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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

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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Sciatica (Definition)

Sciatica is a symptom describing 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


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