On February 16, MS News Today had a post on their Facebook page. It was called Having a Swell Time. (cute, huh?) It talked about MS and edema. The part that interested me was that his neurologist was not concerned about it. Neither is mine. Most of my limitations are on my right side, which is where the edema is–my right foot and hand.
One of the respondents of the post was a nurse and she said that this problem is not under what a neurologist would be concerned or have knowledge about. She recommended I get a referral to a vascular physician.
According to webmd.com, edema is a medical term for swelling. The swelling can occur from injury or inflammation. It can affect a small area or the entire body. Edema happens when your small blood vessels leak into nearby tissues. The extra fluid builds up which makes the tissues swell. Web M.D. list about six different varieties of edema. The article goes on to talk about causes, symptoms and treatment.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society also has a very informative brochure concerning edema. All of the treatments that are suggested are things that I already do. Wearing supportive stockings, keeping my legs raised when I am sitting, and staying as active as possible. It also suggests that if it becomes a problem one needs to be referred to a vascular specialist.
At this point in time it is not debilitating. I’m still able to move well and it does not limit limit me in any way. My neurologist is out on maternity leave, but when she comes back, I will have another open discussion with her concerning this.
Any one else with this issue?