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What can cause selling in your lower leg. There is no discoloration, but some minor pain. There are no cuts or bruises. The swelling is not severe?

What can cause selling in your lower leg. There is no discoloration, but some minor pain. There are no cuts or bruises. The swelling is not severe?

Varicose veins: The heart pumps blood, under great pressure, out into the arteries, but the blood must return to the heart in veins, which are thinned walled. There is no pump on the return, vein side, and as we get older, some veins bulge and swell, and even leak fluid into the local skin. These are varicose veins and they may cause swelling or a bulge on the lower leg. Keep your legs up, and see your doctor. 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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Went to kick at door but lower leg hit wall instead. Intense pain and swelling is it a bruise or fracture?

Went to kick at door but lower leg hit wall instead. Intense pain and swelling is it a bruise or fracture?

Either: Is a possibility. If you strike your lower leg hard and it swells certainly the blood can come from soft tissue trauma to the muscles, tendons or even a ruptured blood vessel. If it is fractured you would likely know it as you would most likely not be able to walk. It depends also where you injured it on your leg. You can have a chip or non-displaced fracture that bleeds as well. Ice, nsaids etc. Read more

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I hit the top of foot by outside ankle 2 days ago. Very little swelling and bruising. Now aches from big toe up to back lower leg. Could I be broken?

I hit the top of foot by outside ankle 2 days ago. Very little swelling and bruising. Now aches from big toe up to back lower leg. Could I be broken?

Soft tissue trauma.: An x-ray can be used to identify most fractures for sure. So, removing all doubt would necessitate having an x-ray. My take is that you have managed to traumatize either a nerve or tendon passing through the area. Unfortunately an x-ray won't show these problems. An evaluation would help in isolating the source of your pain. Thank you for consulting Healthtap. Read more

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What is causing swelling in my right lower leg and foot?

What is causing swelling in my right lower leg and foot?

Possibilities: Injury, venous insufficiency, lymphedema, infection, inflammatory or systemic conditions are some common reasons. Read more

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Supposedly have CRPS in lower leg but I disagree--have pain for 5 years and there is noticeable swelling in area. Wouldn't there be atrophy by now?

Supposedly have CRPS in lower leg but I disagree--have pain for 5 years and there is noticeable swelling in area. Wouldn't there be atrophy by now?

CPRS has diff stages: CRPS is a very complex diagnosis with varied presentations. Typically it made w/complex tests/blocks meaning that you should be worked up for more common diagnoses such as sciatica with an EMG, muscle spasm & restless leg syndrome which are on the differential. That said, a triple phase bone scan or stellate block can help diagnose CRPS. I suggest you see a PMR or Neurologist to confirm the diagnosis Read more

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I'm 55 yr old female with lower leg swelling. Dr says some women swell for no reason. Why?

I'm 55 yr old female with lower leg swelling. Dr says some women swell for no reason. Why?

Many factors: It can depend on your weight, activity, how much standing and sitting you do, even what you eat. Salty foods can increase the chance of swelling legs. Some people are more sensitive or easily affected than others. Read more

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I am experiencing leg swelling. The following also describes me: Lower leg pain. What should I do?

Need more info: There are very many causes for your complaint. It is important to see your family physician as soon as you can to examine you and arrive at a diagnosis as to the cause of your complaint which could be serious. Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for lower leg swelling?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for lower leg swelling?

Yes.: There are many causes of lower leg swelling, including some dangerous ones like heart failure or deep vein thrombosis. For this reason, it is always a good idea to be evaluated by a physician if you have leg swelling. Read more

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Does olmesartan cause swelling in the lower leg, ankles, and feet?

Does olmesartan cause swelling in the lower leg, ankles, and feet?

Swellin of Lower ext: The literature mentions peripheral and facial edema, consult with your prescribing physician. Read more

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How long can I wait with lower leg swelling to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with lower leg swelling to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Leg Swelling.: It is not normal to have leg swelling and there are many potential causes of leg swelling. It also makes a difference in the diagnosis if the swelling is in one leg or both legs. If you have swelling unexplained then you should have an evaluation sooner rather than later. If there is no improvement in unexplained leg swelling over 48 hours then I would recommend seeing your physician. Read more

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Lower leg under calf hurts when sitting or layng down not when walking no redness or swelling been going on for 4 days now?

Lower leg under calf hurts when sitting or layng down not when walking no redness or swelling been going on for 4 days now?

Leg pain: Pain in the leg can have many different causes including disorders affecting the nerve, soft tissue, bones and blood vessels. Pulses need to be checked and evaluated by a physician to start, and if the blood vessels look fine, then can think about musculoskeletal cause and treatment options. Read more

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I had a tkr in March 2011 and I still have continuous swelling of the lower leg. Is this something to be concerned about?

I had a tkr in March 2011 and I still have continuous swelling of the lower leg. Is this something to be concerned about?

Maybe: You should undergo repeat evaluation with your surgeon it is hard to say what the swelling may be from without an examination. There is a broad spectrum of what may be considered normal following a total knee replacement, but if there has been a change in the appearance or something else that is out of the ordinary you may benefit from repeat examination Read more

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Can you die from lower leg swelling?

Can you die from lower leg swelling?

Yes: A clot could be the cause, travel to your lung causing an acute pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal. Read more

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Is lower leg swelling a sign of some disease?

Is lower leg swelling a sign of some disease?

Yes: Many things can cause this, including simply being obese, having vein disease, a low protein state, blood clots, tumors. It really depends on the rest of the history and what a physical exam finds. Read more

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How much should I worry about lower leg swelling?

How much should I worry about lower leg swelling?

Lower leg swelling: Lower leg swelling can be due to a variety of conditions. In addition to musculoskeletal causes, it can be due to cardiovascular and other medical conditions.; medications for high blood pressure can cause it, for example. You didn't indicate whether one or both legs are swollen, nor how long the condtion has lasted. I would recommend seeing your physician to have it checked out. Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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