I've had what I thought was an enlarged lymph node in my neck for ~2 years, and am finally getting medical attention for it. I recently had a CT scan, and today the doctor's office called to request an additional biopsy w/ ultrasound. Biopsy and follow-up appts. aren't until the end of the month. I know that YANMD and TINMA, but could the hivemind help me to better understand what's going on so that I can be a more informed patient? [more inside]
Approximately two weeks ago (I think) I was out in the woods and was possibly bitten by something on the knuckle of my ring finger. The next day the spot ached in the joint, but no other symptoms. Over the last few days, though, the pain has returned and worsened, and now it appears to be getting puffy. Should I go see a medical professional about this? [more inside]
YANMD, but I'm trying to determine if I have a staph infection, or just a nasty bite.
I've got a swollen, pinkish area on the back of my knee which has a tiny black scabby area in the center. [more inside]
I was stung on a bee RIGHT smack dab in the middle of my forehead. Two days later, the swelling is moving...down. Should I be worried? [more inside]
For known medical reasons, I have recently starting to see swelling around/above the ankles. I know why - and the implications - so I'm good there. However, I have also started to notice that the tops of the low socks I wear leave a moderate impression in the swelling, suggesting that I am indeed cutting off some the circulation in the skin. And I believe I am seeing moderate discoloration in the top of the foot (and some times much more visible veins) as a result. Do I need to be concerned here? Am I doing damage worth avoiding? Do I need to look into a looser sock that does not grip as tightly (and therefore probably falls down more :-( ) ?
Help me understand what my doctor is telling me about my bizarre new party trick, where my lips swell up to Kardashian proportions. Also, help me be a good patient and actually follow through on the prescribed course(s) of action. [more inside]
YANMD Filter: What to do about VERY swollen eyelids during menstruation? [more inside]
So... over the course of the day my elbow has gone weird looking
- it's red and swollen and sort of squooshy feeling. The skin feels warm to the touch and it is tender. Doctor Google tells me it's probably Bursitis. So... I should probably go get it checked out. But is it a rush to the docs tonight thing or a wait to tomorrow thing?
Is it possible that MRIs just don't work on some people? [more inside]
What can I expect while healing a facial laceration that required stitches? [more inside]
My hands swell to the point that I have to remove my wedding ring every time I go into a Sam's Club or Costco and only when I go into a Sam's Club or Costco. Why? [more inside]
Please recommend OTC products/at-home treatments and preventive measures for recurring eye styes and eyelid issues. Gross details within! [more inside]
Does PMS exacerbate injury-related swelling, or am I a freak of nature? [more inside]
Should I Go to the Doctor Filter: Last night, a friend and I were goofing around. He went to pick me up and toss me over his shoulder, and succeeded instead in tossing me face-first into the corner of a wall at a fairly decent velocity. I know the kneejerk response to these questions is usually YES GO TO THE DOCTOR WHY ARE YOU ON METAFILTER YOU IDIOT, but details inside. [more inside]
For the second day in a row, my feet and ankles have swollen up at the end of the day (the swelling went away overnight). Why might this be happening, and what can I do to stop it? [more inside]
I work at a desk 10 to 12 hours a day. Lately, I've been noticing lately that my calves, feet, and ankles seem swollen. I'm not in any pain and don't feel any difference, apart from my shoes being a bit tight.
Besides taking periodic breaks and walking around/stretching, what else can I do to reduce the swelling? I get daily exercise, but I'm sure the long periods of sitting in front of a computer are contributing to this.
Allow swelling to dissipate on it's own or use ibuprofen? Dislocated ankle, no break. I'm at the point where I can put my weight on it. Swelling is hindering a 90 degree stance and further flexing exercises.
My leg was run over by a car in may. I can walk again, but every afternoon my ankle swells up. What causes this? How long can I anticipate it will last? [more inside]
Please help with any diagnostic insight you might have (or insight as to how to get a better diagnosis), as well as alternatives to treatments that I am intolerant to trying [more inside]
YANMD Filter - weird body swelling? What the heck? [more inside]
What am I allergic to? [more inside]
What the hell did I do to my legs today? More specifically, what is the explanation for the aching, tender, swollen region on the outsides of my thighs? [more inside]
What techniques, practices, and over the counter items are useful in reducing the time to clear bruising and, to a lesser extent, swelling? [more inside]
Swollen hands after manual labor. Ways to treat/mitigate? [more inside]
What condition could cause twinges in veins in an otherwise young, healthy person? [more inside]
Is this yellow jacket sting normal? I have a doctor's appointment for later today. I'm not sure if I'm overreacting. I know my histamine response is! Pics and [more inside]
How much swelling is normal after a bee sting? And is a lot of swelling indicative of anything troublesome? [more inside]
For four years, I've been dealing with a really puffy foot
. My doctor mentioned that it's likely edema
. She didn't, however, tell me anything useful about eliminating the swelling. [more inside]
For the last ten years or so, I've had chronic pain and mild swelling in (what I think are) my parotids
, the largest of the salivary glands. However, my docs beg to differ (sometimes with me and often with each other, it seems). Help me figure out what hurts. [more inside]
I have a really wierd reaction to alcohol. What is it and can I prevent it without giving up drinking forever? (Details inside!) [more inside]
My face is suddenly asymmetrical. Can the medically-inclined members of the Hive Mind give me ideas as to what may be the cause? [more inside]
I need a new doctor (internist or a general practitioner) who knows what he's doing. I've spent over $500 in doctor visits, meds and testings and I am still sick after 4 weeks. Can you make any doctor recommendations in DC suburbs? (Maryland). [more inside]
I think I broke my littlest toe. Everything I read online says that basically nothing can be done, so there's no point in going to the doctor, right? [more inside]
I know you aren't my doctor, but why are my lips swelling up? [more inside]
Last night all was fine when I sat down. When I got up twenty minutes later I began to walk and it felt like there was a wad of gum under the ball of my foot. I checked and under the callous at the distal end of my first metatarsal it is visibly swollen. The area is nearly a quarter inch thicker than the same area on my other foot. The area is not painful, but the shear size of it makes me walk funny. I'll go to the Dr. on Monday, but until then, does anyone have any ideas about what it can be? Googling hasn't given me any clues.
I used straight, undiluted Grapefruit Seed Extract under my tongue and now I have sublingual inflammation and a burning sensation on the tip of my tongue like I've sipped tea that is too hot. [more inside]
Strange swelling on the back of a friend's hand after gardening, with no puncture marks - what could it be? [more inside]
Last night I was at a party and drank too much wine. When I got home I puked and went to bed. Today I woke up with a fat lip. What happened and is it doctor-visit-worthy? [more inside]
I woke up today with a slightly sore eyelid, then during a hot shower, the area above my eye swelled to a point my eye is halfway shut. What's going on? [more inside]
What the hell can I ask the doctor for to treat the 75+ insect bites I've just woken up and found myself covered with? [more inside]
Is there a time I should switch from cold to warm compresses on a joint injury? [more inside]
Jammed my thumb playing basketball, does it need an x-ray? [more inside]
My eyelid is swelling up but I don't know if it's a Stye or a Chalazion. [more inside]
What is being used by the cutman to heal your boxer (reduce swelling) in the video game ESPN Fight Night Round 3? [more inside]
I want my face back! (Swelling of the parotid glands.) [more inside]
What should I do to make swelling and bumps from an allergic reaction to makeup foundation go away? [more inside]
What the hell is wrong with my foot? I sprained it very mildly last July, and its still swollen! [more inside]