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How can you tell the difference between sciatica and a blood clot? If there is no back or hip pain, just leg pain above the knee. Ty

How can you tell the difference between sciatica and a blood clot? If there is no back or hip pain, just leg pain above the knee. Ty

Generally you can't: Unless you have a fever or swollen limb which may suggest a clot more than sciatica otherwise not very specific. I would suggest ruling out the clot first and then workup the sciatica issue afterwards. ...Read more

Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more


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How to tell a blood clot from sciatica?

How to tell a blood clot from sciatica?

Generally you can't: Unless you have a fever or swollen limb which may suggest a clot more than sciatica otherwise not very specific. I would suggest ruling out the clot first and then workup the sciatica issue afterwards. ...Read more

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What is a good way to prevent blood clots? Never had them, besides being overweight I think I have no risks for it. I get anxious when I get sciatica.

What is a good way to prevent blood clots? Never had them, besides being overweight I think I have no risks for it. I get anxious when I get sciatica.

More info!: To develop Blood Clots a patient either has to have had a severe traumatic injury or other risk factors, like obesity, smoking, estrogen or blood protein deficiencies!, daily exercise, weight loss! Quitting cigarettes, and been active are all protective! Any family or genetic deficiencies need to be factored in!, sciatica causes mechanical back pain, not associated w clots! Best ...Read more

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Every time my sciatica flares, my health anxiety goes crazy thinking I've a blood clot and I'll die, what are blood clot symptoms I can be reassured?

Every time my sciatica flares, my health anxiety goes crazy thinking I've a blood clot and I'll die, what are blood clot symptoms I can be reassured?

Sciatica, Anxiety: I feel empathy for your pain
Relax if sciatica is not radiating to your legs
No relationship of Sciatica with blood clot, you will not die from Sciatica
Feel the Wonders of your body with Lungs and Heart. Without these, we will not be alive, eat, sleep, talk or feel the pain
Breathing relaxation, Tai Chi, Yoga
Become the Captain over your pain, not victim of your pain
See Psychiatrist for Anxiety ...Read more

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How do I tell if the pain coming from my butt is sciatica or an internal thrombosed (blood clot) hemorrhoid?

How do I tell if the pain coming from my butt is sciatica or an internal thrombosed (blood clot) hemorrhoid?

If Rectal pain: Then hemorrhoids likely. If in buttock area then likely spine related, only way to know about spine issues is get lumbar spine MRI. ...Read more

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Pain in calf off and on for almost a yr. Dr said in July it was a nerve or sciatica. Still scared of a blood clot but Dr says no. What could it be?

Pain in calf off and on for almost a yr. Dr said in July it was a nerve or sciatica. Still scared of a blood clot but Dr says no. What could it be?

Almost a year?: Wow! What does your neurologist think? Six months ago you were given two potential causes (sciatica vs nerve)?
It may be time to see a nerve specialist. Don't you think? ...Read more

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How accurate are us for blood clot? Came back negative. Said I have sciatica, does the cause soreness behind the knee and calf to? Thanks

How accurate are us for blood clot? Came back negative. Said I have sciatica, does the cause soreness behind the knee and calf to? Thanks

Accurate: Us dopplers and venous duplex scans are accurate to diagnose vascular issues, including blood clots and dvt's, etc. Assuming you had some sort of other x-ray that diagnosed a sciatic nerve impingement issue, that condition can certainly cause your symptoms as the sciatic nerve innervates those areas. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Had us on leg to rule out blood clots, was told I had sciatica. Does it have to be fully straight down the leg or brief pains in spots? Like by my groin?

Had us on leg to rule out blood clots, was told I had sciatica. Does it have to be fully straight down the leg or brief pains in spots? Like by my groin?

Sciatica: Sciatica or inflammation of the sciatic nerve is often caused by a herniatee disc in the low back. The location and radiation of the pain varies by the level and degree of the disc herniation. A physician who specializes in the spine can help relieve your pain. ...Read more

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Have a lump in outer thigh, hurts and off. Having sciatica and my foots number. Does it sound like a nerve or blood clot.

Have a lump in outer thigh, hurts and off. Having sciatica and my foots number. Does it sound like a nerve or blood clot.

YES.: Sciatica is a symptom looking for a diagnosis. You need one! The lump on your thigh may or may not be related to your other symptoms. In any case, you need to see a doctor. Please do so at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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I have pain in my lower leg, moves around from shin to calf to ankle for 3 days now. Worried about a blood clot but also have had sciatica. What to do?

See your Doctor: Once blood clot is ruled out, then if you know you have sciatica it probably is that. Make sure though you rule out the blood clot first. You may need to see a spine/pain specialist for further evals and treatment for the sciatica though. ...Read more

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I'm on the pill, is it bad to skip periods? I get bad sciatica each month when I have a period. Also is getting a blood clot when not menstruating bad

I'm on the pill, is it bad to skip periods? I get bad sciatica each month when I have a period. Also is getting a blood clot when not menstruating bad

No: No harm has been associated with using medication to suppress periods for up to one year. That being said, most women find that to be a strange concept, so these forms of birth control are often formulated to permit menstruation once every 3 to 6 months. Getting a clot in a vein or artery is always bad, but period clots if that's what you mean are normal and very common. ...Read more

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Leg feels heavy, muscle spasms, hurts from toes to buttocks, possible bursitis in knee, Can sciatica cause all this or could it be a blood clot?

Leg feels heavy, muscle spasms, hurts from toes to buttocks, possible bursitis in knee, Can sciatica cause all this or could it be a blood clot?

Not likely: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. If you are overweight it is imperative that you lose weight through diet and exercise. ...Read more

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How do I distinguish pain from my sciatica in both legs from a blood clot? I get scared because the pains I Get from hip to foot. Pain similar 2 dvt?

How do I distinguish pain from my sciatica in both legs from a blood clot? I get scared because the pains I Get from hip to foot. Pain similar 2 dvt?

Generally you can't: Unless you have a fever or swollen limb which may suggest a clot more than sciatica otherwise not very specific. I would suggest ruling out the clot first and then workup the sciatica issue afterwards. ...Read more

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My period is very heavy with blood clots and bad low back pain. There were time went my period stayed on for almost a month.?

My period is very heavy with blood clots and bad low back pain. There were time went my period stayed on for almost a month.?

Check for fibroids: You might have fibroids that can cause abnormal bleeding. An ultrasound can confirm whether this might be a problem. If your doctor can see that your uterus is enlarged that would suggest a fibroid. You could also have polyps in your endometrial cavity that might cause bleeding. Make an appointment to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I think I'm pregnant but test show no hcg but I have all the symptoms and now I have cramping low back pain and only blood clot coming out here and th?

I think I'm pregnant but test show no hcg but I have all the symptoms and now I have cramping low back pain and only blood clot coming out here and th?

Not pregnant: If there is no HCG there is no pregnancy. There are lots of causes of cramping and low back pain and blood clots coming out every now and then is not a symptom of pregnancy. See your doctor for a full history, exam, and appropriate testing to find out what the problem is so that you can fix it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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In what way can I tell the difference between a blood clot and a broken vein?

In what way can I tell the difference between a blood clot and a broken vein?

Swelling vs bruise: Blood clot causes swelling and pain.

If deep vein - alot of swelling.
If superificial vein - then sometimes thrombophlebitis.

Broken vein causes bruising or staining. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bruises and blood clots?

What is the difference between bruises and blood clots?

Location: Blood clots occurs within blood vessels, when liquid blood solidifies. Outside of blood vessels, thiscollection is called a hematoma. A bruise occrs when capillaries are damaged and blood seeps out, usually after blunt trauma. Less severe than either of the above. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a blood blister and a blood clot?

What is the difference between a blood blister and a blood clot?

Blood clot vs bliste: A blood blister is a sac of blood, other fluids & / or lymph. It occurs when blood vessels are damaged in subdermal tissues without breaking the overlying skin.
A blood clot (thrombus) occurs when blood coagulates & may be found in many areas. ...Read more

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Difference between varicose vein and a blood clot?

Difference between varicose vein and a blood clot?

Very different: Varicose veins are defective veins that have weakened walls. Blood clots can form in varicose veins, a condition known as "thrombophlebitis, " but the majority of varicose veins do not have blood clots. Blood clots can also form in the deep veins, a condition known as dvt. This is a serious condition occurs more commonly after surgery, trauma, long plane/car rides, during pregnancy, among others. ...Read more

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I think I have a bruise on my leg. How do I tell the difference between a blood clot and a bruise?

I think I have a bruise on my leg. How do I tell the difference between a blood clot and a bruise?

Clots are deeper: A bruise you can see on the skin. A clot, especially a significant one is in the deep veins and is not visible. ...Read more

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What's the difference between blood thinners and prevention of blood clots? What's the generic name ex. Anti-coagulant?

What's the difference between blood thinners and prevention of blood clots? What's the generic name ex. Anti-coagulant?

Same thing: Blood thinner is a lay term for anticoagulation to prevent formation of blood clots in circulation. Common drugs are heparin, warfarin, thrombin inhibitors and factor Xa inhibitors. Another category of drugs are platelet inhibitors. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/bloodthinners. Html ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a blood clot and a muscle strain when you have mild calf pain?

Calf pain: Strain is usually caused my a history of trauma. Very localized tenderness and swelling. Blood clots in the calf typically present with widespread swelling, tenderness, increase in pain with squeezing the whole calf but can only be diagnosed by testing. Currently tested by a Doppler study. Many times the calf pain produced by a clot increases with time. ...Read more

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Early pregnancy went to ER heard hb bleeding and blood clots how to tell the difference between miscarriage and clots?

Early pregnancy went to ER heard hb bleeding and blood clots how to tell the difference between miscarriage and clots?

Very difficult: And would require a microscope. An easier way is to measure the pregnancy hormone, hcg, in the mother's blood and then measure it again 2-3 days later. If pregnant, it should increase (usually doubles every 3 days in early pregnancy).

Also, depending on how many weeks pregnant (at least 4-5 weeks), transvaginal ultrasound may show evidence of an intrauterine pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is the difference in feeling of blood clots and leg cramps?

What is the difference in feeling of blood clots and leg cramps?

Tough question!: The classic symptoms of DVT are pain and swelling of an extremity. Muscle cramps are nonspecific and may be the result of several different conditions, often quite minor. An ultrasound will rule/out clot and should be performed if there is concern about dvt. ...Read more

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Swelling in left leg not a lot but you can see the difference. Blood clot was ruled out by d-dimmer. What could it be? Thank you

Swelling in left leg not a lot but you can see the difference. Blood clot was ruled out by d-dimmer. What could it be? Thank you

Lymphedema: The possibility exists that there has been an impedance of lymph flow in one leg. Also, circulatory flow may be compromised by such things as varicose veins. A third possibility that comes to mind would be a foot alignment issue that can exist unilaterally, such as a flatfoot. These things don't have great risk to you, but should be evaluated by a primary care physician. ...Read more

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Took plan B 9 days ago and 4 days ago started light flow (on and off) of brown blood with the occasional blood clot. Normal?

Took plan B 9 days ago and 4 days ago started light flow (on and off) of brown blood with the occasional blood clot. Normal?

Yes this is normal.: Monitor your cycle and you should start your next menses in about 4 weeks. Strongly recommend using birth control, at the very least condoms until you can confirm that you are not pregnant. Other options can be explored for effective birth control. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about post d&c blood clots in my uterus?

Can you tell me about post d&c blood clots in my uterus?

Unclear question: A certain amount of bleeding occurs with d&c and may form clots. It should clear out in a few days.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is a blood clot in the legs or pelvis (d.V.T.)?

What kind of condition is a blood clot in the legs or pelvis (d.V.T.)?

DVT: Blood vessels in the leg are generally divided into arteries which carry blood away from the heart and veins which carry blood back to the heart. Arterial clots can cause decreased oxygen downstream leading to pain, gangrene and even amputation. Venous clots can cause leg swelling/pain, and these clots can also travel through the heart to the lungs causing shortness of breath, pain, and even death. ...Read more

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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more