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Would heat or ice help the pain for a swollen spleen (I have diagnosed mono)?

Would heat or ice help the pain for a swollen spleen (I have diagnosed mono)?

No: It is an internal affair and will likely take time for the immune response to EBV to resolve. ...Read more

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My eyelid is swollen and hurts. Should I ice it? Or apply heat to it?

My eyelid is swollen and hurts. Should I ice it? Or apply heat to it?

Probably stye: Most likely this is a stye which will respond to frequent applications of a very warm (not hot) washcloth. Try this for several days provided that the vision is not affected and there is no obvious pus. If persistent past 3-4 days then see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Try ice instead: Try ice instead of heat as well as avoid heavy lifting and bending. Stretching and massage may help. If it worsens or does not improve follow up with your doctor since you may need further testing and muscle relaxers etc. ...Read more

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Should you smoke with a swollen spleen?

Should you smoke with a swollen spleen?

Trick question?: Shouldn't smoke with a normal spleen. And why is your spleen swollen anyway? That's a better question. ...Read more

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What is the worst-case outcome from having a swollen spleen?

What is the worst-case outcome from having a swollen spleen?

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

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Is a swollen spleen life-threatening?

Is a swollen spleen life-threatening?

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

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How do doctors treat swollen spleens caused by mono?

How do doctors treat swollen spleens caused by mono?

No treatment: There is no specific treatment. Surgery is indicated if you develop spontaneous splenic rupture. Avoid dangerous activities that can place you at risk for splenic injury. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Okay if it's mild: You could have abdominal pain. As long as it's mild, it is okay. I suggest avoiding any contact sport or strenuous exercise
If the pain worsens have it checked out. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is there a type of cancer that causes of swollen spleen?

Is there a type of cancer that causes of swollen spleen?

Maybe: Lymphoma is a blood cancer disorder that could make a person's spleen become enlarged. It is very rare to only get cancer in the spleen itself. ...Read more

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Is dangerous to have a swollen spleen?

Is dangerous to have a swollen spleen?

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

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Please explain what are some symptoms of swollen spleen?

Please explain what are some symptoms of swollen spleen?

Splenomegaly: Full feeling, pressure, or pain near the bottom of the ribs on the left. May have no symptoms. ...Read more

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How do doctors check for swollen spleen?

How do doctors check for swollen spleen?

Physical exam: By examining your belly and possibly ordering a ct scan. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my liver or spleen is swollen?

How can I tell if my liver or spleen is swollen?

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

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If I get mono, how long will my spleen stay swollen?

If I get mono, how long will my spleen stay swollen?

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

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Is it possible to see knot on or between your left rib cage if you have a swollen spleen?

Is it possible to see knot on or between your left rib cage if you have a swollen spleen?

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

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Could sneezing erupt a swollen spleen?

Could sneezing erupt a swollen spleen?

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

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How would I know if my liver/spleen was swollen if I have mono?

Mono: Having your doctor perform a physical examination and palpating the areas. If concerns arose, imaging could be undertaken. ...Read more

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I have swollen abdomen and spleen and really sick. What could it be?

I have swollen abdomen and spleen and really sick. What could it be?

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

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I'm concerned because I have swollen abdomen and spleen and really sick?

I'm concerned because I have swollen abdomen and spleen and really sick?

See your PCP soon: How long this has been going on? You should be investigated for the reasons that caused your abdomen to swell, is it ascites/ why is your spleen enlarged/ see you primary care physician right away. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a heating pad on an inflamed spleen?

Is it safe to use a heating pad on an inflamed spleen?

Generally yes: 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

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I am 20 and have liver damage and swollen spleen, what to do?

I am 20 and have liver damage and swollen spleen, what to do?

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

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I have a swollen, painful spleen two years after having epstein barr. Is this dangerous?

I have a swollen, painful spleen two years after having epstein barr. Is this dangerous?

Yes: And I suspect that there may be another reason other than EBV for the enlarged and painful spleen- which is more prone to rupture when enlarged. See your doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have chronic pancreatitis (idiopathic) with swollen spleen. Why is my spleen becoming involved? What can I do to prevent further complications?

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

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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

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Is it safe to travel if my spleen and liver are swollen?

Is it safe to travel if my spleen and liver are swollen?

Yes: However, you should take general precautions to avoid the risk of a DVT (deep venous thrombosis, or clot formation) by getting up and walking every two hours, especially if you are overweight, smoke, use birth control pills, have cancer or a history of dvt. ...Read more

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What to do if I have mono, how do I know if my liver/spleen is swollen?

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

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What happens if a swollen spleen burst and blood spills into the abdomen?

What happens if a swollen spleen burst and blood spills into the abdomen?

You will die unless: Emergent action is taken to stop the bleeding and to remove the ruptured spleen. ...Read more

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What can cause bad throat and swollen spleen?

What can cause bad throat and swollen spleen?

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

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Bad throat and swollen spleen, what do you recommend?

Bad throat and swollen spleen, what do you recommend?

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