Many of us have swollen limbs, especially legs , ankles, feet which feel soft and cushiony due to water retention.
More often swollen legs and feet can be due to inactivity, sitting and standing at one position without moving.
This pulls the fluid down towards lower limbs, making them swell.
The swelling due to water retention is called edema.
However swollen legs and feet are often a sign of serious health problems such as kidney disease, cardio vascular problems or heart disease, liver disease, hormones being taken during HRT, deep vein thrombosis and sometimes even medication for diabetes and anti depressants.
Chronic pulmonary embolism may also lead to thromboembolism where a blood clot may travel to other parts of the body.
Incase the blood clot travels to the brain, it could lead to partial paralysis and even a stroke. Blood thinners may be advised to reduce risk of clotting.
As a 1st check, your doctor may prescribe diuretics and ask you to cut down on salt.
Then a few diagnostic tests such KFT( Kidney Function test), LFT( Liver function test), Echo, ECG may be advised.
Do watch out for signs like pain in one limb, heat generated in one limb, loss of consciousness, shortness of breath, fast or rapid heart beat and rush to the doctor as you may be experiencing thromboembolism.
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