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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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

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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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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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How to tell a blood clot from sciatica?

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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 ?

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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  ?

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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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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?

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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?

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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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?

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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?

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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Dr. John Munshower
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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

Dr. John Munshower
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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

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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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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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.

Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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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.

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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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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?

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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Dr. Brian Clear
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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

Dr. Brian Clear
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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

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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