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What can cause swelling, redness and pain in one leg?

What can cause swelling, redness and pain in one leg?

Possible blood clot: My main worry with those symptoms would be a blood clot in the leg veins called a deep venous thrombosis (dvt). Causes can be long trips/immobility, recent surgery and inherited conditions.These can be life-threatening so need attention. Infections such as cellulitis can also cause those symptoms, as can gout (not always the toe), a baker's cyst behind the knee, and other things.Maybe need checked. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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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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Swelling in one leg from below gastroc to ankle. MRI norm. NCV/EMG returns pinch nerve. Was told pinch nerve doesn't cause swelling. What to believe?

Swelling in one leg from below gastroc to ankle. MRI norm. NCV/EMG returns pinch nerve. Was told pinch nerve doesn't cause swelling. What to believe?

You're right: A pinched nerve might make you FEEL swollen, but it doesn't produce any swelling. Something locally is going on down there that's causing the swelling like a clot (phlebitis) or a localized source of inflammation, like tendonitis, myositis or even a stress fracture. ...Read more

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What causes one leg swelling?

What causes one leg swelling?

Many things: Leg vein disease. A blockage in the vein drainage in the pelvis also can cause this. This can be the result of a mass in the pelvis such as ovarian cancer. A blockage in the lymphatic system can also cause this. The lymphatic system drains lymph which is the clearish fluid that you see in blisters. Have a Dr. evaluation. ...Read more

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Is artery occlusion/insufficiency the only cause for hair to disappear from the one leg with mild swelling?

Is artery occlusion/insufficiency the only cause for hair to disappear from the one leg with mild swelling?

Leg edema/hair loss: Arterial occusion is macrovascular arterial disease. There can be venous stasis either from right heart or hepatic issues, abdominal masses or microvascular disease with neuropathy from diabetes, HTN, autoimmune vasculitis, high cholesterol. If the leg edema is sudden seek immediate attention as it could be a clot. . ...Read more

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Would sciatica cause tingling and no feeling in one leg very suddenly? Also have a large swelling on the base of my back either side of my spine.

Would sciatica cause tingling and no feeling in one leg very suddenly? Also have a large swelling on the base of my back either side of my spine.

Absolutely: This certainly could be sciatica so you should get it checked out straightaway as you have an excellent health care system that lets you get treated easily.A pinched nerve which provides muscles w/the info to move can cause tingling & numbness as you describe.The swelling should also be evaluated by a spine specialist. Imaging,Meds & PT are likely to be used to help you feel better.Keep us posted. ...Read more

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How do you get persistent swelling in one leg?

How do you get persistent swelling in one leg?

Several reasons: Anatomy: left leg swelling may be from entrapment of the left iliac vein between overlying right iliac artery and L5 vertebral body. The incidence of blood clots in left leg is higher, probably because of this. Lymphedema may start or be more prominent in one leg, cellulitis (infection) may result in swelling of that leg. Previous deep venous thrombosis causes swelling in that leg. ...Read more

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Out of shape-swelling in one leg?

Out of shape-swelling in one leg?

Need more info: More information would be needed to try to understand what might be going on. I'd recommend you start by seeing your primary care physician to an initial evaluation. They are many possible causes of swelling in one leg. It is very important to have this evaluated. If the swelling is sudden, i'd recommend you be seen immediately. ...Read more

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Getting swelling in one leg and ankle, with no injury, no pain?

Getting swelling in one leg and ankle, with no injury, no pain?

Injury: One-sided swelling in leg and ankle is usually associated with injury, but a condition called chronic venous insufficiency may also be the cause of it. Try elevating your legs and if the swelling goes down, its more venous than injury. See a podiatrist for a more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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