I am a 30 yr. old mother of three w/ type 2 diabetes an hypertension. I am experiencing painful swelling of my legs, feet, and ankles. I am concerned that this can be a side effect from a serious underlying condition.
Ugh, not enough information and too many possibilities. It's possible but less likely to have both legs, feet & ankles get infected at the same time, eg cellultis. It's also possible but not likely to have blood clots (deep venous thrombosis or DVT) in both at the same time. I suppose you could have a blood clot in one and an infection in the other. Diabetes + hypertension increases your risk for heart disease. Someone w/heart failure could present w/painfully swollen legs, ankles & feet, but they'd most likely also be short of breath, too. Diabetes damages the kidneys which could then lead to keeping extra fluid in the legs, ankles & feet. Pioglitazone, a diabetes medicine, can lead to swelling in the legs, ankles & feet. Best to go see your family doc. Good luck!
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