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Posted on Sat, 3 Jan 2015
Question: I have a constant pain extending from my right rear thigh down to my knee, calf and shin. I did not injure myself, but have had this pain for over 5 hours. Could it be a blood clot? I'm 24, female, Black.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (13 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Blood clot less likely.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The pain from the hip radiating down the knee and calf is less likely to be due to blood clot. The more probable reasons are-
1. Calf muscle strain and tear - Usually due to overwork and overstretching of the muscles. Recent increase in leg exercises may cause these. Gradual increase in exercise and pain killers with mild anti inflammatory drugs can help in reducing the symptoms.

2. Muscle cramps: Muscles may cramp, causing significant pain. This may be due to a lack of stretching or an imbalance of electrolytes in the bloodstream. You need to get your serum sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium levels checked.

3. Prolonged intake of hormonal therapy like oral pills might cause this.

4. Muscle ischaemia- associated with diabetes usually. There is acute pain associated with it.

5. Deep vein thrombosis- comes last among the list of probable diagnosis.

You may get the initial physical examination, relevant tests and treatment done under care of 'Orthopaedician'.

I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

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Brief Answer: Blood clot less likely. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. The pain from the hip radiating down the knee and calf is less likely to be due to blood clot. The more probable reasons are- 1. Calf muscle strain and tear - Usually due to overwork and overstretching of the muscles. Recent increase in leg exercises may cause these. Gradual increase in exercise and pain killers with mild anti inflammatory drugs can help in reducing the symptoms. 2. Muscle cramps: Muscles may cramp, causing significant pain. This may be due to a lack of stretching or an imbalance of electrolytes in the bloodstream. You need to get your serum sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium levels checked. 3. Prolonged intake of hormonal therapy like oral pills might cause this. 4. Muscle ischaemia- associated with diabetes usually. There is acute pain associated with it. 5. Deep vein thrombosis- comes last among the list of probable diagnosis. You may get the initial physical examination, relevant tests and treatment done under care of 'Orthopaedician'. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal