My mother has completely swollen up in the past few months so that now she can hardly move. It started in her ankles and has gone up her legs to her abdomen. Her legs and her abdomen are rock hard. She looks more than 9 months pregnant. she was always thin until about 5 months ago. The top part of her body looks anorexic. Her face is gaunt. Her arms are like sticks. She is in her 60s. She won't go to a doctor but is trying a homeopathic remedy which I do not think is working. Any guesses on what causes extreme swelling on the bottem and gauntness on the top? I need to do something fast!
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replied May 9th, 2008
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Indeed you do need to get her to a doctor. She needs medical attention now. This could be kidney, liver, or cardiac related. She is retaining fluid and needs medication to help her eliminate the fluid. This could progress to her lungs and will impair her ability to breath.

I can give you more ideas on specific diseases or conditions that this may be but it is of little use to you. She needs medical attention now. This condition she is in could be life threatening.
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replied October 28th, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
If she can lie flat without becoming breathless then it could be due to kidneys or liver disorder.
I would suggest her echocardiogram, ultrasound abdomen,urine for albumin,serum albumin and renal function tests to sort out the problem.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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