Posted by Paul MaryLou
on May 16, 2000 at 16:16:45:
In Reply to: Facial/lip Swelling posted by Mark on February 06, 2000 at 23:34:43:
TO: Jeff Wells
For over 3 yrs. my husband has been experiencing random swelling on bottoms of his feet at
times.Like you, swelling of the lip was the initial symptom. His lip swells at times still,and
less often the sole of a foot, and other times the palm of a hand,occassionally the area around
an eye will swell and turn purple (like a boxer). Allergists had him on Zyrtec, and Prednisone for
over 2 yrs. We tapered him off of them 1 yr. ago. They never stopped the swelling anyway, and
the doctors had no clue - but still they kept him on the steroids.
An injection of Epinepherine is the only thing that stops the swelling at the time of occurence.
Be VERY CAREFUL with the steroids. A year ago this May, I had to take my husband to the
emergency ward of the hospital in excruciating pain. He was almost sent home because he
had no fever, his X-rays, urine and blood samples all came back okay.Two doctors told us that
they were going to send him home because of the positive lab results. A very wise surgeon told
them to keep him there so he could check the X-rays one more time with an associate. He saw
a tiny white spot in the lower abdominal area, and because of the excruciating pain my husband
was in- he told us that he had to perform "EXPLORITORY"surgery right away or my husband
might die. That surgeon saved my husbands life. When he opened my husband up he found the
appendix had ruptured hours before. That night the doctors came and talked to us, and told us
that the steroids had masked the symptoms of the Appendicitus.
To date we still do not know the exact cause,one allergist thinks it may be brought on by
trauma to the body. She (female DR.) may be on to something finally, because after his surgery
(which is BIG trauma to body) that swelling went rampant. In the morning 1/2 of top lip was
swollen, later on the other half of lip, later one eye, later still the other eye, next oe foot, then
the other, then one hand, then the other. Drs, were in and out of his room daily, both amazed
and puzzled with this predicament. About a month later the lady allergist who was one of the
Dr's who observed the phenomenom told us that she suspected that the cause may be trauma
to the body. Since then my husband has noticed something so simple as accidentally biting his
lip can cause his lip to swell. Other times it swells with no apparent cause.
PLEASE KEEP US UPDATED ON ANY INFO YOU MAY OBTAIN, and we will do the same for
MaryLou & Paul