Is this a blood clot?
October 29, 2010 6:42 PM Subscribe
So I swore to myself that I would never ask a medical question on AskMe, and yet I find myself here anyway. Any tips on how to tell the difference between a pulled muscle and deep vein thrombosis?
posted by twiggy32 to Health & Fitness (14 answers total)
So, the symptoms. Two nights ago, severe leg cramp at night. This is not frequent for me but also not unusual. Today, sudden onset pain a few inches below the knee in the back of my leg. Pain is worse when standing or walking. No red or white discoloration of the leg, no swelling, no feeling of warmth. No injury or recent surgery. No long periods in bed or sitting for hours without moving. Risk factors for thrombosis: smoking (moderate) and birth control pills (very low dose).
Complicating factors: leaving the country on Sunday for a seven day business trip. Already have a morbid fear of getting a blood clot. Tend to freak out and assume the worst from minor symptoms.
So it is safe to wait and see if this goes away? Or do I go to the ER tonight? Or urgent care tomorrow? If I go to ER or urgent care, can they figure it out right then, or will I have to cancel my business trip?