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  #1  
Unread 06-05-2003, 08:57 PM
Not hyster-related, but want advice

Hi:

I know someone may have had my experience, so I am seeking help. About a month ago, I was experiencing slight calf swelling. I had a doppler, which was okay. I had just seen my doctor for knee and thigh pain (same leg). he thought I may have strained my knee, and the pain traveled. Well, the pain is better, but the swelling (one inch) is still there. This all started about a month ago, and my doppler test was about two weeks ago. If not a clot, who knows why I might have swelling? I will probably call back and maybe go back in, but just thought I'd "throw" this question out to my sisters. Thanks in advance!!
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Unread 06-06-2003, 07:26 AM
Not hyster-related, but want advice

margaret,
If you injured yourself perhaps it's taking some time for the swelling to go down??? I know since my hyst it seems that I do heal more slowly.

Other than that I really don't have any ideas for you. Does your have any idea? I have read over in the jungle where some of the ladies complain of painful swelling joints when their hormones are out of whack. Are you having any other symptoms?

Sending s and hoping that the swelling goes down soon.
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Unread 06-06-2003, 07:28 AM
Not hyster-related, but want advice

I had a similar experience with swelling in my calf and ankle in March. They thought it was a blood clot and all of the tests came back negative for a clot. They had no idea why the swelling was still there and it eventually went away after a week or so.

I would say if it has not gone down by now that i would call and see about having it looked at again. Possible clots should be treated as a clot, nothing to mess around with!!! Please let us know how it goes and if they find out why it is still swollen!!

Sending you alot of 's!!
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Unread 06-06-2003, 01:54 PM
Not hyster-related, but want advice

Hi ((((margaret ellen)))) I'm sorry you're having these problems

I agree with Kim and Pam that you should get evaluated again. A possible clot is not something to fool around with.

In 1985 I developped a severe pain in my right calf/ankle area and, considering a family history for deep vein thrombosis and stroke, my doctor immediately treated it as a possible blood clot. However, the doppler came out negative. As did all of the other tests he ran. In my case, it turned out to be a problem behind the rotula that was travelling to the calf. However, one of the possibilities that was investigated was a torn muscle. One of the things my doctor stressed was that a torn muscle not only takes a long time to heal, but the tear will worsen every time you move the muscle.

I'm thinking that if your problem is swelling from an undiagnosed torn muscle, then, if you keep on using the muscle, it might simply not be healing.

Hope you find answers soon.

Sending lots of s your way. Please keep us posted.
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Unread 06-06-2003, 05:56 PM
thanks. ladies

//Thanks, ladies. I will call next week. I forgot to add that the swelling seems to get worse the longer I am on my feet, which is all day. I have been wearing a compression stocking, which helps. But, I do not want to wear it forever. They are hot and thick. My doc actually never called with the results of the venous doppler, but the tech said I would not have been able to leave the hospital if they found a clot. I think the test only shows blood flow and blood clots, not what kind of injury I might have, right?
Anyways, at my app't, he did not notice the swelling. I called a few days later after I measured it and found it was one inch bigger than the left one. He ordered the doppler immediately. I will post again after I call back next week. Thanks again!!
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Unread 06-07-2003, 12:48 AM
Could be lymphedema ?

During a hysterectomy, they do disrupt the lymphatic drainage system, which in total carries some 10% of the blood returning to the heart for oxygen.

Do you also find new, small veins on the surface of your skin? They can also be signs of the circulation being impaired. These things don't always show up on a doppler scan (they did the imaging, too, right? with the color?). This sort of thing may not be easy to diagnose. I've gone through this, in my right leg, ever since my DD was born following a horrendously toxemic pregnancy. At the time, I was evaluated by a European physical therapist who understood lymphedema and taught me to deal with it with massage, compression stockings, etc.

There are compression stockings, made by Spenco, that look more like pantyhose and are sold at the drugstores. If the swelling doesn't respond to anti-inflammatories (which also do tend to impair clotting, which is why you can't take them prior to surgery) it's not likely that it's from an injury. I probably wouldn't be using it right now much, either, until you figure out what exactly is going on.

Subtle vascular damage is hard to detect sometimes, but can cause this sort of swelling. I still swell as badly as I did with the toxemic pregnancy unless I wear the stockings, don't sit any more than absolutely necessary but move around, etc. I don't put my feet up until bed -- don't have time -- but I really should.

If your swelling is down in the morning, and increases in the evening, I'd suspect the lymphedema. There are physical therapists who deal with this and other types of small blood vessel damage, and you might want to ask your doctor about a referral for evaluation. There are lymphedema websites that I found with Google -- I've lost my bookmarks or I would link them for you.

You'll keep us posted? I try to keep up with the boards, but can only get in every three days or so...



Audrey
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Unread 06-07-2003, 06:47 PM
Thanks, Audrey

Audrey:

Thanks for the input. It has been almost two years since my surgery though, is it still possible it could be due to that? I do not notice any new veins, big or small, in that leg. The leg is not cold or blue, so I'm not sure it's a circulation problem. I guess I'll find out. I am just very self-conscious about how it looks, since shorts weather is finally arriving!! Does yours bother you still? I tried to research it and found you can have therapy for it. I'll know more after I go back to my doc.
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Unread 06-10-2003, 05:29 PM
Not lymphodema, cause unknown

Hi Ladies,

I went to my doctor today, and saw his assistant this time. She is completely puzzled by what could be causing the swelling. She even talked to my doc while I was there. She did say that it did not feel like soft tissue swelling, rather muscular. I was told it was not from the knee injury, nut due to improper shoe wear, as I asked these questions. The leg has good circulation, and does not appear warm, cold, or have unusual veins. So, I am supposed to watch it. Not enough concern to have further tests done, or to go to a specialist. So, I will hope that it will just get better. Oh, and I do not have to wear support or compression stockings, yeah!! She measured it too, and also found it to be one inch bigger than the other calf. Weird!!!!
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Unread 06-10-2003, 07:30 PM
Not hyster-related, but want advice

Margaret,
I'm glad it's not anything serious at this point, but am sorry that you don't have any answers. Please do keep a close eye on it and give the a call at the first sign of any change.
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