I have had neuropathy in both legs from the knees down for over two years as a result of bacterial meningitis. Recently, both of my calves started swelling and now my ankles are swelling as well. My doctor has me on Potassium and lasix and it does help a good bit, but it does not get rid of it. Is this normal with neuropathy patients and is it something I just have to live with.
5 May 2011
Hello, I have autonomic neuropathy (a peripheral neuropathy) with crossover involvment of the sympathetic nerve for over 1 year and I had severe swelling/discoloration of the feet/ankles/lower legs for several months. It has been much better these past several months, though- I don't know why. I believed the swelling was a result of sitting for a long time (ie: at my desk at work or on the computer at home). Try not to sit for too long in one position if possible and elevate your feet above the level of your heart at the first indication of swelling. Use ice for 20 minutes to reduce swelling if it does not make your neuropathy worse (mine loves heat). I am not certain if this swelling is a typical neuropathic symptom. Hopefully, these episodes will go away... feel better.
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