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Both of my legs are swollen, what can be the cause?

Both of my legs are swollen, what can be the cause?

Ans: May have several causes. See your doctor for exam and tx ...Read more

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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


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I recently started ARV's and my legs are swollen, is this normal. They really hurt?

I recently started ARV's and my legs are swollen, is this normal. They really hurt?

Pedal oedema on ARVs: Has been documented in patients on second line treatment (Lopinavir/Ritonavir). Also exclude other causes eg Renal failure, cardiac failure, hepatic failure or severe anaemia. Suggest consult GP. ...Read more

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My husbands feet and legs are swollen?

My husbands feet and legs are swollen?

Get evaluated: Does he have shortness of breath? What med is he taking? Does he have bubbling of urine? Leg swelling can come from med side effect, hear disease like chf, kidney dse like proteinuria, low Albumin from liver dse, etc. He needs to see a dr soon. He needs to be treated promptly. Take care. ...Read more

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I have gained 10lbs since the 9th and most this past week. My legs are swollen and some in my left side of my chest. I have some pain. Is it serious?

I have gained 10lbs since the 9th and most this past week. My legs are swollen and some in my left side of my chest. I have some pain. Is it serious?

Could be serious: If you have no history of swelling (edema) and especially if you have new onset chest pain you need to go to the ER right now or call 911. These symptoms could be due to heart disease. There are other causes, but it is crucial for you to be certain that that is not the reason, and risk serious consequences by delaying treatment. ...Read more

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I'm on humara for psoriasis and just did an injection 3 days ago. Today my legs are swollen is this normal should I worry? I've been standing for days.

I'm on humara for psoriasis and just did an injection 3 days ago. Today my legs are swollen is this normal should I worry? I've been standing for days.

Not due to Humira (adalimumab): Is this edema or is it knee swelling? Doubt this is due to Humira (adalimumab).You can ask your dermatologist and you may need to see your internist or if it is joint swelling - see a rheuamtologist ...Read more

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Both my legs are swollen to the max! And over past week I have gained 20lbs! My legs hurt and awfully painful when I try to bend my legs due to the ti?

Both my legs are swollen to the max! And over past week I have gained 20lbs! My legs hurt and awfully painful when I try to bend my legs due to the ti?

Serious Matter: Leg swelling, aka edema can be evidence of a more serious underlying issue. Blood clots and heart failure are just a couple to mention. You need to get seen by a doctor ASAP to get this worked up and find out the cause. Don't delay, see you local doctor today! ...Read more

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I have a male friend in his fifties. Both his lower legs are swollen hard and are turning black what could cause this and is it treatable?

I have a male friend in his fifties. Both his lower legs are swollen hard and are turning black what could cause this and is it treatable?

Hard to say: As this most commonly would be related to vascular issues, possibly arterial or venous or both. But his best bet is first see a doctor to better identify the cause, as it very well may not be related to anything previously mentioned, and to be able to better guide you/him, the actually cause of his symptoms are very important. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my sugar count is over 177 and my lower legs are swollen, any ideas?

Should I be concerned if my sugar count is over 177 and my lower legs are swollen, any ideas?

Yes: A random blood sugar of 200 or more diagnoses diabetes. A 177 is at the very least pre-diabetes very close to full diagnosis. We know that there can be the known consequences [changes in the body] of diabetes even before diagnosis criteria satisfied. First and foremost is the be evaluated medically. ...Read more

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From the knees down my legs are swollen and hurt to walk. Took a 6 hr car trip, both ways this wknd. How long will it take to get back to normal?

From the knees down my legs are swollen and hurt to walk. Took a 6 hr car trip, both ways this wknd. How long will it take to get back to normal?

Depends. ..: First have to know what's causing your legs to swell like that. The cause could be cardiac, liver, kidney. You need a good workup by a good internist who will get a thorough history, a complete physical exam, a laboratory exam, maybe an EKG and CXR and when all the data is in have a long heart-to-heart with you on what's been found and why and what can and should be done about it. No blinders! ...Read more

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Husbaands legs are swollen and discollered from his calf down to his toes. Looks like brown specks. His left l more than his right. Test come out norma?

Husbaands legs are swollen and discollered from his calf down to his toes. Looks like brown specks. His left l more than his right. Test come out norma?

Tests: You didn't mention what the test was. This sounds like hemosiderin deposits from blood extravasating from vericose veins - but I am speculating. See your vascualr doc or get a referral from the family doc. ...Read more

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My legs are swollen, and I am in constant pain. I cannot sit or sleep because of the pain, what do I do? Female, 40, one kidney, over-weight

My legs are swollen, and I am in constant pain. I cannot sit or sleep because of the pain, what do I do? Female, 40, one kidney, over-weight

Unexplained symptoms: Multiple unexplained symptoms can be quite concerning. Some answers are obtainable through healthtap but multiple unexplained symptoms with the inability to ask questions or examine is not safe. If the symptoms have been going for a while and been reviewed with a physician a second opinion could be warranted. If they are new and concerning to you, you should seek care from a medical professional. ...Read more

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My legs are swollen for 4month the doc cheched my blood and urin n said everything was normal only found alergies level high what could be wrong w me?

My legs are swollen for 4month the doc cheched my blood and urin n said everything was normal only found alergies level high what could be wrong w me?

Consider ultrasound.: Blood clots can cause leg swelling. If all the other tests are normal, consider a duplex ultrasound of the legs. The other thing to check is your heart. When the heart can't pump fluid forward properly, it starts backing up and accumulating in places like your legs. Also try keeping your legs raised on pillows above the level of your heart to see if the swelling goes away. ...Read more

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I think I have human parasite worms my legs are swollen they said it was cellulitis but I don't think that's what it is I've been having rings and my?

I think I have human parasite worms my legs are swollen they said it was cellulitis but I don't think that's what it is I've been having rings and my?

Worms unlikely: Unless you traveled to a poor country, you do not have worms. If you are overweight, lose weight.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more

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I'm taking levofloxacin and I'm having the worst body pains. My legs are swollen and bruised, is there anything I can do to stop the pain?

I'm taking levofloxacin and I'm having the worst body pains. My legs are swollen and bruised, is there anything I can do to stop the pain?

See your doc!: It sounds like you could be having a bad reaction to the levofloxacin. You should go back to your doc to have this evaluated and, if necessary, be given a different antibiotic. If it is a reaction, it should slow down and stop once you switch meds. ...Read more

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My dad is taking Coumadin (warfarin) and both his legs are swollen and hot and painful to touch and he has a long red line going down one leg.?

My dad is taking Coumadin (warfarin) and both his legs are swollen and hot and painful to touch and he has a long red line going down one leg.?

Thrombophlebitis: Superficial thrombophlebitis is inflammation of a vein just under the skin, usually in the leg. A small blood clot also commonly forms in the vein, but is usually not serious. The condition usually settles and goes within 2-6 weeks. Treatments can ease pain or discomfort. Superficial thrombophlebitis is different to, and much less serious than, deep vein thrombosis. Still must be evaluated. ...Read more

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My lower legs are swollen and itchy. I also have some red spots where it is swollen. They sweep up more during the day and go down at night time.

My lower legs are swollen and itchy. I also have some red spots where it is swollen. They sweep up more during the day and go down at night time.

Leg swelling: Many possibilities for leg swelling. You need to see your doctor for an examination to find out why your legs are swelling and to get treatment. ...Read more

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My legs are swollen, especially the right one. I have a lot of pain and and some lumps. I get some relief if I walk. I am also an MS patient. Thank

My legs are swollen, especially the right one. I have a lot of pain and and some lumps. I get some relief if I walk. I am also an MS patient. Thank

GET TO DOCTOR: Many problems can cause leg swelling or edema, and this can include fluid/electrolyte imbalance, varicose veins, kidney and cardiac problems, but most worrisome is your description of the pain, which suggest a potential thrombophlebitis, which could lead to serious issues. Do not delay, this is not your ms, but a very different problem. Best of luck. ...Read more

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My mothers legs are swollen, red and warm from the knees downwards. Sometimes it's so bad that she can barely walk! Please help.?

My mothers legs are swollen, red and warm from the knees downwards. Sometimes it's so bad that she can barely walk! Please help.?

Swollen legs: Concerns would be problems with venous return or lymphatic return causing edema or lymphedema. Secondary to that is possible cellulitis or phlebitis. This is especially concerning if your mother has a compromised immune system from chronic disease or diabetes. Please have this checked out by a physician asap. ...Read more

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My mothers legs are swollen, red and warm from the knees downwards to her ankles, she struggles to walk, how can I treat it or make it better?

My mothers legs are swollen, red and warm from the knees downwards to her ankles, she struggles to walk, how can I treat it or make it better?

Get diagnosed first: There are a number of things that can cause swelling in the legs & ankles. This is a very nonspecific symptom. I recommend that someone with swelling in these areas should be seen by orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon for a definitive diagnosis so that appropriate treatment can be started. You can find one in your area at www. Aofas. Org. ...Read more

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Many father has colon cancer spread to the liver and now both legs are swollen with fluid to the hips. How to we relieve this fluid?

Many father has colon cancer spread to the liver and now both legs are swollen with fluid to the hips. How to we relieve this fluid?

Swelling & cancer: Thigh high compression stockings may be helpful but will not treat the underlying condition. Diuretic pills could also be used in this situation. ...Read more

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One leg swelling and painful. Negative ct and 3 negative ultrasound for blood clots. Elevated ddimer. What could this be. It's really swollen and hurt?

If left leg: Is the swollen one, then you need further evaluation of your iliac vein for compression from overlying arteries. This is called May Thurner Syndrome. Further info at sir web. Org. Also doctor finder if you need a referral to an interventional radiologist. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with a bakers cyst. Advised to rest leg, swelling and pain still no better. Now my ankle hurt & is also swollen. Ddimer ruled out dvt.?

Diagnosed with a bakers cyst. Advised to rest leg, swelling and pain still no better. Now my ankle hurt & is also swollen. Ddimer ruled out dvt.?

A negative: D-dimer usually indicated no clot is present assuming the clot has fully formed and begun to break down.
It is possible your bakers cyst ruptured....This could cause leakage of synovial fluid, swelling and pain. I'd follow up with my orthopedist. ...Read more

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Hello, 10 months ago had surgery on acl meniscus and fx fibula now my legs are swollen tingling and buckle keeping me up at night? Pain from hip-toes.

Hello, 10 months ago had surgery on acl meniscus and fx fibula now my legs are swollen tingling and buckle keeping me up at night? Pain from hip-toes.

Get evaluated: That is not normal. Have evaluated. nerve on the outside of the knee (peroneal) is nearby. Depending on how things were repaired all of the nerves and circulation around the knee need to be thoroghly evaluated. ...Read more