My mum has COPD/Heart Failure. She is 73, heavy smoker and unfortunately is an alcoholic. Her mobility is fine whilst in hospital or nursing home (obviously without drink) but she has been home for 3 weeks, drinking heavily and her legs are paining badly. Could this be due to her COPD/heart failure or is it likely to be the alcohol? Appreciate any thoughts. Just difficult watching her in pain, even though she won't listen to the possible causes!
Common causes of your mum's leg pain would include, deep vein thrombosis commonly called clots in large veins, muscle inflammation or spasm and electrolyte imbalance due to alcohol, her medicine and/or poor nutrition. Heart failure, alone, is generally painless, except when leg swelling is enormous. Your mum should have her legs examined by her doctor or his assistant.
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