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Vasculitis In The Legs
Yes, but treatable: Fibromyalgia is a type of amplified pain syndrome that in severe cases can cause allodynia (inappropriate pain to light touch). Rheumatologist may be able to help you.Often people with fibromyalgia have poor sleep habits (or poor quality sleep), do not do any regular mild exercise, may need a physical therapist, and could have undiagnosed/untreated depression or anxiety. Often, it hurts all over. ...Read more
Variety: Diffuse body pain in all 4 quadrants may be due to fibromyalgia. If a problem in the limbs alone, could be initial sign of peripheral neuropathy. Some hereditary muscle diseases can cause pain on exertion in the limbs. Very rarely, a complex regional pain syndrome may generalize. Need to sort out with your doctor's exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need MD evaluation: Prednisone can cause fluid retention, but not lymphedema. Lymphedema is due to obstruction of the lymphatic channels in the legs and is a hard, "brawny" edema. The fluid retention from prednisone usually "pits" when you press your thumb into the swelling. You have a complicate medical history; edema needs to be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more
Can phlebitis occur in tributaries? And can phlebitis in a small saphenous tributary cause swelling in the posterior calf?
Phlebitis.: Phlebitis can occur in any vessel although typically medium size vessels. Inflammation of a major vessel would have very serious signs and very small vessels just don't seem to have this problem. Swelling of phlebitis usually follows the course of the vessel and does not cause generalized swelling of the calf. If you had MRI of leg you should have pretty good idea of problem. ...Read more
Hip arthritis : True sciatica is a pinch of the sciatic nerve usually in the spine. Hip arthritis does not commonly pinch sciatic nerve but can cause pain in groin and radiate down to knee via obturator nerve. Muscle weakness can occur due to difficulty exercising. However, you may have separate back issues going on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always: Pad can technically refer to any arterial disease outside the aorta or coronary vasculature. It is frequently in the legs, but also commonly in the carotid arteries, and sometimes in the arteries of the arms or stomach organs. The last two are rarer. Pad is important because the underlying process that causes arterial blockages is essentially the same no matter which arteries are involved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain and swelling: The most common symptom of DVT is pain and the most common physical finding is swelling. However, not everyone has these. If you have unexplained swelling with or without calf or thigh pain then a venous ultrasound would be indicated to look for a dvt. Sometimes even a ct scan or mrv is necessary. The bottom line is, if DVT is considered, then proper testing is required. ...Read more
Can a cold weather injury of the thigh cause blood clot formation in the lower leg in someone with a hypercoagulating blood condition?
What are the symptoms of vascular problems in the arms? Can tingling in the arms, hands, and feet be caused by vascular problems?
Yes: Usually vascular or neurogenic, through nerve compression if localized to one limb. If generalized more likely to reflect a general condition or deficiency, for example electrolytes, such as potassium, magnesium or calcium, vitamin deficiency, thyroid disorder, etc. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes: If spinal stenosis is severe enough in the neck or cervical spine it can cause a condition known as myelopathy which can include these symptoms. Also, degenerative changes in neck can also contribute to some of these complaints. There is a 20% chance of co-existing stenosis in lumbar spine as well when it is found in neck. A double whammy! but so can other conditions so you see your physician! ...Read more
Blocked artery?: Can't make sense of this. Blockage of an artery can cause pain in the distribution of that artery, but there is no artery common to the fingers AND the knee calf except the aorta - blockage there would be catastrophic. Acute blockage causes ischemia (sudden pain as tissue dies) and chronic blockage produces pain (claudication) which increases with activity. ...Read more