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Discoloration in lower legs/ankles/feet

tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 10:48 am - Halsey, OR
I have had discoloration in my lower legs, ankles, and feet for a few years now and was wondering if anyone else has this issue and if the discoloration went away after losing their weight. I believe the condition is called venous stasis. I don't have diabetes so it's not associated with that. There is swelling also. It's where the veins in my legs don't work too well causing a purplish red color. I don't wear capri pants even because it's embarrassing for me and I'm hoping someone has had this and can tell me what happens as you lose your excess weight.

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mcdavis511
on 4/20/09 11:17 am
It is very likely to significantly improve or go away entirely as you exercise more and lose weight. Walking alone should help even without wt loss, combine it with the loss and you will be a new woman!! Remember to try never to sit completely still unless you are napping. Elevate your feet, pump your ankles, etc.
tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 5:25 pm - Halsey, OR
That's what I'm hoping!
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Bill I.
on 4/20/09 12:28 pm - Ashton, IL
The symptoms you describe could be associated with blood clots.  I would urge caution.  Even though it could be nothing,  my opinion is that it's worth checking with a vascular specialist.  The ultrasound test most hospitals use to check for leg clots is easy and painless. 

(I just went through treatment for a huge blood clot in my leg 2 wks post-op even though I was taking blood thinners, so my opinion is clearly a little skewed)

I hope it's nothing.  Good luck whatever you decide to do.
  
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tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 5:26 pm - Halsey, OR
I've been to the doctor as I've had this for a few years now and it's not blood clots. I thought it might be at first too.
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pattipetro
on 4/20/09 1:49 pm - Covington, GA
Tami,
It should get better with weight loss as many times the pressure from the weight in your lower legs on the veins is the cause.  I had been taking Demadex (diuretic) for many years for swelling in my lower legs, but have not taken any since surgery and the swelling is 90% gone.  The discoloration is some better too, however mine was not bad horrible before surgery,,,,,,,,,but it was enough to bother me.  Good luck.

Patti






tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 5:29 pm - Halsey, OR
My discoloration isn't super noticable, but yet if you look at my legs you'd see that it was reddish and purplish on my foot. I had a bad injury to my foot and surgery too which makes one foot more discolored than the other. I have noticed swelling has been much less since I've lost 44lbs so I can imagine it will get alot better as I get smaller.
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Sarahlicious
on 4/20/09 2:12 pm - Portsmouth, OH
I have lyphemdema in my legs, which is swelling and it caused some venous statis. Here is what they look like. The coloration got a bit better, I wear compression garments so it's either show my garments or show my legs with capris and dresses. I don't might showing my legs, in swim suits etc, sure some times people stare...esp kids...but hey I'm enjoying my life and people would find something to stare at regardless.

I hope this link works, let me know if it does not...

http://www.obesityhelp.com/myoh/photos/200823/Legs/Pre-WLS-F eb-2003/#photo

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tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 5:36 pm - Halsey, OR
Is the lyphemdema the swelling that is in the picture? My swelling is just at the ankle/foot about maybe 2 inches larger than it normally would be and then some discoloration around the ankle/calf and foot. I wish I wasn't so self-conscious about it. That's awesome that you don't mind showing your legs. I wish I had that strength. How much weight have you lost and what do your legs look like now, if you don't mind me asking?
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Sarahlicious
on 4/20/09 6:20 pm - Portsmouth, OH
Yes, the swelling is from the lymphedema. I've lost over 200lbs. Not sure if that link accessed the album, but I'll copy and paste the current pic for you. Well it was taken in 2007 but that's how they look now, I did years of compression therapy to get the excess fluid out, and now I wear compression garments everyday.

http://www.obesityhelp.com/myoh/photos/200825/Legs/1-year-po st-PS-Nov-2007/#photo

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