Originally Posted by DanceStar1789
Hi I am a virtually healthy 17 year old female, but for the past three days and also from time to time before that, I have had sharp shooting pains in my lower right leg. I have no bruises or any kind of physical symptoms just underneath inside my leg. I was wondering how possible it is to have a blood clot. I do sit by my computer alot but I dont know if that would have anything to do with that. I have also felt heaviness and tightness underneath my knee. My question is could I have a blood clot? My mom thinks I am worrying too much and that when I think about it, I notice it more. I just want to put my worry to rest. Please respond back anybody that would have any idea about this. Thank you!
Hi: I've been tested for blood clots many times and I'll tell you the syptoms that I experience. Swelling and intense pain, that sometimes moves around, I never had any bruising, just the above, but remember everyone is different so a symptom for you is just that "for you" and may not apply to others.
First have you had any semi recent surgeries? If so were you given a med called cryoprecipitate, or DDAVP? Both of these are meds to clot blood before and after surgery. Another possibility is do you have family members who've had problems with blood clots? Have you had to spend some extended time in bed for some reason? Inactivity can cause this, but it's usually associated with post op bed rest. Also, were you ever given Heparin to prevent blood clots where you might have stopped taking it for some reason? I had a warm/hot sensation with each of my blood clot scares, but with each test they didn't find one single blood clot after I had major back surgery.
If you can answer no to most of these questions then you probably don't have a blood clot, but I'm not a dr
. and there could be other problems that I didn't mention that could cause this. The test they do for clots is relatively simple if you want it, but your dr would have to make the decision based on the above and many other possibilities.
It also sounds like it 'might' be some kind of leg problem/injury, have you had an x-ray of the area? Sitting at a computer causes all sorts of joint, muscle, nerve, leg and back problems, so it could be a matter of not breaking up your sitting with at least 5 to 10 minutes of strecthing/walking every hour or sitting in a chair that has little to no support on your back. Our bodies WEREN'T designed to sit for extended periods of time with out the "allowed" OSHA work breaks on these sypmtoms. You should at least take a walking and strecthing break every hour throughout the day, check with your employer how often you are allowed to do this. The most important thing
to do is "have" you doc check it out. No pain is normal unless you are doing something specifically to cause it, which it doesn't sound like you are, and even then your dr needs to know what's going on.