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Lower leg swelling,bruise that is getting larger, light redness.
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Lower leg swelling,bruise that is getting larger, light redness.

My husband has swelling in his shin of left leg. It started 4 nites ago with penny size bruise & moderate swelling. His has not injured it in anyway. He had 4 heartattacks last year,has 2 stints, on cumidin,plavix,toprol,altace,vytorin,asprin&prilosec.
The swelling has increased around his leg and into his ankle and the bruise has gotten larger, also a light red color to his leg.
with terrible pain. We have seen 4 docs so far. Have had problems with his INR going up and down. Today was 4.8. He also has some unexplained bruising on both arms & stomach. Have told all of this to er doc, family doc, heart doc & today seen leg,ankle,foot specialist. X-ray shows nothing, mri done today. First were told he was bleeding out from his blood being so thin & it would improve by staying off of it & elavation. Another blood clot was ruled out with ultrasound.Blood work doesn't show any infection, supposedly. Now we can't seem to get any straight answers. I'm scared & don't know what to do or where to turn. You should also know that he also drinks whiskey & still smokes. Yes, he has been told to stop but want listen. He is 43, we live in a small town and i need some help with this. If you have no suggestions on what it could be, please try to point me in some direction that might help. Thank you!
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My mother In-Law had same type of symptoms and Doctors at Kaiser sent her home. She ended up back at the hospital with congested heart failure and died. She was a heavy smoker and drank a moderate amount. Swelling of the lower leg is a sign of heart disease. The heart is not able to pump enough blood to meet the oxygen demands of the body.

If he does not quit smoking or drinking there isn't much you can do. Not enough medicine in the world will help.



Good luck!
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Thanks for the info.  Things are not any better and the mri just showed bad swelling and fluid.  Two of the docs have told us that it will get better with time, one of the nurses at the docs office pulled me to the side yesterday and asked me if we have had his liver checked because she thinks this could be associated with chirosis of the liver. I'm still at a lose of what to do but i will ask question tomorrow on what you have said. Thanks again.
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