Hello, hello. Hopefully I can get some answers via this website. I am a 26 year old female who is slighty over weight and a smoker. 7 days ago I started to have throbbing pain behind my left knee. The area appeared slightly swollen & bruised/discolored in the crease. By day 3 the throbbing, crampy pain had spread to my thigh and rear of my calf. I'm am without work right now, so I spend most of my days sitting on the couch. There has been no injury, even minor, to my leg or knee. That being said, with worsening pain I suspected DVT so I went to the emergeny room. The very cocky doctor said since there was no heat of "major" swelling, I was psyching myself out. I pushed for and received an ultrasound which came back negative for a clot. They did not run a D-Dimer test. I was sent home diagnosed with a pulled muscle (I don't know how I could possibly have pulled one) and I was told it should heal on it's own in a day or two. That was 4 days ago and the pain keeps getting worse all over my leg. It's throbbing, crampy and everywhere from thigh to foot, although it's worse behind the knee. Swelling has increased a tiny bit and it is now painful to walk. I am also now experiencing "pins & needles" sensations all over my leg. I am terrified the ultrasound may have missed a clot since the doctor & ultrasound tech didn't seem to take me very seriously. I do not have insurance and certainly cannot afford another trip to the ER - I also do not qualify for any state health assistance. My questions are as follows . . .
1)How possible is it that an ultrasound could have missed a clot in my leg?
2)Is there any way to treat a suspected clot on my own - ie asprin in a certain doseage?
2)Could a pulled muscle realy cause full leg pain like this?
The classical symptoms of DVT include pain, swelling and redness of the leg and dilation of the surface veins. A trained doctor and medics will be able to diagnose it very easily.
The most common used test for the diagnosis of DVT is the doppler âultrasound of the affected veins. â It is most sensitive and specific for detecting thrombi in the proximal veins of the legs.
In your case, since the ultrasound is already been done, it is more probable that you may not have such a issue.
There are no over the counter medications, to treat deep vein thrombosis. Since you do not have the condition there is no need to take treatment for it.
But a few measures including proper diet, physical exercise to lose weight and a active lifestyle might be very helpful to prevent the onset of DVT in your case.
The other possible conditions that can present with such symptoms include a musculoskeletal sprain arthritis, inflamed or ruptured bakers cyst, Cellulitis and Varicose veins.
In case the medications prescribed to you, are not helpful, you may consult with your treating doctors, who can reexamine you and if needed do proper tests including a MRI, which may help in proper treatment of your condition.
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