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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Blood Clot In Lower Leg

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I have a pain in my lower leg which I think may be a blood clot. I don't have any other symptoms. I smoke and take B.C. Do I need to go to the ER?

I have a pain in my lower leg which I think may be a blood clot.  I don't have any other symptoms. I smoke and take B.C.  Do I need to go to the ER?

Yes: If there is pain or swelling in the leg, and you have the additional risk factors of being a smoker on oral contraceptives (I must tell you that when I was in practice, I would NOT prescribe these drugs to smokers), you may well have a deep venous thrombosis, which could cause damage and harm on its own, and can travel to the lung as a pulmonary embolus and cause severe problems and even death. ...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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Can you physically feel a blood clot in your lower leg?

Can you physically feel a blood clot in your lower leg?

Usually not: The blood clots that are dangerous are in the deep veins and you can not usually feel them. Occasionally we can feel one if it is very large behind the knee. The best indicator of a clot is one very swollen leg below the knee. If we see this we will send the patient for an ultrasound and doppler to rule out a blood clot. ...Read more

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A rope snapped, hit hard on lower leg, left a knot. After a week the knot has only gotten bigger and it hurts. Should I be worried about a blood clot?

A rope snapped, hit hard on lower leg, left a knot. After a week the knot has only gotten bigger and it hurts. Should I be worried about a blood clot?

Get it evaluated: Sounds like a good idea to have someone evaluate the area. You can get blood to pool in an area of local trauma called a hematoma but blood clots can also form within the veins which are the more concerning type. ...Read more

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How useful is a d-dimer test in ruling out a blood clot in the lower leg?

How useful is a d-dimer test in ruling out a  blood clot in the lower leg?

Useful: A negative result of D-Dimer has a 97%+ predictive value in ruling out deep vein thrombosis. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Pain in lower leg area had ultrasound done came back negative for blood clots how good are they still have pain in the area ?

Pain in lower leg area had ultrasound done came back negative for blood clots how good are they still have pain in the area ?

More info needs: Do you have one side or both leg pain, any edema/swelling? Had injury or not? So no DVT is good. Still can looking for other source of pain. Dvt can be life threatening, others are not that urgent. So, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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A chair feel on my lower leg 2 wks ago. I now have a not feeling there & it still feels bruised, but only when I touch it. Could this be a blood clot?

A chair feel on my lower leg 2 wks ago. I now have a not feeling there & it still feels bruised, but only when I touch it. Could this be a blood clot?

No: It's just bruised. There may be a "hematoma" or collection of blood underneath the skin.This is superficial and not the type of clot that is dangerous.It can take up to 6 weeks for the numbness to resolve due to injured superficial nerves. ...Read more

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I've had pain radiating my lower buttocks down through my lower leg as well as veinsin the back of my knee. Family is conccerned its a blood clot?

I've had pain radiating my lower buttocks down through my lower leg as well as veinsin the back of my knee. Family is conccerned its a blood clot?

Radicular pain: Pain that radiates from the buttocks or back, and travel down the leg is known as radicular pain. This is usually due to nerve impingement to the lower back (aka sciatic pain). The most common and prevalent symptom of a clot is swelling to the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Best to see your family doctor or internist to find out your cause of pain. ...Read more

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