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Can Arthritis Or Fibromyalgia Cause Pain And Swelling In The Legs?

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Posted on Fri, 10 Nov 2017
Question: i have one leg that always been somewhat larger than the other. i have arthritis, fibromyalgia, and some heart problems. arythmia i guess? i am 76. i am borderline diabetic. the thing is in the last several months the larger leg has been swelling and with some pain the last few days. it hurts from my sciatic nerve to my ankle. what can be causing this? calf area gets almost hard.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Can be due to many causes.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
Pain and swelling in the leg can be due to -
1. Calf muscle strain and tear - Usually due to overwork and overstretching of the muscles. Recent increase in leg exercises may cause these. Gradual increase in exercise and pain killers with mild anti inflammatory drugs can help in reducing the symptoms.

2. Arthritis and spondylottic changes in spine might cause this.

3. Muscle ischaemia- associated with diabetes usually. There is acute pain associated with it.

4. Deep vein thrombosis- comes last among the list of probable diagnosis.

You may get the initial physical examination, relevant tests and treatment done under care of 'Orthopaedician'.

I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

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Can Arthritis Or Fibromyalgia Cause Pain And Swelling In The Legs?

Brief Answer: Can be due to many causes. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. Pain and swelling in the leg can be due to - 1. Calf muscle strain and tear - Usually due to overwork and overstretching of the muscles. Recent increase in leg exercises may cause these. Gradual increase in exercise and pain killers with mild anti inflammatory drugs can help in reducing the symptoms. 2. Arthritis and spondylottic changes in spine might cause this. 3. Muscle ischaemia- associated with diabetes usually. There is acute pain associated with it. 4. Deep vein thrombosis- comes last among the list of probable diagnosis. You may get the initial physical examination, relevant tests and treatment done under care of 'Orthopaedician'. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal