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Suffering from stroke, left side paralyzed, swollen legs and hands. Treatment for swelling?

My mother had stroke 3 weeks ago. Her left side is paralyzed. Her hand and leg/foot area are swelling. The doctors do nothing, nurses do nothing. I put pillow under them, but when I return, the pillows have been moved. What is to be done for swelling? Anything? My mother is 90. The doctor said yesterday I should just 'let her go.'
Asked On : Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

I can understand your frustration. However, I would like to reassure you that swelling would not adversely affect her health.

The swelling in her leg occurs due to accumulation of water, due to immobility. The swelling can be reduced by keeping pillows under her legs (as you are doing) and also by passive movements of her legs.

In addition, she should use DVT stockings to prevent clots in her leg veins.

Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)

Senior Consultant Neurologist

Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,

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Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Swelling in a paralysed limb is from immobility and slowing of circulation (veins)...
When one is ambulant, the swelling may disappear by itself...
A hard pillow can compress and promote clotting inside...
The swelling has no relation to the final outcome / aggressive measures exclusively directed to it, may actually worsen her condition

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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