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Could it be a clot?

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  • Posted By: GwenRaiden
  • August 6, 2008
  • 07:15 PM

I've written on here before about certain symptoms I've been having and the docs can't find an aswer for, however, there are certain symptoms, I've been experiencing that really give me cause for concern. For the past three weeks, I've had this pain in my left jaw; it starts in my gums and into my teeth. It's mostly in the upper jaw line. Now this pain coincides with the pain that I kept experiencing on my left side, mainly in my left leg and arm. The pain is dull and squeezing. It's so bad in my arm that sometimes, it hurts to lift my arm and I lose feelin in my pinky finger.I put a shirt on today and the left sleeve where the pain is was tighter than the other one; I've worn this shirt countless times and it was never like that before! The pain in my leg is worse and today, I discovered some discoloration in my calf, just below the knee; it's bluish and sore. No swelling though, but as with my arm, the feelin in my pinky toe is lessened and I had foot cramps! I also felt my leg and it didn't feel warm at all! I am about to call my doctor, but I am scared crapless. This has been going on for a while, but it wasn't until I saw the discoloration that I really began to worry. I think it's a clot, but the hard part is convincing my doc to have to tested for one!

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  • I understand your concern. Personally if you have the resources, I might go to the ER. The fact that you've lost feeling in and of itself sounds Neurological but coupled with the discoloration and the coldness, it sounds like thrombosis. Better to be checked immediately have have it be something else.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you for your response . I just want to point out that when I said my leg doesn't feel warm at all, I meant that it's not hot to the touch as that is a symptom of DVT. my leg feels the same as the leg that is not bothering me. I called my doctor and i have an appointment for tomorrow at 11am.
    GwenRaiden 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Oh OK. It sounded like it was cold to the touch which would be really serious. Hope it goes well tomorrow.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies Flag this Response
  • I agree with Dizzy Lizzie, you need to see the doctor ASAP. The reason for this is, that DVT left untreated can result in postthrombotic syndrome. Go to ER if you miss your doctor tomorrow.I’m not sure how to fit your arm and jaw pain in all this. It seems unlikely to have two DVTs at these distant locations, arm and leg at the same time. The jaw pain could possibly a form of referred pain. The jaw is a know location for referred pain when you have intestinal problems or heart attack. Good luck tomorrow! Let us know how it goes.
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • Intestinal problems! That is interesting, because I've had the worse case of indigestion this past couple of days!I had to sound crude, but I've had the worse gas, really forceful and I constantly have to do number 2! The jaw pain does seem to coincide with whenever I have a bout of gas!
    GwenRaiden 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Referred pain locations differ from person to person. I myself can have pain in my jaw or in my ribcage when having gas problems. I recommend probiotics every day to see if it helps. For sure it will help your gas and number 2 problems.I was thinking, have you been confined to bed lately? Is there any DVT history in your family? How old are you? Do you smoke? Is it the left or the right leg? Good luck today!
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • Referred pain locations differ from person to person. I myself can have pain in my jaw or in my ribcage when having gas problems. I recommend probiotics every day to see if it helps. For sure it will help your gas and number 2 problems. I was thinking, have you been confined to bed lately? Is there any DVT history in your family? How old are you? Do you smoke? Is it the left or the right leg? Good luck today! I use to take probiotics all the time, but I haven't had the time to purchase any lately. To answer your questions: No, I haven't been confined to bed recently. I do have a desk job, but most of the time, I am not at my desk. There is no history of DVT in my family that I know of. I am 30 years old and I don't smoke. The pain is in my left leg.
    GwenRaiden 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • I went to the doc today and she doesn't think the problem is a vascular. I really emphasized to her that I was concerned about the discoloration. She thinks it's joint pain( I do have knee pain in that area) and referred me to a rhumentologist(sp). She also took some blood from me for labs. I know 3 of the test are tsh( I am hypothyroid), CBC and a test for blood clots!
    GwenRaiden 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • yeah I love when they do that. At least she's willing to look into it anyway. Are you able to see specialists without a referral? If yes, I might schedule an appointment with a Cardiovascular specialist anyway.I was sure I had something going on in my ear/nose/throat area and every doctor kept saying that's not it, go to a Neuro, a Rheumy etc. I made an appointment with an ENT and low and behold 2 MRIs and a Ct Scan show completely blocked right sinuses for which I am having surgery next week. While that's not all that is wrong with me - it does prove that sometimes you (and your gut) know better than you're doctor.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies Flag this Response
  • It’s not a good doctor. She should know that you only have a couple of days to dissolve the clot. That’s why it’s important to exclude a clot ASAP. Most clots in legs are in the left leg because of anatomical differences between legs. Let’s hope that it is not a clot, but it this would indeed prove to be one, there must be a reason for it, because you are young and move at work. And you don’t smoke. I have an idea what it could be. But we’ll see what the blood test shows. When will you know the results? Are you in US?I keep my fingers crossed for you.
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • Ok, now I am am scared! I am int he US, Philadelphia to be exact. my doctor said call back in the a couple of days(i guess monday) for the results! i took some tylenol and the knee pain went away, but the pain in my calf didn't, but to be honest, Ive always had pain in that area for the past couple of years(especially when I sit down). What do you think it could be? My best friend had a blood clot in her leg and stomach, it took them almost a year to diagnose it!
    GwenRaiden 6 Replies Flag this Response
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  • If the pain moves or gets worse, go to the ER. Or if you feel dizzy too. Personally I would rather go to the ER saying I think I have a blood clot in my leg and let them run some tests that be freaked out about it all weekend but that's just me. The ER lab will run the same tests immediately and give you an answer.In future if you're worried that a pain is related to a blood clot, aspirin is a better choice than Tylenol unless you are under I think 17 (then you have to worry about Reye's Syndrome). It's not bad that you took Tylenol but I would've taken aspirin just in case.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you. If you have had pain for a long time, than it can not be a new clot. It might be an old one building up again. Most DVTs are never discovered, because they are atypical and without swelling. So what your friend has experienced is not very uncommon.I have yet another question, does the pain in your leg get better if you lift it up, when you are laying down?I agree on aspirin!
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • Ok, got the results back and had a trip to the emergency room. All test came back normal except my thyroid test, which was .1, meaning low tsh meaning my thyroid medicine is too high. However, I did take a my meds a couple of hours before I saw the doctor( I didn't know she would take a tsh test) so I don't know if that has anything to do with the low tsh. Went to the emergency room today because the leg pain turned into a bothersome foot cramp plus I had developed this heat sensitivy sensation, cramping pain in my back( that started yesterday after I ate some pasta)! Also had what appeared to be blood in my stool! Ever since thursday, I kept having these episodes where where I would get overheated and the feeling would eminate(sp) from my back and I would start to sweat, despite the room being cool! The slighest bit of activity and I would get overheated and start to sweat! ER doc said all this was cause by thyroid,which it could be, since my LMP was lighter than usually, the digestive issues, the heat sensitivity. I am still not convinced though!
    GwenRaiden 6 Replies
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