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Cause of unilateral edema from possible rotator cuff tear.; edema to neck, arm to hand and LLE 2+pitting. CRP always elevated, + ANA normalforedema?

Cause of unilateral edema from possible rotator cuff tear.; edema to neck, arm to hand and LLE 2+pitting. CRP always elevated, + ANA normalforedema?

Clot considered: Even though blood clots in the arm are not very common, swelling of the arm, especially from the upper arm to the hand raises the suspicion for a blood clot. Lymphedema is possible as well. Rotator cuff problems typically do not cause widespread swelling. The edema is not often visible to the naked eye and remains around the tendon. It's time to see a doc very soon, preferably in the next 24 hours ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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How could medication cause edema in the lower extremities?

How could medication cause edema in the lower extremities?

Vasodilation: This is a very common concern with blood pressure medications. Certain medications dilate your blood vessels which make it difficult to circulate blood through your lower extremities against gravity. If you want to send me your medication list I can review it and inform you of any potential concerns. ...Read more

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Why does your arm or leg "go to sleep"? I'm curious - what causes a persons limb to go to sleep. I imagine it has something to do with a persons circulation, but I've never been given the exact answer.

Why does your arm or leg "go to sleep"? I'm curious - what causes a persons limb to go to sleep. I imagine it has something to do with a persons circulation, but I've never been given the exact answer.

Pressure: Pressure on a nerve or pressure on a blood vessel will make a limb "fall asleep"

a nerve has blood vessels on it and the acute pressure affects the circulation to the nerve. The nerve cells also are sensative to pressure as deforming the cell membrane interferes with the cellular chemical reactions that transmit the nerves electrical signals.

The article I reference below gives a nice more detailed answer as well. ...Read more

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I occasionally have numbness with mild burning sensation on the right side of the head, right upper limb and right lower limb, what can be the cause?

I occasionally have numbness with mild burning sensation on the right side of the head, right upper limb and right lower limb, what can be the cause?

Neurologist: These symptoms can be due to blockage in the left carotid artery, disease of the Left cerebral cortex, or even a demyelinating disorder like multiple sclerosis. I recommend that you consult a neurologist who will order the appropriate tests in order to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can pitting edema of the lower extremities be caused by CHF also having respiratory difficulty?

Can pitting edema of the lower extremities be caused by CHF also having respiratory difficulty?

Time to see doctor: Heart failure does lead to edema in the legs. A person with difficulty breathing needs to see his doctor right away, or be seen in the E.R. Right away. Other problems can be occurring at the same time that there is heart failure, such as fluid in the lungs, pneumonia, heart attack, etc.... ...Read more

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Can cogentin (benztropine) cause a limb to be totally numb. I recently started taking it for tremors. My arm was unable to move by itself temporarily.

Can cogentin (benztropine) cause a limb to be totally numb. I recently started taking it for tremors. My arm was unable to move by itself temporarily.

Unlikely: No oral medication should cause a single limb to become numb and immobile. Those are more strokelike symptoms. I recommend having it looked at sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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What can cause a severe, itchy, spreading rash? Its on all limbs, chest, neck and upper back. Started on arm. Have other things w/ chest & stomach to.

What can cause a severe, itchy, spreading rash? Its on all limbs, chest, neck and upper back. Started on arm. Have other things w/ chest & stomach to.

Allergies vs. Inf: Allergic rash is one reason. Also, infection, usually viral may present this way. Pityriasis rosea, an interesting disease, that is common in your age group may present this way. There is a mother or herald patch, which is the first lesion to appear and then other similar, usually salmon colored lesion start spreading. There is some scaling associated with the lesions. Benign. ...Read more

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Would ALS cause increased muscle tone in the affected limb before atrophy begins? One arm is sore and that arm looks slightly bigger. Could this be ALS?

Would ALS cause increased muscle tone in the affected limb before atrophy begins? One arm is sore and that arm looks slightly bigger. Could this be ALS?

ALS: ALS also known as Lou Gehrig disease is a serious neurological problem. I suggest you read up on it as there are multipe sites on the Internet for lay people and see if you exhibit any if the symptoms.
Good luck ...Read more

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How much time for incurable breast cancer that has spread to the bones, the spine and lymph nodes which have caused edema in the arm?

How much time for incurable breast cancer that has spread to the bones, the spine and lymph nodes which have caused edema in the arm?

Possibly long time: One of the sites of metastatic breast cancer that responds to newer chemo drugs is osseous involvement. All depend of course on hormone status of the tumor and whether it is triple negative or responds to herceptin/taxol.
I now believe that what is in the nodes such as axilla stay in axilla and if not removed may cause the swelling of the arm. Age here is also a factor. ...Read more

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Aftr brain edema due to japanese enc. Thr is gud imprvmnt. Bt nw she is hvng limb weakness & lose of sensation during toilet? Will it cure over time?

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Aftr brain edema due to japanese enc. Thr is gud imprvmnt. Bt nw she is hvng limb weakness & lose of sensation during toilet? Will it cure over time?

Maybe (not). . .: Even after examining a patient in person, it is often very difficult to predict what will happen in the future. Now you're asking us to predict how this person will do w/o ever examining her. It can't be done other than to say we hope that she will improve. However, if you feel that she is getting worse, then it's best that she be evaluated by her physician, specifically the one treating infection. ...Read more

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I noticed my left lower limb is swollen. After a few days other leg got swollen. Doppler study shows that bilateral subcutaneous leg edema noted. Why?

I noticed my left lower limb is swollen. After a few days other leg got swollen. Doppler study shows that bilateral subcutaneous leg edema noted. Why?

Could: Be many reasons, kidney function needs checking, salt intake should be limited, venous status needs addressing and cardiac functions. See a doctor to review your medical status ...Read more

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My father is suffering frm central cord edema, not able to move lower limbs since it hapned 6 days ago. MRI shows'D6 to D8 hyperintesity. Recovery wen?

My father is suffering frm central cord edema, not able to move lower limbs since it hapned 6 days ago. MRI shows'D6 to D8 hyperintesity. Recovery wen?

If by D6-D8 you: Meant T6-T8 then it would be a long recovery course indeed. Central cord edema may improve quickly with steroids and such medical treatment, but as it has to do with spinal nerve roots, it will be a long arduous process. He may get intermittent improvement in his muscle strength, but they may only be intermittent, or episodic. Hopefully the physical therapy will start soon if he hasn't already. ...Read more

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What's the indication of edema on the lower limb after cesarean section?

What's the indication of edema on the lower limb after cesarean section?

Not sure but: In general in case the heart, liver and kidney functions are normal and the toes are not involved in the edema I would look to make sure the deep leg veins are normal or not. No idea when was the c-section and the time frame between the surgery and edema of the limb. So, have a d-dimer test (blood) and a leg vein ultrasound to r/o and possibility of a DVT (clot). Rare but does occur... ...Read more

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Jst aftr brain edema due to japanese enc frnd is hvng trbl in speech, swallowing & weak left limb, rest is normal, hw long will it take to cure fully?

Jst aftr brain edema due to japanese enc frnd is hvng trbl in speech, swallowing & weak left limb, rest is normal, hw long will it take to cure fully?

SEE NEUROLOGIST: You are asking too much of this forum. I feel bad for you, and wish you all the best in your recovery, but you cannot do it remotely via the internet. It is serious. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Brain edema due to japanese encephalitis, nw she's conscious bt hvng difficulty in swallowing nd hr left limbs r little weak, suggest some exercises.

Brain edema due to japanese encephalitis, nw she's conscious bt hvng difficulty in swallowing nd hr left limbs r little weak, suggest some exercises.

Consult neuro: There is no sense guessing without a lot more information. Please contact your primary care provider to see how this applies to you. ...Read more

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I am 22 week in pregnancy, I have edema in both lower limb (below knee) after almost 2 hrs standing or walking, I've no dm or hypertenstion, what I do?

I am 22 week in pregnancy, I have edema in both lower limb (below knee) after almost 2 hrs standing or walking, I've no dm or hypertenstion, what I do?

Many possibilities: Some causes of swelling of the legs can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Git pain. Chronic constipation. Strong heart beats and irregular. Hypotension. Asthema at nights sleeping time. Tongue upper and lower limb edema?

Git pain. Chronic constipation. Strong heart beats and irregular. Hypotension. Asthema at nights sleeping time. Tongue upper and lower limb edema?

See your doctor.: That is an unusual combination of symptoms, which would not be able to be diagnosed by a short description from a text message. If you continue to have problems, I would see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some possible causes of bilateral upper extremity fatigue / weakness in a 45 yr old healthy female? This weakness has been present 1 week.

What are some possible causes of bilateral upper extremity fatigue / weakness in a 45 yr old healthy female? This weakness has been present 1 week.

Polymyalgia: Polymylagia rheumatica is a relatively common disorder that can cause bilateral upper extremity weakness (difficulty combing your hair) and shoulder aching. Sounds like you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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