Severe Leg Swelling

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 1/15/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband is an Active Alcoholic who drinks 1/2-gallon of Vodka every day and has now for 4 years.
He refuses to go to the doctor. He is showing physical signs of liver disease (very frequent nose bleeds, ascites, tarry stools, etc.) Both of his legs from the knee down have become HUGE, red, white in some spots. His feet look like elephant paws they are so large.
I know this is edema, but what part does it play exactly with someone with liver disease?

Thanks for any replies.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 1/15/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Cordovian, I am so sorry that your husband continues to drink. Usually with medication and a salt restricted diet edema can be somewhat controlled. Tarry stools usually means the person is bleeding internally. If you are asking if edema is a sign that the end is near, not really. Again, I am so sorry that you are dealing with all that you are. You are in my prayers.
There is always hope!

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   Posted 1/16/2009 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi, Cordovian.  I, too, am so sorry your husband continues to drink.  He is literally killing himself.  The edema happens when the liver is unable to handle fluids well.  If he would stop drinking, he would give himself a chance at life and could take diuretics for the edema and ascites.  You can try restricting his salt.  That may help a little.  It does sound as though he may be bleeding internally.

My thoughts will be with you.

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