Hello, my name is Jim and I am 54 years old and live in Northern Virginia.
Towards the end of June, 2012 I developed severe foot and lower leg swelling. Hospitalized
on the 28th, I was diagnosed as having Edema, more specifically Peripheral Edema. Peripheral
Edema is the swelling or fluid build-up in the tissues of the body's extremities, such as the arms
or legs. It is an indication of a malfunction in one or more of the body's processes. The British
spelling is Oedema. Edema is also known as Dropsy or Hydropsy.
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|Male Feet and Ankles Showing Typical Peripheral Edema
|This site is therapy for me and hopefully educational for us all. Peripheral Edema is a definite
wake-up call, as your body's functions are seriously impaired, movement is impossible, and the
pain is excruciating. I had no clue what Peripheral Edema or severe leg swelling was, how to
prevent its damaging effects, or why I was affected. With a lifelong struggle with obesity, I know the
obvious: lose weight and be more active. I'm working on both. On the plus side, I am a non-smoker
and I do not drink alcoholic beverages. For those who recognize me from some of the descriptions,
I was called "James" during my school years.
I'll tell my story on how I manage my Peripheral Edema. I know I could do better, but environment and real life needs play a large
part in what I'm able to do and what I want to do. Your physician is best suited to determine the causes and treatment of your
Peripheral Edema. Some possible causes of Edema or fluid build up are:
• High levels of salt in diet
• Physical injury, infection, or burn
• Prolonged sitting or standing without movement, such as a desk
job or air travel
• Diseases of the heart, kidney, liver, lung, or thyroid
• Failure of the lymphatic system (lymph nodes)
• Malnutrition or poor diet
• Blood clot in the lower leg (deep vein thrombosis)
• Venous diseases such as spider veins, varicose veins, etc.
• Prescription medications and over the counter drugs to include non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids,
calcium channel blockers, vasodilators (drugs that open blood vessels), diabetes medications (thiazolidinediones), and
estrogens (hormone therapy)
I have many questions about Peripheral Edema, the fluid build up that causes it, and its effect on the body. I'll share my opinions
and answers as to how I live with Peripheral Edema, a mobility limiting condition.
• Do you or someone you know suffer from foot or leg swelling or fluid build up?
• What foods or supplements help with your Peripheral Edema or leg swelling?
• Do you restrict your fluid or salt intake?
• Do you take, or have you taken, large quantities of aspirin or ibuprofen (NSAIDs)?
These and more Peripheral Edema related questions are addressed on my Q & A page.
Peripheral Edema is not the end. It is a treatable condition, and
we should act accordingly. We only have one body, and its parts
are not replaceable. Let's see if we can help each other.
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