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Upper left arm swelling I recently noticed I have a little but of swelling in my upper left arm only. It's a little achy but not bad.?

Upper left arm swelling I recently noticed I have a little but of swelling in my upper left arm only. It's a little achy but not bad.?

Vein clot or infecti: Should have ultrasound to check for clot in vein. If associated with fevers, may be an infection. If persists should definitely see your doc to check for these things. ...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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I fell down from motorbike with my left arm swelling due to dislocation?

I fell down from motorbike with my left arm swelling due to dislocation?

Or other injury: You will need an evaluation to see what type of damage has been done. You also may well need imaging. ...Read more

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Muscle pain in left arm & swelling in armpit. Recommendations?

Muscle pain in left arm & swelling in armpit. Recommendations?

Evaluate immediately: This demands immediate evaluation by a doctor. Swelling in the armpit could be due to enlarged lymph nodes, infection or other causes. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have left leg swelling and numbness along with left arm swelling and numbness. Vascular?

Is it possible to have left leg swelling and numbness along with left arm swelling and numbness. Vascular?

Leg and arm numbness: Yes. Numbness typically implies nerve irritation. Leg and arm numbness both could be vascular issue from bleeding in the brain. Would recommend to see a neurologist or local PCP in your area. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of the gland under your arm swelling if woman?

What could be the cause of the gland under your arm swelling if woman?

Breast disease: Let's hope it is an infection in your arm or your breast. Breast cancer can spread to the lymph nodes in your armpit and cause swelling. A swollen lymph node there should not be ignored. It requires prompt, competent medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Right wrist & arm swelling, having major headaches on & off, tired, sick stomach & constipation, nausea. Cause?

Not sure: You need to be seen. Concern there is something creating a block from your neck that is leading to the arm swelling and headaches. Make an appointment as soon as you can. Could be a swollen muscle or neck out of alignment. ...But it cannot be ignored. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: arm swelling?

What is the definition or description of: arm swelling?

Could be infection: Swelling of the arm could be due to allergy, infection, poor circulation or lymphadema where the lymphatic drainage is blocked. If you have swelling you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing arm pain and arm swelling after my friend hit me with a frisbee in the arm really hard. I put ice but it keeps hurting?

I am experiencing arm pain and arm swelling after my friend hit me with a frisbee in the arm really hard. I put ice but it keeps hurting?

Let your parents: Know so that they can check it out. Rest the arm, Elevate it, Can intermittently ice. Tyenol may be helpful for pain. Take care. Hope that the pain goes away soon. ...Read more

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Can you die from arm swelling?

Can you die from arm swelling?

arm swelling: I can't see how atraumati arm swelling is very unusual subclavan vein thrombosis see a doctor if you have atraumatic arm swelling. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is arm swelling?

What sort of problem is arm swelling?

Arm swelling: Arm swelling is a relatively uncommon problem. The most common and usually obvious causes are related to trauma--falls, contusions, etc. Other rare but serious causes include a blood clot in the axillary vein (often in people who use crutches or lift heavy weights), or a rare late complication of an injury where the nerves are functioning wrong (reflex sympathetic dystrophy). ...Read more

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Child woke up with bites on arm and arm swelling slightly, . Is this a spider?

Child woke up with bites on arm and arm swelling slightly, . Is this a spider?

Agree: Also consider bedbugs. These are an increasingly common problem. They tend to bite in a line (commonly referred to as breakfast, lunch, dinner), and there will be new ones in the morning. ...Read more

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Do I need to report arm swelling as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?

Do I need to report arm swelling as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?

Symptom: Arm swelling is a symptom of some underlying condition rather than a diagnosis or health condition. To understand one must define the cause and then the appropriate treatment will be come apparent. ...Read more

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Arm swelling after getting implanon?

Arm swelling after getting implanon?

Minor swelling okay: There may be a little local edema in the area surrounding the Implanon insertion site. If there is an expanding area of redness associated with the site, this may be a sign of infection. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of arm swelling?

What's the best treatment to get rid of arm swelling?

Arm swelling: The simple answer is to maintain your arm elevated as much as possible. For this you have to lie down or prop it up while sitting. The more important issue, of course, is to determine what is causing the swelling and to treat the cause directly. Potential causes include accidents, bruises, infection, blood clots, tumors, and nerve conditions. ...Read more

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Stung on head and arm, swelling, discomfort, any OTC meds?

Stung on head and arm, swelling, discomfort, any OTC meds?

Antihistamine: Try antihistamine and topical hydrocortisone. If the area is painful, NSAID may help also. ...Read more

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Daughter is 13. Had blood test two weeks ago. Flew back from spring break Sat. Arm swelling and a lot of pain started yesterday.

Daughter is 13. Had blood test two weeks ago. Flew back from spring break Sat. Arm swelling and a lot of pain started yesterday.

See a doctor!: Travelling by plane increases risk for blood clots, usually in the legs. However, it's possible your daughter developed one in her arm. Second, if the painful arm is the same arm where she had a blood draw, she could have an infection. Third, what happened during Spring Break? You may never know, but experiments (injection drugs) and accidents (falls) occur. You care, so get her in ASAP! ...Read more

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Strained elbow at work. Forearm swelled. Now swollen above elbow on the back of my arm. Swelling happened hours later. Is this normal?

Strained elbow at work. Forearm swelled. Now swollen above elbow on the back of my arm. Swelling happened hours later. Is this normal?

No: Any atypical swelling is not normal but a reaction secondary to a traumatic event. A lot depends on how you injured it. Eccentric contraction or overloading of the elbow can injure a number of tendons and ligaments that surround the elbow. It is also important to note whether or not there was a pop or a deformity associated with the injury. If the swelling does not improve I would recc evaluation. ...Read more

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I am experiencing arm swelling only on my upper arm and skin that is warm to the touch in the affected area. No redness or rash. What could this be?

I am experiencing arm swelling only on my upper arm and skin that is warm to the touch in the affected area. No redness or rash. What could this be?

Arm swelling: The symptoms you mention indicate a need for you to see your doc. The swelling MAY be from several things such as a circulation issue, cellulitis, etc. Your doc will help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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29 weeks pregnant with slight right arm swelling/tingling. Is this normal?

29 weeks pregnant with slight right arm swelling/tingling. Is this normal?

Perhaps, but get chk: When pregnant, a certain amount of swelling is expected, as your body water increases (to support the baby & amniotic fluid). Any swelling can cause tingling, if the compartment in question gets "tight" to the point where pressure is applied to the nerves. That being said, pregnant women are also prone to blood clots, which can mimic symptoms & be dangerous. Talk to your OB/Gyn & get checked out. ...Read more

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I am experiencing arm swelling. The following also describe me: Arm pain and Difficulty moving joint. What should I do?

I am experiencing arm swelling. The following also describe me: Arm pain and Difficulty moving joint. What should I do?

Be seen: There are a number of possibilities. It would really take a detailed physical exam and appropriate testing to tell. Consider being seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Arm swelling & pain due to levaquin? On 2/17 went to the ER for what I thought was the flu, turned out to be a bad uti. Got an IV of meds and sent home w/ them. They didn't work so I ws back sunday and given levaquin. Few days later my arm started to ge

Arm swelling & pain due to levaquin? On 2/17 went to the ER for what I thought was the flu, turned out to be a bad uti. Got an IV of meds and sent home w/ them. They didn't work so I ws back sunday and given levaquin. Few days later my arm started to ge

It: It sounds like you suffered a "blown" vein from the iv. A vein could have possibly been nicked an eventually became "blown out" over time, which could result in your symptoms. Also consider a possible reaction from the tape that was used to keep the IV in place. It is unlikely a reaction from the levaquin, (levofloxacin) you would have had a more diffuse reaction (not localized to just one arm).
Hopefully you are better by now, if not see your doctor.
Take care. ...Read more

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I have arm swelling after a 20 day hospital stay for Fever of unknown origin. Once home a few days right arm pain and swelling. No blood clots found.?

I have arm swelling after a 20 day hospital stay for Fever of unknown origin. Once home a few days right arm pain and swelling. No blood clots found.?

Second opinion: I would get another opinion if you are not satisfied with the answers you are presently getting. This may be related to meds, diet, healing, etc. ASK QUESTIONS!!! ...Read more

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Why can arm swelling and pain happen after breast cancer surgery?

Why can arm swelling and pain happen after breast cancer surgery?

Lymphedema: An essential part of breast cancer staging is the removal of some of the lymph nodes under the armpit. The lymphatic system's job includes draining tissue fluid and bringing it back into the circulation. Lymph node removal short-circuits this process leading to the risk of chronic swelling, or lymphedema. The less nodes removed, the lower the risk. ...Read more

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I know that some women have arm swelling after breast cancer surgery. Why?

I know that some women have arm swelling after breast cancer surgery. Why?

Lymphedema: The arm swelling you are describing occurs secondary to disruption of the lymphatic circulation draining the arm, either via lymph node removal and/or radiation therapy. When we used to remove 10-20 lymph nodes, the lifetime incidence was ~25%. Nowadays, with sentinel lymph node biopsy alone, the risk is closer to 5%. Hopefully, in the future we won't have to remove any lymph nodes. ...Read more

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I know that some women have arm swelling and pain after breast cancer surgery. Why does it happen?

Pain happens after: Most surgical procedures. In mastectomy, a nerve that exits the side of the breast is usually injured or sacrificed and irritation of is causes pain or noxious tingling especially when the arms swing during walking. Swelling is independent of that and can be caused by removal of lymph nodes and exacerbated by not putting the limb thru frequent adequate range of motion- usually out of fear of pain ...Read more

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I have hashimotos disease and hypothyroidism and I have the puffy face and leg and arm swelling. I tried so many things. I take levothyroxine and t3 (liothyronine).

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I have hashimotos disease and hypothyroidism and I have the puffy face and leg and arm swelling. I tried so many things. I take levothyroxine and t3 (liothyronine).

Need dose adjustment: Sounds like you are still suffering from symptoms of hypothyroidism despite taking thyroid replacement. You need to check your thyroid function tests and increase the doses of the supplements if thyroid levels in your blood remain low. ...Read more

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I'm have lower back pain and shoulder and neck pain my hand and arm swelling headache?

I'm have lower back pain and shoulder and neck pain my hand and arm swelling headache?

Let me try to help: Are those symptoms are recent or been there for long time? If they recent they could indicate start of systemic disease.
I would recommend visit to primary care and have do exam and lab work to see what is going on.
Are healthy other wise? If you are this what I would recommend. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have upper arm swelling between my shoulder and elbow. I have had several blood tests, 3 mri's (brain, throat, cervical spine) and ultrasound of my arm for blood clot, chest X-ray and everything is normal. Any thoughts?

I have upper arm swelling between my shoulder and elbow. I have had several blood tests, 3 mri's (brain, throat, cervical spine) and ultrasound of my arm for blood clot, chest X-ray and everything is normal. Any thoughts?

Muscular: It sounds like a muscle issue. I'm not sure why a brain or throat MRI would be done for upper arm problem. If it is painful or affecting your function, I would have it checked out again. ...Read more

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Will an insect bite cause swelling in upper left arm?

Will an insect bite cause swelling in upper left arm?

Yes: Some can. This is called an arthus reaction and represents the release of chemicals into the local blood vessels that trigger swelling. ...Read more

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What causes tingling in left arm and fingers? I have no pain or swelling. I'm 26 yrs old. The tingling comes and goes and goes a little to my neck?

What causes tingling in left arm and fingers? I have no pain or swelling. I'm 26 yrs old. The tingling comes and goes and goes a little to my neck?

Nerve entrapment?: Need to be investigated. Concerns are a possible herniated cervical disc or nerve being entrapped at some point in your arm. Need to be examined and an EMG is a very useful tool in determining the proper level of nerve compression.Of course some other causes of nerve tingling need to be investigated. ...Read more

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I have swelling in my left arm above the wrist to my elbow and my left leg below my knee, on the right side. What could cause this? Do I need to see

I have swelling in my left arm above the wrist to my elbow and my left leg below my knee, on the right side. What could cause this? Do I need to see

Exam needed: Swelling of the forearm is quite unusual unless there has been a recent injury causing bleeding inside the area. If no trauma then a blockage in a vein is suspected. Swelling in the lower leg could be due to poor vein valves or pheblitis. I recommend that your Physician see you for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Electric Shock to neck in '12. Past 6mo I wake up with swelling and throbbing most to left arm & rt arm will cause thoracic to burn bad! Opinions? TY

Electric Shock to neck in '12. Past 6mo I wake up with swelling and throbbing most to left arm & rt arm will cause thoracic to burn bad! Opinions? TY

Shock: Electrical injuries can cause significant and long term injury to muscle and nerve tissue, often delayed onset such as you are experiencing. Since it has been going on for so long, you should consider seeing your Family Doctor, as there are many ways this can be treated, including medications and physical therapy. ...Read more

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What would cause pain and numbness of the left arm and leg, swelling of the left ankle and foot, during periods only?

What would cause pain and numbness of the left arm and leg, swelling of the left ankle and foot, during periods only?

Uncertain: This is something you should take your physician. The swelling in one leg or an ankle may be related to the venous return from the lower extremity. The pain and numbness in one arm and leg could suggest a neurologic system. This is why you should take this to your physician. ...Read more

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I have had swelling in left arm for 2 years. Sometimes more or less depending on what I am doing and the temperature. Last few months have swelling?

Many possibilities: First of all, is there is any history of trauma to the limb? If so condition such as Complex regional pain syndrome should be considered. Other things that can cause swelling of a limb include a deep venous thrombus, lymphedema, Congestive heart failure although this last one would cause swelling in legs. Best advice is to have a doc get a good history and exam to determine what is the problem. ...Read more

Arm Swelling (Definition)

Swelling of the arm could be due to allergy, infection, poor circulation or lymphadema where the lymphatic drainage is blocked. If you have swelling you ...Read more