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    Swelling in one arm after exercise, Doctor is no help!

    I've been having chronic trouble with my right arm. It gets 2 inches bigger than my other arm after lifting weights or repetitive use of the arm. There are veins on the right side of my chest and shoulder that are blue but not bulging. I lose some mobility in the arm. My hand gets cold, no pain or numbness. I've been having symptoms for 6 months. When I lay off of exercise the swelling slowly goes away, but veins persist.

    My primary care doctor sent me to a vascular specialist and they ruled out any vascular problems. My primary care doctor does not know where to go from here.

    My only guess would be lymphedema, but wouldn't exercise be good? not aggravate it?

    The only injury I can remember is slightly tweeking my shoulder about a year ago.

    My doctor is no help! Any suggestions on where to go from here are appreciated.
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    What did the vascular specialist do to assess the issue? If it was a vascular problem, LIGHT exercise normally helps with excess fluid build up. However, that likely wouldn't be the case for you since exercise is what's causing your swelling. How does the arm feel when it swells... edematous or solid?

    In any case, get a referral from your primary care physician for a sports medicine physician, who will hopefully/likely be able to provide an explanation for you. Some offices let you make an appointment without the referral and will just have your primary care fax it over the day of your appointment or before you go in.
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    Originally Posted by 908 View Post
    What did the vascular specialist do to assess the issue? If it was a vascular problem, LIGHT exercise normally helps with excess fluid build up. However, that likely wouldn't be the case for you since exercise is what's causing your swelling. How does the arm feel when it swells... edematous or solid?

    In any case, get a referral from your primary care physician for a sports medicine physician, who will hopefully/likely be able to provide an explanation for you. Some offices let you make an appointment without the referral and will just have your primary care fax it over the day of your appointment or before you go in.
    He ordered an ultrasound, xray, and MRI with contrast dye on the arm. He told me my arm was the healthiest he's even seen, vascular wise.

    The arm, especially in the forearm feels really solid, moreso than my unaffected arm.

    I will look into a sports physician in my area, thanks.
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    Same problem

    Just curious if you ever found out what was wrong. I am having literally the EXACT same thing go on with me. It's even in my right arm too. My arm gets all tight and swells about 2-3in bigger. I also have blue veins showing in only the right side of my chest. No doctors have been able to fix it. I've had a nerve study, X-rays, unltrasound, and they haven't found anything. I have a couple more studies to get done on it but I was just wondering if you found out what was wrong
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