heart failure,
chronic renal failure, are the most important cause to rule out.
Hypo-proteinaemia ,
anemia are less common cause.
She was feeling hot in spite of the cold means thyroid problem also.
Consult a physician and get his opinion and all relevant tests.
Good luck.
Answered: Fri, 16 Aug 2013
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