I had recently been bedridden as well as not really moving around a lot and suddenly last night when getting up to a get drink i felt a sharp pain in my lower left calf, by the sapheneous veins. i felt the area and when sitting down or standing up the area feels hard and almost cord like and is painful/tender to the slightest touchl; however, when I lay my leg flat i can't feel the board like feeling.
A doctor said it was definately phelbitis but he wasn't sure if it was superficial or deep vein as he could feel the vein but he could also feel the vein under it or something--which would be unusual in superficial phlebitis and so had me sent to the hospital for a doppler compression sonography since it was the afternoon and the imaging places were closed.
They did the doppler but said they saw nothing and where the lump/cord like area is a slightly dilated small tributary vein of one of the sapheneous veins which might turn into a varicose vein that due to it's very small size shouldn't be causing any pain. They compressed hard the area and did the feet tests. I think a second opinion might be good and I worry that if there is/was a blood clot that compressing the areas of it so hard might've broken a piece of it.
My leg is neither red, nor hot, nor cyanotic; it is not swollen there is just pain and a hard cord like lump in the area. It's below the knee on the right leg on the left side.