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Can multiple sclerosis cause unilateral leg swelling, say, below the knee?

Can multiple sclerosis cause unilateral leg swelling, say, below the knee?

No: MS is a disease of brain, eye, and spinal cord. It does not cause focal swelling or inflammation of leg. You need to check with your doctor as possible vein obstruction such as thrombophlebitis, may be causing your issues. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Lower leg swelling knee and below. Injured knee 3 days ago.Have been wraping it.Took off wraps to find swelling . E.R. Or wait female 54 working out caused sore knee thus now swelling after wrapping

The : The swelling may be due to the wrap preventing appropriate circulation and fluid return in the lower leg. We call this edema. I would recommend that you see your primary care doctor for evaluation of your knee injury to rule out a sprain or tear in the supporting structures. It is unlikley that you have a clot in your leg but this can also be assessed. ...Read more

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After angiogram & stent I have leg swelling for 10 months. Knee pain subsided. Xray, MRI show nothing. slight arthritis not the cause. Any suggeston?

After angiogram & stent I have leg swelling for 10 months.  Knee pain subsided. Xray, MRI show nothing. slight arthritis not the cause.  Any suggeston?

Could be venous: I am assuming you had heart cath via your femoral artery and vein and you had heart coronary angioplasty and stent your leg swelling is from the vein in the legs DVT already ruled out by negative test you need leg elevation and pressure support stocking to minimize the swelling check with your doctor good luck ...Read more

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Could there be a connection between the muscle twitching throughout my body and the unilateral leg swelling below the knee? Neurological?

Could there be a connection between the muscle twitching throughout my body and the unilateral leg swelling below the knee? Neurological?

Highly doubt it: You basically outlined the answer and its rationale in your question....Bravo....that's an artistic flare. Something focal vs. something generalized and not only that but we're talking about symptoms that little to nothing in common with each other.....twitching or possibly muscle fasciculations vs. swelling or edema. The question is what is the edema or swelling due to? Trauma, infectious dz? ...Read more

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Think I have gout in my knee. Painful to straighten leg, swelling in leg, can't walk, seems fine when I sit down. Taking ibuprofen. Been 3 days now.

Think I have gout in my knee. Painful to straighten leg, swelling in leg, can't walk, seems fine when I sit down. Taking ibuprofen. Been 3 days now.

Unclear: Gout is a disease of older men or post-menopausal women, which usually first presents with exquisite pain, swelling, and redness of the great toe. Episodes last for a few days, but usually resolve completely on their own. If gout is not treated, over years it can begin to affect other joints. It would be unusual to have a first episode of gout affecting the knee. Should consider other causes. ...Read more

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Leg swelling between my knee and calf in my left leg.Inside of leg only.Venous doppler&arterial blood flow study both negative.No heart disease.Ideas?

Leg swelling between my knee and calf in my left leg.Inside of leg only.Venous doppler&arterial blood flow study both negative.No heart disease.Ideas?

Popliteal cyst: This could be a popliteal cyst (baker's) cyst. This comes from behind the knee and can sometimes leak fluid into the calf. ...Read more

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I have r lower leg swelling for about 6 months DVT u/s neg xrays , knee hip and foot neg. I had a chest xray fatty deposits around heart ?

I have r  lower leg swelling for about 6 months DVT u/s neg xrays , knee hip and foot neg. I had a chest xray  fatty deposits around heart ?

Possible lymphedema: This may be due to lymphedema with the heart deposits that will cause swelling to the area. This may also be due to some other form of vascular compromise to your right lower extermity, not a dvt. Your vascular surgeon should be able to ascertain why the swelling persists. ...Read more

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8mo baby, slight heart murmur, just noticed swelling in both legs below knee. Legs feel hard. Baby seems fine. What might cause this? Dangerous?

8mo baby, slight heart murmur, just noticed swelling in both legs below knee. Legs feel hard. Baby seems fine. What might cause this? Dangerous?

Medical exam needed: Many infants have mild heart murmurs that are of no concern. However, the firm swelling you describe is concerning. It's not likely related to the heart murmur, since heart failure in infants doesn't usually cause leg swelling, but rather poor feeding, lethargy and breathing trouble. But leg swelling should be evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can reflex sympathetic dystrophy cause the small saphenous vein to stick out of the leg w/ below knee swelling?

Can  reflex sympathetic dystrophy cause the small saphenous vein to stick out of the leg w/  below knee swelling?

It can: it can cause basically any dystrophic change in the lower extremity although what you describe is not specifically pathognomonic for CRPS. Has someone diagnosed you with that? ...Read more

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Leg Swelling (Definition)

Leg swelling could be due to infection, allergy, poor circulation/congestive heart failure or lymphadema. If you have leg swelling you ...Read more


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