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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

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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Took birth control for 4 days....woke up with leg cramp for the first time in years. Should I be worried about a blood clot?

Took birth control for 4 days....woke up with leg cramp for the first time in years. Should I be worried about a blood clot?

Yes: See your MD for evaluation to make that determination or not. Oral contraceptives do have a higher incidence of blood clots when used. ...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?

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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Cramping in lower left leg and foot. No injury. No swelling. Should I be worried about a blood clot?!

Cramping in lower left leg and foot. No injury. No swelling. Should I be worried about a blood clot?!

Not: Necessarily unless you have had a previous clot, are using oral contraceptives, are sedentary, obese or have some type of coagulopathy. DVT is an elusive diagnosis unless thought about. Since you are worried a non invasive vascular exam can easily be ordered by your doctor. No one on this site can say with any degree of certainty that you do or don't with just this information. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about blood clots in the legs?

Should I be concerned about blood clots in the legs?

Possibly Serious: A blood clot in a superficial vein is not an emergency. A blood clot in a deep vein is concerning because the clot can dislodge and travel to the lungs, which can be fatal. The deep clots, also called dvt's, require monitoring by vascular surgeons who treat the clots with anticoagulation medication and possibly surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Question about blood clots in the legs. Do you know you have them?

Question about blood clots in the legs. Do you know you have them?

Clots in legs: Sometimes they present suddenly. Calf pain and swelling may imply clots. Swelling in one leg could indicate clots. Changes in foot or toe color may be seen. One leg feeling different in hot/cold might indicate an issue. If you are concerned you must seek immediate care. ...Read more

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My husband had a blood clot in his leg now the valve is messed up and blood don't flow right. Is there anything he can do about this? He also has an o

My husband had a blood clot in his leg now the valve is messed up and blood don't flow right. Is there anything he can do about this? He also has an o

Deep venous clot: A venous clot can damage the delicate valves inside the vein that allow for one way flow back to the heart. Your husband will need blood thinners to address the clot and an assessment of his risk for a second clot. He might also benefit from compression devices to help control leg swelling associated with damaged vein valves. Okay to see your doc or a vein specialist. ...Read more

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I kitchen chair fell hard on my outer lower left leg about 11/2 in above my ankle my. What the chances of getting a blood clot? Shld I get it chkd out

I kitchen chair fell hard on my outer lower left leg about 11/2 in above my ankle my. What the chances of getting a blood clot? Shld I get it chkd out

How Superficial.: Although the chances of getting a deep vein clot are low, the chances of getting a more superficial clot are more likely. This type of clot requires only a minor degree of treatment. Fortunately, these types of clots seldom lead to serious problems. Treatment is usually minimal, including aspirin, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) possibly some moist heat with elevation. ...Read more

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Could I lump in upper leg be a blood clot even though I am on. I medications, 28 yrs old; have not traveled? Concerned about up coming trip.

Could I lump in upper leg be a blood clot even though I am on. I medications, 28 yrs old; have not traveled? Concerned about up coming trip.

It depends: If suspected a clot, we need to do an ultrasound of the area. But, I am not sure what you meant by taking medications. If you are taking blood thinners and the levels are not within the required range then you still have a chance to develop a clot. If you are planning a trip, please walk or get up at least every 2 hours, that will help you to prevent a blood clot.
I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I fell in February of this year and got a really big bruise on my upper thigh. I can still see it slightly on my leg. I'm flying to the US in October. Do I need to worry about the bruise and blood clots with such a long flight?

I fell in February of this year and got a really big bruise on my upper thigh. I can still see it slightly on my leg. I'm flying to the US in October. Do I need to worry about the bruise and blood clots with such a long flight?

No: The bruise itself would be unrelated to the development of a deep vein thrombosis. Taking a long flight can be a risk factor for getting a clot. I would not worry about it, I would just make sure you get up or at least do foot pumps every 30 minutes and consider taking an aspirin twice a day if there is no medical contraindication. ...Read more

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Should I worry about blood clots? 33yo female, never smoked, on COCs with 25mcg estrogen per pill, 24/4 cycle. Legs become sore when inactive.

Should I worry about blood clots? 33yo female, never smoked, on COCs with 25mcg estrogen per pill, 24/4 cycle. Legs become sore when inactive.

Unlikely: The risk is potentially there for anyone, and slightly more so for women and for BCP users. Do you have a family history of inappropriate blood clots (usually deep vein thrombosis, DVT)? They usually occur in one leg (not both), so pain in both legs would not raise my suspicion. They (DVTs) are easy to test for with an ultrasound study (called a duplex Doppler). You could mention this to your doc. ...Read more

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Blood clots about 7 years ago DVT and PE. Recent problems with legs doppler on both neg - should I ask for additional testing? Still worried.

Blood clots about 7 years ago DVT and PE. Recent problems with legs doppler on both neg - should I ask for additional testing? Still worried.

Unclear: If your dopplers are negative then you are probably fine but I am not sure what you mean by "recent problems." If you develop shortness of breath or one sided leg swelling address this immediately. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing leg aches. At time it's sharp pain in my calf to the point where I cannot sleep. Should I be worried about blood clots?

I have been experiencing leg aches. At time it's sharp pain in my calf to the point where I cannot sleep. Should I be worried about blood clots?

Something to questio: Not sure of your age, use of oral contraceptives, activity level and various other factors. Discuss with your doctor, but needs an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have Sciatic problems. Left leg hurts, goes numb to foot. Could that be the problem? Worried about blood clot.

I have Sciatic problems. Left leg hurts, goes numb to foot. Could that be the problem? Worried about blood clot.

Why Blood Clot?: Unless you have a fever or swollen limb which may suggest a blood clot more than sciatica. I would suggest ruling out the clot first (if you are concerned) and then workup the sciatica issue afterwards. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my oldest son has factor v leiden, he has a blood clot in his leg an the doctors are talking about doing surger?

What do you suggest if my oldest son has factor v leiden, he has a blood clot in his leg an the doctors are talking about doing surger?

What surgery?: Surgery is not a very common solution to a blood clot in the leg. What exactly are they proposing to do and what are your concerns about that? Usually blood thinners are the answer, but occasionally there could be a recommendation for an IVC filter to prevent the clot from going to the lungs. Please ask what and re-submit question with more details... ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my oldest son has factor v leiden, he has a blood clot in his leg an the doctors are talking about doing surger?

Should I be concerned if my oldest son has factor v leiden, he has a blood clot in his leg an the doctors are talking about doing surger?

Risk of blood clots: People who have one factor v leiden gene are at about 5 times greater risk for clot formation and those with two genes are at 50 times greater risk. Please discuss the issue with your doctors. If you have daughters, consult your doctor before they take birth control pills. ...Read more

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My son has factor v leiden, He has a blood clot in his leg and the doctors are talking about doing surgery. What kind of surgery would they do?

My son has factor v leiden, He has a blood clot in his leg and the doctors are talking about doing surgery. What kind of surgery would they do?

Blood clots -surgery: There are several possibilities here for what they may be talking about, depending on the situation. In rare instances, a blood clot may need to actually be removed. Again, this is quite uncommon but not unheard of. They may also be talking about putting a filter in one of the big blood vessels going back to his heart, so that if a bit of the clot breaks of it can't get to his heart of brain. ASK! ...Read more

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Do all blood clots cause strokes or is it rare? Asking because very worried about leg aches and odd eye suddenly turned red. Please help terrified

Do all blood clots cause strokes or is it rare? Asking because very worried about leg aches and odd eye suddenly turned red. Please help terrified

Rare: Very very rare for leg vein clot to cause a stroke. You would need an unusual congenital connection to have a stroke occur from a leg vein clot. Sudden red eye would not be typically associated with this. ...Read more

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I had a knee scope about 10 days ago. Today my leg and calf swelled and I have pain in my foot and tingling in my toes. Could I have a blood clot?

I had a knee scope about 10 days ago. Today my leg and calf swelled and I have pain in my foot and tingling in my toes. Could I have a blood clot?

Could be: It is imperative that you contact your doctor. If the doctor is not available you should go to the emergency department of a near by hospital.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Brief pains in calf and thigh, dr things pulled muscle. Worried about blood clot now short of breath. Would leg be swelling? No swelling or redness.

Brief pains in calf and thigh, dr things pulled muscle. Worried about blood clot now short of breath. Would leg be swelling? No swelling or redness.

Get to er: Leg pains accompanied by shortness of breath is a pulmonary embolism until proven otherwise. Typically preceeded by a clot in the leg. Redness and swelling may occur. However if the clots are higher up in the pelvis the redness and swelling may not be apparent. Pts with hypercoagulable states are prone to spontaneous clotting and need lifelong blood thinners. Need a ct scan of chest in ER asap ...Read more

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Can it be normal for one calf to be slightly bigger than the other? Should I worry about a blood clot?

Can it be normal for one calf to be slightly bigger than the other? Should I worry about a blood clot?

Asymmetry.: None of us are perfectly symmetrical. So all things being equal, the calf asymmetry to describe could be perfectly normal. ...Read more

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Swollen calf, no pain and not related to exercise. Must I worry about a blood clot?

Yes: A swollen leg can occur for many reasons, but a blood clot is one. If you have a blood clot, it needs to be treated. Your leg could be swollen from venous insufficiency (leaky vein valves), problems with the lymph node system, as well as by other problems. The reason to worry about a blood clot, is that untreated, it has the risk of sending a clot to your lung, which can be fatal. ...Read more

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I'm feeling a whooshing feeling in my right thigh. Concerned about a blood clot issue.

I'm feeling a whooshing feeling in my right thigh. Concerned about a blood clot issue.

Whooshing in leg: 39 M notes whooshing feeling in high thigh ANS: need more information. I have never had a patient complain of a whooshing feeling. If you were feeling blood flow in veins then the feeling would get louder during inspiration and go away during expiration. If there all the time then could be due to blocked vein. Below the whoosh. ...Read more

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Severe, sudden pain on top of foot and ankle with no injury. Better with ibuprofen. Should I be worried about a blood clot?

Blot clot: A blood clot will typically present with calf pain and swelling of your leg. I would still recommend you see your doctor about the foot pain to make sure it isn't anything severe ...Read more

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I developed pain my outer upper thigh just last night - can't pinpoint an injury, and I'm concerned about the possibility of a blood clot.

I developed pain my outer upper thigh just last night - can't pinpoint an injury, and I'm concerned about the possibility of a blood clot.

Blood clot: If the skin is red and tender to touch, would strongly recommend you go to the nearest er and have them do some tests to onfirm or rule out a clot. ...Read more

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I am worried about blood clots. I have minor pain in my left calf. Should I consult a doctor?

I am worried about blood clots. I have minor pain in my left calf. Should I consult a doctor?

Yes: When u think about blood clots then u will always b thinking about them, ; the only way 2 get an answer is 2 consult ur pcp ; b sure. Especially if there is a family history of them. 4 peace of mind, get in ; have it looked at. ...Read more

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For about 3 weeks, my left calf has been swollen and hard. Not painful but tingling with activity. No injury + blood test suggests not a blood clot?

Worrisome: Your history is indeed worrisome for a blood clot. I think an ultrasound of your lower leg is need to rule out a clot. I don't see how a blood test could rule out the presence of a clot. If anyone knows I would like to hear an explanation. Please seek medical help. ...Read more

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I had a sudden calf pain during a training run. Then I read about blood clots. Is it more likely a sprain since I wasn't sedentary at time. Ty?

Pain: This sounds most likely that you strained your calf. Blood clots are always a possibility, but in an active man with no history of clotting problems odds are low. Rest, NSAI fluids. If calf would persist to swell and have worsening pain with rest recheck. ...Read more

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I have muscle like pain behind my knee right above the knee area- didn't do anything to it - should I be worried about blood clot- no redness/swelling

I have muscle like pain behind my knee right above the knee area- didn't do anything to it - should I be worried about blood clot- no redness/swelling

Unlikely a clot: This does not sound like a clot to me but if you are concerned you should certainly see a doctor for evaluation
lupus can increase the risk of clots. ...Read more