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Parotid gland weirdness

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]
posted by cardinality on Aug 5, 2014 - 7 answers

To doctor or not to doctor?

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]
posted by whistle pig on Apr 2, 2014 - 13 answers

Is this staph that I'm feelin'?

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]
posted by nohaybanda on Aug 3, 2013 - 9 answers

There was a little girl, who had a little boil...

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]
posted by theweasel on Jul 1, 2013 - 9 answers

YANMD, but you *are* affordable. Is mild circulation cut-off damaging?

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 :-( ) ?
posted by Cardinal Fang! on Feb 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Let there be lips!

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]
posted by jph on Nov 26, 2012 - 50 answers

What to do about VERY swollen eyelids during period?

YANMD Filter: What to do about VERY swollen eyelids during menstruation? [more inside]
posted by lalalana on Nov 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Eww-lbow

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?
posted by Artw on Aug 23, 2012 - 21 answers

Is it possible that MRIs just don't work on some people?

Is it possible that MRIs just don't work on some people? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on Jul 9, 2012 - 24 answers

Cat scratch fever in the FACE

What can I expect while healing a facial laceration that required stitches? [more inside]
posted by bedhead on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Why do my hands swell at Costco?

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]
posted by Subterranean Homesick Pygmalion on Apr 23, 2012 - 38 answers

This lid is a stye!

Please recommend OTC products/at-home treatments and preventive measures for recurring eye styes and eyelid issues. Gross details within! [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Apr 10, 2012 - 17 answers

Very Localized Water Retention?...

Does PMS exacerbate injury-related swelling, or am I a freak of nature? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Mar 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Should I stay or should I go, head injury edition

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]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Jan 3, 2012 - 23 answers

Please help me keep my feet from swelling.

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]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 14, 2011 - 18 answers

My legs & feet are swelling up presumably from too much sitting at a desk.

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.
posted by matrushka on Aug 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Dislocated swelling - Ibuprofen or let it go down itself?

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.
posted by mrflibble on Aug 12, 2011 - 15 answers

All Swole Up

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]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Jul 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Why is my finger so lumpy?

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]
posted by Tandem Affinity on May 5, 2011 - 8 answers

YANMD: Weird body swelling?

YANMD Filter - weird body swelling? What the heck? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Jan 17, 2011 - 14 answers

I just want my eyelids to stop swelling

What am I allergic to? [more inside]
posted by girih knot on Jan 5, 2011 - 15 answers

How can something hurt so much while looking like nothing at all?

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]
posted by kataclysm on Dec 28, 2010 - 8 answers

How can I reduce the time to clear bruising and swelling?

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]
posted by adipocere on Nov 16, 2010 - 16 answers

It's not a tumah! I just weedwhacked!

Swollen hands after manual labor. Ways to treat/mitigate? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee on May 23, 2010 - 13 answers

What condition could cause twinges in veins in an otherwise young, healthy person?

What condition could cause twinges in veins in an otherwise young, healthy person? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Apr 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Am I overreacting to a yellow jacket sting?

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]
posted by fiercecupcake on Sep 15, 2009 - 16 answers

What's normal for a bee sting?

How much swelling is normal after a bee sting? And is a lot of swelling indicative of anything troublesome? [more inside]
posted by bookish on Jul 18, 2009 - 16 answers

My left foot looks inflated.

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]
posted by Kololo on May 25, 2009 - 26 answers

Will the real biophysiopathologicoculprit please stand up?

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]
posted by blisskite triplicate on May 22, 2009 - 10 answers

What's up with my reaction to alcohol?

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]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Apr 11, 2009 - 18 answers

I guess I look slightly worse than the Elephant Man....

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]
posted by Oriole Adams on Mar 29, 2009 - 10 answers

How can I find a competent doctor in MD/DC area?

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]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2009 - 10 answers

This little piggie went OWWWW all the way home

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]
posted by desjardins on Oct 30, 2008 - 27 answers

But I don't want trout lips..

I know you aren't my doctor, but why are my lips swelling up? [more inside]
posted by tomble on Aug 4, 2008 - 20 answers

It's not a wad of gum, what else could it be?

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.
posted by a22lamia on Mar 29, 2008 - 18 answers

Sublingual Grapefruit Seed Extract Incident

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]
posted by pranalaxmi on Oct 29, 2007 - 10 answers

Help us figure it out!

Strange swelling on the back of a friend's hand after gardening, with no puncture marks - what could it be? [more inside]
posted by mitzyjalapeno on Aug 10, 2007 - 5 answers

How did I get a fat lip?

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]
posted by desjardins on Jun 22, 2007 - 19 answers

Why did the area just above my eye become swollen (during a hot shower)?

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]
posted by kingtaj on Mar 17, 2007 - 22 answers

Things that bite in the night

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]
posted by t0astie on Mar 12, 2007 - 30 answers

Should I switch from cold to warm compress on knee?

Is there a time I should switch from cold to warm compresses on a joint injury? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt on Feb 22, 2007 - 10 answers

Jammed finger swollen three weeks later

Jammed my thumb playing basketball, does it need an x-ray? [more inside]
posted by knave on Jan 2, 2007 - 4 answers

My eyelid is swelling up but I don't know if it's a Stye or a Chalazion.

My eyelid is swelling up but I don't know if it's a Stye or a Chalazion. [more inside]
posted by shanevsevil on Dec 2, 2006 - 18 answers

Oooh, after that haymaker his eye looks bad!

What is being used by the cutman to heal your boxer (reduce swelling) in the video game ESPN Fight Night Round 3? [more inside]
posted by nekton on Jul 24, 2006 - 9 answers

Reasons/fixes for swollen parotids?

I want my face back! (Swelling of the parotid glands.) [more inside]
posted by tentacle on Jan 20, 2006 - 5 answers

How do I get rid of the aftermath of a minor allergic reaction?

What should I do to make swelling and bumps from an allergic reaction to makeup foundation go away? [more inside]
posted by kirstin on Aug 18, 2005 - 11 answers

My foot looks like a non-hairy paw.

What the hell is wrong with my foot? I sprained it very mildly last July, and its still swollen! [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Jun 14, 2005 - 12 answers

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