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Need HELP! Persistent unilateral swelling

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 1, 2009
  • 05:19 PM

Hi, I have been to four different doctors for this and none of them know what is going on. In May I started having pitting edema in both of my legs (more specifically in my shins). One of the doctors ran every blood test he could think of to look for anything out of the ordinary, he also had me do a urinalysis and followed that with a 24 hour urine test. The only abnormal result was slightly low sodium which I can only assume is because I had tried to cut down on my sodium intake in order to help with the edema. In August, I presented with a sharp pain on the inside front of my left ankle followed a few weeks later with unilateral swelling in the foot on the top of the foot and also my toes (still on the left side). After meeting with a sports medicine doctor, it was decided that I had a trigger point problem and she proceeded to give me a lidocaine/novacaine shot in the trigger point to break it up and she said the swelling on the top of my foot and in my toes was sympathetic swelling that would go away on its own over time and advised me to continue physical activity such as running. The pain did go away approximately two weeks after the injection, but the swelling has persisted. It is now the beginning of November and I am hesitant to return to the doctors because I know they are frustrated that they do not have the answers and they also do not seem enthusiastic about me returning repeatedly for the same issue. What should i do? Does anyone know what is going on with my foot? It doesn't really hurt except from the tightness of the swelling and there was no injury that caused either the pain in the ankle or the swelling.

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