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What commonly causes leg swelling and what to do about it?

What commonly causes leg swelling and what to do about it?

Leg swelling: One sided: could be a blood clot, an infection. Both legs: could be a weak heart (unable to pump blood well), liver disease (low albumin), kidney disease (so many of them), venous (vein) insufficiency. Is better to see your doctor ...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


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What is causing shin pain and what can I do about it?

What is causing shin pain and what can I do about it?

Chin pain: Condition that causes pain over the shin bone (the tibia.) it is the most common cause of “shin splints, ” which is the general term used to describe sports-related pain over that bone. It is usually due to overuse and occurs in athletes who participate in repetitive activities, especially running and jumping. Easy strech exercise before start the regular routine. ...Read more

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What is peripheral edema and what does it have to do with swelling?

What is peripheral edema and what does it have to do with swelling?

Edema = swelling: "edema" is just a medical word for swelling. "peripheral edema" means edema affecting your limbs, especially your feet and ankles. ...Read more

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What are the causes of leg swelling and how to treat it?

What are the causes of leg swelling and how to treat it?

Many things: Trauma such as broken bones, sprains, strains. Problems with veins and lymphatic systems. Systemic disorders such as high blood pressure, and heart failure. Blood clots may cause swelling of one leg. Treatment can include elevation and compressive wraps along with medication. See your primary care physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the causes of knee pain and how do I manage it?

A variety of things: A variety of things can cause knee pain including osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid, etc. See your doctor in order to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What are probable causes for right shoulder pain and what can I do to treat it?

What are probable causes for right shoulder pain and what can I do to treat it?

Too many to name: The differnential diagnosis for right shoulder pain is immense without further information. The best thing to do is get a formal evaluation by a physician that specializes in shoulder/musculoskeletal pain. Orthopedics, physiatrist, sports medicine, or pain physician are all reasonable choices. The problem may be from the shoulder itself or a referred pain from another area, thus requiring eval. ...Read more

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What could be causing sudden intense knee stiffness and what can I do to treat it?

What could be causing sudden intense knee stiffness and what can I do to treat it?

Knee stiffness: Likely cause is effusion, hemarthrosis, or loose body/impinging torn tissues such as meniscus. Check with orthopedic surgeon for imaging and good exam. May need knee arthroscopy. ...Read more

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Knee pain and swelling what could that be?Is it considered serious should I be worried? Any tips on how to lessen the pain and swelling?

Knee pain and swelling what could that be?Is it considered serious should I be worried? Any tips on how to lessen the pain and swelling?

Arthritis : The swelling suggests arthritis there can be many causes depending on your age: infection, crystals like gout or long term inflammatory arthritis you need evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have hives and facial swelling, what's the cause?

What to do if I have hives and facial swelling, what's the cause?

Angioedema: This is a Type 1 allergic reaction and can be potentially serious. You need to figure out what is the specific cause of the allergy - usually a certain food, sometimes a medication. Best to see an allergist to run allergy profile - then avoidance, desensitization, or meds for flares. Always keep Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (antihistamine) stocked at home and take immediately with hives/swelling. ...Read more

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What are the causes of visible veins, and what can I do to stop this?

What are the causes of visible veins, and what can I do to stop this?

Depends on veins.: There are many types of veins-spider veins, blue veins and varicose veins. Spider and blue veins can be camouflaged by a sun tan (either natural or spray)-but i would not recommend sun tanning. Varicose veins cannot be concealed unless covered by pants or a dress. The best way to make veins less obvious is to see a vein specialist and have them treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What causes a pinched nerve? And what would drs have to do to stop the pain

What causes a pinched nerve? And what would drs have to do to stop the pain

Many causes: An accident, pregnancy, arthritis, a fracture can cause nerves to be pinched. The doctors can give steroids, pain medicines, muscle relaxants , physical therapy and referral to Orthopedic doctors if indicated. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do about foot is swelling and veins are popping out?

What to do about foot is swelling and veins are popping out?

Elevate feet : While at rest, decrease salt in diet, see internist to find out etiology of swelling. You may need to be on a diuretic. ...Read more

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What is it cause your leg to feel heart and your hip to hurt?

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What is it cause your leg to feel heart and your hip to hurt?

Hip pain: So many different possibilities from a hip problem to a muscle problem to a back problem. Best to see a doctor get an examination as you may need tests/X-rays/scans etc to sort it out ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve this claudication, or make this pain in my leg stop?

What can I do to relieve this claudication, or make this pain in my leg stop?

Root cause: Getting down to the very root cause is most important, then treatment can begin. Claudication usually has a vascular or neural Cause. ...Read more

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What is it called when ankles buckle outward? What can I do to prevent this? Happens to both ankles and nearly causes fall.

What is it called when ankles buckle outward? What can I do to prevent this? Happens to both ankles and nearly causes fall.

Ankle instability: It sounds that you have loose ankles. The vast majority of loose ankles will respond to a physical therapy program which focuses on increasing the muscle strength, balance re-training, and something called proprioception re-training. Proprioception is body awareness. It allows you to take corrective action to avoid a bad ankle sprain. ...Read more

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My left leg and foot are swelling. Is there something i can take to decrease the swelling?

My left leg and foot are swelling. Is there something i can take to decrease the swelling?

Swelling: Swelling may result from different things such as problems with the veins or lymphatic system, systemic conditions like high blood pressure or heart failure, and trauma like sprains and fractures. A visit to your primary care physician or podiatrist may help to uncover the cause. If you are having calf pain and redness with the swelling, you should go to the er to rule out a blood clot in the leg. ...Read more

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What can I do for groin injury that is persistant?

What can I do for groin injury that is persistant?

Gentle strching: Plain strain of the adductor muscle(the ones to the inner side of your groing)should have subsided with gentle streching, ovc medications and heat application.If pain persist after 3 weeks yould see a physician for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

Leg Swelling (Definition)

Leg swelling could be due to infection, allergy, poor circulation/congestive heart failure or lymphadema. If you have leg swelling you ...Read more