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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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I'm 18 I have a small lump under my skin on my upper abdomen. It has swelling but only the lump itself hurts when touched. Should I be worried?!

I'm 18 I have a small lump under my skin on my upper abdomen. It has swelling but only the lump itself hurts when touched. Should I be worried?!

Possible Hernia: A hernia is when the muscle in the abdomen splits and allows the tissue underneath to poke through. This sometimes creates a bump on your abdomen, but not always. Hernias can be repaired with routine surgery. You need to have this evaluated by your doctor as untreated hernias can become strangulated and cause severe problems. ...Read more

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I have pain in my upper abdomen usually swelling pain, sharp pains in the upper left, and upper right quadrant of the abdomen, a congested type of pain in my lower right quadrant with bloating, also my sweat smells unusual. What might be wrong?

I have pain in my upper abdomen usually swelling pain, sharp pains in the upper left, and upper right quadrant of the abdomen, a congested type of pain in my lower right quadrant with bloating, also my sweat smells unusual. What might be wrong?

See a physician: There are too many possible causes for all symptoms to give you any specific advice. You need to discuss your symptoms with a physician and be examined. Please don't try to self diagnose yourself on the internet. You won't be able to. ...Read more

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I have swelling in scrotum area with extra muscle like stuff on top of right testicle, with pulling sensation from scrotum till upper abdomen. Pls advi?

I have swelling in scrotum area with extra muscle like stuff on top of right testicle, with pulling sensation from scrotum till upper abdomen. Pls advi?

Schedule appointment: Based on your brief description, it sounds like you may have a growing hernia. You should see your family doctor and get a referral to a surgeon if this is indeed a hernia. If the pain and swelling go away, Is less likely but always possible to still be a hernia. Best advice is to call your doctor and try to schedule an appointment soon. ...Read more

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Hi I have pain in my upper abdomen swelling /tender. Took 1 zoton, relieved it. I took 1 ponstan last nite. Also lot of pain lst wk. Doc. Said ulcer?

Hi I have pain in my upper abdomen swelling /tender. Took 1 zoton, relieved it. I took 1 ponstan last nite. Also lot of pain lst wk. Doc. Said ulcer?

May be ulcer, or not: Upper abdominal pain can be from "acid" pains, such as a stomach ulcer, just gastritis with no ulcer, or reflux (heartburn). Sometimes there is an ulcer in the first part of the small intestine. An infection with h. Pylori bacteria can lead to stomach ulcer pains. An acid blocker like zoton can help. Needs more evaluation by the doctor. Pancreatitis, gallstones, or various cancers can also occur. ...Read more

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Every evening swelling stomach symptom returns. Why?

Every evening swelling stomach symptom returns. Why?

Diet/allergy?: Since you have been waiting a long time for an answer, i'll give my 2 cents
if your diet does not vary much, let's say dairy or other allergy inducing foods, perhaps it is just that. Bloating and gas are frequently signs of food allergy. Just a thought. Good luck! ...Read more

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My legs are swelling and stomach feeling fullness and tight. I have sciatica for 3 months. Are these symptoms are due to the sciatica? Remedy for this

My legs are swelling and stomach feeling fullness and tight. I have sciatica for 3 months. Are these symptoms are due to the sciatica? Remedy for this

May not be: It appears you need one or more diagnoses. Have your physician evaluate the sciatica and separately the swelling and stomach. It is not clear what the cause is ...Read more

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Can you diagnose this? My symptoms include: fatigue, slight stomach pains, headache, and swelling on the palate of my mouth

Can you diagnose this? My symptoms include: fatigue, slight stomach pains, headache, and swelling on the palate of my mouth

Short answer...NO: These symptoms could be an indication of a variety of medical conditions. You need to see your physician first who may perform tests or refer you to a medical specialist. If your symptoms are severe, then go to a hospital emergency room for their evaluation. ...Read more

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Can abdom. Pain, enlarged spleen, low WBC and platelets and swelling near the spine be early symptoms of cancer or some prob. Of the pancreas?

Can abdom. Pain, enlarged spleen, low WBC and platelets and swelling near the spine be early symptoms of cancer or some prob. Of the pancreas?

Yes they may or not: You need to consult a hematologist or oncologist. Enlargement of spleen can be due to chronic blood disorders or it can be due to blood cancer. So you need to have an evaluation by a blood cancer specialist to sort out what is causing you all of this problem. ...Read more

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Swollen breasts crazy veins no period swelling pelvic area and stomach alot of symptoms spotted 5 days after intercourse negative tests to early?

Swollen breasts crazy veins no period swelling pelvic area and stomach alot of symptoms spotted 5 days after intercourse negative tests to early?

Pregnant?: It sounds like you are asking if you may be pregnant - usually if you are, an over the counter pregnancy test will be positive around the time of your missed period. If a pregnancy test is negative and these symptoms continue, I recommend you make an appointment with a gynecologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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34 year-old woman continues to suffer gynecologic pains, especially with bodily movement, after da Vinci surgery for fibroids and endometriosis.....?

34 year-old woman continues to suffer gynecologic pains, especially with bodily movement, after da Vinci surgery for fibroids and endometriosis.....?

Ovarian conservation: Unfortunately this is fairly common; my best guess is it's related to recurrent or ongoing endometriosis. There are many (good) reasons for preserving ovaries when having a hysterectomy, but good data show that if ovaries are conserved women are 6 times more likely (62% vs. 10%) to have recurring symptoms, and 8 times more likely to need additional surgery (31% vs. 4%) than those who have them removed. Adhesive disease is certainly another possibility. ...Read more

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I'm having swelling and a heavy feeling in my abdomen. And I have a light/dark brown line from the top of my stomach to the bottom of my abdomen?

I'm having swelling and a heavy feeling in my abdomen. And I have a light/dark brown line from the top of my stomach to the bottom of my abdomen?

Visit an OB/GYN asap: There is a possibility you are pregnant. The line you are referring to is the linea nigra which appears during pregnancy. Stay calm and contact your OB/GYN, you may need prenatal care that you have been missing. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do I do? Swelling in stomach and abdomen area after surgery help?

What do I do? Swelling in stomach and abdomen area after surgery help?

Postop ileus or...: Obstruction would be significant concerns. What you've described, if active symptoms and signs, deserves immediate medical attention. Alternatively, if taking narcotics, you may be developing opioid-induced constipation. This too can be addressed by x-ray evaluation now. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up with a sore abdomen every morning? Also have sharp pains in my upper stomach throughout the day along with swelling.

Why do I wake up with a sore abdomen every morning? Also have sharp pains in my upper stomach throughout the day along with swelling.

Abdominal pain: This is very little information to make a comment.
Based on the duration, location, associated symptoms it could be from ulcer, irritable bowel, inflammatory disease, may be intra abdominal tumors. Have an exam and get help. ...Read more

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Pain lower left side of abdomen. Swelling in middle of stomach, and lots of pain in upper area. Bp high. Chills, no fever. Uneasy feeling.

Pain lower left side of abdomen. Swelling in middle of stomach, and lots of pain in upper area. Bp high. Chills, no fever. Uneasy feeling.

Go to ER now: These are symptoms of an infection in your abdomen such as diverticulitis which is an emergency. You need immediate evaluation in an er to determine the cause. ...Read more

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I slept on my stomach and woke with severe back pain. I could barely turn over. Swelling in mid back and in abdomen. Mostly on the left

I slept on my stomach and woke with severe back pain. I could barely turn over. Swelling in mid back and in abdomen. Mostly on the left

See Your Doctor: Swelling in the abdomen is never normal, so I would make an appointment with a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Blood work is normal, there is no swelling in abdomen. I have a dull back (middle) and stomach pain with a mild itch under armpit for 4 months.

Blood work is normal, there is no swelling in abdomen. I have a dull back (middle) and stomach pain with a mild itch under armpit for 4 months.

Gastroenterologist: These symptoms can be seen with pancreatic inflammation or malignancy, peptic duodenal ulcer, gastric ulceration or malignancy, gall bladder disease. Liver disease is a less likely cause. I recommend that you consult a gastroenterologist for diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate tests will be ordered. ...Read more

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I am 44 years old-i have swelling in the abdomen, edema in the legs, left hip pain, dull chronic stomach pain, intermittant left underarm pain-what is?

I am 44 years old-i have swelling in the abdomen, edema in the legs, left hip pain, dull chronic stomach pain, intermittant left underarm pain-what is?

See your doctor!: You may have many simple things, but the combination of symptoms is concerning. Swelling in your abdomen and legs and stomach pain could be caused by liver problems. The left hip pain and underarm pain might be due to muscle or bone problems. In the worst case scenario, several types of cancer could cause all these symptoms. Please see a doctor! Don't let fear or lack of insurance keep you away! ...Read more

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I have pain in lower abdomen, and hardness in the stomach, pain, hard stool, I think I have a gas problem or swelling in my stomach. Plz give answer?

I have pain in lower abdomen, and hardness in the stomach, pain, hard stool, I think I have a gas problem or swelling in my stomach. Plz give answer?

High fiber: You may have irritable bowel syndrome or simple constipation. In either case, you can get better by increasing your dietary fiber. An easy way to do that is to eat at least one cup of high fiber (meaning at least 5 grams of fiber per cup) cereal each day. Example: 1 cup of raisin bran every day. Other good ones are kashi cereals, all bran, any of the fiber one products. ...Read more

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My stomach is swelling and I'm having abdominal pains, what's wrong?

My stomach is swelling and I'm having abdominal pains, what's wrong?

First some questions: When you say "swelling" are you relating your abdominal circumference to feelings of distension, fluid retention, constipation, overeating, or do you feel pregnant? Hard to answer your question without further information and clarity. Over what period of time have you noted the swelling--minutes or months, and what are your underlying medical problems (alcohol, liver disease, gut problems...)? ...Read more

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What could I have if I get abdominal pain and swelling in the mid line of my stomach if I eat certain foods or if I wear a belt. It happens everyday.

What could I have if I get abdominal pain and swelling in the mid line of my stomach if I eat certain foods or if I wear a belt. It happens everyday.

Malabsorption?: Abdominal pain and bloating after eating certain foods can have many causes, but overall is a sign of excess gas, which may be related to malabsorption or improper digestion of food. This can have many causes, and your entire history with an examination is important at your primary care physician's office. Mechanical causes such as hernia can also be diagnosed on physical exam. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing upper right abdominal pain with swelling in my stomach. Not over weight?

I have been experiencing upper right abdominal pain with swelling in my stomach. Not over weight?

Gallblladder?: Could be a gallbladder issue. Other possibilities include colon problem or a stomach disorder. Its a good idea to get a physician to give you a physical exam and order radiographic studies such as a gallbladder ultrasound or abdominal CT. Certainly worth looking into...sometimes important illnesses begin in a subtle fashion. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy 5 days ago and have not had a Bowel movement. I have had lower abdominal pain the whole time and now my stomach is swelling. I hav?

I had a colonoscopy 5 days ago and have not had a Bowel movement. I have had lower abdominal pain the whole time and now my stomach is swelling. I hav?

Good prep: Empty from prep, and little to eat?
Probably gas residual and cramping and should pass, but if not quickly see your GI ...Read more

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I'm 26, upset stomach, can't eat, abdominal swelling, bloating, always feel full, irregular cycle, can this be ovarian cancer, not on bcp, never had sex?

I'm 26, upset stomach, can't eat, abdominal swelling, bloating, always feel full, irregular cycle, can this be ovarian cancer, not on bcp, never had sex?

Cancer unlikely: Typically ovarian cancer has no symptoms until they are very advanced. Your symptoms are nonspecific, an don't point towards a single diagnosis. Ask your doctor if you could have irritable bowel syndrome, or if a referral to a gastroenterologist is appropriate. They can also do a proper evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Ct scan showed enlarged lymph nodes in neck and between liver and pancreas. I'm nauseous, fatigue, abdominal swelling & pain. What is causing this?

Ct scan showed enlarged lymph nodes in neck and between liver and pancreas. I'm nauseous, fatigue, abdominal swelling & pain. What is causing this?

Don't ignore: Hi. I assume the doc who ordered the CT had some list of possible problems she/he was looking for. Diffuse lymph node enlargement is concerning. Lymph node biopsy may be very helpful. I trust the doc who ordered the CT is making the appropriate referrals. Good luck! ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more