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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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Sharp prostate pain for 2 days/prostate and jaw lymph node pain after masturbation/fatigue/weight loss. Any diagnosis? Blood tests normal. Seen doc

Sharp prostate pain for 2 days/prostate and jaw lymph node pain after masturbation/fatigue/weight loss. Any diagnosis? Blood tests normal. Seen doc

Please see your: Doc. You may have a prostate infection or systemic infection. The weight loss and fatigue need to be addressed also. A thorough exam will tell you a lot if you tell the doc everything. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes swollen for 4 years both side of groin. Blood test normal. Is this of concern? Help please

Lymph nodes swollen for 4 years both side of groin. Blood test normal. Is this of concern? Help please

Not of concern: If the lymph nodes have stayed stable for four years, you do not need to be concerned about these. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Causes a pea size painful cervial lymph node, no infection present. Lots myofascial neck pain and shoulder pain and swelling on that side. Normal CBC, C-spine MRI, ultrasound done 6 months ago. Any other tests tests would be helpful?

Causes a pea size painful cervial lymph node, no infection present.  Lots myofascial neck pain and shoulder pain and swelling on that side.  Normal CBC, C-spine MRI, ultrasound done 6 months ago.  Any other tests tests would be helpful?

Probably normal: Small lymph nodes (like pea-size) are normal. Most likely it was inflamed and maybe now scarred from some distant past infection. Probably unlreated to your pain problem. Check with your doctor if you remain concerned -- but if she reassures you all is well, then no more tests or exams will be necessary. ...Read more

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What can cause arms and legs worsening pain and stiffness for weeks? Bilateral swollen axillary lymph nodes for months without infection.

What can cause arms and legs worsening pain and stiffness for weeks? Bilateral swollen axillary lymph nodes for months without infection.

Get checked. : Arm & leg pain & stiffness for weeks (you're talking about the joints, & no sports or overuse injuries, right?) suggests arthritis or an autoimmune issue: that needs a checkup to sort out. Persistent nontender axillary nodes are also problematic. We could talk all day about "possibilities"; but you need an in-person evaluation in order to get the help you need. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Causes for swollen and painful lymph nodes in armpit and breast area? Should I be worried?

Causes for swollen and painful lymph nodes in armpit and breast area? Should I be worried?

Lymphadenitis: Lymph nodes are the body's second line of defense against infection. They swell with inflammation, trying to fend off bacteria and other types of invasion including some types of cancer. If you have been sick recently or if you have some sort of infection near the affected nodes, that's probably the cause and the nodes will return to normal size in a few weeks. If you're not sure, see your doctor ...Read more

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What would cause right side minor swelling, pain, and tenderness in hip lasting for months. Clean blood tests and ultrasound. No pain when walking?

What would cause right side minor swelling, pain, and tenderness in hip lasting for months. Clean blood tests and ultrasound. No pain when walking?

Further tests: I can't find any reports of side effects from either medicine that might cause this. You should obtain a referral to a physiatrist (if you have not already done so). An MRI may be more revealing. Sometimes, low grade, but persistent, problems require repeat studies before the answers become apparent. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node in the neck for two months now, fna biopsy negative of lymphoma. Breast and armpit sore and neck pain what is this?

I have a swollen lymph node in the neck for two months now, fna biopsy negative of lymphoma. Breast and armpit sore and neck pain what is this?

Lymph nodes: Without adaquate tissue biopsy it is not possible o say for sure. FNA is never an acceptable test when evaluating lymphoma and the appropriate course is exceisional biopsy. ...Read more

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What causes swollen lymph nodes in groin. Had negative test for herpes.

Dr. Binu Nair Dr. Nair
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What causes swollen lymph nodes in groin. Had negative test for herpes.

If no infections : If no obvious infections snd it is lasting more than 1 week, you need to get a biopsy, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is their any other tests to get diagnosis for my case after positive ANA test, leukocytosis, sever joint pain and itchy skin patches ?

Is their any other tests to get diagnosis for my case after positive ANA test, leukocytosis, sever joint pain and itchy skin patches ?

Positive ana: There are many other tests that can help confirm a diagnosis. Additional blood tests to determine the exact antibody that is causing the positive ANA should be done. A skin biopsy may be indicated. It is possible that your doctor has already arrived at a diagnosis from your constellation of symptoms. ...Read more

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I have swollen node in groin and neck for 3 months, and otitis externa. Also swollen knee. Cbc normal. Gynecologist results normal?

I have swollen node in groin and neck for 3 months, and otitis externa. Also swollen knee. Cbc normal. Gynecologist results normal?

Hard to say: You would certainly want to be thoroughly evaluated. The lymph system is the filter system for the bloodstream and so systemic thing like infection can cause swollen nodes as you have described. If workup for infection is negative, a rheumatologist might be able to shed further light on the source. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Why my doc didn't ask for biopsy for enlargement neck lymph nodes for 4 months CBC is normal Chest X-ray is normal No other symptoms?

Why my doc didn't ask for biopsy for enlargement neck lymph nodes for 4 months
CBC is normal
Chest X-ray is normal
No other symptoms?

They're your friends: If the nodes are stable, not fixed to surrounding structures, not of a consistency that suggests disease, and you do not have obvious systems of Hodgkin's disease (the one real concern here), leave them alone. Every young guy has a few. They protect you and cutting around the lymph circulation will just make a mess. It's not worth it ...Read more

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Both sides of inguinal nodes in my groin are swollen and painful. No other symptoms. Blood tests inconclusive. Dr. order pelvic ultrasound. RiskofSTD?

Both sides of inguinal nodes in my groin are swollen and painful. No other symptoms. Blood tests inconclusive. Dr. order pelvic ultrasound. RiskofSTD?

Maybe: This used to happen to me in the summers from going barefoot in the country. The sexually transmitted disease of concern would be lymphogranuloma venereum -- which is quite uncommon. Glad the labs were unremarkable. This isn't usually a sign of pathology in your internal pelvic organs, but the ultrasound isn't unreasonable. This might be something just to watch. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in both armpits and neck for 7years, no other symptoms. Had biopsy in left arm years ago and it was not cancer, what is it?

Swollen lymph nodes in both armpits and neck for 7years, no other symptoms. Had biopsy in left arm years ago and it was not cancer, what is it?

Good question: The clue should have been in the lymph node biopsy. We would need to also know about you health status. This is something to discuss with your physician ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes swell infrequently ? I've been to the doc for neck swelling and arm pit pain but 4 docs have said they feel no swelling any ideas ?

Can lymph nodes swell infrequently ? I've been to the doc for neck swelling and arm pit pain but 4 docs have said they feel no swelling any ideas ?

Yes, and several: Lymph nodes part of our immune defense system for virus, microorganisms & cancer. About 1% of blood plasma (water) which departs arterial-end of capillaries is not picked back up at venous-end, body wide. Lymph vessels return this excess water (& whatever is in the water) from around cells back into the blood stream. Lymph nodes, full of white blood cells, remove items/cells recognized not healthy. ...Read more

Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more