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If someone has end stage renal failure. Wouldn't they have severe swelling all over from fluid accumulation?

If someone has end stage renal failure. Wouldn't they have severe swelling all over from fluid accumulation?

Possibly: It depends if there is still urine output or not. Some people maintain good urine volume even if they are on dialysis and in that case there is an outlet for fluid excess to leave the body.
In the absence of urine output only dialysis can remove the extra fluid so a restriction of intake is mandatory. ...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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My prophylactic, bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction...With implants, has developed severe swelling on left side. Could it be fluid?

My prophylactic, bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction...With implants, has developed severe swelling on left side. Could it be fluid?

Yes possible seroma: Yes, it could be a possible seroma or hematoma. Usually drains will help to minimize this but not completely prevent it. It amy require treatment with drainage and/or antibiotics. Discuss with your reconstructive surgeon asap. ...Read more

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What can be causing fluid to build up around my knee joints causing severe pain and swelling?

What can be causing fluid to build up around my knee joints causing severe pain and swelling?

R/O ARTHRITIS: You need to be evaluated for ARTHRITIS BURSITIS. You need a full exam and lab workup including TFTS /vitD/RA/ANA/URIC ACID Lyme titers. Bilateral knee X-ray and MRI if symptoms persist. You should also go gluten free wholeApproach. Com. And start vitamin supplements. Glucosamine/krill oil/ubiquinol/resveretral. Also PT eval for ROM exercises. ...Read more

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Knee had fluid drained&cortisone shot 1 1/2 weeks ago. Swelling is same as when I left&pain varies from moderate to severe at times. Next treatment?

Knee had fluid drained&cortisone shot 1 1/2 weeks ago. Swelling is same as when I left&pain varies from moderate to severe at times. Next treatment?

MRI: Usually an MRI then possible knee scope is the next treatment if there is an injury to the cartilage found on MRI. You can recurrent swelling from arthritis or cartilage injury. There are some other injections other than cortisone that can be used to treat arthritis. Recommend you follow up with the doctor that drained the fluid for further treatment plan. ...Read more

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Fluid build up in inner ear, lymph node swelling and severe back pain. Antibiotics not working - what could be potential causes?

Fluid build up in inner ear, lymph node swelling and severe back pain. Antibiotics not working - what could be potential causes?

Several conditions: It sounds like your eustachian tubes are not venting your ears until higher pressure has built up. Lymph node swelling suggests inflammation and many different conditions can cause them to swell. Infection is only one of them. Some such as mastoiditis can be very hard to clear even with the right antibiotic. I suggest you see an Otorhinolaryngologist (ENT) to help you sort this out. ...Read more

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Severe ab pain/middle/right side-8 days. Ct showed min. Free fluid in cul-de-sac, appendix not ideally seen-no swelling-no gas. Have behcets. Ideas?

Severe ab pain/middle/right side-8 days. Ct showed min. Free fluid in cul-de-sac, appendix not ideally seen-no swelling-no gas. Have behcets. Ideas?

Follow up: Ovarian cysts can give you these symptoms. Ideally these should improve with time. But appendicitis an masquerade this way too. If not improving see your surgeon. Can re-image or explore. ...Read more

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My dad has been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. He has severe swelling of legs. He has been put on diuretics. How long for this fluid to go?

My dad has been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. He has severe swelling of legs. He has been put on diuretics. How long for this fluid to go?

It depends: He will need to follow up with his doctor to decide whether he still needs to be on diuretics. You do not want to take too much diuretic as that may cause problem to his kidney. ...Read more

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Had c diff almost 2 yrs ago. Went back to ER with severe stomach pain/swelling & CT revealed fluid in my abdom. Dr thinks its back. Is this dangerous?

Had c diff almost 2 yrs ago. Went back to ER with severe stomach pain/swelling & CT revealed fluid in my abdom. Dr thinks its back. Is this dangerous?

It can be: C diff infection can be life threatening, in worse cases, and is highly contagious, and prone to relapses.
Get treatment. ...Read more

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What does retaining fluid and swelling mean?

What does retaining fluid and swelling mean?

Developing edema: Could develop from a high salt intake. Certain heart and kidney conditions can be causes for this. It warrants evaluation by your physician. ...Read more

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How might cell swelling result from fluid shifts?

How might cell swelling result from fluid shifts?

Q is the A: Cells swell because fluids pass through the outer cell membrane. It may be caused by a myriad of situations. But your question is your answer: cells swell due to fluid shifts. Consult with proper specialist to fill in all the details. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is severe swelling after getting snake bites normal?

Is severe swelling after getting snake bites normal?

Normal response: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice, compression, elevation and antiinflamamtory medications in the first 24hrs. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of lymph fluid causing swelling all over?

What can be the cause of lymph fluid causing swelling all over?

Several things: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have severe toothache and swelling is this what's causing me to feel weak?

I have severe toothache and swelling is this what's causing me to feel weak?

It Is Possible: When the immune system is challenged by an infection, and you have severe pain, it is possible to feel weak. Specially if you are diabetic, have hypertension, or are immuno-suppressed due to illness, or medications. Why not visit your dentist and find out what is wrong so that you can have that treated, and see if there is a change in your status. If not, you may need to visit your primary care. ...Read more

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What causes severe swelling in hands? Dartmouth hitchcock found no cause.

What causes severe swelling in hands? Dartmouth hitchcock found no cause.

Some suggestions: There are multiple causes, including rheumatic disease, infections, poor circulation, arthritis. Sometimes the initial workup does not yield a diagnosis. I would suggest that you review your records with your primary doctor and discuss all these possibilities. An ESR is a general screening test for inflammation. ...Read more

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I'm itching burning swelling and abit fluid coming out?

I'm itching burning swelling and abit fluid coming out?

More information...: Dear SGalloway, I would need you to tell me where is the itching, burning, swelling, fluid location. Sorry I cannot be of more help. Maybe try posting the question again. ...Read more

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What does swelling and fluid around the pancreas mean?

What does swelling and fluid around the pancreas mean?

Pancreatitis: Swelling and fluid around the pancreas usually represents inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis. This can be a serious problem and one that should be followed by a medical doctor. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat severe swelling from a mosquito bite?

What can you do to treat severe swelling from a mosquito bite?

Apply ice: Store aloe vera gel in the refrigerator and apply to affected area. Rub a basil leaf on the bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory properties effect. Consider applying calamine lotion. Apply crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water and baking soda is effective when applied to the lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or chlorpheniramine. ...Read more

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I received a steriod injection 2 weeks ago. Since then, I have been in intermittent pain and have severe swelling at injection site. What is wrong?

I received a steriod injection 2 weeks ago. Since then, I have been in intermittent pain and have severe swelling at injection site. What is wrong?

Have it checked: Could be an infection locally, or a fluid collection (the medicine carrier was not properly absorbed), or possibly a local reaction. All should be evaluated by a dr. ...Read more

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When should I get it repaired, I am constant pain. Severe Swelling for years. I cannot deal with it no more. Thank you for your time I so appreciate?

Pain???????????????: I am very sorry, were is the pain, in which part if the body.
Is bad to have constant pain, please help me, provide me with more clinical history.
When it started, for how long, initially was intermittent and became continuous.
Please, come back again with the requested data and I will help you ...Read more

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Is the tonsils be very severe swelling till you knock?

Is the tonsils be very severe swelling till you knock?

I don't understand!: What do you mean by "knock"? If you have severe tonsil swelling you need to get seen to be sure you don't have strep throat or an abscess that requires treatment to prevent serious complications. If you cannot swallow at all or have trouble breathing, or fever not relieved by tylenol, (acetaminophen) go to an ER. ...Read more

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Severe sudden nee pain no swelling what is it?

Pain: Because of the sudden pain in your knee you should have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility.
Either they will have all the work necessary to tell you what has happend and what needs to be done in the Emergency area or they will contact the specialist to look at knee and leg. ...Read more

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How come I have severe knee pain and no swelling?

How come I have severe knee pain and no swelling?

Often the case: One can have advanced osteoarthritis and no swelling. The pain is due to damage and not to inflammation. Have the knees evaluated and x rays done. ...Read more

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I have severe swelling in my vaginal lips and it is spreading. Help.?

I have severe swelling in my vaginal lips and it is spreading. Help.?

Swollen Labia: There are 2 glands inside the vagina that are the source of your natural lubrication - they can become inflamed, infected, plugged causing one or both of those glands to swell. Other causes include ingrown hair, and yeast infection. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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If someone had inflammation or swelling of the brain. How severe would the headaches be?

Different things.: "inflammation" of teh brain might be painless, and present with seizures, paralysis, or altered state of consciousness. "swelling" presses against the dura (bag in which the brain sits) and that tends to become the worst headache ever - which is mainly how we find out about it. ...Read more

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What can cause severe pain and swelling in back gums?

What can cause severe pain and swelling in back gums?

An infection: The infection can be due to rotten teeth or periodontal disease, but these are only guesses since you have not been examined. Please see a local dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Approx. How many lbs of fluid have u gained b4 u notice swelling in feet/ real life cankles?

Approx. How many lbs of fluid have u gained b4 u notice swelling in feet/ real life cankles?

Cannot estimate: Swelling in your feet can occur for a number of reasons other than fluid retention so you cannot estimate the number of pounds of fluid you have gained before your feet swell. It might be zero or it might be much more. ...Read more