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Leg cramps during postpartum - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Women's Health
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User :   Leg cramps 21 female
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
ok
User :   hi
User :   Ive had a cramp in my left calf all day
Doctor :  
ok
User :   and been reading WAY to much online
User :   now im freaked out about blood clots
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
since when are you having these cramps?
Doctor :  
i see that you have been online sometime back with one of our doctors
User :   well i had a baby three months ago.. and i had them my whole pregnancy
Doctor :  
ok
User :   but i woke up with one today and im just paranoid
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
kindly calm down
Doctor :  
take the suggested medications as advised
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and go an an ER if the pain and cramps do not come down
User :   i know but im having an anxiety attack
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :  
i wil give you few tips to manage your anxiety
User :   the other dr really didnt help to bring my anxiety down
Doctor :  
sit in a comfortable position.
Doctor :   i could see from the chat history that the other doctor has tried to explain you why you are getting the cramps
Doctor :   and also suggested what steps you should be taking
Doctor :  
to overcome the problem and also avoid complications
User :   can u get a blood clot for no reason though?
User :   i havent been on bed rest or traveled or anything like that
Doctor :  
the blood clot during pregnancy or in the postpartum period occurs due to physiologic changes in the body
User :   3 months after?
Doctor :  
it can happen if the body changes have not come back to normal
Doctor :  
so instead of getting paranoid about it
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take the necessary steps to confirm th ecause for it
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and treat accordingly
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practice these following steps to manage your anxiety levels
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and mmet your doctor tomorrow
User :   im just freaked out i dont want it to move and die
Doctor :  
or go to ER for further help
Doctor :  
clam yourself down
Doctor :  
be positive that nothing will go wrong
User :   wouldnt my leg be swollen??
Doctor :  
and follow twhat i am going to sya now
Doctor :  
it is not necessary for your leg to be swolen
Doctor :  
stop reading unwanted stuffon the net
User :   thats what my OBGYN said if I had a blood clot I would know, it would be swollen and very painful
Doctor :  
and do what is supposed to be done on time to avoid complications.
Doctor :   sometimes the DVT can present without any symptoms
Doctor :  
and in some it can present with calf pain and cramps
Doctor :  
the presentation can vary from individual to individual
User :   okay
User :   well do you think ill be ok till tommorw then
Doctor :  
so shall i proceed with the anxiety tips?
Doctor :  
yes you should be fine
Doctor :  
just do not actively massage the calf region
User :   I dont want anxiety tips though, ive been to classes and everything i just want blood clot information and if im just overreacting
Doctor :   and take the medications as advised in your previous chat
Doctor :  
i feel you are overreacting to the blood clot thing
Doctor :  
just relax yourself first
Doctor :  
and read through your chat history again
Doctor :  
it will suggest you
Doctor :  
the possiblities
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and also how to confirm it
User :   okay
Doctor :  
and unless this is confirmed by a dopller scan andblood tests
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do not worry
Doctor :  
just take the precautionary measures til then
Doctor :  
have you followed what i said?
User :   yes im trying
Doctor :  
do you want me to repeat?
User :   i just get myself so worked up
User :   i mean it doesnt run in my family or anything
Doctor :  
it is not necessary that it should run in family
Doctor :  
it can happen all of a sudden
Doctor :  
just dont complicate the s=things for yourself
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i am available 24/7 online
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you can come back to me in case of doubts
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but get the doppler scan done and th eblood tests
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to first confirm th ediagnossi of blood clot
Doctor :  
do not get worked up unless you have it conformed
User :   ok ill try
User :   thanks
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