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Pain in left leg a few days now swollen

05/27/2008

Question:

A bit feaked out - a long holiday weekend and my left leg has had a bit of pain in the middle of it for a day or so. Yesterday the calf area and foot swell up. Kept leg up last night swelling seems to have gone down -- now that I am up it seems to be coming back. Is it an emergency?

Answer:

Hi. If it goes away with elevation, then this may be a problem with the valves in your legs resulting in swelling. If the swelling persists overnight or gets worse, you need an ultrasound to rule out a blood clot.

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Amy B Reed, MD Amy B Reed, MD
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