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Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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Have a sharp stabbing pain in left side groin area. Hurts when walking or standing. Goes from dull to super sharp pain.

Have a sharp stabbing pain in left side groin area. Hurts when walking or standing. Goes from dull to super sharp pain.

You need a: "hands on" exam ..this could be due to a groin problem (eg: hernia) OR a BACK problem (pinched nerve at the L4-L5 lumbar disc level) Hope this helps See your PCP! Dr Z ...Read more

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Have felt "full" for a week, I still get hungry but my tummy just feels full? & a sharp stitch like pain to left side of navel, worse when walking?

See your doctor: It would be best, especially since you have had these symptoms for a week now, to see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Sudden pain in left side shooting to shoulder when i breath worse while I am lying down or whilst walking pain at its worst is about 8/10?

Sudden pain in left side shooting to shoulder when i breath worse while I am lying down or whilst walking  pain at its worst is about 8/10?

Chest pain: I would go to the er and have a chest x-ray if i were you. Are you tall and skinny? Any recent trauma? I would worry about a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) amongst other things as well. ...Read more

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I do gym but dont know i have severe sharp pain in left side of my lower back.Pain increases while sitting but not in walking and laying.

I do gym but dont know i have severe sharp pain in left side of my lower back.Pain increases while sitting but not in walking and laying.

Treat muscle sprain: It seems like you have sprained muscle in your left lower back. Apply heat there. Some people report better results with ice than heat. You can use both or either one. Use anti inflammatory drugs like Advil or Aleve (naproxen). Also rest is very important, Avoid bending and lifting. Also avoid exercises that cause pain in that area. If not better in couple of weeks,then see your doctor. ...Read more

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My(L) Knee been hurting and swelling up all day & keeps locking up and when i walk it's sharp pain in left side of knee. had surgery last yr on knee.

My(L) Knee been hurting and swelling up all day & keeps locking up and when i walk it's sharp pain in left side of knee. had surgery last yr on knee.

See an orthopedist: Looks like you are having more problems and need to see a specialist to determine the treatment. In the meantime consider using a pair of crutches to take the weight off the knee ...Read more

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Pain in left side top of foot when walk or flex toes xray normal sharp pain and i run around bartender in busy bar ?

Pain in left side top of foot when walk  or flex toes xray normal  sharp pain and i run around bartender in busy bar  ?

Foot pain: Since x-rays only show bone, it is a good idea to have a soft tissue image performed either by sonogram or mri. You may have tendinitis or some other issue that can be treated once a definitive diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if one has stroke on the left side of the body, is it possible for her to walk again. Secondly?

Can you tell me if one has stroke on the left side of the body, is it possible for her to walk again. Secondly?

Yes, can happen: Do not despair, as post-stroke rehab can be rather amazing. Pt and ot can provide loads of success, and bracing systems, walkers, canadian crutches, meds, tincture of time will all be useful. ...Read more

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I am experiencing side pain on the upper left side of my butt I bent over at work and ever since I've been having pain I can't walk or bend over ?

I am experiencing side pain on the upper left side of my butt I bent over at work and ever since I've been having pain I can't walk or bend over 
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Pain after bending: It is difficult to be certain which of what I will mention is your problem without physical examination. You either have inflamed left sacroiliac joint or irritation of a branch of the sciatic nerve. A prescription for a Medrol pack, use of heat, rest of the area, no prolonged sitting or standing and no lifting , pushing,or pulling until the pain has resolved. Have a check up with your MD. ...Read more

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Pain on the left side of back when walk or turn or move ?

Muscle: It is likely muscular since you are saying its worse with movement. However, that is not specific enough to rule out other causes. You would need to give us more information as back pain is so common and the list of differential diagnosis is very long. ...Read more

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I get a really painfully stich in left side when i'm out walking what could be causing this?

I get a really painfully stich in left side when i'm out walking what could be causing this?

Diaphragm spasm: Side stitches are likely caused spasm of the diaphragm. Being out of shape is one cause. Also, avoiding carbonated beverages and eating within 1-2 hours of running can be preventative. Also, deep "belly" breathing can be helpful as short, shallow breaths can cause side stitches. Purse your lips as you deeply breathe. Finally, try to exhale when your left foot contacts the ground. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a big pain on the left side of your body ? And hurts more when you walk ?

Depends: Dear Yvette, Sorry you are having pain. Depends where on your left side of the body as the pain can be from the muscles in your arms, abdomen or legs. Also it can be from internal organs such as the colon or spleen. Please seek help from a healthcare professional as it sounds like you should have a physical exam. ...Read more

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What could be happening we I wake up dizzie and when I try to walk I fall to my left side? Then it goes away after awhile then comes back... What does this mean

What could be happening we I wake up dizzie  and when I try to walk I fall to my left side? Then it goes away after awhile then comes back... What does this mean

See below: See your fp or a neurologist for complete (neurological) history & physical. Have you had any falls or head injuries? Any ringing in one ear? History of migraines or seizures? Ear problems? What meds do you take? What medical conditions do you have? A thorough history & exam should track down the problem. ...Read more

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The pain is on the lower left side in the back it burns when I move around or walk to much.

The pain is on the lower left side in the back it  burns when I move around or walk to much.

Sounds like a nerve: You don't say how old you are but a burning pain often is caused by a pinched or irritated nerve. If you have any arthritis in your back this could be the cause. If you have any rash, it could also be shingles. If you have any burning when you urinate, it could be an infection. ...Read more

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When i stand or walk to long my back on my left side starts to hurt very bad what mite that be?

When i stand or walk to long my back on my left side starts to hurt very bad what mite that be?

Doctor can evaluate: Such symptoms may be from tight or inflamed back muscles, or maybe from the nerves coming out of the spine. An orthopedic back doctor, or a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation), can help by identifying the source of the pain, and then offering treatment. A primary care doctor can check to see if other problems, such as from inside the belly, are the cause of symptoms. ...Read more

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My left side under ribs hurts while walking. Noticed it sucks in more than the right side. Is this bad?

My left side under ribs hurts while walking. Noticed it sucks in more than the right side. Is this bad?

Any unexplained: chest pain requires and examination and x-rays. I suggest ER or UC clinic now and have someone drive you. ...Read more

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I started running a week ago. Now I have a side stitch on my left side every time I walk through the the day. Help!!

I started running a week ago. Now I have a side stitch on my left side every time I walk through the the day. Help!!

Slow down: That sounds like a muscle spasm of your abdominal muscles, which got overworked when you started running. Take it a little slower. When you get the "stitch", slow down or stop walking, take slow deep breaths until it passes. Try stretching your arms overhead and count to 10 to stretch out those muscles. In a wk or so, gradually restart your running program, but go easy and work up slowly. ...Read more

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Back pain at left side for more than 2 week especially during walking and standing for about 1 hour..Any explanation?

Back pain at left side for more than 2 week especially during walking and standing for about 1 hour..Any explanation?

Different causes: This type of pain may be due to an inflammed muscle or pressure on a nerve coming out of the spine. Kidney pain is a little higher up in the back or flank. It's best to see your physician who will order the appropriate tests and treatment. ...Read more

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I felt a sharp pain in my lower left side of my back .Now every 2 or 3 step i take there is a sharp pain. It hurts to walk.What is this?

Acute strain: This is likely an acute lumbosacral strain. This may be soft tissue in origin or related to an underlying osteoarthritis. If it persists, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I had pain on my right ab for two days now it is starting to move to my left side. The pain is dull and is worse when I walk. Is this appendicitis?

I had pain on my right ab for two days now it is starting to move to my left side. The pain is dull and is worse when I walk. Is this appendicitis?

Not necessary: It might be due to other problems in the abdomen, and it is common to have genital tract related pain at this age. I would like to suggest for the pain to be checked out in ER for full assessment and management as needed. ...Read more

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