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Offline plumb bob

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A quick question about swelling
« on: April 08, 2011, 09:17:52 AM »
Hey guys,
just wanted some advice on swelling !
I am currently recovering from an infection in my left knee, caused by spending far to much time on them due to my job as a plumber. Ive been resting & icing for a week now and have noticed that the swelling has drifted down my skin and has become very spongy to the touch, so much so that I can press my finger into it and it still leaves an impression for quite a while !!!!

Is this normal? Or should I be seeking more medical advice?

Any help you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated...

Offline Kimberly 77

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Re: A quick question about swelling
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2011, 04:15:23 PM »
You need to go back to your gp or a os, they can draw out the fluid with a siringe if needed. In the meantime, rest, ice, compress, and elevate, and take a anti inflamatory like alieve or ibprofen are the only things you can do. I would be aksing why you have a infection in the knee, there must be damage in there or something auto immune going on that is causing the infection.
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Re: A quick question about swelling
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2011, 04:54:16 PM »
Thanks kimberley,
the reason I got an infection was due to kneeling on a rusty nail that broke the skin..
the swelling that has gone to the shin feels a bit like memory foam if you know what I mean.. cant seem to shift it no matter how long I R.I.C.E..

might take your advice and return to my gp depending on if someone tells me anything different..

I appreciate your response.

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Re: A quick question about swelling
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2011, 05:56:19 PM »
Has the doctor actually said you've got an infection? If so (and kneeling on a rusty nail probably has created something nasty in there!) you need some antibiotics to get it under control, not just icing it. Icing will help inflammation caused after trauma (sprains, tears etc) but it won't fight infection. If the infection is actually spreading then I'd get it looked at, you don't want it in the joint capsule. You may need combination of anti-bitoics and some anti inflams to settle it all down. Our bodies natutally fight off infections but sometimes they need a little help!

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Re: A quick question about swelling
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2011, 06:06:57 PM »
There is no doubt about it.  You need to see a physician.  If you have an infection in the joint, it isn't something that should be ignored.  The sooner you find out exactly what it is, the better.  If you had an infection of the soft tissue of your knee, you will want to ensure that the swelling is not from that.  You would not want it to spread any further. 
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Re: A quick question about swelling
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2011, 04:01:46 AM »
Did you see a doctor first? Joint infections can be nasty. And I hope your tetanus is up to date, after getting an injury with a rusty nail.
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Re: A quick question about swelling
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2011, 08:21:06 AM »
thanks guys for all the replies.

I did in deed go to my GP initially and have been on a course of antibiotics for a week now. The infection has now gone but my worry is this memory foam swelling in the shin... its very weird..

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Re: A quick question about swelling
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2011, 10:56:25 PM »
You should still be talking to your doctor about the squishy swelling. At least a phone call.
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