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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes severe swelling in the legs after treating pneumonia in a 78-year-old?

Hi my mom is 78 years old she recently was treated and released from the hospital for pneumonia first in one lung then the other and also mycoplasmaanyhow she is now suffering from swollen legs and one sealing leg..she also has very bad vericrose veins..but rarely has a problem with her legs. My question is this..should I take her to the ER tonight or is this something that can wait until the morning then call her doctor?
Fri, 4 Jan 2019
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Thanks for your query on HCM

"As"per your clinical history is concerned please follow like this -

1)Do a clinical examination now and do few investigations like [Ultrasound, & D-dimer]to confirm it.

2)Try to wear compression stockings to control swelling

3)Discuss with your doctor about prescription blood thinners.

Do follow few lifestyle modifications like this -

1)Try to avoid sitting still. If you've had surgery or have been on bed rest for other reasons, try to get moving as soon as possible. If you're sitting for a while, try not to cross your legs because this can limit blood flow. If you're traveling a long distance by car, stop every hour or so and walk around.
If you're on a plane, try to stand or walk occasionally. If you can't do that, at least try to exercise your lower legs. Try raising and lowering your heels while keeping your toes on the floor, then raising your toes while your heels are on the floor.

2)Try to lose weight and quit smoking.

3)Do regular exercise.

Hope that helps
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