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Swelling in legs? Swelling in legs?

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Unread 12-31-2010, 07:38 PM
Swelling in legs?

Does anyone else have this problem? Not sure if it's related to my hysterectomy (Sept 29) but on both my legs, to the side & a little lower than my knees I have quite noticeable swelling, it doesn't hurt much but I know it's something new for me .. any ideas? I had lymph nodes & aortic nodes removed due to stage 1 uterine cancer, have had a pretty uneventful recovery, just the usual weak bladder that's getting better and tiredness that is still present.
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Unread 01-01-2011, 04:36 PM
Re: Swelling in legs?

Snowball -

I am sorry to hear you are experiencing the swelling.

Since you did have lymph nodes removed this could possibly be lymphadema. I don't have experience with it but I know several women here that do and they may be able to provide you with more insight, as well as questions to ask your Dr.



G.
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Unread 01-01-2011, 08:42 PM
Re: Swelling in legs?

Call your doctor so they can rule out a blood clot. You're still healing from surgery, so they'll want to get that checked out. It could also be lymph edema in its early stages. The earlier you get it checked out the better you are though. LE can cause permenant tissue damage if left untreated. But being caught early will relieve a lot of the swelling and pressure. (do you get any zinging sensations?)

Elevate your feet when possible. Don't cross your legs. Walk around when possible. All of these things will encourage fluid circulation.
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Unread 01-03-2011, 11:39 AM
Re: Swelling in legs?

I agree with the thought you should call your doc so s/he can rule out a blood clot. I thought Lymphedema began in the foot and worked its way up the leg...at least mine did, but perhaps that's not everyone's experience. Anyway, any swelling should be checked out as soon as possible. Happy New Year!
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Unread 01-03-2011, 09:42 PM
Re: Swelling in legs?

My feet and ankles rarely swell. It starts around my knees and up my thighs. One leg is always 1/2 to 1" bigger than the other. Normally I have little swelling upon rising in the morning. It comes later in the day and is worse depending on my activity and also is very dependent on my diet it seems as well even though that is not supposed to influence lymphedema was my understanding.
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Unread 01-03-2011, 09:59 PM
Re: Swelling in legs?

Swelling in the legs can mean water retention. I have had several people that I know have issues with this. One was on blood pressure medication and was not taking their water pill. The other had a heart issue that they did not know about that caused water retention. It was a simple fix in both cases. They both had to take medication but they are back to normal.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 09:59 AM
Re: Swelling in legs?

You have a clump of lymph nodes right in the area you are saying is swollen (behind your knee), so definitely call and ask.
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