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Old 06-08-2007, 11:03 PM
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I was trying to self diagnose the pains I have been feeling and came across the symptoms of a blood clot. I'm not a hypochondriac or anything but I sure as heck not a fan of our health care providers in this country. The earliest they can see me is next Tuesday.

I re-injured my back helping mom move, lifting engine blocks, and just being dumb as usual. Everything started as a pinched nerve. I have thrown out my back numerous times and it usually goes away in a week or so. This round, I have been almost crippled every morning to the point that I just go to work carrying my shoes because I don't dare try to get down that far. The odd part is that aside from the numbness and tingling, I have pulled every muscle in my right leg to the point that it feels like every muscle is cramped. This morning, I could not get out of bed because it felt like the muscles would be pulled from the bone. Is that some sort of compensation for the nerve issues or could I be wrong in thinking I just pulled something. By mid day, it hurts but doesn't seem to be bad enough to worry about. Evenings, it gets worse...

Aside from the old snowboard injury, this is what it started as:
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Old 06-08-2007, 11:07 PM
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Bummer dude! Hope your up and about soon! Back pain totally blows!
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Hang in there, Mike. Sounds like having a doctor look at it is the right thing.
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:55 AM
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Tuesday's a good long wait. My friend's dad nearly died of a clot that went from his leg to his lung. What you describe doesn't sound like what he went through. I assume the tingling is in your lower extremities or is it throughout your entire body?
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mike, i've lived with blood clots for over 20 years (yeah me!!!)

i can tell you all you need to know if you want.

if you think it's in your leg, then start measuring the diameter of your leg in different spots. like the thigh and calf.
use a sharpie and make referance points on your leg so you get the same spot everytime to measure.
if the leg is swelling, it's ER time (seriously)
not sure if they still do it, but they will want to shoot a dye in your leg and take a x-ray of the flow of blood.
they may just do ultra sounds now i don't know.

give me a call if you want to talk about it.
the pain of a clot in the leg gets worse and worse as the days pass. i waited about 5 days before i went to a doctor.
went straight to the ER. being with you all today is a miracle.

let it go to far and it will be the worst pain you will EVER feel.

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Old 06-09-2007, 03:34 PM
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Quick, down and dirty and easy to do. Lie on your back with your legs out straight. try to relax as best you can. Have someone else (you can't do it on your own, it has to be passive) place the palm of their hand on the ball of your foot. Relax your foot and have them push your foot up, "toes towards your nose." Any sharp localized pain in your calf or the back of your knee is cause for alarm. It's called a Positive Homan's Sign and it's damn near definitive. You'll have a +Homan's long before you'll see any change in calf diameter.
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Old 06-09-2007, 08:21 PM
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Get SeldomSeen to do a house call, Mike! I understand he works for fine ale.

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Sounds like a herniated sp? disk. I did one last summer and rt arm was numb and tingly for weeks. Still get it occationally. Pressure from the disk on the nerves. My arm also got very weak from it also. The pressure on the nerves means the muscle doesn't function properly. Didn't you just turn 30? Yep it's all downhill from here. I'm no doc so simply sharing my experiences. Lots of PT was the solution for me. Good luck
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Okay, if nobody else will say it, I will - fan or no fan, go to the ER.
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Okay, if nobody else will say it, I will - fan or no fan, go to the ER.
Yeah. I saw him yesterday. In my non-professional opinion I think he's got a problem with his back.
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