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Broken Boone

Believe it or not, I've never posted on any forum before. I was an avid visitor to aol chat rooms, until their demise. My point: please let me know if I followed protocol with this post. I'd greatly appreciate it.

On with my questions:
I have been suffering edema in both legs & feet for about a year and a half now. The attacks seem to come at random (every 5-6 weeks), and it takes up to 3-4 days of laying with legs raised to reduce swelling (which gets bad-feet have "bubbles" on top that measure at least 2-3 in).
I realize that as a result of my injuries I'm not that ambulatory, but I can stand w help & walk to kitchen. This being said, I thought clots at first, but unless I'm chock full of clots at this point, I was wondering if these attacks could have something to do with my CES? The only reason I'm a tad frightened tonight is I've been having unique sharp pains behind L calf & R thigh (hoping not clots).

My surgery was recently cancelled as a result of pulse oximetry reading of 93/94 & a + DDimer test (not the most reliable of all tests). They were looking for a PE which they didn't find & after 3 x rays, the CT, & 2 days they released me without any answers for low oximetry readings-or for edema--but they sent me off with a load of Rx (antibiotics, steroids, inhaler).

I apologize for the ADHD version: so to wrap it up, does anyone know if CES can cause low pulse oximetry readings &/or be the cause of the attacks of edema?
I look forward to getting to know y'all & for the chance to help when & where I'm able.

Broken Boone


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I'd be rather concerned about all of this. What does your PCP say? This could be several things, not all spine related. I'd think it would be best for you to try to see several specialty physicians, not just spine specialist to try to get to the bottom of it ie cardiologist, pulminologist, etc. I'm sure you saw these in the hospital, but I"d still go get second opinions. I think sometimes we are all guilty of having multiple symptoms happen at once so we think we have one problem, when in fact we might have multiple problems. Best of luck to you and keep us informed.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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