Calf swelling.
I have been experiencing swelling & horrid pain in both calfs. This has been going on for about 4.5 months. It switches from one leg to the other & bi-latterally at times. I had a kidney function test & was normal. Saw internist & cardiologist because I have been experiencing irregualr heart rate for the past year, (ever since having the H1N1 in last Dec 2010). Went to hospital for that & they said my chest wall was swollen as a result from it. Still experiencing off & on irregular heart rate. Heart specialist said they don't know why. Had allergy tests. Fine. Saw dietician & my diet has been changed several times. I'm on low sodium, low sugar. Found my thyroid is disintegrating, have hyper-parathyroidism. WEIRD RESULT my friend, mom & I have the almost same results. We live in the "Lakeshore area of Ontario, Canada". Apparently we R not the only people in this small area from East Pike Creek Rd to Puce, with such problems with Thryoid! I use the excerise bike every day for 40 min, not overly. Excercise with light weights for tone and light yoga. Have been athletic my entire life. (40 yrs old) have to keep legs constantly elevated to keep from swelling, but even then it still does. Wrap them in tinser's (seems to help at times). The pain is so bad that it now affects my walking, daily life. I still work out to combat some of the pain. Need to take Oxycocet @ night to alleviate pain so that I can sleep.
The calf's are a normal temp, but they're so swollen that they are hard, not soft. When I push my finger into them, it leaves a white mark for a few seconds.
Does anyone suffer from this similar problem with the legs?
Any suggestions?
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replied October 9th, 2011
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misspajamagirl,

Unfortunately, the symptom of swelling in the lower leg is one a many disorders. It can be from congestive heart failure, myxedema from thyroid problems, kidney dysfunction, exertional compartment syndrome, or deep vein thrombosis, to name just a few.

The only thing you can do is to continue to work with your physicians, until a diagnosis can be pinned down. You need to keep track of how things are going and if you notice anything things that seems to precipitate the problem more than others.

With time, the puzzle pieces usually come together and the diagnosis becomes clear. But, it may take some time.

In the mean time, try to follow your physicians instructions and, if necessary, keep a journal to keep track of your signs and symptoms. You might try the special support hose designed for the swelling. You can usually find them at your pharmacy.

Good luck. Hope you find the etiology of the swelling and pain.
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