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Leg swelling

Blood Cancers & Disorders | Last Active: Aug 13, 2021 | Replies (8)

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My Mom had a fall and has a hairline fracture of her tailbone. Her legs are swelling drastically. No blood clots and not congestive heart failure. Dr. Seems at a loss. Does anyone have any experience or advice? She is 97.

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Hi Greenball, I can imagine that you are very worried, especially since the doctor seems at a loss. I wonder if @johnbishop @hopeful33250 or @oldkarl have any thoughts.

I'm glad that blood clots and heart failure have been ruled out. What has the doctor offered to keep her comfortable while you continue to search for answers?

Hello @greenball, I'm so sorry to hear that your Mom fell and fractured her tailbone. I know that has to be very painful for her and worrisome for you. I found some information that may be helpful for things to try. Cleveland Clinic has some management and treatment information on the website for Tailbone Pain and also some things to try for Swollen Feet and Ankles.

— Tailbone Pain: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/10436-coccydynia-tailbone-pain
— Swollen Feet and Ankles: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/6-best-ways-relieve-swollen-feet-ankles-home/

Have you tried elevating and/or icing your Mom's legs to see if it helps with the swelling?

Hello @greenball,

So sorry to hear of your mom's fall. It certainly has resulted in a lot of problems. Until she can get a second opinion of what is causing the swollen legs, I recommend, as others have, that she keep her feet elevated. If she has a recliner or an adjustable bed this could help her be more comfortable. Ice packs for the tailbone pain would probably be helpful in numbing that area until it heals.

Have you considered getting a second opinion regarding the swollen legs?