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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

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


Dr. David Schleimer
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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