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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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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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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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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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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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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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See your doctor to evaluate cause
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Have meds adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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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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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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Managing Sciatica (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for pain relief
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Get an Xray/MRI in 4 weeks if not better
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See a spine/pain specialist if it doesn't improve
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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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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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