(Closed) Question for Medical Bees

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@RedPandas:  Spring Chicken!!!! Well it doesn’t sound like you’re in an emergent situation at the moment but I’d try to get the appt. with the MD before you take your trip just to make sure he’s not missing something and to give you some peace of mind while you travel. If it makes you feel a little better and it’s a long flight, wear compression stockings on the flight and make sure you walk a little bit every hour if you can.

 

Perhaps you can set up additional testing to be done upon your return. IMO it doesn’t sound like anything that would hinder travel or that you should lose sleep over but you do need to have a physician review your family history and testing to try and come up with a working diagnosis…even if it is something as benign as RLS.

 

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@RedPandas:  Like many PP have stated, if the ER thought it was a blood clot they would not have sent you home. In nursing school we were taught if a patient presents with a possible DVT in the legs, a simple test is to sit down (or lay down) and bring the foot up towards the front of the leg (Instead of pushing the foot down as if you were pushing a gas pedal, pull it upwards). If there is a pain in the back of your leg, chances are there’s a blood clot there somewhere.

 

 

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@RedPandas:  Yes that’s exactly what to do! I tried explaining it in simpler terms which probably made it more confusing lol. Sorry! But try it and see what happens.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@RedPandas:  Those blood tests from your GP sound like a reasonable place to start. Your symptoms don’t sound much like a clot but it’s best to be sure. Likely the ER did a D Dimer blood test – if it’s negative then it’s very unlikely that there is a clot. If it’s positive then you would need an ultrasound of your legs to rule it Out. (The blood test can be high for many reasons so you can only rule out with it, not in)

 

It depends on what your GP finds on examination, but he may choose to do an MRI of your back as the next step. He may also consider doing an X ray of the painful leg. If those come back normal then it would be unlikely to be anything sinister. 

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

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@springbride23:  +1 I was thinking Restless Leg Syndrome too. 

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@RedPandas:  If it is with the arteries/veins in your legs it sounds like it might be something called claudication which is a blocked vessel.  You’d have to have testing to determine it.  I’d definitely talk to your doctor about it.  Claudication can be a serious issue and would need to be treated.  Restless Leg Syndrome (which it sounds more like to me) isn’t serious and they have OTC meds for that.

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