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What Causes Fluid on the Lungs?
Jan 19, 2001

Hello Doctor: Lately I've been sitting up until I fall asleep, and than I'll go to bed. The reason that I do this is because due to a progressing lung disorder that I have, I am beginning to find it very difficult to lay down for long periods of time due to chest discomfort. My feet, legs and ankles are beginning to swell because of this (I know that I must get me something to rest my feet up on). Could you please tell me if the swelling that I am experiencing can lead to fluid of the lungs (I think that is the term that I've heard before). Thank you for your response.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

It sounds like you have developed congestive heart failure, which leads to buildup of fluid in the legs and lungs. You need to see a doctor as soon as possible to find out why you have congestive heart failure -- there are a number of possible causes, some of which are entirely reversible. The symptoms themselves can be treated, and you will feel a lot more comfortable. Good luck!

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