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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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During a recent sigmoidoscopy a small patch of inflammation was found on the left side of lower bowel. What is the most likely outcome?

During a recent sigmoidoscopy a small patch of inflammation was found on the left side of lower bowel. What is the most likely outcome?

Hard to say: Given the limitted info you gave, it is hard to tell what exactly it is. Could be from recent mild infection, early colitis, lymphocytic/spastic colitis, or it may not be much at all.... Why was the procedure done? I assume some tissue sample/biopsy was done...If so, waite for the result.. Good luck...Keep us informed.. ...Read more

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I feel like I have some kind of inflammation in my rib cage (particularly on my left side). What could cause it and what treatment is available?

I feel like I have some kind of inflammation in my rib cage (particularly on my left side). What could cause it and what treatment is available?

Pleuritis/chondritis: Sounds like pleurisy which is an inflammation on the lining of your lungs. Actually quite common and caused by various infections or inflammation triggers. Typically antiinflammatories (aspirin, naproxen, etc) that are over the counter are helpful. In some people it can be more serious so if it is persistent or not helped by over the counter pain relievers, seek help. ...Read more

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Inflammation of colon and belly fat on left side what could it be?

Many things: Diverticulitis leaps to mind, although you are young for it. Also hernia, trauma, associated skin infection, tick-bite or other insect, skin rash from chemicals and a myriad other possible causes! see your doctor to figure it out! ...Read more

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Woke up with pain in one area on the left side of back, possibly behind the lungs or heart. What could this be? Pneumonia or inflammation?

Pain: Pain is caused by many things. More information would be necessary to postulate the cause of your pain. The most likely, however, with no more information is musculoskeletal pain. Having said that, however, with no more information the possibilities are legion. ...Read more

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He has been having lower abdominal swelling inflammation on his left and right side for two weeks now. There is no pain though. ?

He has been having lower abdominal swelling inflammation on his left and right side for two weeks now. There is no pain though. ?

I hope he's ok: Take him to the dr. and get an examination and maybe some testing if the Dr. orders any, to properly diagnose why he is swelling in his lower abdominal area. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain under my rib cage on my left side.. I read that this is due to inflammation of the spleen? Possible I have mono?

See your physician: While mono can be one cause of splenic enlargement, it needs to be determined whether your spleen is enlarged, or if your pain is due to another cause. You should be evaluated by your physician to determine the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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Can you have trigeminal nerve irritation/inflammation causing paresthesias left side of the face without having pain or numbness?

Can you have trigeminal nerve irritation/inflammation causing paresthesias left side of the face without having pain or numbness?

Yes: The symptoms you mention are "sensory" symptoms which include numbness/hot/cold/pain Any or all of the above can occur With your history, however, if NEW these symptoms should be reported to your neurologist ASAP Hope this helps Good luck Dr Z ...Read more

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Right breast left top side dull ache. Constantly prodding to check for lumps. Could the prodding cause the dull ache?Causing inflammation maybe?

Right breast left top side dull ache. Constantly prodding to check for lumps. Could the prodding cause the dull ache?Causing inflammation maybe?

Not likely: Looks it is bothering you a lot.....I recommend contact your pcp....be checked out....an Ultrasound can address your concern along with pcp's findings ...Read more

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