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What causes muscle swelling after a workout?

What causes muscle swelling after a workout?

Temporary edema: During a workout the load on your muscles exceeds what they've been used to managing. This leads to microscopic tears in muscle fibers, which then need repairs. Prostaglandins, which are hormone-like chemicals produced by the body in response to these tears, cause an inflammatory response which results in the disposal of debris and building up of stronger muscle fibers--leading to muscle swelling. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Could Norvasc (amlodipine) cause thigh muscle swelling and pain?

Could Norvasc (amlodipine) cause thigh muscle swelling and pain?

Unlikely: Lower extremity edema or swelling is seen as a side effect in some people but this starts in the feet and works up from there...It is in general not painful. It is also resistant to diuretics...Which also provides clue that it may be a Norvasc (amlodipine) side effect. ...Read more

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What could cause what feels like like temporalis muscle swelling/temple swelling along with lack of sensation in the area? 20yrs. CT normal

What could cause what feels like like temporalis muscle swelling/temple swelling along with lack of sensation in the area? 20yrs. CT normal

Swelling: TMJ one possibility. Jaw joint and surrounding tissue pain from grinding, clenching. Advise soft diet for 3-7 days, ibuprofen, no hard foods, no gum chewing, may need dental splint. Auriculotemporal nerve neuritis another possibility. If any visual symptoms, see ophthalmology. ...Read more

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Can icing help reduce muscle swelling?

Can icing help reduce muscle swelling?

Yes: Icing is usually good idea after any muscle or tendon injury to decrease swelling and speed recovery. ...Read more

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How does one reduce muscle swelling (impact injury)?

How does one reduce muscle swelling (impact injury)?

Rest and cold packs: The simplest way is to rest the arm or leg, keep it elevated for a while, and apply cold packs continuously until it is better. ...Read more

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How could you reduce muscle swelling (impact injury)?

How could you reduce muscle swelling (impact injury)?

Rest, elevate, cold: To reduce swelling to muscles after injury, one needs to not use the the affected muscle (rest), elevated as much as possible, and use cold compresses for 20 minutes followed by a 20 minute break, and repeat as necessary. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called muscle swelling.?

Explain the condition called muscle swelling.?

Inflammation also: Besides injuries people can have inflamation in their muscles called myositis. This can occur in connective tissue diseases like poly or dermatomyositis. Some of the statin drugs that treat high cholesterol can have muscle problems called "statin myopathy", but a serious type of muscle inflammation called rhabdomyolysis can occur and cause muscle swelling. This can occur with others. ...Read more

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My husband broke one of his back ribs. There is a large lump where the rib was broken. Is this the muscle swelling from the broken bone piercing it?

My husband broke one of his back ribs. There is a large lump where the rib was broken. Is this the muscle swelling from the broken bone piercing it?

Don't exactly kno-: -what a "back rib" is, but I assume U mean a regular rib near the spine. All healing bones have an area of swelling around them, especially visible in thinner people. This is a normal finding. ...Read more

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What did I step on that can cause rapid swelling and muscle pain?

What did I step on that can cause rapid swelling and muscle pain?

Could be anything: May have foreign body imbedded in foot or and infection. Injury is also a possibility. See podiatrist. ...Read more

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What are the causes of muscle, stiffness, pain and swelling in the thigh area?

See physician: Swelling of the muscle can indicate myosotis - this can be related to injury or systemic reaction. Best to get it looked at. ...Read more

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Pain in left calf. Been to emergency twice. Both say sprained muscle. Done nothing to cause it. No swelling or clot signs. Dr won't scan. I'm worried.

Pain in left calf. Been to emergency twice. Both say sprained muscle. Done nothing to cause it. No swelling or clot signs. Dr won't scan. I'm worried.

2nd opinion: If you have not had a Doppler ultrasound to rule out a clot, you may want to go for second opinion. The exam for a blood clot is only 50 percent sensitive, meaning that exam findings can be misleading. You could very well not have one, but in a person with no injury and calf pain it should be done on almost all patients in my opinion. ...Read more

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Is there a muscle injury that might cause swelling in lower part of the leg but nothing shows abnormal on MRI? Does MRI always show edema w/ injury?

Is there a muscle injury that might cause swelling in lower part of the leg but nothing shows abnormal on MRI? Does MRI always show edema w/ injury?

MRI can tell: As long as the correct "sequences" were performed and the right area was imaged. For instance, a knee MR only includes a small area of the leg. Your pain could be below or above that. One type of sequence looks specifically for fluid in the muscle, and it is very sensitive for muscle strains.
If you have your MRI on a CD, I can review it at HealthTap Concierge: healthtap. Com/saurbornmd. ...Read more

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I think I have a swollen jaw muscle that has cause some sort of swelling towards the back corner of my mouth towards the molars. I am scared it may be?

I think I have a swollen jaw muscle that has cause some sort of swelling towards the back corner of my mouth towards the molars. I am scared it may be?

See a dentist: If you have facial swelling of the cheek that you notice when looking in the mirror, it would be very important to see a dentist to evaluate for an infection/abscess. There may or may not be pain associated with the tooth, but likely will also be associated with tooth pain in the mouth. Alternatively, it may be a tight muscle from bruxism but that is less likely from your description. See a dr. ...Read more

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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