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Calf muscle pull. What is the difference between blood clot and cramp?

How can I tell the difference between a blood clot and a cramp? I have what feels like a pulled muscle, not very painful, on the back of my leg a couple of inches below my knee on the muscle there. Nonsmoker, no hormones, no plane trips, not obese (5 2 /115), 41 year old female in good health with no history of blood clots, but I did just take a 12-hour car trip (I was not driving; I changed positions and got out a few times for walks). Thanks!
Asked On : Thu, 2 Aug 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi Ideagirl,
Welcome to healthcare magic!
A clot is less painful and the pain is almost static even when you do not move while pulled muscle is exquisitely painful and pain is much more intense when you extend the ankle.
Definite answer can be obtained by Doppler of the affected leg.
But with the kind of history you are giving I think you have a pulled muscle and pain should die out in 2-3 days completely otherwise you would need to consult your physician.
I hope this advise would be helpful for you.

Still if you have any queries or doubts, please write me back,
I would be happy to solve them.

Wish you a great health!

Answered: Fri, 3 Aug 2012
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