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Dr. Ted King
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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep vein thrombosis means a blood clot in the deeper veins of the affected extremity. The deeper veins of the major functional veins that returned blood flow back towards the heart. Having a blood clot in a deep vein is a serious issue and needs to be treated with anticoagulation therapy to prevent the possibility of a blood clot traveling ...Read more


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I've had calf pain in my left leg for over three years now. No swelling or redness but it hurts to walk on. Could this be a DVT after all this time?

I've had calf pain in my left leg for over three years now. No swelling or redness but it hurts to walk on. Could this be a DVT after all this time?

Probably not: Dvt classically result in swelling +- pain (from a little to alot). Post -dvt syndrome can hurt for years after the DVT has resolved. See a doc ( vascular md if you are vry anxious about a dvt) and look for other causes ...Read more

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Woke up with calf pain. Can't remember having a spasm. No redness/swelling. Only hurts when walking or bending foot. DVT possible? I do sit a lot.

Woke up with calf pain. Can't remember having a spasm. No redness/swelling. Only hurts when walking or bending foot. DVT possible? I do sit a lot.

Not typically: Without calf swelling DVT not likely although without more information hard to say. Calf pain may just be a cramp or musculoskeletal strain/injury etc. If it persists despite analgesics/anti-inflammatories see your primary care physician. ...Read more

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I have an ache in my calf and pain in my ankle. Could this be dvt? There is no swelling or redness.

Yes: Either achilles pain (strain, tear) or DVT would be most likely. See a specialist for a simple scan that will determine whether a clot is present. Swelling and redness is present only about 50-75% of the time. ...Read more

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My calf leg has been slightly aching, it just happened yesterday. How do I know this isn't a dvt? I don't have any swelling or redness nor is it hot

My calf leg has been slightly aching, it just happened yesterday. How do I know this isn't a dvt? I don't have any swelling or redness nor is it hot

Ultrasound: Best way to check for thrombophlebitis is with ultrasound study of the leg veins. You can first see your doctor and he may be able to tell you what is going on, and whether ultrasound is indicated. ...Read more

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My doc did a physical exam of my leg for DVT said there isn't no swelling or redness. Should I still be worried? My leg still aches.

My doc did a physical exam of my leg for DVT said there isn't no swelling or redness. Should I still be worried? My leg still aches.

Probably not.: There are many causes for leg pain, like muscle aches, strains etc. If there is no swelling and redness and you have been examined and had imaging of your leg with an ultrasound or even a CT and if these are negative for a DVT, then you probably don't need to worry. ...Read more

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Got bad leg cramp in night little sore now normal ?? Worried about dvt no swelling or redness

Got bad leg cramp in night little sore now normal ?? Worried about dvt no swelling or redness

Cramp: leg cramp not likely DVT but not enough information about you here to know your likely cause. See a doc who can get more history and try to work through probability ...Read more

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Possible cause of 8/10 calf pain for 4 days, no dvt. No swelling, redness, bruising and no sports, no falls, etc. Pain began while stationary in bed.

Possible cause of 8/10 calf pain for 4 days, no dvt. No swelling, redness, bruising and no sports, no falls, etc. Pain began while stationary in bed.

Prolonged bed rest?: Are you on any meds?, meds can cause pain. Is it both legs? If not is one warmer then the other? Has there been recent trauma?(like tripping-which can tear a muscle or tendon, also do you wear the orthopedic device commonly called `high heels'?)) You claim no swelling, edema is tested by pressing at the shin with thumb to see if it leaves depression in tissue. You may need ultrasound of leg veins ...Read more

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I'm a 20 year old female and I'm having concerns of dvt. Intermittent calf pain, my leg is not red or swollen, but i'm on yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) which increases risk?

I'm a 20 year old female and I'm having concerns of dvt. Intermittent calf pain, my leg is not red or swollen, but i'm on yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) which increases risk?

Ok, I hear ya: The incidence of DVT on chemical contraceptives remains very low, but it is higher than in the general population. if you are sufficiently worried, make an appointment to see your doctor so he/she can examine you and determine if you need further testing. There are lots of things other than a DVT that could cause your symptoms. Nevertheless, a physical examination and history is where to start. ...Read more

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Throbbing pain in left calf. Sometimes in knee and ankle. Ultrasound negative. No redness or swelling. Worried about DVT. Please advise.

Throbbing pain in left calf.  Sometimes in knee and ankle.  Ultrasound negative. No redness or swelling.  Worried about DVT.  Please advise.

Radiculopathy: 30's male with intermittent throbbing shifting pain of knee or calf or ankle, and absent redness, swelling or ultrasound findings needs to see Osteopath; with concern for peripheral neuropathy due to pelvic or lumbar region neural impingement, for example, sciatica. ...Read more

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History of DVT w/vinecava filter tightness above knee w/swelling in calf and ankle itching behind the knee and aching on lovenox (enoxaparin) 120 sub Q2x day new clot?

History of DVT w/vinecava filter tightness above knee w/swelling in calf and ankle itching behind the knee and aching on lovenox (enoxaparin) 120 sub Q2x day new clot?

Ultrasound: On Lovenox (enoxaparin) it would be unlikely to develop another blood clot, however if you have a hypercooagulable condition there is some risk for excess clotting. Have an evaluation with your doctor and you may need an ultrasound to look for progression of the clot. ...Read more

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Leg pain x1 week hard to pinpoint where sometimes calf sometimes back of thigh. No redness or swelling. Visible vein on inside back knee. DVT?

Leg pain x1 week hard to pinpoint where sometimes calf sometimes back of thigh. No redness or swelling.  Visible vein on inside back knee. DVT?

Leg pain: Can not rule out - any risk factors such as prolonged plane or car rides or recent surgery. Any history of prior clots. Could also be baker's cyst back of knee - check for swelling in the back of the knee. If continues - should get evaluated especially if your leg begins to swell ...Read more

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Had similar problem before also after 24hr train trip. Left leg is heavy and aches in calf and knee whether lying down or standing. No swelling. DVT?

Had similar problem before also after 24hr train trip. Left leg is heavy and aches in calf and knee whether lying down or standing. No swelling. DVT?

Leg pain: Heaviness, and achiness of the calf and knee which persists both lying down or standing should be evaluated, specifically so since this occurred after a long train trip. The most efficient test would be a venous Doppler ultrasound which would reveal the possibility of a deep vein thrombosis, or perhaps the presence of a cyst behind the knee, known as a Bakers cyst. ...Read more

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Would 3 normal u/s and 5 low d-dimers over the course of 4 weeks rule out dvt? Even though leg pain is still there? No redness or swelling.

Would 3 normal u/s and 5 low d-dimers over the course of 4 weeks rule out dvt? Even though leg pain is still there? No redness or swelling.

Probably: A normal ultrasound of the leg should rule out a DVT in most cases. An ultrasound would not be able to pickup a DVT if it were intra-pelvic, but the d-dimer would usually be high. If you have had leg pain for a month that hasn't improved, go see a doctor. There are many causes other than DVT for leg pain and your doctor can help you determine the best way to find out what's causing your pain. ...Read more

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Can you get dvt even if your on your feet all day not inactive but get pain in my leg next to knee no swelling or redness?

Can you get dvt even if your on your feet all day not inactive but get pain in my leg next to knee no swelling or redness?

Not likely: But possible, specifically in subjects with pro thrombotic conditions that are congenital or inherited and/or acquired as in trauma/ smokers/ oral contraceptive treatment. ...Read more

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Pain in thigh left leg no swelling heat or redness achyness worried about dvt no recent travel or ops should i worry ?

Pain in thigh left leg no swelling heat or redness achyness worried about dvt no recent travel or ops should i worry ?

Hard to tell: If you are active, not terribly.overweight and have no history or family history of DVT it would be unusual there are usually three things that need to combine for dvt: abnormal veins Stagnant blood and abnirmality in you bliod clotting a pulled muscle is more likely however if you dont think this izr the case a venous ultrasound ia best test ...Read more

Calf Pain (Definition)

Means a pain in the calf. This can be from muscle strain, a clot in a vein, a torn tendon, infection or a host of several other problems, including referred pain from someplace higher up, like the lower back. The best starting place for calf pain is your primary medical doctor, who can then make an appropriate referral depending on what he or she ...Read more


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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more