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Edema and Anemia

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#1 fargocowgirl



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 10:56 AM

Hi. I have extreme pitting edema. My skin is red and sore. The ER Doc said it is not cellulitis but my skin is "angry" because of the swelling.  I had and iron infusion a week ago for my anemia. How long before I see some relief from the edema?

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 02:51 AM

Hi Fargocowgirl,


Welcome to these forums!


I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering with pitted edema, which must be very painful and unpleasant.


Unfortunately, it can be a symptom of scleroderma, although it's also a common symptom in many other illnesses. I've included links to a couple of other threads "Legs swelling with pitted edema" and "Edema, how long did it take?" which I hope you'll find helpful and informative.


I would suggest that if it hasn't improved within the next week, that perhaps you should make an appointment to speak to your primary doctor about it.


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Posted 08 April 2016 - 04:00 AM

I had 5 iron infusions over 5 weeks and was told it would take about 2 weeks after the first one to see a difference. My levels have come up but they are still low. I don't know about the edema. Have you seen a cardiologist? Compression stockings or socks and keeping your legs elevated can help.


Just out of curiosity, does your doctor think the edema and your iron levels are related?


I hope you get some answers and relief soon,



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 08:11 AM

Hi Fargocowgirl,


Welcome to Sclero Forums!  Has your edema settled down, yet?  I hope you are feeling a bit better, soon.



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 11:19 AM



Wow!! 5 infusions in as many weeks, I am lucky to have about 2 a year.   Just lately I have had a real run of low Haemoglobin  and at the beginning of March had an infusion then 2 days later had a massive bleed and needed 2 units of red cells.   Still haven't seen much improvement and see the Gastro tomorrow but you can bet your bottom dollar she doesn't suggest another infusion or transfusion.


My Anaemia seems to have been diagnosed as caused by Angiodysplasia for which there is no effective treatment.really.   Changing meds to try to eliminate those that can cause internal bleeds seems to be the only course to try.


When you talk about edema do you mean Oedema (our english is different from yours obviously) which is swelling of the tissues.


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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:53 AM

There are several possible causes of pitted edema.  I would highly recommend that you see your primary doctor to try to get to the root cause of your edema and to provide some relief.  When I had it a couple of months ago my doctor prescribed diuretics that gave me quick and lasting relief. 




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