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Apply Heat Swollen Spleen
5 days ago I hurt my lower back, it's a bit swollen&strained. I apply heat & have been resting from sports, when will it stop and what else can I do?
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Splenic trauma: The worst case scenario is having the spleen rupture in an environment where medical help is not close by (falling while hiking in the back country). Splenic rupture is a surgical emergency and one could bleed to death without it. It is important to follow doctors orders: no rough housing with a swollen spleen. ...Read more
It can be: The most serious complication of a swollen spleen is rupture is rupture and subsequent hemorrhage. A spleen can swell due to many conditions (mononucleosis, leukemia, infection, liver disease). The major precaution is to avoid trauma to such (avoid any physical activity that could involve trauma). A swollen spleen should be monitored regularly by physician. ...Read more
Is it okay to have mild pains in my left side? I don't know for a fact that my spleen is swollen but I was diagnosed with mono 2 weeks ago.
I just got over a sever case of mono I know my spleen is swollen but all my symptoms have been gone for about 2 weeks can I start doing light lifts?
Up to 5 pounds: The risk you are trying to avoid is spleen rupturing. Lifting is very unlikely to do that, so light lifting is fine. Basically you can lift light loads as this is not going to rupture the spleen, probably 5-10 pounds, no more. More importantly, you need to avoid activities that you could accidentally get kicked or hit in the abdomen with. So even just wrestling playfully on floor could injure. ...Read more
Splenomegaly: The spleen is a very vascular organ in our body responsible for many functions, but can enlarge when over-taxed by filtering damaged blood cells or fighting infection. When it is large, it is very tense and at risk for rupture (a medical emergency). People with enlarged spleens are advised against contact sports or any activity that puts them at risk for abdominal trauma. ...Read more
Splenomegaly: Full feeling, pressure, or pain near the bottom of the ribs on the left. May have no symptoms. ...Read more
How did you know?: If you really have a big spleen you should be fully investigated. ...Read more
Physical exam: Perhaps the best place to start with determining if your liver or spleen is enlarged or abnormal is with a physical examination from a skilled provider such as a primary care physician. Such a person can take a history from you and then examine your body. If after that, there are questions left unanswered, imaging studies such as an ultrasound and/or a few lab tests might be helpful. ...Read more
Duration of illness: The fact that one's spleen swells during the course of mononucleosis means that the spleen is functioning properly. It is a filter for bacteria and abnormal blood cells, and as such will swell in a state that gives rise to these conditions. The spleen size is often monitored by your doctor while you are ill and the recession of spleen size is an indication of improving health. ...Read more
Sorry: Can't even begin to diagnose this one on line. ...Read more
Splenomegaly: If the spleen is very enlarged you could see and or feel it protruding from under your left lower ribs, not between. ...Read more
Unlikely: Sneezing can have some significant effects, but I was unable to find a published case where the spleen was affected. For more examples of severe effects from sneezing, see by blog at: http://www. Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2013/12/sneezing-can-be-hazardous-to-your-health/. ...Read more
Too many poss: This is too vague. I am not sure how u can feel ur spleen. If it is truly enlarged, there are many possibilities. You need to be seen in person by ur doctor and then referred to hematologist if appropriate. ...Read more
Never on high heat! Or while sleeping!
one can get burned.
If it is comfortable it is unlikely to be harmful anywhere.
(except diabetic, or neuropathic feet where real damage can occur since the feeling is diminished or absent). ...Read more
Find the cause: Especially if liver disease is giving you a big spleen, you need to insist that your physician give you a scientific explanation. Get educated about this -- it may be life and death for you. ...Read more
My spleen is swollen, and my hgb is at 7. Can I be losing my blood in my spleen? Will doctors be able to see the blood taken by my spleen?
Hematologist: You should see a hematologist. That level of anemia is serious, an an enlarged spleen is also indicative of a problem related in your blood system. Anemia is usually due to bleeding, impaired production, or hemolysis. Hemolysis means abnormal consumption of red cells in your spleen or blood vessels. There are blood tests and ultrasound studies to investigate further. ...Read more
I have chronic pancreatitis (idiopathic) with swollen spleen. Why is my spleen becoming involved? What can I do to prevent further complications?
Enlarged spleen: Can be caused by many different things, but in your case, it could be coming from splenic vein thrombosis. Idiopathic means unknown cause, so your doctors probably can't figure out why your get pancreatitis and what you can do to prevent recurrence or complications I assume you already had cholecystectomy. I would surely stay away from alcohol and certain meds that can cause pancreas problems. ...Read more
Left side pain for a month now. Starts at my bra line, goes down to bottom of ribcage, radiates to back. Heat makes worse. Spleen area. Ultrsnd was OK.
Chest discomfort: Have you had a cough? Chest xray? Perhaps the discomfort is from the rib cage and a pinched intercostal nerve or irritated/inflamed chest wall muscle. The pinched nerve hurts more with a deep breath and the muscle may also be tender to the touch. Have you tried a different bra? ...Read more
My d. Has complained of pain/enlarged spleen on a couple of flights. It does not happen every time. Today she felt numbness first, then swollen. Help?
Hard to say: Inclear what the story is but further evaluation from a physician is warranted. ...Read more
Found on exam: If you know how to look for it the liver edge can be detected below its normal position and the spleen could be felt on the left side of the abdomen. I know of few people who could realistically judge either on themselves. The physician can determine this on physical exam or ultrasound. ...Read more
Infections: Many infections, both viral and bacterial, can cause throat pain and spleen enlargement. EBV virus (Mononucleosis) is a viral infection that can cause these symptoms, and more, but usually the spleen will not get large for at least a week or two after the onset of the illness. Spleen enlargement should always prompt follow up with your physician. ...Read more
See your doctor: Please see your doctor for an evaluation and tests to see what is going on. You may need to take medications to prevent worsening. ...Read more
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