Edema Problem In My Leg

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Chris W.'s Comment
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I would get it checked by a doctor. Could be a DVT if red and swollen, could be heart failure if really puffy, it could be many things and I just recommend getting it checked out. Also if you don't already compression socks help prevent a lot for truckers.

I’ve been experiencing edema in my left leg. Right leg is normal. It’s not a seat height issue, it’s just from sitting so long. Any suggestions to help with this issue?

G-Town's Comment
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Crutches…

Does your company know this? You’re a safety liability hobbling around like this.

Wile E.'s Comment
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Definitely get your doctor to check it out.

I'll second the compression socks recommendation already made by several others. Wife and I wore these on our trip to Uganda a few years ago:

Compression socks

Found those on a website that talked about the socks many pilots and stewardesses wear. They offer significant compression, but not quite as much as some designed more for medical applications. Neither my wife nor I have ever had any issue with swelling, but reading up on long distance travel we thought they were a good idea for prevention. We had no issues on our trip.

However, since you're already having some swelling, you may need more compression than those I've linked. Your doc will be your best source of info.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Bruce K;

To add to the others' contributions, compression stockings are often doctor prescribed. Tom's brother has an Rx, as did I when I was in need, carrying Franklin. Saves the wallet/pocketbook that way; they can be pricey.

Best always,

~ Anne ~

Bruce K.'s Comment
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No offense Bruce but how is this not an “emergency” when you need crutches to walk. I think you’re kinda past the point of more frequent walks reversing anything. How are you able to do things like crank landing gear or check your fifth wheel connection on crutches would be my question.

L the

I can still crank the landing gear and do a visual on the kingpin connection. I can slide the tandems and open the doors, close the doors. Not as dire as it sounds. I can still walk without the crutches but it’s less painful when I use them. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. If I get through this month, I have treatment scheduled for early June. Tylenol helps also.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Crutches…

Does your company know this? You’re a safety liability hobbling around like this.

Yup, they do.

Auggie69's Comment
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I’ve been experiencing edema in my left leg. Right leg is normal. It’s not a seat height issue, it’s just from sitting so long. Any suggestions to help with this issue?

Drink water
Use compression socks
Less salt

Are you on BP meds? They have them that helps flush out the excess fluid. They also have them where it is a side effect!

You should be on ibuprofen. Tylenol doesn't do squat for inflammation. Start with 400mg every 4hrs then increase to 600 then 800 which is the prescription strength. Stop at whichever helps your pain.

Auggie69's Comment
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I’ve been experiencing edema in my left leg. Right leg is normal. It’s not a seat height issue, it’s just from sitting so long. Any suggestions to help with this issue?

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Drink water Use compression socks Less salt

Are you on BP meds? They have them that helps flush out the excess fluid. They also have them where it is a side effect!

You should be on ibuprofen. Tylenol doesn't do squat for inflammation. Start with 400mg every 4hrs then increase to 600 then 800 which is the prescription strength. Stop at whichever helps your pain.

And don't exceed 2400mg in 24 hours.

Matthew P.'s Comment
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Excellent suggestion. Compression stockings are the other recommendation. Wouldn't be a bad idea to have a discussion with your physician about taking a baby aspirin every day.

You might want to get it checked Deep vein thrombosis and truck drivers I went through this

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