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What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Started by Peter
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 14:29
An expert's opinion or an experienced person's opinion would be
appreciated, but if not, anyone's will. So, to start off, I 143-151
pounds, I'm 5'2-5'5, and not a lot of my weight is muscle. I'm
somewhat chubby, and I am obese. Honestly, I have been spending most
of my time lately sitting and laying in bed. It's not like I don't
walk around or go out, but I still sit and lay more than I go out and
walk. I'm not extremely inactive. I go to the park sometimes, but not
everyday. I don't really see swelling or redness, but I do feel heat
in my upper thigh. Yesterday night is when I started feeling actually
pains. They were at the top of my upper thigh. I felt it a little
earlier today. What are the chances I would have a blood clot? Even
though I have been sitting a lot, am I too young? Doesn't this have to
go on for years? Or could I have one now? Right now, the pain feels a
little sore-like, but I don't think that it's actually lactic acid. Or
maybe it is. I'm not sure. Please help! Thanks.
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Re: What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Reply #1 by Bump
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 16:58
Help this guy!
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Re: What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Reply #2 by Claire Wood
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 17:14
Hiya Peter

It was always thought that this is an 'older' persons issue, but I can guarentee you its not. I am 28 and I was diagnosed with one in my mid-thigh in mid June. This was due to knee surgery, immobility and being on the pill. My DVT clinic have seen people as young as 16.

Before the knee surgery I was on my feet nearly every hour of the day seven days a week. I was told I didnt fit the criteria but I dont think there is really a criteria anymore after reading peoples stories. Anyone is susceptible.

Being overweight and immobile for long periods of time does not help in the slightest. Smoking is also an issue but you didnt quote this.

Like I say my clot is in my thigh with issues in the calf also. It feels like you have permanent cramp. My leg was warm but boiling and it definitely wasnt red. It was more blue-purple. I also could not put my foot on the floor.
Lactic acid surely only builds up after exersion??

To be safe I would go and get it checked out and be honest with your GP that you are inactive for long periods of time.

I hope this helps. Let us know how you get on
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Re: What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Reply #3 by Peter
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 17:26
Thanks Claire. I'll wait for more feedback. Also, how long were you
inactive?
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Re: What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Reply #4 by Claire Wood
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 17:38
I was immobile for two months but that was because of the knee which caused the clot if you know what I mean.

If your sat around for hours on end your still at risk. I was up about on crutches but I wasnt bearing weight and the muscles act as a pump, pumping the blood round the legs. If your sat for ages especially with legs bent your blow flow is working against gravity making it weaker therefore the blood starts to pool and can turn stagnent.

I am now on warfarin and walking a lot more, not correctly as my quad muscle is very weak, but my pain has gone now (touch wood)
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Re: What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Reply #5 by Peter
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 18:16
Legs bent like sitting on a normal chair? Also, right now I am feeling
some stinging pains in both legs that come and go. I also feel normal
pains in both my feet that come and go. I still have pain at the top of
my left upper thigh. Are these symptoms? Also, I'm Black so I can't
really see like redness and that stuff too much.
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Re: What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Reply #6 by Claire Wood
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 18:57
Yes on a normal chair, thats why people who go on long haul flights are at risk. They are in the same place for ages and dont move.

I think everyones sensations are different but most people feel like they have constant cramp.
My pains started in my achillies going all the way up the back of the calf, felt like a badly strained muscle.
I would go and get it ruled out honestly, the earlier its diagnosed the better
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Re: What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Reply #7 by Peter
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 18:59
Ok, thanks Claire! Still post though please people!
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Re: What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Reply #8 by Chris
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 21:46
I would drink lots of water and get up and walk around a lot. If it doesn't get better
in a day or so call your doctor. My leg never turned blue, but it did get a nasty red
and I couldn't walk on it eventually. My leg was also hot and swollen. You might
have what is called a superficial clot. This is just my opinion and I'm not a doctor.
If you can, call your doctor and ask. There is a cheap test called a d Dimer they
can run that is pretty accurate at telling if you have a clot.
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Re: What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Reply #9 by Peter
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 22:01
Hey Chris! Are superficial clots deadly?
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Re: What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Reply #10 by Chris
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 22:52
A lot of people get them and never notice. Some people get them, they get bigger
and travel to their lungs and they die. Happens rarely but it does happen.
Generally I wouldn't worry overly. But I do suggest calling your doctor and
asking. Other than that, walking around, drinking water. That sort of thing is
good to do anyways. Taking ONE aspirin isn't unreasonable in my opinion if your
worried but its not likely to help or hurt very much. Many people get superficial
clots and their doctors send them home without any drugs. If you don't get heat
or swelling at the area you are probably fine. The good news is most people who
get on this board worried that they mght have a clot, don't have one. It's the
people like me who had to be dragged to the ER complaining all the way "that I
can't have a clot, I don't have time for this" that seem be the ones with the clots.
No idea why. Maybe you're just smarter than me and are taking action sooner :)
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Re: What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Reply #11 by Peter
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 23:41
Chris, how much does an ultrasound cost? I don't know how I am going
to convince my mom to take me to the doctor AGAIN. We have went twice
in the past week and to the hospital once. I went to the hospital
first from panicing. I thought I had a blood clot the previous night
and I had breathing problems in the morning. I still have those
breathing problems btw. 2 days later for a follow up. She said I don't
have one, but she didn't give me a ultrasound or anything special. I
went 2 days ago because I STILL have breathing problems. My mom has
spent over $100 dollars on me for my hospital and doctor trips.
(50+15+15+ plus the 61 dollars of medication I got yesterday on on
Tuesday.) My legs are warm for sure, but there is no swelling. Once
again, I'm black, so I cannot tell if there is redness, but I am not
dark, So I think if I did have redness I would atleast see it a little
bit. Anyway, how much does a ultrasound and D-Dimer cost? And how can
I convince her? Can I get someone to convince her?
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Re: What are the chances I would have a blood clot
Reply #12 by Chris
Posted: August 3, 2012 at 04:11
Peter, it's really unlikely you have a clot if you've done all that. A d dimer test is
probably under a $100 and a place to start. An ultrasound is usually several
hundred dollars. Even having darker skin you'd see the redness or something
that looks like bruising. I really really think you don't have a clot if youve been to
the hospital once and your doctors twice.

How about trying to walk one mile twice a day? If in the really unlikely event you
did have a clot, that would be a reasonable thing to do for a small superficial clot,
which again I don't see any real evidence that you have. The shortness of breath
that you describe really sounds like something that happens when you (or I) get
nervous. Being blunt,if you did have a clot and it did somehow travel to your
lungs and become a PE, you're past the danger zone already. People die of PE in
the first hour usually if they are going to die. If you had a death dealing or
dangerous PE, you'd have no doubt by now and no one around you would either.
It would be really obvious, theyd be dragging you off to the hospital days ago. Go
for a walk, drink water and relax. Really, we've lived through this stuff and your
symptoms just don't match. They do match up to being nervous and in need of
some light exercise to prevent the twinges like you are having. Seriously, enjoy
being well and take good care of yourself so you stay that way :)

Best

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