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What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.

If unilateral - DVT?: While it is common to have swollen lower extremities postpartum as fluid shifts occur after delivery, this is usually bilateral. If the swelling is unilateral and/or accompanied by pain, would recommend seeking evaluation to confirm not a deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremity, which has potential serious medical complications (e.g. Pulmonary embolus). ...Read more

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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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What causes swollen ankles ("cankles") after labour? Didn't get swelling during pregnancy, only after.

What causes swollen ankles ("cankles") after labour? Didn't get swelling during pregnancy, only after.

Labour type?: How did you deliver? Cesarean? Vaginal deliver? It may play a role sometimes due to stirrups against the feet in vaginal delivery. Other than that, swelling can happen for a number of reasons but likely the stress from delivery and added weight (although not noticed during pregnancy) caused the swollen ankles. ...Read more

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Pain deep in left calf. developed following a bad cramp during night, and intense exercise the next day. Limping, 1 inch swelling. is it DVT or other?

Pain deep in left calf. developed following a bad cramp during night, and intense exercise the next day. Limping, 1 inch swelling. is it DVT or other?

Needs ultrasound.: Calf pain associated with swelling is always a concern . Although there are many causes, and what you describe doe not sound like DVT, you want to rule out the most serious which would be a DVT. You should have a venous duplex ultrasound. ...Read more

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Heavy vaginal bleeding for 3 weeks with clots. Upper abdominal swelling midline. Pelvic Cramps. Leg swelling. Lower back pain. What can this be?

Heavy vaginal bleeding for 3 weeks with clots. Upper abdominal swelling midline. Pelvic Cramps. Leg swelling. Lower back pain. What can this be?

See GYN: you need to see a specialist for that ,it could be a very simple problem, but needs to be checked by a GYN, for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is calf pain normal during pregnancy?

Is calf pain normal during pregnancy?

No: Could it happen? Yes? But it needs to be examined as calf pain could always be a DVT and pregnancy can up the risk for it. ...Read more

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On inactive pills. Severe pain radiating from hip to knee; lasted throughout the night. Blood clot fears... Could this pain be normal before period?

On inactive pills. Severe pain radiating from hip to knee; lasted throughout the night. Blood clot fears... Could this pain be normal before  period?

Severe pain: Severe pain is never normal. Blood clots at age 24 are very rare. The chances that it's something else like nerve or muscle issues is high. But there may be something rare like endometriosis sitting on the pelvic floor for example. A good gynecologist should be able to figure it out. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have any. Dr. C. ...Read more

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Is breast swelling during my period normal.?

Is breast swelling during my period normal.?

Very common: Breasts swelling +/- tenderness is very common around the time of menstruation and is rarely to worry about. Swelling and bloating is usually lowest right after your period is done. ...Read more

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How come legs start swelling after prolonged periods of sitting?

How come legs start swelling after prolonged periods of sitting?

Gravity : The force of gravity vs. Small fasciculations of muscle or, better yet, contractions of tissue or muscle. The integrity of the tissue composing the valves will dictate the functionality of the venous system. With the denigration of tissue that time affords us all, we would allow for more rapid and profound swelling as gravity maintains a relatively constant tug. ...Read more

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Horrible menstrual cramp start 2 week before period. Heavy bleeding and bleeding and clots leg pain and back pain ?

Horrible menstrual cramp start 2 week before period. Heavy bleeding and bleeding and clots leg pain and back pain  ?

Often?...: Does this happen often, or in other words,are these symptoms have been happening with your period for a while? If so anti-inflammatory meds(ibuprofen, naproxen) couple of days before and during your period can help.If not effective then you will need to see your GYN provider for possible birth control pills prescription which can also help with this problem.They can also do a formal exam and tests ...Read more

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31 w/irregular periods. Pain sometimes during deep penetration; spotting sometimes after sex; pain in abdomen before period and nausea;is it cyst?

31 w/irregular periods. Pain sometimes during deep penetration; spotting sometimes after sex; pain in abdomen before period and nausea;is it cyst?

Irregular menses: You should have a pelvic and transvaginal u/s done to find out if you have a cyst. Make sure your pap is up to date. Have it done once a year especially if you are spotting after intercourse. It's time to go see your gyn if you haven't done so already. Good luck. ...Read more

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Bilateral calf/knee pain after rest. Pain subsides with movement. Calves tender to touch. No redness, rash, swelling. No strenuous exercise before.

Bilateral calf/knee pain after rest. Pain subsides with movement. Calves tender to touch. No redness, rash, swelling. No strenuous exercise before.

Get an evaluation: Pain in the calf area usually comes from one of the 2 muscles in the area (gastrocnemius or soleus) but it can be cause by referred pain from other structures. Visit your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Sharp pains in lower abdomen. Severe cramping during sexual arousal, light bleeding after intercourse and 1 day of dark brown discharge, late period?

Seek care: Any time you have symptoms like that there is a concern about a life threatening problem like an ectopic pregnancy you must get evaluated asap. ...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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Pitting edema around ankles one week after ankle injury. No pain, just discomfort, causes whole foot to swell after standing. Treatment options?

Pitting edema around ankles one week after ankle injury. No pain, just discomfort, causes whole foot to swell after  standing. Treatment options?

Common: Injuries disrupt the flow of the lymphatics. This results in swelling. It is only temporary. Solution: Co-band wrap or Ace-wrap for ~1week and, keep using it (unless real painful) [if bruising, you may need an x-ray] ...Read more

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Is leg pain normal during after a sprint?

Is leg pain normal during after a  sprint?

Nope: Pain is a signal somethign is wrong. Mabe, you have shin splints, maybe tendonitis, or a muscle strain. Try icing the area and resting. If pain persists consult your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Leg Swelling (Definition)

Leg swelling could be due to infection, allergy, poor circulation/congestive heart failure or lymphadema. If you have leg swelling you ...Read more