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Swelling of Both Thighs Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your swelling of both thighs symptoms, including 10 causes and common questions.

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  1. 10 Possible Swelling Of Both Thighs Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

10 Possible Swelling Of Both Thighs Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced swelling of both thighs. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Congestive heart failure

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is no longer able to effectively pump blood to the rest of the body. Heart failure can affect the right side, left side, or both sides of the heart. It can be subcategorized as "heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF)" or "heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF)." The ejection fraction is the portion of blood in the heart that gets ejected through the blood vessels to the rest of the body with each pump. HFpEF is a condition in which the fraction of blood in the heart that is pumped with each beat is normal but the ventricle, one of the chambers of the heart, has been stiffened so does not fill with blood as effectively. HFrEF is a condition in which the fraction of blood ejected from the heart with each beat is reduced.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, cough at night, shortness of breath on exertion

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) characterized by a rapid rate and irregular rhythm that feels like the heart is quivering. It can lead to chest discomfort, shortness of breath,.

Heart damage from high blood pressure, congenital heart defects, viral infections, and sleep apnea can cause atrial fibrillation. Other risk factors include increasing age, obesity, family history, and drinking alcohol.

Symptoms include a jerky, fluttering heartbeat (palpitations);(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/chest-pain-worse-breathing-or-coughing/) is a medical emergency requiring a call to 911.

Treatment involves cardioversion with mild electrical shock or medication to return the heart to normal rhythm. Blood thinners and medication to maintain heart rhythm will be prescribed. Procedures may be needed in some cases.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, racing heart beat, lightheadedness

Urgency: Emergency medical service

Cushing syndrome

Cushing Syndrome is a hormonal disorder. The cause is long-term exposure to too much cortisol, a hormone that the adrenal gland makes. Sometimes, taking synthetic hormone medicine like corticosteroids to treat an inflammatory disease leads to Cushing's syndrome.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, headache, depressed mood, weight gain, back pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Stress-induced cardiomyopathy

Stress-induced cardiomyopathy is one of those strange conditions that the general public seemed to recognize long before the medical community accepted it.

Symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, and palpitations.

After other diagnoses have been ruled out and imaging hasn't identified any arterial blockages, treatments for this condition are largely supportive. Medication to regulate blood pressure may be prescribed.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: shortness of breath, racing heart beat, muscle aches, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone, excessive sweating

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Restrictive cardiomyopathy

Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a type of heart disorder in which the walls of the heart become stiff, preventing it from filling with blood normally. The atria become enlarged and blood flow in the heart is gradually reduced, which may lead to heart failure or arrhythmias.

Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest discomfort or fluttering in the chest, swelling in the abdomen or legs, and feelings of being weak or more tired than usual.

Treatments include medications to slow the heart rate, diuretics, blood thinners, the surgical implant of a pacemaker, and alleviation of underlying causes.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, racing heart beat, shortness of breath when lying down

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

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Third degree atrioventricular nodal block

3rd degree atrioventricular nodal block is the most severe form of conduction blockage.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: shortness of breath, racing heart beat, tight, heavy, squeezing chest pain, lightheadedness, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone

Symptoms that never occur with third degree atrioventricular nodal block: swelling of one leg, swelling of one foot, swollen ankle

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Right heart failure (cor pulmonale)

Acute cor pulmonale is also called acute right-sided heart failure and acute RHF. It is the sudden failure of the right ventricle of the heart.

The right ventricle pumps blood out of the heart, into the pulmonary artery, and into the lungs. If the pulmonary artery is blocked, the right ventricle will quickly become overworked and in danger of shutting down. A blood clot, called an embolism, or plaque lining this artery can suddenly cut off blood flow from the heart into the lungs.

Risk factors for acute cor pulmonale include surgery, obesity, smoking, and prolonged immobility. All of these leave the person prone to blood clots and/or plaque in the arteries.

Symptoms include sudden chest pain with rapid heartbeat, pale skin, cold sweat, shortness of breath, and coughing, sometimes with blood.

Acute cor pulmonale is a life-threatening medical emergency. Take the patient to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination, blood tests, echocardiogram, and chest x-ray.

Treatment involves oxygen, diuretics, blood-thinning and clot-dissolving medications, and sometimes surgery.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath on exertion, wheezing, decreased exercise tolerance

Symptoms that never occur with right heart failure (cor pulmonale): severe chest pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Allergic reaction (not life-threatening)

When the body encounters a harmful substance, it responds with inflammation and swelling that can be protective. In many individuals, the body responds this way to substances that are not normally harmful, like foods or pollen. This is the basis of allergy, or Type 1 Hypersensitivity.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: swollen face, swollen lips, lip numbness, hives, red swollen bumps or patches with a pale center, lip redness

Symptoms that never occur with allergic reaction (not life-threatening): shortness of breath, throat itching

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Nephrotic syndrome

Nephrotic syndrome is a disorder of the kidneys that results in too much protein excreted into your urine. It is usually associated with damaged kidneys specifically damage to the kidneys' filters, called glomeruli.

Kidney damage and nephrotic syndrome primarily include albuminuria, or large amounts of protein in the urine; hyperlipidemia, which is higher than normal fat and cholesterol content in the blood; edema, which is widespread swelling; and hypoalbuminemia, which is a low level of albumin in the blood.

Edema often presents as weight gain, albuminuria is identified by(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/fatigue/) may also be experienced.

Treatments include medications to relieve symptoms and assess underlying conditions as well as possible lifestyle adjustments.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, weight gain, bilateral leg swelling

Symptoms that never occur with nephrotic syndrome: cut on the foot, recent cut or wound, swollen ankle, swelling of one leg

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Hives

Hives, or urticaria, are flat red welts that can appear anywhere on the skin and usually itch. Hives often occur as an allergic reaction to something eaten or something that has contacted the skin. Foods, medicines, and plants are common causes, but sun exposure, stress, infections, and autoimmune diseases have also been known to cause hives.

Symptoms include an itchy, stinging pink rash of slightly swollen skin. The rash may wax and wane in severity. Acute hives typically resolve within six weeks, but chronic hives can persist for months or years.

Hives often resolve on their own, especially in children. Otherwise, treatment for acute hives involves oral antihistamine medications to help relieve the itching and stinging. Chronic hives that do not improve with antihistamines may be treated additionally with corticosteroids, antibiotics, and other stronger medicines.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: red or pink, rough patch of skin, itchy rash, curved rash, insect bite or sting, hives, red swollen bumps or patches with a pale center

Symptoms that always occur with hives: red or pink, rough patch of skin

Urgency: Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swelling Of Both Thighs

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do you have a rash?
  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?

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Swelling Of Both Thighs Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced swelling of both thighs have also experienced:

  • 4% Swelling Of Both Feet
  • 3% Muscle Aches
  • 2% Swollen Ankle

People who have experienced swelling of both thighs were most often matched with:

  • 50% Atrial Fibrillation
  • 28% Congestive Heart Failure
  • 21% Cushing Syndrome

People who have experienced swelling of both thighs had symptoms persist for:

  • 30% Less than a week
  • 28% Over a month
  • 22% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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