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Swollen Leg And Hands

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#1 truman


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Posted 09 December 2007 - 11:29 PM

Since surgery, I've been experiencing a swollen leg on amputation site of toe. In addition, I wake in the middle of the night with swollen hands and fingers. Dr. says it's fluid and to keep the feet up. I find it comes and goes, but has decided to come and stay the last few days.

As chance would have it, a commercial for Lyrica came on and I caught the ending of the side effects (swelling of the hands and feet). As I remember, I had this swelling off and on before surgery as well. When I say off and on, there were days I did not take the Lyrica.

Starting tomorrow, I will stop the Lyrica and see if this is the cause.

I didn't truly believe the doctor's explanation (a condition of knowing your body), and if this is not it, I will push him to explore further. I do not wish to lose a leg.

It is what it is...........

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 04:49 AM

Tru, sounds like a good idea... if the elevated leg isn't helping with the swelling, then something is amiss :unsure: .
The Lyrica side effects seems to be too coincidental, not to be the culprit. I only hope this is figured out soon for you.

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 02:22 PM

Good luck Tru....hope you get some relief!

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 03:18 PM

Good Luck with stopping the Lyrica. I haven't noticed this unfortunate side effect... but I wish the best in relieving this side effect.

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 03:27 PM

Hi Tru,

One thing you should definitely look into is surgery induced lymphadema. Whenever we have surgery we are at risk for this misunderstood problem. The lymphatic system is much ignored, but it is right under the skin and when disrupted can cause a build up of fluid and lymph. Lymph is the stuff that rids our body of toxins. You can google lymphadema and see what you think.
I unfortunately know a lot about it. You may need an alternative doctor to notice it, my regular doctors just said, oh well you have big legs! In your case though they may be able to get you settled down quickly. Good luck,

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 04:23 PM

Hi Tru,

Karen is right about lymphedema. But it is also recognized in mainstream medicine. See the Mayo Clinic article on Lymphedema treatments -- if that is what is occurring.
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