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Why do I have to elevate my leg for recovery?

Why do I have to elevate my leg for recovery?

Higher and Higher.: Traumatized tissue reacts by what is called inflammation. The damaged area begins to swell, effectively immobilizing the damaged tissues, facilitating repair. Swelling, in effect, is natures cast. Elevation will decrease the natural benefit of swelling. Therefore, the swelling is now replaced by means of a splint, cast or immobilizing dressing. Applying ice works in a similar fashion. ...Read more

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Is it safe for the baby for pregnant women to elevate their leg?

Is it safe for the baby for pregnant women to elevate their leg?

Yes: Elevating one's legs during pregnancy can help with swelling. During the later stages of pregnancy it is common to have swelling bilaterally in the lower legs, both elevation and compression stockings may help. ...Read more

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What to do if I have cellulitis. Should I elevate my leg while sleeping?

What to do if I have cellulitis. Should I elevate my leg while sleeping?

Yes: Not a bad idea-- will help with some swelling. Just prop up on a pillow or 2. ...Read more

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My knee feels very tight and strange. It doesn't hurt, but when I sit of elevate my leg I get this weird stiff feeling. Should I get it looked at?

My knee feels very tight and strange. It doesn't hurt, but when I sit of elevate my leg I get this weird stiff feeling. Should I get it looked at?

See below: If your knee is stiffening without any relevant preceding activity, locking, causing an abnormal gait, or painful, see your doc for an evaluation. This is usually the safest thing to do. ...Read more

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I am feeling extreme discomfort in my upper thighs my only way of relief is to elevate my legs I feel that is the only way blood can flow through legs?

I am feeling extreme discomfort in my upper thighs my only way of relief is to elevate my legs I feel that is the only way blood can flow through legs?

Get checked: Upper thigh pain can be caused by a lot of things. Musculoskeletal, nerve entrapment, infection (groin), are some of the possibilities. Best to go to doc for an eval. ...Read more

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The doctor said to rest, use ice, and elevate my leg. But what does the c in rice stand for?

The doctor said to rest, use ice, and elevate my leg. But what does the c in rice stand for?

Compression.: The c in rice stands for compression elastic bandages. Everything else has already been explained. All these things are to prevent serious complications from cots and to treat the calf pain. ...Read more

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I'm having swelling and an icy hot burning feeling in both ankles, but with no pain. It's happening all day and night even when I elevate my legs.

I'm having swelling and an icy hot burning feeling in both ankles, but with no pain. It's happening all day and night even when I elevate my legs.

Seek further eval: Hi MoniqueH,
Sorry to hear you have been suffering from these symptoms. These problems can be difficult to sort through and require a more detailed interview and examination to look for any signs of skin changes or vascular abnormalities. I'd recommend trying to be seen by your primary care doctor as soon as possible. Hope you can get treated soon. ...Read more

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Hi. I was wondering if it is normal for a vein to indent or collapse when you elevate your leg. I've been noticing one spot on the inside of my thigh.

Hi. I was wondering if it is normal for a vein to indent or collapse when you elevate your leg. I've been noticing one spot on the inside of my thigh.

Not really normal: When vein are enlarged and varicose they often
engorge with blood that drains when the legs are elevated. This is common but not really normal. I would recommend you get it checked out by a vein specialist. ...Read more

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I have osteioartheritis in both my knees and was experience leg pain I found that if I elevate my legs at night it helps the pain what can cause this?

I have osteioartheritis in both my knees and was experience leg pain I found that if I elevate my legs at night it helps the pain what can cause this?

Makes sense: Most knee problems are made worse by weight bearing. Elevating your legs takes all the stress off the joint so it makes sense that you would feel better. ...Read more

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Hi, I have DVT in my right leg, can I over elevate my leg, because I like to elevate my leg since my doc. Don't give me meds for the swelling n pain?

Hi, I have DVT in my right leg, can I over elevate my leg, because I like to elevate my leg since my doc. Don't give me meds for the swelling n pain?

Compression therapy: After a DVT the venous congestion causes post phlebitis syndrome. Typically this is associated with pain and swelling of the leg. You need to have compression therapy for the leg. Pain medication and diuretics will not help. Untreated this will lead to worsening swelling and ulceration of the leg. ...Read more

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I have a broken shinbone it hurts to elevate my leg but it's really swollen. My orthopedic said he wanted it elevated but it hurts worse when I do. I'm almost 6 month pregnant so the swelling worries me. Any tips or ideas?

I have a broken shinbone it hurts to elevate my leg but it's really swollen. My orthopedic said he wanted it elevated but it hurts worse when I do. I'm almost 6 month pregnant so the swelling worries me. Any tips or ideas?

Be checked: If your tibia is broken and it is really swollen and it hurts worse when it is elevated, I would make sure your surgeon is aware. When a leg gets really swollen it can cause a compartment symdrome in which the pressure from the swelling is greater than the pressure of the arterial inflow and in that case the pain and the condition would be worse with elevation. ...Read more

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Both of my feet and ankles are very swollen and painful! Also my hands are swlen and itchy! I elevate my legs and the swelling does go down a little?

Varicose vein/c doc: Although this may just be from varicose veins, since they are painful, you need to see your doctor to make sure that you do not have a blood clot in the leg veins which may lead to life-threatening consequence if not treated. That swollen and itchy hands are likely from contact allergy (something you use on your hands) which may require a dermatology consultation. ...Read more

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Should you elevate a swollen leg from bee sting?

Should you elevate a swollen leg from bee sting?

Swollen after bee st: The swelling is due to histamine release and influx of fluid which is going to take time to resolve. Having said that, if it feels better elevated there is no reason it can't be elevated. ...Read more

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Why is it good to elevate a broken bone leg?

Why is it good to elevate a broken bone leg?

Prevents edema: Elevation of the leg prevents the development of edema or fluid which may complicate things. ...Read more

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Can orchitis cause vein like lumps when swollen? It seems to get smaller with the swelling as I elevate my scrotum and legs. Lump at bottom-front&back

Can orchitis cause vein like lumps when swollen? It seems to get smaller with the swelling as I elevate my scrotum and legs. Lump at bottom-front&back

Varicocele: Orchitis will give you sever pain in the testis just like when you have infection somewhere else such as on your face or ear lobe. This sounds more like varicocele.
Varicocele is like varicocele is like varicose veins in the legs. It is a bunch of dilated veins around the scrotum. It is usually painless and when you lie down, or elevate the scrotum or you body the veins empty and it gets smaller ...Read more

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I have pain and tingling in my left leg just when I elevate it. What could be wrong?

Leg pain tingling: If you mean elevating your leg, as in bending forward, or while seated, your leg is extended, sometimes more than 90 degrees, then this might be a lumbar nerve problem (compressive radiculopathy). If you mean something else by using word elevated, then it might be a circulatory issue, but that is not likely. ...Read more

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My left leg from knee down is like it's holding fluid. Besides elevate what can I do?

My left leg from knee down is like it's holding fluid. Besides elevate what can I do?

Leg edema: A few diseases can cause ipsilateral leg swelling or swelling in one side only. Most likely, it is due to a slow in veinous return from your left leg. Several things can cause this, especially in your age group including a blood clot, venous insufficiency, lymphatic obstruction e.G trauma or tumor... Elevate your leg is good. You can try wearing compressive sock and arrange a doctor visit. ...Read more

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What can I do? My kneecap hurts every time I lift my leg while walking?

What can I do? My kneecap hurts every time I lift my leg while walking?

Chondromalacia!: Either that or patellar tendinitis. I suspect you have pain climbing stairs. See your pcp! ...Read more

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Why does my leg twitch everytime I lay down whether its elevated or not.?

Why does my leg twitch everytime I lay down whether its elevated or not.?

No simple answer: Begin by determining what part of your leg (one leg, right?) is twitching. Most likely will not be all of leg but will be some part of leg. Determine if there is other function disturbance (sensation, weakness). If possible, take video of the twitching to show doctor. Report findings to your doctor.

Possibilities depend on distribution, associated symptoms, other aspects of your health. ...Read more

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I know am finding it hard to walk on and when I lift my leg, a sharp pain shoots through it. Help?

Leg pain: It is time for a good exam by a rheumatologist as your symptoms could due to several reasons

it is nothing like a good evaluation followed by focused diagnostic tests prior to treatment. ...Read more

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Outer/front thigh painleft leg only when bending over to put on sock or when laying on affected side and lift opposite leg.

Outer/front thigh painleft leg only when bending over to put on sock or when laying on affected side and lift opposite leg.

Meralgia?: The sensory issues in the outer area of the thigh is often due to nerve irritation in the groin (called meralgia paraesthetica!) Due to increase weight, pregnancy strenuous exercises etc Usually not requiring any treatment beyond medications such as LYRICA Diagnosed with a nerve test (EMG) ...Read more

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My knee sometimes when im in a stand still position locks when I try to lift my leg and bend it im 5 months will this go away?

My knee sometimes when im in a stand still position locks when I try to lift my leg and bend it im 5 months will this go away?

Knee locks: This locking suggests internal knee disorder such as a torn cartilage. The diagnosis would have to be made by both an examination by an orthopedic surgeon and an MRI of the knee. ...Read more

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When I try lift my leg and hold it up for a few seconds my hip feels like its locking up. What could this be? I'm not old either.

When I try lift my leg and hold it up for a few seconds my hip feels like its locking up. What could this be? I'm not old either.

Sacroiliac joint: A dysfunctional sacroiliac joint (sij) manifests like his. Did you hurt your back while pursuing an extreme sport like skateboarding or snowboarding?
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I hav hearitated disc. When I am sitting I cant lift my leg above a certain level that time my leg starting to shaking uncontrollably. .

I hav hearitated disc. When I am sitting I cant lift my leg above a certain level that time my leg starting to shaking uncontrollably. .

Herniated disc: You need to do PT first (physical Therapy). If you have any weakness of a muscle or persistent loss of sensation, see a spine spec soon. If not, try PT first. You will feel worse seated with a herniated disc. ...Read more

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One leg from knee down swells each day after riding fork lift all day. Has done this for 2 years. Very fit and active. Should I wear a legcompression?

One leg from knee down swells each day after riding fork lift all day. Has done this for 2 years. Very fit and active. Should I wear a legcompression?

Not a bad idea..: Not sure why you would have leg swelling, but seemingly not painful. Prior injury can damage the vessels/lymphatics and thus cause swelling with prolonged upright position. Did you have any trauma to the leg? Are you on any medication? Norvasc/cardizem/verapamil/lyrica etc. Are common meds causing leg swelling. Compression stockings can help. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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My hipflexer hurts whenever I lift my leg up what should I do?

Needs exam: An examination with sport physician should be able to tell if the problem is from the muscle or from the pelvis or back structures. The answer may be as easy as stretching for your growth period. Get it checked out, so you can stay safe and active. ...Read more

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I have a warm sensation in my lift leg please give me an explanation AM I DYING

I have a warm sensation in my lift leg please give me an explanation AM I DYING

Leg symptom: If you have no swelling, or pain---then it is just a pinched nerve----usually from the lower back----would need more information to give you a better answer ...Read more

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I feel a slight deep pain wen I lift my left leg with body crunched, like taking off pants, what does this signify?

Pain: You should have an evaluation by your physician. It could be a number of things but you would want to rule out a hernia, an ovarian cyst or just simply a muscular process. ...Read more

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My sister fell and now she can't lift her leg but it didn't start like this because after the injury it took a day to do this pain is in thigh help?

My sister fell and now she can't lift her leg but it didn't start like this because after the injury it took a day to do this pain is in thigh help?

Get exam ASAP: You didn't mention her age or how she fell, but in any case she needs to be examined ASAP. She could have fracture, nerve or muscle damage or dislocation ...Read more

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Is it ok to sleep with legs elevated?

Yes, no problem: Yes, there is no problem if you want to sleep with your legs elevated. Some people do this to if they have a chronic issue with leg swelling as this helps with decreasing swelling when they wake up in the morning. ...Read more