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Hey. Wat can I do bout my feet? Xrays amd blood test indicate nothing. Suffering bout 2 years now. Tried varied medications and Orthropedics

Hey. Wat can I do bout my feet? Xrays amd blood test indicate nothing. Suffering bout 2 years now. Tried varied medications and Orthropedics

About what issue? No: Surprise about lack of benefit from X-Rays & blood tests which offer few clues & don't show most issues. How you utilize your feet commonly an issue; asking friends & others worthy of your trust to watch how you walk & run can likely help. A therapist experienced in McKenzie method would likely be able to help. Even a trial of drscholls. Com pressure sensing foot mapping kiosk & inserts might help. ...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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Went to see a gp last week, blood test shows high uric acid. My gp says it's not gout, but the pain at both my feet won't go away...Why is this so?

Went to see a gp last week, blood test shows high uric acid. My gp says it's not gout, but the pain at both my feet won't go away...Why is this so?

A few things: Hyperuricemia is present in more than gout. To definitively diagnose gout, you need to aspirate the joint and look at the crystals under a polarized microscope. On x-ray, a + martel's sign is distinctive in gout. Also if you take colchicine, and your pain is relieved you can presumptively diagnose gout. Most cases of gout involve one joint, but this is not an absolute. ...Read more

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My feet keep swelling ony ankles I've had a blood test results all good I don't eat much salt what could it be I am a mother to 4 kids?

My feet keep swelling ony ankles I've had a blood test results all good I don't eat much salt what could it be I am a mother to 4 kids?

Ankle swelling: Swelling can be weakness of your veins not returning blood to heart as quickly as before. You can help flow of blood and prevent further weakening by elevating legs every 2 hours for 10 to 15 minutes. Reasons are mechanical, metabolic, cardiac, renal and infectious. If elevation intervals during day do not help, get compression socks, supportive shoes and see doctor to rule out more causes. ...Read more

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I had twin boys about 8 months ago since I fell pregnant I had swollen feet and developed high blood pressure during my pregnancy since after I gave birth the swel;ling in my feet went away but I have noticed that after a work day my feet swell?

I had twin boys about 8 months ago since I fell pregnant I had swollen feet and developed high blood pressure during my pregnancy since after I gave birth the swel;ling in my feet went away but I have noticed that after a work day my feet swell?

Swollen ft s/p birth: Likely from the pregnancy you have venous insufficiency due to the weight of the babies. This is not uncommon after birth. Do you have visible varicose veins? That would be a similar process. Would check you blood pressure, chec kcreatinien and renal (kidney function) make sure it has returned to normal, limit salt intake, discuss use of supportive hose with your doctor. F/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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I have a blood test wednesday and I haven't smoked since yesterday which was saturday. I weigh 132 lbs and my metabolism is quick im 5 foot 6 will i?

I have a blood test wednesday and I haven't smoked since yesterday which was saturday. I weigh 132 lbs and my metabolism is quick im 5 foot 6 will i?

Marijuana Drug Test: You may well test positive for at least sixty days after smoking marijuana. All new tests are able to tell if you are using any products to cover up the test. They are very sensitive now. ...Read more

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Can your feet be very itchy from low blood sugar? My sugar is 62 on the blood test

Can your feet be very itchy from low blood sugar? My sugar is 62 on the blood test

No: Besides, a finger stick of 62 is normal in a healthy female. Stop checking your sugar, you don't have diabetes. ...Read more

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I am getting a blood test next week because for the past few days my foot has been badly swollen. Would it show if you have hiv?

I am getting a blood test next week because for the past few days my foot has been badly swollen. Would it show if you have hiv?

Blood tests: Are designed to test what you are looking for and for health maintenance. You can get an HIV test result only if is it specifically asked for, or else it is not tested. ...Read more

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What blood test should I get to find out if there's something in my blood that causes recurring bumps only on my elbow and knees and sometimes feet?

What blood test should I get to find out if there's something in my blood that causes recurring bumps only on my elbow and knees and sometimes feet?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to recommend a blood test without examining you. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and it is not a suitable do it yourself activity. ...Read more

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I have been numb in both my hands and feet for the last 3 months and the dr can't figure out why already had Mri and blood test done all clean?

I have been numb in both my hands and feet for the last 3 months and the dr can't figure out why already had Mri and blood test done all clean?

PeripheralNeuropathy: By definition; is the basis. You describe a partial "glove like" pattern, somewhat unusual & potentially a good clue. Look up on Google, e.g. https://books. Google. Com/books? Isbn=3709116058 for some basic clues. Physicians often in a big a hurry (for ↓$ reasons; people/money accumulators) to just do something quick, e.g. order an MRI. Yet who has the most vested interest in figuring out the issues? ...Read more

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I have hot, red feet and hands that come and go away. I recently had a blood test and my doctor said everything is okay. Any ideas what this could be?

I have hot, red feet and hands that come and go away. I recently had a blood test and my doctor said everything is okay. Any ideas what this could be?

Raynaud's phenomenom: This might be a vasospastic condition. If you see these color changes in warmer temperatures, or when stressed it might indicate this. Temperature challenge tests may help diagnose this. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my liver enzymes in my blood test is 'slightly elevated'? Test was performed because I have swelling in hands and feet. I also am constantly tired.

What does it mean if my liver enzymes in my blood test is 'slightly elevated'? Test was performed because I have swelling in hands and feet. I also am constantly tired.

Liver enzymes: Your liver enzymes are abnormal, but not by a lot. The presence of the symptoms you mentioned makes it critical that you followup as a variety of conditions may account for your symptoms and abnormal labs. Depending on actual circumstances in the differential diagnosis should be included obesity and diabetes, hypothyroidism, autoimmune disorders or congenital disorders such as (rare)hemochromatosis ...Read more

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I have pain in my hips, knees, ankles and feet. What could b causing it? My blood test came back clear. My doctor says it's plantar fasciitis. I

I have pain in my hips, knees, ankles and feet. What could b causing it? My blood test came back clear. My doctor says it's plantar fasciitis. I

Pain: Plantar fasciitis can result in pain in a lot of places - not just the feet. You could also have osteoarthritis in those other weight bearing joints. See your podiatrist - orthotics help with plantar fasciitis about 95% of the time in my practice. They just might help those other areas as well by getting 'things' aligned. Good luck. ...Read more

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Blood test done no sign of y my legs/feet ache hurt go numb hands/feet stay cold. Can't cross legs due to numbness. What's wrong? What test needed?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. Evaluation of the tests already done, your medical history and physical examination would be needed to determine what additional tests may be needed. The issue is not suitable for this forum. ...Read more

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What can MRI for left leg and foot show if Xray and blood test are clear. There some pain and small bulg when press on it above feet. Can be cancer?

What can MRI for left leg and foot show if Xray and blood test are clear. There some pain and small bulg when press on it above feet. Can be cancer?

Sounds: Awfully expensive. A proper physical exam by a skilled orthopedist may save the system several thousand dollars. It more likely to be something benign than cancerous, and may only need conservative treatment. ...Read more

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Hands and feet are a little swollen. Blood test and EKG are good. Sign of heart problems?

Possibly: But, may indicate kidney problem, low protein, or simple salt and water retention. See you doc for more testing to determine what is happening. ...Read more

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Ball of right foot swollen, painful. Felt tight & couldn't bend. Doc said poss gout? 3 days later blood test level were 5.5. Cherry juice healed it.

Ball of right foot swollen, painful. Felt tight & couldn't bend. Doc said poss gout? 3 days later blood test level were 5.5. Cherry juice healed it.

Whether or not. ..: Hyperuricemia will continue to build up uric acid deposits in your body. It can also cause kidney disease, apart from kidney stones. Allopurinol can be taken at 100mg-300mg doses quite safely by most. You are in a trap by the idea that you treat gout attacks. You do not. You stop their recurring. 90 days of Allopurinol at $10.00 is much cheaper and more effective than cherry juice (tart), . ...Read more

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My dad has a swollen foot. Doctor told him he's a gout but a blood test shows his uric acid level as normal. Is it possible? What to do?

See below: A uric acid level can be high, low, or normal in gout but it can also be high, low, or normal when one does not have gout. When in doubt, your dad could see a rheumatologist who can perform an arthrocentesis (to drain fluid) from his foot and that can confirm the presence of gout. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Lower left leg, ankle&foot pain&swelling. No circulation issue. Have had blood test, xrays&ultrasound. No clot. No doctor I've seen knows what it could be.

Lower left leg, ankle&foot pain&swelling. No circulation issue. Have had blood test, xrays&ultrasound. No clot. No doctor I've seen knows what it could be.

Hard to be certain..: It's asking a lot of us online to come up with an answer. Lots of questions and an exam needed to try. If the pain and swelling is localized to a joint, e.g., your ankle, then you may want to ask if you were tested for different kinds of arthritis, e.g., lyme, rheumatoid, other infection, or gout. Not sure what else to offer. Good luck. ...Read more

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Swollen left foot for 6+ years, suddenly getting worse. Now swollen up to knee. Tight skin. Red. Not warm. Blood test, xray & pulse all normal. Ideas?

Swollen left foot for 6+ years, suddenly getting worse. Now swollen up to knee. Tight skin. Red. Not warm. Blood test, xray & pulse all normal. Ideas?

Need US of veins: Should see doc to have a Ultrasound of veins as a blood clog is the prime concern. If no clot, then severe lymph or venous insufficiency or infection. ...Read more

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I have a lot of pain behind my left wrist. Left leg swollen below my knee. Toes and heels numb shooting pains in feet low iron in blood test?

I have a lot of pain behind my left wrist. Left leg swollen below my knee. Toes and heels numb shooting pains in feet low iron in blood test?

You have a: Few issues here. You need to be careful the swelling below the knee is not in the calf region as a clot is a serious problem.
The wrist pain I would see an orthopedist for who can comment on your other issues as well. Not sure if that. Swelling is impinging a nerve causing the foot and toe numbness or if they are unrelated. ...Read more

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Hands /feet both tingling /numb. Blood test/mri of brain normal. Visit the chiropractor and the numbness reducefew hours. What dr do I need to see?

Hands /feet both tingling /numb. Blood test/mri of brain normal. Visit the chiropractor and the numbness reducefew hours. What dr do I need to see?

Depends on cause: Numbness and tingling in hands and feet is known as peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral meaning far from central (heart) and neuropathy means problems with the nerves. The most common causes of peripheral neuropathy are alcoholism, diabetes, thyroid disease, and Vit B12 deficiency. If these conditions are ruled out, there are medications eg. Neurontin and/or Lyrica (pregabalin) which may help symptoms. ...Read more

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18yr old, muscle weakness in hands&legs, dizzy, tingle in feet&hands, vision change, leg stiff, feels weak. 6 months, 2 MRI's, blood test, clean. Help!

18yr old, muscle weakness in hands&legs, dizzy, tingle in feet&hands, vision change, leg stiff, feels weak. 6 months, 2 MRI's, blood test, clean. Help!

Tough case: This sounds important. Hopefully the MRI studies looked at the brain and the neck, that is very important here. Hopefully the folks who have looked at you are very deliberate, this sounds like a tough case and not one that should be quickly dismissed. ...Read more