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Doctor insights on: Swelling Near Upper Left Leg Symptoms

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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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I've been having mild pain and some numbness on my left leg for about a week now. Mostly around the knee and calf area. No swelling or other symptoms?

I've been having mild pain and some numbness on my left leg for about a week now. Mostly around the knee and calf area. No swelling or other symptoms?

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause swelling in the left leg?

Is there anything that can cause swelling in the left leg?

Blood Flow: If it is not a muscle spasm, or denigration of tissues, it is usually an accumulation of excess blood pooling in the leg. The lower leg is considered the 2nd heart of the body due to the valves in the blood vessels. Without proper blood flow pain can result in the leg and feet. Go to your cardiologist doctor and have them check you lower leg blood flow and valves. ...Read more

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There is swelling on my left leg without any injury and it pains when I use to move my leg. What is it ?

There is swelling on my left leg without any injury and it pains when I use to move my leg. What is it ?

Leg swelling: Pain and swelling of the leg can be many things. Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis), lympadema, tumors, infections can all be problems. See a doctor right away. ...Read more

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Does spondylolisthesis cause swelling in the left leg?

Does spondylolisthesis cause swelling in the left leg?

No: Most likely no. It would have to be a high grade slip to push against the blood vessels to and from your leg. If you have swelling of one foot/ankle, talk to your primary doctor. It can be a sign of a blood clot. ...Read more

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What can I do if my left leg is swelling when i travel for more than 3 hours, why?

No movement: When you sit with your legs in the dependent position for long periods the flow of blood back up to your heart is slower due to gravity, thus the pooling of blood, water, and all other fluids in your feet and legs. Get up and walk around every hour or so or flex your calf muscles. Muscle contractions help squeeze veins and push fluids back up from your legs to your body's core to get re-oxygenated. ...Read more

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My aunt has elephantaisis, her left leg is swelling and has lasions very big leg what can we do to help her?

My aunt has elephantaisis, her left leg is swelling and has lasions very big leg what can we do to help her?

Difficult problem: This is essentially a problem of the lymphatic system. In rare instances this may be caused by parasites and should be evaluated. In most lymphatic compression and support may help. In more severe cases surgery may be warranted to devulk the extremity. ...Read more

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He woke up this morning and his left leg was swelling and purple all the way up the leg what could be wrong?

He woke up this morning and his left leg was swelling and purple all the way up the leg what could be wrong?

Sometimes a clot: in the leg may look like that or cellulitis which is infection can be like that. either way he needs to see a doctor ...Read more

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Is it normal to have one leg .25 in bigger than the other? No redness, swelling or warmth. Just noticed left leg .25 in bigger

Is it normal to have one leg .25 in bigger than the other? No redness, swelling or warmth. Just noticed left leg .25 in bigger

Error in measurement: You have to measure your leg exactly at the same spot otherwise you will find a discrepancy. Bottom line as long as there is no edema redness or swelling or bruises or pain you are OK ...Read more

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