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Knee and top of ankle pain, swelling, right leg. No injury. Began at end of strep. Pain flares when walking and in morning unexplained bruising/bumps?

Knee and top of ankle pain, swelling, right leg. No injury. Began at end of strep. Pain flares when walking and in morning unexplained bruising/bumps?

See a doctor: These symptoms deserve a detailed evaluation. Without further information and the ability to examine you would not venture a guess, but would definitely see a good clinician. Hope this all works out well. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ankle surgery 3 weeks ago pain in leg opposite foot numb face numb nausea very low heart rate 60 dizzy and not feeling right. Unexplained bruises too

Ankle surgery 3 weeks ago pain in leg opposite foot numb face numb nausea very low heart rate 60 dizzy and not feeling right. Unexplained bruises too

Clots: There is a high possibility of clots forming in your veins post surgery. This condition is referred to as Deep Vein thrombosis. There is a high risk of clots forming in your brain or lungs as well which are medical emergencies. Please visit your nearest urgent care clinic or ER as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Discovered two unexplained bruises, one on each leg on the opposite sides of each other. Right leg looks better, left leg looks worse. Possibilities?

Discovered two unexplained bruises, one on each leg on the opposite sides of each other. Right leg looks better, left leg looks worse. Possibilities?

Leg's are in: The line of a lot of local trauma. While easy bruising can mean either low platelets or low clotting factors, I've never seen that unless the person already had a diagnosis to support it (alcoholism, liver disease) and the bruises looked obviously abnormal (bloody). ...Read more

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Large unexplained calf bruise. Back of leg. Stiff leg at times. Pea sized lump under skin. Slightly swollen lower calf. Had bruise 5 days. Serious?

Large unexplained calf bruise. Back of leg. Stiff leg at times. Pea sized lump under skin. Slightly swollen lower calf. Had bruise 5 days. Serious?

Sounds like: Ruptured tendon, but you need to see a doctor to make sure that it is not thrombophlebitis, especially if you have risk factors such as birth control pills, smoking, protracted immobility, or recent surgery. This can lead to a pulmonary embolus, a potentially life threatening problem. ...Read more

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I am having unexplained leg bruising on my right leg and bruises that look like lines on my left leg. I work on my feet all day. I am 33 years old.?

I am having unexplained leg bruising on my right leg and bruises that look like lines on my left leg. I work on my feet all day. I am 33 years old.?

Visit your doctor: Bruises on your skin, if they are real, need a medical check up by your doctor. Bruises means bleeding in the skin which is unlikely but only a medical exam can make this diagnosis
Sometimes it can be abnormal (varicose) veins due to prolonged STANDING.
ONLY A MEDICAL CHECK UP WILL ALLOW PROPER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT. ...Read more

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Right side pain thru back, swollen leg, no injury, paracetamol not helping, pain in belly when I eat anything sweet unexplained bruising downleg. Cause?

Right side pain thru back, swollen leg, no injury, paracetamol not helping, pain in belly when I eat anything sweet unexplained bruising downleg. Cause?

See professionals...: The aggregation of your symptoms asks you to see a knowledgeable professionals timely. It's not a good idea to guess what you may suffer from.

Best. ...Read more

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I have multiple unexplained bruising on my hip and leg (one side) as well as leg aches and fatigue, on prednisone 20mg a day for a week, is it linked?

I have multiple unexplained bruising on my hip and leg (one side) as well as leg aches and fatigue, on prednisone 20mg a day for a week, is it linked?

Probably related: Prednisone makes the skin and blood vessels fragile, so much more prone to easy bruising with normal daily activity, for example if you sleep on the side where the bruising is. Muscle aches and fatigue can also be related either to the Prednisone itself, or to whatever condition the Prednisone is being used to treat. If the leg is also swollen, see your doctor to be sure it's not a blood clot. ...Read more

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44 yr female, pain in right hand, head, face shoulder & neck. Unexplained bruising on right leg, foot and arm.

44 yr female, pain in right hand, head, face shoulder & neck. Unexplained bruising on right leg, foot and arm.

Seek consultation: This constellation of symptoms should be evaluated as soon as possible to rule out any complicating condition that may be prolonging your recovery or those that might be more serious. Additional information is needed. Please see your primary care physician who will know more about your medical history and can make an accurate diagnosis. You do not want to ignore these symptoms. ...Read more

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Ankle surgery 3 weeks ago pain in calf and thigh, nausea, dizziness and unexplained bruises and overall not feeling good heart rate elevated?

Ankle surgery 3 weeks ago pain in calf and thigh, nausea, dizziness and unexplained bruises and overall not feeling good heart rate elevated?

See a doctor today: You could have a blood clot in the leg. If you are are having any shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations, or your pulse is over 100 at rest - you should go to the Emergency Room now to get tested. ...Read more

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For the last year or so, I have had an area of bruising just above ankle area on each leg that won't go away. No past problems. What could this be?

For the last year or so, I have had an area of bruising just above ankle area on each leg that won't go away. No past problems. What could this be?

At your age...: It could be a venous problem that is allowing blood to leak out of some of the small veins. The blood products are reabsorbed by your body but the pigment gets left behind. It's possible that this is the problem. Ask your family doctor to have a look the next time you go in. ...Read more

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I have bruising. On my ankle and leg from sunburn is it ok and is it healing?

I have bruising. On my ankle and leg from sunburn is it ok and is it healing?

Bruising or blister?: Bruising is not classically caused by sunburn, but blistering can occur and the blisters can become blood filled or blood tinged. Recommend being evaluated by your primary care physician team to assess and test if needed. ...Read more

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I have a huge purple bruise on my leg with no pain, but a very small ball I can feel at touch. I sprained my ankle on the same leg yesterday. What is it?

I have a huge purple bruise on my leg with no pain, but a very small ball I can feel at touch. I sprained my ankle on the same leg yesterday. What is it?

Bleeding from sprain: A sprain involves tearing, to some extent, the ligaments and possibly tendons around the ankle. Bleeding always occurs internally, but may be visible or not. The bruise with ball could represent a separate hematoma occuring with your injury, or seroma. If it doesn't go away, or your ankle cannot bear weight, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I hit my leg (around my ankle area) with a metal ramp from a cargo van about 2 yrs ago. The bruise is still there. Why is it not going away?

I hit my leg (around my ankle area) with a metal ramp from a cargo van about 2 yrs ago. The bruise is still there. Why is it not going away?

Sometimes the: Heme or iron from the blood spills from the injured vessel and stains the skin...and one can still have discoloration. This is a possibility. ...Read more

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Why is my leg bruising up after severe ankle sprain?

Why is my leg bruising up after severe ankle sprain?

Blood: Blood travels and spreads around the area of injury. It can go down all the way to the toes and if you've been elevating the leg, it can track upwards as well. Nothing to worry about. It will turn several pretty colors before it's done. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle a week tomorrow ankle still swollen but now I have bruises on the back of leg?

I sprained my ankle a week tomorrow ankle still swollen but now I have bruises on the back of leg?

Bruised ankle: Sounds like a significant injury. If you continue to have pain with swelling and difficulty bearing weight bearing, please see foot specialist for evaluation and xrays and proper treatment. For now at least elevate your foot and ice the area to reduce swelling and discomfort. ...Read more

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I developed one small red bump on my left leg near my ankle that turned into a red bruise like mark 24 hours after its onset. What could it be?

I developed one small red bump on my left leg near my ankle that turned into a red bruise like mark 24 hours after its onset. What could it be?

Bug or spider bite: Having a doctor examine it will help determine what it is and starting appropriate treatment can prevent secondary infection. Good luck! ...Read more

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Circular bruise with raised clear center, above ankle. Leg feels like sciatica. Out of town so is it safe to wait a week to go to dr? No other symptoms.

Circular bruise with raised clear center, above ankle. Leg feels like sciatica. Out of town so is it safe to wait a week to go to dr? No other symptoms.

Be seen: Without really being able to see it, I would recommend you be seen. Unless you clearly have an explanation for it like a minor injury or very mild burn, you are lacking a diagnosis and it could potentially be harmful. You might consider being seen and evaluated. ...Read more

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Sensitive, bruise like markings on legs. Hurts when touched. Now has swollen ankles. What can it be?! Please help!!!

Sensitive, bruise like markings on legs. Hurts when touched. Now has swollen ankles. What can it be?! Please help!!!

Hard to say: There are a few things to consider. My first consideration is blood vessel inflammation which we call vasculitis.See your physician and ask to be evaluated for vasculitis ...Read more

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Hi I was playing around and I put one leg in the air and then I slipped and hit the inside of my ankle. There is bruising and verry sore?

Hi I was playing around and I put one leg in the air and then I slipped and hit the inside of my ankle. There is bruising and verry sore?

RICE...: Rest, ice, compression, elevation
I would get it checked particularly because of the bruising, and definitely if you have difficulty bearing weight. Sounds like your fell on your ankle and may have twisted. Need to rule out a fracture. At your age, don't delay because we don't want it to get worse and compromise the joints and structures in the future for you. ...Read more

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Missed a large step and sprained my ankle its swollen but not severe. Its also bruising and a lot of pai. The pains going up the side of my leg help?

Missed a large step and sprained my ankle its swollen but not severe. Its also bruising and a lot of pai. The pains going up the side of my leg help?

Read below: Make sure to ice, elevate ad compress this with an ace bandage for the first 48 hours. Stay off of this as much as possible. If this is still painful or the swelling increases, make sure to see your podiatrist or orthopedist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Daughter hit ankle on table leg 5 days ago now it's bruised w/ a knot in the middle of it. The skin in the middle of the bruise at the knot is white?

Daughter hit ankle on table leg 5 days ago now it's bruised w/ a knot in the middle of it. The skin in the middle of the bruise at the knot is white?

A Bruise likely.: Not knowing where on the ankle she was injured makes it difficult to assess potential problems. As long as it is bruised and there is no pain to speak of, you can try putting warm moist compresses on the area to dissipate the bruise. If there is limited ankle motion or pain, then an evaluation is in order. ...Read more

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My ankle bent and my leg twisted it feels like I'm a Barbie doll and someone is trying to twist and pull my leg of fluid around ankle bone n bruising?

My ankle bent and my leg twisted it feels like I'm a Barbie doll and someone is trying to twist and pull my leg of fluid around ankle bone n bruising?

Twist & Shout: The description of your injury has definite implications of a potential serious injury. Bruising and swelling are signs that there might be extensive soft tissue damage and possibly a fracture. The immediate treatment should be to ice the foot and get it elevated. Avoid walking on it by using crutches until you can see your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a malformation in my leg in the front. I have severe pain, bruising, pain while exercising, extreme pain if you squeeze my calf, and my leg is very hard and swollen. Ii had no trama except for a minor ankle sprain. Is it likely I have compartment s

I have a malformation in my leg in the front. I have severe pain, bruising, pain while exercising, extreme pain if you squeeze my calf, and my leg is very hard and swollen. Ii had no trama except for a minor ankle sprain. Is it likely I have compartment s

Unlikely: Your malformation is not deep to cause it, compartment syndrome, is a acute emergency need immediate attention to prevent muscle and nerve damage, seen after vascular and joint replacement etc, result of obst to venous return due to muscle swelling, builds pressure inside, cause severe pain, swelling, loss of function if the compartment is not released, immediately. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago. I have a tight pulling feeling near the bottom of the leg. No bruising or swelling left.?

Sounds like: The tendons are inflamed. Typically the tendons at the back inside and outside of your ankle will get irritated after an ankle sprain. take nsaids, ice and stretch. Also an ankle support goes a long way. Your ankle will loosen up but can take 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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I woke up with a big bump and bruise on my leg and it hurts and stuff and when walking on it my toes feel weird and ankle hurt what might it be?

I woke up with a big bump and bruise on my leg and it hurts and stuff and when walking on it my toes feel weird and ankle hurt what might it be?

Ultrasound scan: You could have hit your leg against something either earlier on or during the night. The bruising could be a delayed symptom. It could also be due to an abscess formation, insect bite or even worse a blood clot. The swelling could compress on the nearby muscles, nerves and blood vessels that can give you pain or a funny sensation in your toes/ ankle. You need to see a Dr to get an Ultrasound scan ...Read more

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I hit my lower shin pretty good on stairs. I can hardly put weight or move my leg without severe pain. Its very swollen to my ankle but no bruising?

Ice it: If the injury occured within 24 hours otherwise I would recommend hot compresses. Antiinflammatories can be of benefit if not contraindicated. If pain persists after a few days visit the doctor. ...Read more

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Inner ankle bone is not sticking out like normal, there's bruising under inner ankle bone, and bruising up leg. Hurts after walking only. What is this?

Inner ankle bone is not sticking out like normal, there's bruising under inner ankle bone, and bruising up leg. Hurts after walking only. What is this?

Have it checked: This could be a tendon injury and or mass with swelling - have it checked out by a foot and ankle specialist/ podiatrist. ...Read more

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For 6 month severe pain 2x legs. Deep pain from knee to ankle. Now frequent bruising on legs w/no injury. Concern?

For 6 month severe pain 2x legs. Deep pain from knee to ankle. Now frequent bruising on legs w/no injury. Concern?

Yes concern: Any persistent pain is a concern, but deep pain and bruising in the calf area could indicate deep vein thrombophlebitis, which can allow blood clots to travel elsewhere in your body, with severe consequences. Get this checked promptly. ...Read more

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Hi, I've been having cramps on the back of my calf for almost a week now, bruises are showing up on the area and below the ankle. Leg feels tight?

Hi, I've been having cramps on the back of my calf for almost a week now, bruises are showing up on the area and below the ankle. Leg feels tight?

Bruised lef: The leg must be examined by a doctor. Depending on the clinical findings a Doppler of the leg might be indicated. It is recommended that you consult with your GP ...Read more

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