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endurance:
Varicose veins have some associated risk for heart attack and stroke because they can be the source of blood clots, but millions of people live with them every day.  It's just an increased risk over the general population.  She should be aware of the symptoms of stroke, heart attack and pulmonary embolisms and seek immediate medical attention at the first sign of trouble with her risk factors.

Beyond that, when you're looking at lower leg edema there's a lot of different things it could be, from congestive heart failure to kidney failure, but also plenty of less concerning things.  It appears the doc has ruled out the scary stuff with heart specialist and blood work, but her current doctor is at a loss and grasping at straws (gyno exam, etc.).  My first suggestion would be to change doctors.  There are some newer treatments for varicose veins that include running a laser up the leg with the guidance of an ultrasound and burning the veins closed to properly re-route the bloodflow.  There's also doctors who specialize in foot and lower leg issues that might be more familiar with her issues.

Was the reason they sent her to the liver specialist because of low albumen?  That can cause blood to leak from the vessels, which could explain the lower leg edema.  Also, is she on any kind of pain relievers or steroids?  Is she diabetic?

surfivor:

--- Quote from: endurance on August 10, 2011, 11:21:21 AM ---Varicose veins have some associated risk for heart attack and stroke because they can be the source of blood clots, but millions of people live with them every day.  It's just an increased risk over the general population.  She should be aware of the symptoms of stroke, heart attack and pulmonary embolisms and seek immediate medical attention at the first sign of trouble with her risk factors.

Beyond that, when you're looking at lower leg edema there's a lot of different things it could be, from congestive heart failure to kidney failure, but also plenty of less concerning things.  It appears the doc has ruled out the scary stuff with heart specialist and blood work, but her current doctor is at a loss and grasping at straws (gyno exam, etc.).  My first suggestion would be to change doctors.  There are some newer treatments for varicose veins that include running a laser up the leg with the guidance of an ultrasound and burning the veins closed to properly re-route the bloodflow.  There's also doctors who specialize in foot and lower leg issues that might be more familiar with her issues.

Was the reason they sent her to the liver specialist because of low albumen?  That can cause blood to leak from the vessels, which could explain the lower leg edema.  Also, is she on any kind of pain relievers or steroids?  Is she diabetic?

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 I emailed her your post and she wrote this back:

Liver specialist was due to elevated
liver enzymes.  Don't know what albumen is
.......liver doctor did not
think any abnormality with the Liver would
cause the swelling in the leg........

Also, I have no idea if I am diabetic......
Do not medicate with anything stronger than
an Advil for slight headaches........

 doctor said my kidneys were ok, had
a urinalysis.....

endurance:
The odds are it's venous insufficiency.  There's basically one way valves in the veins in the lower legs that help blood return to the heart.  In varicose veins these valves have failed, so blood pools at the lowest point (near the feet).  The medically approved solutions are to keep the legs moving, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, and compression stockings, as has already been suggested by FreeLanceR. 

Homeopathically, I don't know what can be done.  It seems likely her docs have ruled out some of the alternatives that might be alarming (like blood clots, heart issues, etc.).  Skin care is critical, as she's likely to be prone to skin ulcers, infections and slow healing because of the poor circulation in the area.

Again, I'm not a medical professional.  Don't take this as medical advice, just some guy on the internet's two cents.  Wiki or Web MD the signs and symptoms for stroke, heart attack and PE and be familiar with them.  Delay can lead to brain loss, heart damage, lung loss, and death.  Seconds count.

surfivor:

 She watches alot of TV and sit and reads the paper, not really super active but does work in a place with long halls and goes shopping alot etc, so there is some walking going on ..

 She has a peculiar habit of sleeping at the kitchen table in a chair with her feet up on another chair. There are a number of reasons why she does that, but getting her to sleep upstairs in her bed does not really seem possible ..

Cedar:
When I had really bad pitted edema while I was pregnant, my specialist told me to go swimming (alot) as the pressure of the water and the movement will help reduce it. If she is not moving alot like you say, then maybe you can convince her that there is alot of freedom of movement in a pool. I LOVED the pool when I was very ungraceful on land at 8-9 months pregnant.

Most pools have a special stairway they can bring out too so you don't have to go down the ladder. Lots of them are not using chlorine anymore either, but a more eco/body/eye friendly stuff.

Cedar

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