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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 is usually described as the region between the end of the rib cage to the pelvic bone. The back pain may be related to problems with the nerves, muscles, circulation, ligaments, bones and joints. If the pain is aching, dull with stiffness, muscle spasms are usually the cause. If the pain is sharp, shooting, burning, throbbing , numbness, tingling, ...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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I have a blood clot in.right leg. Lower back pain on.right side, sciatica on right and lower abdominal pain with chills when I utinate?

I have a blood clot in.right leg. Lower back pain on.right side, sciatica on right and lower abdominal pain with chills when I utinate?

Symptoms: I don't see a precise question. The abdominal pain and chills on urination sound like a urinary tract infection. You shoule be on a 'blood thinner' for the blood clot and a repeat ultrasound should be done in a week or so.Other pain sounds unrelated. ...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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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'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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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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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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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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