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What does swelling in the legs indicate?

I have continually complained to all drs. about the swelling in my legs and feet. They just keep saying it s just edema. I do not use salt although I am aware it is in pre-made foods but nothing extra. I have two knee replacements so they keep telling me to wear special socks so I do even though they hurt sometimes. Help!!
Thu, 15 Feb 2018
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hi



Greetings from HealthcareMagic!



I had seen your presenting symptoms and history. I can understand your true concerns. You had undergone knee replacement surgery, hope everything had gone well. It is a very good thing thing that you were using special socks. As you said socks were hurting you, it is better to change the socks because special socks won't create that much of discomfort.Coming to your main compliant of swelling of legs (edema), there are many causes of edema. Edema is retention of fluid in the leg tissues. Edema is not a common complication after knee replacement surgery. It can be due to some other cause.Mostly edema occurs in renal diseases. So it is better go for Renal function tests (Sr. creatinine, Bl. urea, Electrolytes etc)

If nothing is wrong in investigation, follow the below mentioned:

1. Take a short walk every hour.

2. wear support stocking which you were doing

3. Drink eight to 10 glasses of water daily.

4. Limit your salt intake which you were doing

5. elevate your legs and feet at night while sleeping.



No need to worry, we were on half way to get the symptoms relieved. Make the remaining thing, you will get completely relieved.



Take Care



Regards

Dr. VAMSI KRISHNA CHITTIMOJU,

Pathologist and Microbiologist
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