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How do you get persistent swelling in one leg?

How do you get persistent swelling in one leg?

Several reasons: Anatomy: left leg swelling may be from entrapment of the left iliac vein between overlying right iliac artery and L5 vertebral body. The incidence of blood clots in left leg is higher, probably because of this. Lymphedema may start or be more prominent in one leg, cellulitis (infection) may result in swelling of that leg. Previous deep venous thrombosis causes swelling in that leg. ...Read more

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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Out of shape-swelling in one leg?

Out of shape-swelling in one leg?

Need more info: More information would be needed to try to understand what might be going on. I'd recommend you start by seeing your primary care physician to an initial evaluation. They are many possible causes of swelling in one leg. It is very important to have this evaluated. If the swelling is sudden, i'd recommend you be seen immediately. ...Read more

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Getting swelling in one leg and ankle, with no injury, no pain?

Getting swelling in one leg and ankle, with no injury, no pain?

Injury: One-sided swelling in leg and ankle is usually associated with injury, but a condition called chronic venous insufficiency may also be the cause of it. Try elevating your legs and if the swelling goes down, its more venous than injury. See a podiatrist for a more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of persistent swelling in one leg with the other leg being ok?

How do you get rid of persistent swelling in one leg with the other leg being ok?

Compression stocking: Unilateral leg swelling can have several etiologies all of which are initially treated with a firm compression stocking during the day and off at night. Start with a 20-30mmhg gradient stocking and increase to 30-40 stocking if there is still swelling. ...Read more

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Swelling in one leg from below gastroc to ankle. MRI norm. NCV/EMG returns pinch nerve. Was told pinch nerve doesn't cause swelling. What to believe?

Swelling in one leg from below gastroc to ankle. MRI norm. NCV/EMG returns pinch nerve. Was told pinch nerve doesn't cause swelling. What to believe?

You're right: A pinched nerve might make you FEEL swollen, but it doesn't produce any swelling. Something locally is going on down there that's causing the swelling like a clot (phlebitis) or a localized source of inflammation, like tendonitis, myositis or even a stress fracture. ...Read more

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3cm swelling in one leg from Achilles tendon to gastrocnemius. Also feels cold and tight/pressure. All day every day about 3 years. What could this be?

3cm swelling in one leg from Achilles tendon to gastrocnemius. Also feels cold and tight/pressure. All day every day about 3 years. What could this be?

You are asking a : Question about a region of swelling that has been present now for three years??? Where have you been for the past three years? You need to have a clinical examination to determine if this is a soft tissue growth or if it is something else like scar tissue, Achilles tendonopathy etc.... ...Read more

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How long does swelling in one leg associated with deep vein thrombosis last?

How long does swelling in one leg associated with deep vein thrombosis last?

Persistent: Depending upon the severity/extent of the dvt, and the treatment methods, the swelling can be minimal to severe, lasting weeks, to months, and years. The post thrombotic swelling can be lessened by using appropriate anticoagulation, compression hose, thrombolysis when indicated. ...Read more

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What are the diagnosis possibilities for a female in relatively good health(some varicose veins)but that has swelling in one leg by knee cap and ankle?

What are the diagnosis possibilities for a female in relatively good health(some varicose veins)but that has swelling in one leg by knee cap and ankle?

Many Possiblities: Could be related to your vein disease, but also many other possibilities. Some possible venous reasons could be venous reflux disease, phlebitis, blood clots (DVT or SVT), or May-Thurner disease. Also have to worry about pelvic pathology causing compression of veins or lymphatics. Could be lymphedema. Could be arthritis or joint inflammation. Hormonal imbalances. Could be soft tissue inflammation ...Read more

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