Suffering with edema in legs and ankles

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This is something relatively new to me.  I am 80 years old and have never until the past 2 years, had trouble with calves and ankles swelling.  I know enough to look this up and my kind of edema is secondary.  It is not coming from chemo and I have not had cancer.  I have had 2 surgeries for bladder.  All my tests, for kidney, liver etc. show normal.  I hate this and all that goes with it, such as support hose which I find difficult to put on.  Anyone having any success with this problem - any answers?

 

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    Hi , I'm busting fl and I'm guessing my swelling is due to weather , I've stopped salt use , drinking more H2o. I'm concerned it could be my heart .. Have stents but never a heart attack . One leg is more pitting edema . I'm from Az . We came to fl on Honda trike , had no problems coming across the states . My b/p was elevated , will check in am . Hoping it's the weather ... Hugs .. Hope you're finding some relief. ??

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      Thanks much for your response.  I too, am hoping it isn't my heart.  Have never had a heart attack, several tests but not the one with dye.  My reg. doctor does not think it is heart, however, at my age, you know they aren't terribly concerned!  I don't have much energy, have scoliosis but we know that has nothing to do with lyphodema.  Thanks again and my best to you as you search for answers.

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      Hi Sally. I had shingles last July on my scalp n have had headaches since then , though I doubt there's any connection , have had days where I'm exhausted , I'm 66 . Just had stress test. N all was well however my heart hasn't showed anything on stress test or EKG , problem is blockage not electrical . However I do have a mass on each kidney that concerns me , I took extra water pill n lost 4 lbs or fluid . No pain or anything with kidneys , hoping it's the heat here in Fl . Where do you love ?? Tc hugs ??

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      I don't think the mass, as you called it is anything to worry about or your physician would have done more testing, Actially, I believe I had something on one kidney, what term I don't recall and they said nothing unusual abou that at my age.  I have fibromyalgia, which pretty much wrecks up any diagnoses ( self or otherwise ) as it has dozens of symptoms!  I take a blood pressure med and it has a diaretic in it.  Not much sleep for me.  I've been that way for years but that doesn't help matters.

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      We do keep an eye on kidneys doing ultra sounds yearly just to check on it , I wanted a biopsy but nephrologist felt it wasn't needed at this time . Just keep doing what I am and I can contact my PA and she what she thinks . Take 2 b/ p meds and separate diuretic . Feel better. Tc

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