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Lump and ache pain behind knee. Bakers cyst or tumor or varicose vein?

Lump and ache pain  behind knee. Bakers cyst or tumor or varicose vein?

Depends: Least likely cause is the bakers cyst as these are usually asymptomatic. The only way that a varicose vein could be felt as a lump is if it has clotted off in which case it usually would also be very painful. Therefore this could be a thrombosed varicose vein. Possibility of tumor can not be discounted as it is included in the differential. ...Read more

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more


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Can abdominal aortic aneurysm cause unilateral leg swelling?

Can abdominal aortic aneurysm cause unilateral leg swelling?

Rare: In general this is really a common associated symptom, as aortic aneurysm often don't have any symptoms. If they do, the symptoms tend to be abdominal and/or back pain or nerve pain radiating into the legs. In rare cases when the aneurysm extends to the iliac artery, this can compress on of the major "leg vein"(external iliac vein" which can lead to unilateral leg swelling. ...Read more

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Is abdominal aortic aneurysm painful?

Is abdominal aortic aneurysm painful?

Usually not: Typically, an abdominal aneurysm causes no symptoms until it ruptures or rapidly expands. In the event of rupture, the pain is sudden and severe. Some enlarging aneurysms can cause back pain or flank pain, but that is less common. ...Read more

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Calf tightness w/ swelling Achilles (and paratendon) + distended unilateral tributary over achilles. Compartment syndrome? Venous? No known injury.

Calf tightness w/ swelling Achilles (and paratendon) + distended unilateral tributary over achilles. Compartment syndrome?  Venous? No known injury.

DVT: Could be many things, but you need to have an ultrasound of your leg to rule out deep vein thrombosis. These can break off and go to the lungs and be life threatening. ...Read more

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Pain behind knee cap. Bulging foot veins. Leg hurts when pressure applied. Cramping in calf and thigh. Neg ddimer and ultrasound. What could it be?

Pain behind knee cap. Bulging foot veins. Leg hurts when pressure applied. Cramping in calf and thigh. Neg ddimer and ultrasound.  What could it be?

Chondromalac/compart: When knees develop early tendonitis change, there can be periods of flare where inflammation and pain can develop behind the kneecap due to cartilage tears. This is also called patellar chondromalacia.There is also concern for compartment syndrome given your vascular complaints. It is thus best to see a Sports Medicine &/or Vascular MD to diagnose what is going on and make sure of the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Swelling back leg isolated below gastrocnemius to ankle. MRI, arteriovenous US normal.Tightness both sides of leg near ankle w/ dorsiflex. Tendonitis?

Swelling back leg isolated below gastrocnemius to ankle. MRI, arteriovenous US normal.Tightness both sides of leg near ankle w/ dorsiflex. Tendonitis?

MRI of what?: This is tendonitis the MRI should have picked it up. If it was a Baker's cyst the US should have picked it up. What else did these examinations show? You need to discuss with your physician the results of the tests and what was and what was not imaged. ...Read more

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Torn left knee meniscus twice, torn right achillis tendon, and symptoms of right knee meniscus tear after mri, no trauma, what could be the cause?!

Torn left knee meniscus twice, torn right achillis tendon, and symptoms of right knee meniscus tear after mri, no trauma, what could be the cause?!

Some activity: You do not have to have a specific injury to cause a meniscal tear. Sometimes the meniscus can degenerate and tear from repetitive activities such as running basketball and other pseudotraumatic sports i would work a lot on strengthening and plyometrics to help prevent further problems. ...Read more

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I have a constant ache behind the knee. Could this be popliteal aneurysm?

I have a constant ache behind the knee. Could this be popliteal aneurysm?

It is possible: A constant ache behind the knee can be due to many things including a popliteal artery aneurysm. Pain behind the knee is most commonly due to orthopedic problems such as a baker's cyst. An ultrasound can easily diagnose a baker's cyst or a popliteal artery aneurysm. ...Read more

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Pulsating outer left thigh pain along with leg cramps and twitching calves. Leg cramps started a month ago. Lumbar MRI pending, DVT ultrasound negativ?

Pulsating outer left thigh pain along with leg cramps and twitching calves. Leg cramps started a month ago. Lumbar MRI pending, DVT ultrasound negativ?

Sciatica: Although there are several possibilities, one if the more common causes is a sciatica, which is an irritation of a nerve in the back that can cause pain that runs into the hip. When you lower your chin, it increases the pressure in the spinal canal and can aggravate the symptoms like you are describing. The hip and the SI joint are also potential causes. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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Hamstring, lower back, inner thigh pain, & and pain right above foot. Compartment Syndrome or Sciatica issue?

Hamstring, lower back, inner thigh pain, & and pain right above foot. Compartment Syndrome or Sciatica issue?

Comprehensiveness: Employing a multi-modal approach, most fellowship trained pain specialists offer the most effective management of painful conditions. To accurately diagnose and treat patients, we will utilize imaging studies, electro-diagnostic evaluations, history ; physical examinations, targeted physical therapy, appropriate and responsible medication management and cutting-edge interventional procedures. ...Read more

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Tibia knee fracture healed MRI clear still knee pain anf pain when bending knee. When standing leg not straight ?

Tibia knee fracture healed MRI clear still knee pain anf pain when bending knee. When standing leg not straight ?

Nerve injury: Knee injuries may be associated with nerve damage at times which is quite painful- many people guard their knees (avoid use due to fear of pain) and may develop contraction deformities and adhesions which may explain your lack of range of motion. You may need to revisit with your surgeon or seek expert opinion with pain specialist. ...Read more

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Burning pain when standing on inner/medial behind knee. Not middle behind knee, inner behind knee. Likeliness of nerve (saphenous?) Or clot?

Burning pain when standing on inner/medial behind knee. Not middle behind knee, inner behind knee. Likeliness of nerve (saphenous?) Or clot?

Nerve pain: Hi, nerve pains are usually burning form, the way you are describing it, it sounds more like nerve compression pain. If you have swelling of the Calf, a Doppler ultrasound would be helpful to make sure there is no blood clot ...Read more

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Patella dislocation meniscus extruded past tibia. Swelling- large effusion mrii. Knee gave out while walking. Need for surgery? Pops clicks

Patella dislocation meniscus extruded past tibia. Swelling- large effusion mrii. Knee gave out while walking. Need for surgery? Pops clicks

Depends: Your need for surgery will depend on the stability and/or damage under your knee cap. If this is your first patella dislocation vs the latest ofmor, that could change things as well. The effusion or fluid in the knee is just a symptom of the dislocation. Its really the patella that needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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24 female, mri: medial meniscus tear (i've had for 10yrs) mild chondromalacia. Knees ache most when seated. Could strengthening/pt substitute surgery?

24 female, mri: medial meniscus tear (i've had for 10yrs) mild chondromalacia. Knees ache most when seated. Could strengthening/pt substitute surgery?

Absolutely: Nonoperative treatments like strengthening and therapy are always the first choice before surgery. When you have given these a real effort, and are still bothered by your complaints, then the only real option to get better may be to have the 20 min scope procedure and move on. Give it an honest try and then decide if surgery is right for you. ...Read more

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L5-S1 microdiscectomy Fri for left leg sciatic pain. Calf/foot pain relief w/some thigh/behind knee pain. Pain less AM but sharp pain down left leg into foot w/pain level of 9.5 & hurts sitting/lying.

Microdiskectomy: Give it some time; sometimes simply moving the roots around can upset the lumbar plexus and give you intermittent (even quite severe) pain, although it resolves within a week or two. Getting to the disk requires mobilization of the roots and inflammatory changes from that- or the disk herniation- itself can give this pain. As long as bowel and bladder OK, hopefully this will resolve also. Best! ...Read more

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Pain behind knee outerside, pain shooting butt to foot, burning from knee down, foot arch pain. Bad pain behind knee a few days ago after suddenmotion?

Shooting pain: sounds like "sciatica" could be due to a lumbar disc pressing on the nerve to detect this will need CT SCAN or MRI , the other possible cause is called piriformis syndrome usually after certain type of exercises stretching to far of lifting ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Wyffels
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Popliteal Aneurysm (Definition)

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