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Unread 04-15-2008, 08:49 PM
leg cramp or blood clot?

How bad does a blood clot hurt? For the past two days I have an occasional pain/ache on the outside of my upper thigh. It goes away with tylenol, rest and heat, but comes back now and then. It isn't a terrible pain, but its annoying and I'm getting terrible anxiety thinking it could be a clot. I'm 18 days post op, and am up and around more this week thank I had been the two weeks before. Last thursday I spent 11 hours in the ER because I told the doc that I had trouble taking a deep breath. Tests at that time showed no clot, but they were checking chest adn abdomen, not legs. Am I being paranoid, or should I spend another night in the ER? Thanks for your opinions.
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Unread 04-15-2008, 09:56 PM
leg cramp or blood clot?

Is there an "on-call" number you can call at your doctor's office? I always think we need to listen to our bodies - better safe than sorry. Please let us know what you find out.
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Unread 04-15-2008, 10:07 PM
leg cramp or blood clot?

My advice is to call your doctor and/or go to the emergency room. I had leg pain after an unrelated surgery last year. The ER doc tried to make me feel like an idiot for wasting his time, but I didn't care (and my own doctor was a prince). The price of not going in and being wrong about the cause of the pain is too great.

MMM
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Unread 04-16-2008, 02:51 AM
leg cramp or blood clot?

gypsydancer

Please seek medical advice without delay. If there is any chance of a blood clot, you need to be seen immediately as this could be a life-threatening situation.

Will you report back after your ER visit? Don't wait!

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Unread 04-16-2008, 06:50 AM
leg cramp or blood clot?

I agree with everyone else. Call your doctor or go to the ER. I had something similar and my doctor had me go to the ER. It turned out to be muscular but it is better to be safe than sorry. The doctor I saw and the ultrasound tech were all in agreement that I had made the right decision to come in.

Let us know what you find out.

Blessings, Lisa
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Unread 04-16-2008, 07:43 AM
leg cramp or blood clot?

Thanks for your responses. I called the doctor and was told that it is normal and that as long as I have no swelling, heat or reddness that it is just normal muscle response to moving around more, and that it could also be a muscular response to the way I was positioned and secured during surgery. My 3 week follow up is tomorrow, si i will ask again if it still concerns me.
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Unread 04-16-2008, 11:05 AM
leg cramp or blood clot?

for what it's worth, i went to my doc a almost 3 weeks out & he told me the same thing, he also did some poking around on my leg & said that if it was a clot, i would be jumping off the table from the pain of him touching it, & also he said with a clot the pain gets worse & worse & worse. i am also having some cramping in my calf now, but it hasent got worse maybe a lil better. so im trying not to worry. although it's Hard. but like the sisters say, better safe than sorry.
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Unread 04-16-2008, 11:22 AM
leg cramp or blood clot?

I'm glad you brought this up because I've been worried about leg pain too ... same sort of thing - a lot of cramping pains especially in my lower leg- but it isn't getting any worse and it comes and goes. Its mostly comes a night which doesn't help in the sleep department.
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Unread 04-16-2008, 12:06 PM
leg cramp or blood clot?

it seems mine is worse when im not using the leg, like after sleeping all night i get up & it's sore but after walking a bit it's better. i really think it's a muscle thing, as i took a flying leap iff of my porch the other morning, ( just up out of bead) cause my dog was about to eat one of my chickens that had jumped over my fence.it was after that the pain started
doc also said we are in all kinda wierd positions in surgery, so that dosent help. im just wondering when the threat of clots goes away, im 6 weeks out today.
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Unread 04-16-2008, 03:29 PM
leg cramp or blood clot?

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Originally Posted by gypsydancer
I called the doctor and was told that it is normal and that as long as I have no swelling, heat or reddness that it is just normal muscle response to moving around more, and that it could also be a muscular response to the way I was positioned and secured during surgery.
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Originally Posted by kat1426
i went to my doc a almost 3 weeks out & he told me the same thing, he also did some poking around on my leg & said that if it was a clot, i would be jumping off the table from the pain of him touching it.
I had a blood clot (DVT) at 3 weeks post op. I called my doctor's office several times because of the pain and was told by the nurse that because I didn't have any of the symptoms of a clot I shouldn't worry. My only symptom was pain in my inner thigh....a very small area of my thigh.

I had no swelling, no redness, it did not feel hot to the touch and did not hurt when I touched it.

I went to the ER after several days and an ultrasound determined that I did indeed have a clot.

I don't know whether you have a clot or not. I do know that if I had surgery again and had even the slightest pain in my leg I would go to the ER immediately. By the time I was admitted to the hospital, I wasn't even allowed out of bed for several days for fear a part of the clot would break off and travel to my lung. I remained in the hospital for eight days.

Please go to the ER. Have an ultrasound of your leg. It may be nothing. But if it is a clot and you do nothing, the consequences could be fatal.
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