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Old 03-09-2013, 04:19 AM   #1
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swollen painful leg and ankle

Hi it's me again. This is the latest symptom. My left leg has been hurting awhile now whenever I stand up and walk on it and two days ago I noticed it was really swollen. Naturally I went to the doctor worried it might be DVT. She checked it. It isn't red or hot but it is tender. She measured both my legs and found the left one was 3cm thicker than the right one. She said I should get to the emergency room immediately. After waiting for 3 hours they checked me out and I was given an ultrasound. They found no clot. When I asked what it might be they seemed baffled, and sent me home. When I lie down the pain goes away but the swelling doesnt go down. It doesn't stop me from sleeping. It just hurts whenever I get up and walk around on it. Any ideas what might be wrong?
PS I was checked for kidney stones a month or so ago, because of left flank pain. I had a CT scan which was normal. That pain has gone. All the same on Monday I am having a cystoscopy as a follow up, something I'm not looking forward to.

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Re: swollen painful leg and ankle

3 cm is a significant difference in size. I wonder if they did an ultrasound all the way up to your groin? Do you have varicose veins in left leg? Did you have a D-dimer blood test checked? When elevated can indicate a clot. It could be bad venous insufficiency, where the valves in the veins don't close properly, or something blocking the lymphatic fluid return. Any swollen lymph nodes in groin or elsewhere? I would see a cardiovascular Dr for further assessment until you get an answer. I would not just ignore this or wait and see. Your ultrasound may need repeated. It is of interest that your flank pain was on same side as the swelling. Was your CT with contrast (dye?) That can make a difference in what they can see internally.

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Old 03-09-2013, 10:00 AM   #3
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Re: swollen painful leg and ankle

Dear ladybud thanks for this. The ultrasound was just, I think, of my upper thigh and lower leg. No there's no sign of varicose veins. There are no swollen nodes anywhere else. The CT scan was a comprehensive one and yes they used contrast dye, but it was only of my lower abdomen and groin area. They saw 'a slight thickening in the lower ureter' and 'some nodularity', but nothing to worry about, they said, although they are doing a cystoscopy on Monday. My main concern is that it will be under general anaesthetic, and obviously that's not wise if there's some problem with my circulation. I shall of course tell them about the swelling and the ultrasound before they put me under!

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Re: swollen painful leg and ankle

Hi I think also you should have you heart checked, ny mother in law went thru this ended up a medication caused it. But swelling in the legs can be a sign of problems with the left side of the heart I believe. I'm no dr this is just based on experience. So ii would ssk about this cathy

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