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I am looking for help and am not for sure where to turn. My doctors have run test for type 2 diabetes, congestive heart failure, they have done ultra veinous studies, all came back as not being the cause or having the problem. Now they seem to have given up. I am on 160mgs of furosemide (40mgs 4 times a day] to try and reduce the swelling in my lower legs and feet, they also just put me on propranolol (40mgs once a day) for my headaches, but have to go and check my blood pressure every other day cause I already have low blood pressure. Until they find a cause I am restricted to bed all but an hour a day. Before that, when I was able to move around this affected me greatly, I could barely walk a block without feeling like a pile of bricks had just slammed into my chest, when before the swelling started I could walk 18 city blocks.

Let me explain my symptoms, I have extreme swelling to the left and right feet, that goes up the legs to about the knee area. the swelled area is a reddish brown in color. I have extreme shortness of breath, and tiredness, my back aches if I sit for more then 20 minutes at a time, in the lower back area, [they are saying this is because of a car accident 11 years ago. But just started in April when all the other symptoms showed up fractured the sacrum and pelvis in four different places.] My right leg is weak and gives out constantly, recently causing the ankle bone to fracture and the doctors wanting to do a ligament surgery, but cannot till the swelling is gone. I have major headaches now which they put me on the propranolol for.

I just do not know what to do anymore, and it seems they do not either, the cardiologist stopped seeing me after his test came back alright, my regular doctor stopped testing even after telling me it could be lumbar or thoriac narrowing, but said it was rare so she did not want to do the test for it. I am only 28 years old, I need to be able to live outside of a bed. Can anyone give me any suggestions on where to go or what to have them test for? Thank you for your time
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replied December 17th, 2010
Swelling of feet and shortness of breath
Have you had your kidneys checked?
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replied January 18th, 2011
I have had the same symptoms & after 2 years of various testing, I found out that I have 3 kidney stones in each kidney that need to be surgically removed; once those are taken care of the pain & swelling should disappear. I agree with horabed1948, have your kidney's checked. I wish I had done it sooner. Good luck to you!
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replied March 16th, 2011
When I had extreme and unexplained swelling in my ankles and legs, I took diuretics and lost a huge amount of fluid. The doctor couldn't explain why the swelling happened, but the fluid tablets certainly eased the situation. Prior to that I had trouble breathing, also. I guess the fluid was filling the lungs.

This happened to me about 30 years ago as well. At that time, it was caused by an allergic reaction to medical treatment, mainly an anti-inflammatory. I was putting on about 14lbs each week... purely fluid. The fluid was evidently right throughout my body. Even my cheekbones could be pressed and indents would be left.

Fluid tablets and drinking plenty of water fixed the problem, but it was said at the time, that my kidneys had been affected by the medication. No such thing the last time, and my kidneys seem to be functioning ok, but fluid tablets helped.

Hope this is some sort of help to someone.
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replied October 30th, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
This could be due to heart ,lungs or liver disorder.
I would suggest you to have ultrasound abdomen,
doppler ultrasound for hepatic veins ,
serum creatinine and urine protein creatinine ratio 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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