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Numbness, tingleling and swelling on one side of the body. What could be the cause?

Numbness, tingleling and swelling on one side of the body. What could be the cause?

Many causes: Most severe possibilities are stroke, ms. Best to have your primary care doctor examine you. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to have damaged my muscle tissue? I've encountered a swollen lymph node, swelling in the hip and pain in one side of the body

Is it possible to have damaged my muscle tissue? I've encountered a swollen lymph node, swelling in the hip and pain in one side of the body

See a doctor: Cannot possibly evaluate this long distance. You need a full detailed history, physical exam and probably will undergo lab tests and imaging studies. The sooner you do this, the better. Hope you get better quickly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had an issue with swelling on one side of my body. All bloodwork normal except two tests showed I'm anemic and my sed rate was 3x the normal rate. Tired?

Had an issue with swelling on one side of my body. All bloodwork normal except two tests showed I'm anemic and my sed rate was 3x the normal rate. Tired?

More work up: You are 22 years old. Female. You note body swelling on 1/2. Sed rate elevated and you have weakness or tired. You may need more work up. The sed rate is non specific. If you do not feel better ask your doctor to do a lyme titer and cbc. For your own homework talk to parents see if any new bites this summer, did you have rashes etc. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Does sinusitis cause facial swelling on one side and red upper eyelid?

Does sinusitis cause facial swelling on one side and red upper eyelid?

Orbital infection: Yes, a sinus infection can cause eye swelling and redness. But usually it's because the infection is spreading to the tissues around the eye. This is considered one of the more serious complications of sinusitis. You should be seen and evaluated soon to get proper treatment for your condition. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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Could shingles cause swelling on one side of face and temporary loss of vision without a rash?

Yes: This is caused a "prodromal effect" where the symptoms occur before the rash. Please go see your eye doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Constant swelling on the left side of my body only for the last several years. Swelling to the painful extent. Any clue as to possible causes?

Constant swelling on the left side of my body only for the last several years. Swelling to the painful extent. Any clue as to possible causes?

Dr.: Totally vague and difficult to answer without a thorough history, exam and tests. Fibromyalgia may be a contributing factor but other triggers may be present. Get to a dr. Asap. ...Read more

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I just have swelling on the whole right side of my body would a stroke cause this?

I just have swelling on the whole right side of my body would a stroke cause this?

No: Stroke doesn't cause such, but you need to be seen for better management, your question isn't descriptive enough, good luck ...Read more

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What causes the occipital gland to swell on one side. How long does it take for swelling to go away.

What causes the occipital gland to swell on one side. How long does it take for swelling to go away.

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes enlarge in response to some inflammatory process that they are trying to contain. In the occipital area it may be an inflamed hair root, middle ear infection with involvement of the mastoid sinuses, and so on. If this node is not stony hard, fixed to underlying tissue, and increases in size it may need to be biopsied sometime in the future. See your pcp. ...Read more

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What could cause lymphnodes in both sides of neck to swell? And what other tests are done to check for swelling of other lymphs in body? Swollen 3 yea

What could cause lymphnodes in both sides of neck to swell? And what other tests are done to check for swelling of other lymphs in body? Swollen 3 yea

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and they enlarge in response to inflammation when they react. If no problem, they shrink. Biopsy for concerns. ...Read more

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What could cause tiny black specs to appear on my fingertips? I have lupus and recent increase in swelling and tingly fingertips on one side.

What could cause tiny black specs to appear on my fingertips? I have lupus and recent increase in swelling and tingly fingertips on one side.

Vasculitis: Small black spots on you finger tips could represent necrotic areas due to tissue damage to small blood vessels; either from inflammation of the blood vessels or from emboli (small blood clots originating in an other area of the body). This symptom requires immediate attention from a physician. ...Read more

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What causes occipital lymph node swelling? I'm pretty sure that's what I have on the left side it's only one it's been there for about 3 months

What causes occipital lymph node swelling? I'm pretty sure that's what I have on the left side it's only one it's been there for about 3 months

Ans: The lymph nodes can become inflamed for many reSons. You may have had an infection and thus the lymph nodes become reactive. They do eventually resolve takes a while. Now considering the nodes are enlarged only on one side and you are so young best to see a doctor and get examined ...Read more

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Would sciatica cause tingling and no feeling in one leg very suddenly? Also have a large swelling on the base of my back either side of my spine.

Absolutely: This certainly could be sciatica so you should get it checked out straightaway as you have an excellent health care system that lets you get treated easily. A pinched nerve which provides muscles w/the info to move can cause tingling & numbness as you describe. The swelling should also be evaluated by a spine specialist. Imaging, Meds & PT are likely to be used to help you feel better. Keep us posted. ...Read more

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What cause facial nerve not to function thereby causing numbness on one side of the face and swelling of the face, lips, excruciating eye pain both?

What cause facial nerve not to function thereby causing numbness on one side of the face and swelling of the face, lips, excruciating eye pain both?

Virus or other cause: Facial nerve paralysis or paresis is also called a facial nerve palsy. It can be caused by a viral infection, but the cause is often unknown. If it persists for longer than one day, you should see your primary doctor immediately ...Read more

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I had a tooth abscess that caused the lymph nodes along my jaw to swell on one side. If someone accidentally hit that lymph node, would it swell more? I was accidentally hit right in my jaw by my younger brother and now have lots of swelling and pain

I had a tooth abscess that caused the lymph nodes along my jaw to swell on one side. If someone accidentally hit that lymph node, would it swell more? I was accidentally hit right in my jaw by my younger brother and now have lots of swelling and pain

Infection: An abscess is a virulent infection requiring immediate treatment. By the time it causes lymph node enlargement it is rapidly overcoming your body's defense mechanisms. Traumatically striking already damaged tissue can cause excessive damage. Important that you see a Dentist, Endodontists, or Oral Surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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Could this swelling around one molar be caused by an abscessed tooth? I have a molar on the left side of the mouth where the gum is incredibly swollen and tender around it. It hurts to eat, brush or do anything around that tooth, and I'm wondering if this

Could this swelling around one molar be caused by an abscessed tooth? I have a molar on the left side of the mouth where the gum is incredibly swollen and tender around it. It hurts to eat, brush or do anything around that tooth, and I'm wondering if this

If: If it is all the way in the back it might be what is called a pericoronitis. An infection of the gum over a partially erupted wisdom tooth.
Try to brush it to clean it out, and you will have to see your dentist to either resolve the infection, or remove the wisdome tooth. ...Read more

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What are possible causes for a one sided large, soft, non tender swelling palpable under the jaw or in the back of the throat? No fever, rash, lesion

What are possible causes for a one sided large, soft, non tender swelling palpable under the jaw or in the back of the throat? No fever, rash, lesion

Not tumor: In addition to dr. Zapanta's explanations, would comment that tumors are hard, not soft (lymphoma typically ruber-hard, carcinoma just hard). Inflammation secondary to infection may be the most common cause if its tender... ...Read more

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Cause one-sided swelling from cheek to finger tips? (same side as swollen cervical lymph nodes (normal WBC count) and small (1 cm) thyroid nodule?)

Cause one-sided swelling from cheek to finger tips? (same side as swollen cervical lymph nodes (normal WBC count) and small (1 cm) thyroid nodule?)

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you, taking more history and may be performing some tests. You obviously have seen a doctor as you have had lab tests. It would be prudent to see him/her if you have not done so recently. ...Read more

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Childs face is swelling on one side and affecting theth vocal chords?

Childs face is swelling on one side and affecting theth vocal chords?

Needs examination!: Hard to tell if this is a severe problem or not, but if the swelling is affecting the vocal cords, you may be looking at an impending airway problem--especially if the child is very young, he/she needs to be examined by a doctor now! ...Read more

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My son has been suffering from constant pain (swelling) on one side of the neck for the past few weeks, please help.

My son has been suffering from constant pain (swelling) on one side of the neck for the past few weeks, please help.

Swelling of the neck: With pain warrants a visit to his pediatrician. He may have an infected lymph gland or abscess developing. May need antibiotics or it may need to be incised and drained. ...Read more

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What to do if I have swelling on one side of my throat. Could it be cancer?

What to do if I have swelling on one side of my throat. Could it be cancer?

Probably not: Most cancers of the throat are mucosal in origin and present with ulcerating lesion. Swelling in tonsil as a mass can have cancer present or other masses would present as minor salivary tumors or adenoidcystic carcinoma. Biopsy is always required, especially if palable nodes on same side of neck are present. ...Read more

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Swelling on one side of the labia minora and gential sores. It is definitely not an STI so what is it?

Swelling on one side of the labia minora and gential sores. It is definitely not an STI so what is it?

Needs to be seen: Lumps, bumps, blisters and other skin abnormalities on the genitals need to be evaluated. An examination will be needed to know the cause and treatment. Folliculitis is one possibility. Yeast is a possibility and over the counter fungal cream will fix it. Trauma from recent intercourse if possible. Herpes is an std which can cause this. Other possibilities too. Schedule an exam. ...Read more

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What can help to reduce swelling on one side of the minor labia?

What can help to reduce swelling on one side of the minor labia?

Ice will help: Though do you know why you have swelling there? Sometimes infection, cyst, or dermatitis can occur in that region, though most likely it is a cyst. If it is red and painful, it is more likely to be an infection. Please proceed to the nearest healthcare provider for proper examination and treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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What can swelling on one side of bridge of nose be?

What can swelling on one side of bridge of nose be?

Nose swelling: It can be a sinus infection. If it doesn't go away quickly, see your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Swelling, tingling an numbness on left side of the body only aware of pinched nerve, however swelling an constant feel of pins an needles are recent.

Swelling, tingling an numbness on left side of the body only aware of pinched nerve, however swelling an constant feel of pins an needles are recent.

Tingling: Tingling and numbness that affects half of the body (which most people mean as including an upper limb, a lower limb, one side of the trunk, and sometimes one half of the face) can be caused by a problem in the brain or spinal cord. A pinched nerve can not cause those sorts of problems. Swelling of half the body is very uncommon. Such problems should be evaluated by a primary care doctor (family practice or internal medicine) who can help determine if a specialist is needed. ...Read more

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Upper cheek bone swelling on one side for over 8 weeks please tell me what it could be?

Upper cheek bone swelling on one side for over 8 weeks please tell me what it could be?

Face swelling: Many possibilities and you need to see your doctor to diagnosis the problem and help you get over what is troubling you. ...Read more