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After 2 weeks, i think I've recovered from knee swell n lower left back muscle spasm. What are the concerns if i want to continue cycling?

After 2 weeks, i think I've recovered from knee swell n lower left back muscle spasm. What are the concerns if i want to continue cycling?

Identify cause: There is a reason why you had swelling and back spasm to begin with. Seek a primary care sports medicine specialist to identify the cause, see if it is amenable to physical therapy and potential ergonomics changes to your bike. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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The tissue or muscle at the top of my shoulders by the trapezoid is loose and swelling. What could this be? I have neck and back problems...

The tissue or muscle at the top of my shoulders by the trapezoid is loose and swelling. What could this be? I have neck and back problems...

Proximal muscles: Are you having pain lifting your arms above your shoulders... Any stiffness. See your physician as it could strictly be orthopedic in nature but could also be rheumatological. ...Read more

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Got hit by a car and my lumbar muscles hurt. How long should it take for the swelling Togo away?

Got hit by a car and my lumbar muscles hurt. How long should it take for the swelling Togo away?

Depends...: It all depends on how hard the impact to yur body was. Did you get evaluated after the accident? Usually if it was something minor and no fractures associated may last days to couple of weeks. If there was fractures and other more significant injuries involved it may take from several weeks to months. In any case, if nothing severe physical therapy could help with pain. F/u with your dr. on this. ...Read more

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Near my tailbone gets swollen, it feels like muscles are tense, back gets tired when standing for long time, swelling goes away after rubbing it.?

Near my tailbone gets swollen, it feels like muscles are tense, back gets tired when standing for long time, swelling goes away after rubbing it.?

Need to get routine: A routine exercise and stretching program should really help. If your hamstring muscles are tight, that will tilt your pelvis and may be adding to back fatigue and muscle irritation. Just as important is a regular light exercise of walking, biking, swimming or other cardio for 20-30 minutes daily. Lastly a strenghtening routine - like pilates will really help. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain in back of leg calf muscle and swelling in feet?

What can I do for this pain in back of leg calf muscle and swelling in feet?

Rule out DVT: The most dangerous thing to rule out (assuming no trauma to the leg) is deep vein thrombosis, or blood clot. This is evaluated by doppler ultrasound. Once this is ruled out, then other more common, but non life-threatening musculoskeletal conditions can be evaluated. ...Read more

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Have chronic lower back pain with swelling under skin but haven't fallen or injured myself don't know if it's bone or muscle?

This is seen.: Ic swimming all the time, in patients with back pain. That is a sign of inflammation, may just be due to whatever is causing your pain, which is accompanied by inflammation of the corresponding muscles and ligaments in the area. Could be arthritis, could be a disk. I would see your physician, I would have an MRI. ...Read more

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I injured my back 2 weeks ago. I have had muscle weakness, pain, numbness and tingling, and swelling in my right leg ever since. Is this normal?

I injured my back 2 weeks ago. I have had muscle weakness, pain, numbness and tingling, and swelling in my right leg ever since. Is this normal?

Seek medical care: You are describing a radiculopathy.U may have a herniated disc that caused the back pain and is pressing on the nerves that go to the leg.Weakness/ numbness is evidence of neurologic compromise and needs immediate attention before damage is permanent .Go in to ur doc. ...Read more

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Had a hip muscle injury 6 months back, not yet cured. Suddenly I am hearing painless cracking and popping sounds in my joints, no swelling or redness.

Had a hip muscle injury 6 months back, not yet cured. Suddenly I am hearing painless cracking and popping sounds in my joints, no swelling or redness.

No worry if no pain: I typically don't worry about painless popping and cracking of joints, even if asymmetric. Painful popping does need a physician evaluation. ...Read more

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I fractured my big toe in car acc1.5 yrs back still i am facing lot of pain swelling persist.Extensor Digitorum Brevis Muscle Pain suggest medicine.

Big toe: You didn't state what treatment(s) you have had. The edb isn't really involved here - see your podiatrist or physician who has been treating you as pain and swelling this long after is unusual . ...Read more

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I think I have a swollen jaw muscle that has cause some sort of swelling towards the back corner of my mouth towards the molars. I am scared it may be?

I think I have a swollen jaw muscle that has cause some sort of swelling towards the back corner of my mouth towards the molars. I am scared it may be?

See a dentist: If you have facial swelling of the cheek that you notice when looking in the mirror, it would be very important to see a dentist to evaluate for an infection/abscess. There may or may not be pain associated with the tooth, but likely will also be associated with tooth pain in the mouth. Alternatively, it may be a tight muscle from bruxism but that is less likely from your description. See a dr. ...Read more

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My husband broke one of his back ribs. There is a large lump where the rib was broken. Is this the muscle swelling from the broken bone piercing it?

My husband broke one of his back ribs. There is a large lump where the rib was broken. Is this the muscle swelling from the broken bone piercing it?

Don't exactly kno-: -what a "back rib" is, but I assume U mean a regular rib near the spine. All healing bones have an area of swelling around them, especially visible in thinner people. This is a normal finding. ...Read more

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My calf is hard and sore in back due to swelling. Cause for concern? I thought i had a muscle spasm that wouldn't go away until further inspection. Most of the skin of my calf is tight due to swelling which caused the pain and is very hard. My ankle has s

My calf is hard and sore in back due to swelling. Cause for concern? I thought i had a muscle spasm that wouldn't go away until further inspection. Most of the skin of my calf is tight due to swelling which caused the pain and is very hard. My ankle has s

R/o DVT & P.E.: When your calf feels hard & sore due to swelling, u need to check if it also warm and/or purple or red. If yes, should be suspicious for DVT and need to go to the E.R. Or your doctor's office asap, so he/she can order the appropriate tests (u/s of the leg, d-dimer) and get you treated. Other causes to r/o are hematoma/ compartment syndrome, tumors (i.e. Baker's cyst), aneurysm or cellulitis. ...Read more

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My 21 year old son is having muscle and joint pain in areas such as ankles, wrists, elbows, shoulder blades, back, legs, and some swelling in ankles.?

My 21 year old son is having muscle and joint pain in areas such as ankles, wrists, elbows, shoulder blades, back, legs,  and some swelling in ankles.?

Inflammation!: To have pain in so many places means an inflammatory process must be excluded. He needs someone with rheumatology expertise to diagnose and treat the problem. If inflammation is present, he will need more than aleve-like nsaids. My bet: psoriatic arthritis with ankle involvement! ...Read more

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Lumbar strain and muscle spasms. Taking prednisone and Valium not getting any better and there swelling in my right lower back.

Lumbar strain and muscle spasms. Taking prednisone and Valium not getting any better and there swelling in my right lower back.

See your doctor: The swelling is probably the result of your back spasms. Since you have not responded to medications, see your doctor so that a diagnosis can be made (x-rays mri). Once you have a diagnosis, effective treatment choices may be more obvious. Typically, treatment options include different medications, physical therapy, spinal steroid injections. Surgery, if possible, is the last resort. ...Read more

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Tightness in back of calf muscle and knee on right leg. Sometimes left. On anti-inflamitories and birth control. Could it be a blood clot. No swelling?

Tightness in back of calf muscle and knee on right leg. Sometimes left. On anti-inflamitories and birth control. Could it be a blood clot. No swelling?

Less likely: Blood clots are usually associated with some degree of swelling due to blood pooling caused by the clotted vein. Also, bilateral venous clotting is highly doubtful, so i'd look for another plausible explanation. ...Read more

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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