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Calf cramps, symptoms and tests to diagnose deep vein thrombosis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   21 year old with calf cramps
Doctor :   hi
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whats ur gender?
Doctor :  
from how many days u are having calf cramps?
User :   female
User :   two days
User :   and I read online about blood clots and got freaked out
Doctor :   blood clots is one of the rare reasons
User :   , n
User :   they just seem like there so common
Doctor :  
u can take like 1 in 0000 with calf cramp will have clots
Doctor :   no they are not

Doctor :  
even if we walk or run a lot we will have calf pain
User :   yeah i walk everyday
User :   so what are the symptoms for dvt?
Doctor :  
deep vein thrombosis?
User :   yeah blood clots
User :   right
Doctor :  
swelling of the leg
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increased warmth in the leg
User :   are the symptoms pretty obvious?
Doctor :  
changes in skin colour
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :  
we cannot diagnose DVT by symptoms
User :   meaning
Doctor :  
Doppler ultrasound exam of a limb is the diagnostic test of choice to cheek for DVT
User :   ok should i be worried??
Doctor :   dont have to be worried
Doctor :  
are u taking any birth control pills?
User :   no
Doctor :  
are u habituated to smoking?
User :   i smoke occasionally
Doctor :  
how many per day?
User :   5-6
Doctor :  
5 to 6 per day??
User :   yeah
Doctor :  
User :   no
Doctor :   so totally how many per month?
User :   im not sure
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
smoking is a risk factor or DVT
Doctor :  
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User :   5'7 190 i had a baby 3 motnhs ago and walk everyday
Doctor :   over weight is also a risk factor

Doctor :   delivery is vaginal/cesarean?

User :   vaginal
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
u dont have to worry much regarding DVT
Doctor :   this cramps will be there after delivery and also over weight may be aggravating factor
User :   so if i did have a dvt would i know it??
Doctor :   DVTs are most common in adults over age 60,
Doctor :   u should get few tests done
User :   i mean would i know there was something wrong
Doctor :  
1)doppler ultrasound of limb
Doctor :  
2)D dimer blood test
Doctor :   and few blood tests

User :   ok
Doctor :  
like Activated protein C resistance ,
Antithrombin III levels
User :   but what im asking is if I did have one, would I know there was something wrong?? i mean it would be very swollen ect?
Doctor :   swollen will be there even in normal cramps also
Doctor :  
as i already told u...we cannot diagnose by symptoms
User :   ok
User :   so should i go to the drs?
Doctor :   yes..its better to see a doctor
Doctor :  
but it might not be a serious problem like DVT....
Doctor :   still its better get examined by a GP
User :   ok
User :   but before u made it sound like i shouldnt worry
Doctor :   even now i am tellin the same
Doctor :  
its always better to be on safer side
Doctor :  
so better get it checked...once u have a doubt in mind...
Doctor :  
clear it as soon as possible
User :   i just got worried once reading it online
Doctor :   most of the online information is for the sake of doctors
Doctor :  
u cannot diagnose urself just by reading an article..
Doctor :   it will cause unnecessary anxiety
User :   yeah im having anxiety now
Doctor :   i can undersatnd

Doctor :   any one who walks a lot /overweight can get cramps
User :   and u said blood clots are rare?
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
they are rare at ur age
Doctor :   i am again stressing dont read articles..they are not for u..they are for doctors...

Doctor :   they are not common
Doctor :   they are common after 50 years

Doctor :  
and also u should have some risk factors
User :   okay, i understand, the articles do make them seem like there very common
Doctor :  
i have already asked about risk factors
Doctor :  
like taking birth control pills
User :   yeah i understand
User :   i went my whole pregnancy and never had one and they dont run in my family
Doctor :  
Doctor :   2 days cramps can i suspect DVT
Doctor :   ?

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