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Theresa Yang Dr. Yang
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When I press into my leg the dent stays for a ling time and my ankles are swelling up?

Theresa Yang Dr. Yang
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When I press into my leg the dent stays for a ling time and my ankles are swelling up?

Edema: The leg and ankle swelling indicates fluid leaking out of blood vessels and accumulating in the tissues. This may be due to fluid overload, infection, inflammation, heart or kidney failure, certain medications, and prolonged standing or sitting. Things that can help include moving your legs, raising your legs, losing weight, and a low-salt diet. See your doctor if the swelling gets worse. ...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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I have a very badly sprained ankle and fractured fibula. When I press on the swelling in my foot an indent stays, is that normal?

I have a very badly sprained ankle and fractured fibula. When I press on the swelling in my foot an indent stays, is that normal?

Yes: That's called pitting edema from chronic swelling. That will resolve but will likely take several months to completely resolve. When you start becoming more active and putting more weight on your ankle, that's when you'll see it start to improve. ...Read more

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Could I have p.A.D.? I have constant pain in my legs. Mostly my calves. Several times I have had severe symptoms of cellulitus. I have read that symptoms of pad can mimic cellulitis. I've had severe swelling in ankles and the last instance was I took off

Could I have p.A.D.? I have constant pain in my legs. Mostly my calves. Several times I have had severe symptoms of cellulitus. I have read that symptoms of pad can mimic cellulitis. I've had severe swelling in ankles and the last instance was I took off

Pain on walking?: Is it both legs? If pad the pain is much worse on walking, especially uphill. Are your feet cold? Are your feet purple when you sit or stand, then pale when elevated up high? Do you have fever, pus, tenderness, red streak? Pad can be differentiated from cellulitis. Either way, you need an experienced dr. ...Read more

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Why am I retaining water on my legs, ankles and feet, even if I have not eating for the day and some times I get swelling during the night?

Why am I retaining water on my legs, ankles and feet, even if I have not eating for the day and some times I get swelling during the night?

Many reasons: Any chance your pregnant? Do you have varicose veins? Hypertension? And heart problems? Do you take any medications? Do you work? If you do do you stand a lot for work? There are conditins like lymphedema which is purely a leg swelling issue with no relationship to other comorbidities.. ...Read more

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My feet and legs and knees swelling at night. I am 64 years old and had problems with my ankles and surgery on each ankles some time ago. Now legs?

My feet and legs and knees swelling at night. I am 64 years old and had problems with my ankles and surgery on each ankles some time ago. Now legs?

Varies: There are multiple potential causes. It may be a problem individually with your knees and ankle as you suggest, it can sometimes be a manifestation of vascular disease such as venous stasis disease. One of the more common reasons a person can have swelling in both legs is some form of fluid retention which can have many causes. A good medical checkup is a good place to start. ...Read more

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Ankles are swelling legs, pitting in legs, has been going on for some time now. I am 57 years old women. No serious illness in past. I am not on any medications birth control, I have no medical insurance unemployment has ran out 9 months ago.

Ankles are swelling legs, pitting in legs, has been going on for some time now. I am 57 years old women. No serious illness in past. I am not on any medications birth control, I have no medical insurance unemployment has ran out 9 months ago.

Generally: Generally speaking, swelling in one foot/leg is usually due to something locally going on in the foot or leg, whereas swelling in both feet/legs is usually a symptom of the body retaining fluid. It shows up in the lower legs and feet due to gravity, but the problem isn't in the lower legs or feet, it's higher up.

In very general, broad terms, water retention is usually due to one of 4 things, or combination thereof: heart, lungs, liver or kidneys. A physical examination by a physician together with blood tests and perhaps a chest x-ray would help determine which of those things is responsible for your body to be retaining fluid. Some of the causes can be serious, so it's important you get yourself checked out.

An er cannot refuse you if you have no insurance or means to pay, but all an er will do is stabilize you and send you on your way, or, if it's serious, admit you.

Many clinics have sliding scale fees predicated on your income, so you might want to check that out as a viable alternative to a private physician. Either way, you really need to get checked.

Hope this helps. Feel better. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lymphoma & lung cancer at the same time? Are diseases related? Would severe, painful swelling of foot, ankle, & leg be a symptom?

Is it possible to have lymphoma & lung cancer at the same time? Are diseases related? Would severe, painful swelling of foot, ankle, & leg be a symptom?

Yes: It is definitely possible, however it is more likely that if someone has lymphoma and a mass is found in the lung that it is a lesion from the lymphoma rather than a true " lung cancer". But both are possible. Biopsy would surely differentiate between the two. ...Read more

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I am having leg swelling problem if I sit for long time on plane or at computer?

I am having leg swelling problem if I sit for long time on plane or at computer?

To be expected: Lack of movement can increase the chance of swelling in the legs, especially when sitting. Standing and walking periodically can help prevent this. Long periods of sitting, like in a plane, increase the risk of blood clots in the legs also. Another reason to get up and move, so muscle activity can help move blood and lymph through your system. ...Read more

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Is there ever a time where prolonged swelling of lower leg and no definitive diagnosis requires making an incision to find the cause of the swelling?

Is there ever a time where prolonged swelling of lower leg and no definitive diagnosis requires making an incision to find the cause of the swelling?

Swelling: Evaluation to determine the source of the swelling, may include sonogram, CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis. I can think of a reason why an incision would be necessary to determine the source, unless there is a suspicion of a tumor causing the swelling.

I would recommend use of a compression stocking during daily activities to treat the swelling issue. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for swelling to go down on a broken leg?

How much time does it take for swelling to go down on a broken leg?

6-12 months: After a fracture in the lower extremity, swelling is normal for the first 4 months. After that the swelling is typically intermittent but can last longer and occasionally up to 12 months. Check with your physician for certain exercises to do for reducing some of the swelling. ...Read more

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How much time it takes to compelety clear swelling in your DVT affected leg?

How much time it takes to compelety clear swelling in your DVT affected leg?

DVT/leg swelling: Swelling of the leg following DVT is due to the vein in the leg having a clot which is blocking the return of the blood. The amount of time required for the swelling to subside depends on many factors-the extent of the clot and the veins involved. Larger veins involved and more extensive clots will take longer to resolve. Sometimes the swelling could be permanent. See a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Hello, I am having intermittent, sharp pain in my leg above my thigh. There is no swelling, redness, or warmth. It happens a few times a day.?

Some thoughts...: Without any swelling, redness, or warmth, it's unlikely to be a soft tissue infection (cellulitis). However, pain in the area you describe can be many things. Does the pain happen when you walk or do activities? Does it wake you at night? Are there any associated symptoms? These are the sorts of questions your doctor will ask you to help narrow down the many things it can be. ...Read more

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I got bit by something on my left leg. It's swelling up and about 3 inches big. It's itchy and hurts from time to time. What do I do to get rid of it?

I got bit by something on my left leg. It's swelling up and about 3 inches big. It's itchy and hurts from time to time. What do I do to get rid of it?

Time: If you're certain that this is a bite and not an infection, then a topical (or oral) steroid and a non-sedating antihistamine may help relieve your symptoms, Only time will "get rid of it." It's important that you find out how this happened to prevent a recurrence. If you have any doubt that it's a bite, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a small lump on the inside of my right shin hurts really bad. My whole leg hurts at times and I have swelling and discomfort. What can it be?

I have a small lump on the inside of my right shin hurts really bad. My whole leg hurts at times and I have swelling and discomfort. What can it be?

Lump: Without an exam it would be guessing at things like boils, abscesses, lipomas, cysts, folliculitis, etc. But as stated, these are guesses. Get eval and properly diagnosed so any necessary treatment would occur. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Doctor prescribe beazyme for leg swelling. Should 3 times a day. Should I take it every 8 hours or 6 hours will do?

Doctor prescribe beazyme for leg swelling. Should 3 times a day. Should I take it every 8 hours or 6 hours will do?

Beazyme for leg swelling: Beazyme is used for inflammation. For how you noticed leg swelling?, wen it started? Did it improved at any stage? Do you have numbness on the skin? Along the legs-sole of feet? Have you ever had trauma? Did you had imaging studies? Using ultrasound/Doppler?
Are you short of breath? Are you overweight? can you walk with or without pain?
Please answer the questions
Have you ever took diuretics? ...Read more

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Docs have been testing for heart prob woke up with swelling in L leg then later in my R arm should I Goto hosp? 1st time swelling has happened

Docs have been testing for heart prob woke up with swelling in L leg then later in my R arm should I Goto hosp? 1st time swelling has happened

Yes: If you have ben having tests done, I assume you have been getting IVs or blood draws etc done, along with possibly being more sedentary lately… I would want to make sure you do not have a blood clot in your leg or an infection or hematoma in your arm after an IV or blood draw. The swelling in one leg and one arm are not typical for a heart problem such as heart failure. ...Read more

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Soft swelling just below right knee on inside of leg. Knee aches a bit not all time and twinges as I walk. Swelling about 3 inches across. Not hot.?

Soft swelling just below right knee on inside of leg. Knee aches a bit not all time and twinges as I walk. Swelling about 3 inches across. Not hot.?

Fatty lipoma?: The swelling and your knee pain may or may not be related. The swelling may be a lipoma which is benign fatty tumor. Without examining the area cannot give a precise diagnosis. A malignancy would not be a concern if the swelling is soft. You would need to see a physician in order to get a precise diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Feel pulse in 7 places between foot + leg. Unilateral swelling posteriorly. US + ABI normal. Have P. Vera + Crohn's. Time for arteriogram + venogram?

Feeling pulse: Feeling pulse in itself is not a bad thing.
However the swelling needs to be examined to determine next course of action. Need not necessarily be arteriogram/venogram.
The swelling may be nonvascular in nature. ...Read more

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I have had a bad bruise on my shin for just over a week now. There is still swelling and discoloured skin, every time I put weight on that leg it hurt?

I have had a bad bruise on my shin for just over a week now. There is still swelling and discoloured skin, every time I put weight on that leg it hurt?

BAD SHIN BRUISE: KEEP THAT AFFECTED LEG ELEVATED AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.
IT WILL PROBABLY HURT FOR A FEW MORE DAYS, BUT AS LONG AS YOU KEEP IT RESTED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, IT WILL HEAL MUCH FASTER.
DID YOU PCP SEE IT?
BEST LUCK TO YOU.
AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION. ...Read more

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I can put full weight on my leg only when I bend it I get this pinching pain at the back of my knee and lower thigh. Still no swelling. Only been a day since I fell on it. Will it get better over time? What if going to a doctor isn't an option?

I can put full weight on my leg only when I bend it I get this pinching pain at the back of my knee and lower thigh. Still no swelling. Only been a day since I fell on it. Will it get better over time? What if going to a doctor isn't an option?

Ice down- then, heat: Ice it down twice daily until the knee freezes (20-30 minutes). Within next 24-48 hrs. Switch from ice to warm compresses. I don't understand why seeing a doctor is "not an option"....usually in every major metropolitan city there is a way to see a doctor even if you have no insurance. You could solicit a private consultation here on this network....very inexpensive compared to private doctor. ...Read more

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Rolling car ran over foot. At ER for fourth time in week; doc thinks the swelling that was in one leg is now in both. Due to infection. What is up?

Rolling car ran over foot. At ER for fourth time in week; doc thinks the swelling that was in one leg is now in both. Due to infection. What is up?

Many possibilities: Some causes of swelling of the ankles 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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Here are some systems, on going weight loss no apittite, numbness down leg, pain down same leg, swelling and sometimes hard time walking on that side?

Here are some systems, on going weight loss no apittite, numbness down leg, pain down same leg, swelling and sometimes hard time walking on that side?

At your age: These symptoms are significant and require a face to face visit with your doctor asap. Online forums won't help you, and will only wind up causing confusion and unnecessary concern. Call your doctor today. ...Read more

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At 6 months post op total knee replacement, is it normal to still have tightness & swelling of knee and when I press on the leg to have indentations?

At 6 months post op total knee replacement, is it normal to still have tightness & swelling of knee and when I press on the leg to have indentations?

Knee replacement: 6 months after total knee replacement, swelling should be resolved. If it persists, there are several possibilities, including infection, irritation from the components, scar tissue formation, or instability of the knee. Recommend thorough evaluation of the knee by your surgeon, to include detailed physical exam of knee, x-rays, infection lab tests, and possible CT scan. ...Read more

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I have swelling in my stomach which makes me look like 9 mts pregnant. Leg pain. Very tired. And migrains all the time. What could this be?

I have swelling in my stomach which makes me look like 9 mts pregnant. Leg pain. Very tired. And migrains all the time. What could this be?

SEE MD ASAP: Stomach swelling of large proportion without any other swelling must be checked out. Without a real exam nothing useful can be answered. Suffice it to say it could be a tumor, intestinal pathology, organ failure such as the liver, causing ascites a condition of end stage liver failure. Said not to scare, but to point out seriousness of sign, and need for a total check up by md. Go! ...Read more

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I've had calf pain in my left leg for over three years now. No swelling or redness but it hurts to walk on. Could this be a DVT after all this time?

I've had calf pain in my left leg for over three years now. No swelling or redness but it hurts to walk on. Could this be a DVT after all this time?

Probably not: Dvt classically result in swelling +- pain (from a little to alot). Post -dvt syndrome can hurt for years after the DVT has resolved.

See a doc (vascular md if you are vry anxious about a dvt) and look for other causes ...Read more

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Left lower leg pain (shin) swelling sometimes my foot feels cold shin feels cold feel if there is something heavy press on shin what could be cause?

Left lower leg pain (shin) swelling sometimes my foot feels cold shin feels cold feel if there is something heavy press on shin what could be cause?

CompartmentSyndrome?: One of serveral etiologies to what you describe could be a condition called 'compartment syndrome'. This is seen in pnts who sustain sudden or repetitive trauma to the anterior aspect of the leg. Muscles in this area are tightly bound by fascia and may sometimes swell within a compartment leading to muscel strangulation. You should definitely have this looked at soon. ...Read more

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Fractured head of fibula 3mons. Ago in a fall, still having pain in knee and lower leg. Swelling behind knee. Hurts all the time more when I stand long?

Fractured head of fibula 3mons. Ago in a fall, still having pain in knee and lower leg. Swelling behind knee. Hurts all the time more when I stand long?

Possible meniscus: The fibula head fracture should be healed and not causing much discomfort. It is also not in the main part of the knee joint and therefore arthritis in the knee is not from your fracture. However these injuries can be associated with ligament tears and meniscus tears. You should be evaluated again and possibly obtain an MRI. ...Read more

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Legs ache;, left foot 2nd toe purple at time; left heel feels like it has a jagged rock inside it; legs swelling; difficulty walking; much pain; What?

Legs ache;, left foot 2nd toe purple at time; left heel feels like it has a jagged rock inside it; legs swelling; difficulty walking; much pain; What?

Diabetic?: The symptoms are important enough to justify a full medical evaluation Peripheral vascular disease, metabolic issues, kidney problems are amongst conditions the should be looked into DON'T delay SEE an MD ...Read more

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What can cause temporary paralysis in one leg or arm at a time what can cause temporary unconsciousness what can cause instant hand or leg numbness what can cause instant, temporary swelling in the leg, foot, arm, hand what cause sudden immobility?

What can cause temporary paralysis in one leg or arm at a time what can cause temporary unconsciousness what can cause instant hand or leg numbness what can cause instant, temporary swelling in the leg, foot, arm, hand what cause sudden immobility?

Many possibilities: Paroxymal weakness, numbness and altered level of consciousness are all suggestive of a central nervous system disorder. The altered awareness may suggest seizure like events. The periodic weakness, paralysis and numbness of limbs may suggest a warning of a stroke. You should seek formal neurologic evaluation. ...Read more

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44 year-old female with a history of DVT and stroke; on Warfarin daily now with right leg swelling and bilateral leg pain.....?

44 year-old female with a history of DVT and stroke; on Warfarin daily now with right leg swelling and bilateral leg pain.....?

Need good ultrasound study and a cardiac echo: Was there a reason found for the stroke? A clot in the leg may travel to the lung, but should not normally be able to get to the brain. The most likely reason it did is a defect in the heart. An echocardiogram will help sort the heart out, and can guide a repair. A good ultrasound of the legs is necessary to see if there is a recurrent clot. If not, another consideration is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome - failure o the valves in the leg veins from scarring after DVT. Patients with DVT need to wear compression hose daily for at least 2 yrs after DVT to minimize the risk of PTS. ...Read more

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What's wrong with my ankle? Rolled it sunday, heard it pop four time, the swelling is the same as when I hurt it. I can walk it hurts alittle on bothsides

What's wrong with my ankle? Rolled it sunday, heard it pop four time, the swelling is the same as when I hurt it. I can walk it hurts alittle on bothsides

Rolled ankle: Could simply be an ankle sprain/strain. I would recommend evaluation by a podiatrist. Try to stay off of the painful ankle as much as possible. You can also try to ice and elevate the leg to help with the swelling. The doctor may get x-rays to rule out any fracture and place you in an ankle brace to help the healing process. ...Read more

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Hi I had orif to ankle five months ago is it normal for swelling and pain every time I walk?

Hi I had orif to ankle five months ago is it normal for swelling and pain every time I walk?

Yes if: Yes if you did not have appropriate physical therapy after the cast was removed.
make sure to check with your bone doctor for a repeat x ray to confirmed that every thing in place, then start a serious physical therapy and start wearing a support stocking ...Read more

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My ankle is swelling as I press for a second with my finger over it is forming an impression I started workouts recently and I work for long hours?

My ankle is swelling as I press for a second with my finger over it is forming an impression I started workouts recently and I work for long hours?

Pitting edema: Sounds like fluid under the skin which is called edema. If you haven't had a injury to you ankle, you should see your primary care doctor and have a complete physical to find the cause for your "pitting edema". ...Read more

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What should I do if I have ankle pain? There is no swelling. Mild pain. In both ankles at different times.

What should I do if I have ankle pain? There is no swelling. Mild pain. In both ankles at different times.

Ankle Pain: See a foot and ankle specialist. X-rays will be taken and maybe MRI to see what is causing your pain. Since it's not constant it maybe be nothing serious. Mri will detect it there is erosion of cartilage on the talar dome. ...Read more

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Broke ankle and calcaneus 16 weeks ago still pain swelling and hard to walk at times is this normal and when will it get better?

Broke ankle and calcaneus 16 weeks ago still pain swelling and hard to walk at times is this normal and when will it get better?

Being: A weight bearing bone it will take longer to heal and feel better. Therapy would help with ROM and strength training. Slowly things will get better. ...Read more