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Old 09-30-2010, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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How would you know if you had a blood clot in your calf?
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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The ONLY way to know for sure is to get an ultrasound study of your leg.

If your calf is swollen and tender and you have recently been on bedrest, had a knee or leg injury, traveled by plane for any distance, have a history of blood clots..

You should get it checked out.

Physical examination is NOT adequate to rule out a blood clot.

My rule of thumb is if I see a patient and I even remotely suspect a clot or the thought enters my mind at all....I get the ultrasound.
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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Yeah I doubt it is, no swelling or anything. Just for over a week I had this weird pain behind my knee/upper calf. Doesn't hurt to touch it but if I kneel down or bend my knee it aches deep inside my leg and sometimes it's a light throb. it's a very localized, but once the pain shot up my thigh. Just seemed weird it's been around for a week since I started my BP pills.

Only reason I thought about blood clots is years ago they thought I had a blood clot in that very same leg, but then my ankle was swollen and I had no pain.
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:15 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I have had two blood clots in the same leg. One involved swelling and there was no mistaking that something was very wrong. The second one involved only an odd pain and I knew something was wrong then too.
If I were you I'd swallow a few aspirin asap and get to the ER for an ultrasound. I probably don't need to tell you that many people have died from a clot that travels up to the lungs.
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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well I had this a week already and nothing has happened. I made an appt to see my doc at 8:30 tommorow.

What kind of pain did you have? I know what you mean about '"odd pain" it's really hard to describe.
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:27 PM
 
Location: state of procrastination
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Since you have started BCP I'd mention this to your doctor, I'm sure you know the correlation between the pill and blood clots. It happened to me once before and they switched me to a different pill. Since then I've not had the pain.
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