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Question: What causes the middle part of your arm, right above the elbow to swell up and hard to move around? Tabatha

Answer: Dear Tabatha,

Swelling involves the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body structures caused by excessive buildup of fluid in the tissues. There are several causes for swelling:

- Injury
- Inflammation
- Too much sodium intake
- Burns
- Pregnancy
- Drugs
- Kidney disease
- Heart failure
- Thyroid disease

In order to diagnose the exact cause of the swelling, a doctor needs to examine the affected area. After diagnosis, a favorable treatment can be prescribed.

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