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Blood Clot or Bruise?

Blood Clot or Bruise?

Hey all! I am wondering how you all tell the difference between a normal bruise and a blood clot? I had pain in my leg the last couple days and I posted a picture of a bruise along with a weird surface blood mark on my left calf in my last post but about an hour ago I was rubbing my other leg because it was sore ( I thought from my hike yesterday) but when I ran my hand across this spot it was very painful and somewhat raised. I don't remember hitting it on anything at all. I'm not looking for a diagnosis as I am seeing my doctor tomorrow but wondered how you all tell weather you have a clot or just a bruise. I don't want to dismiss something serious. I have not been coughing up blood or anything so I feel fine other than my leg hurting and my migraines from the last two days still lingering.

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Hi, I am glad you have an appointment soon, but I would be going off to check that out as soon as possible if your leg is hurting, has changed shape or you can actually feel something, we can't tell by the photograph and we are not medically trained, but if it were myself I would prefer to be safe rather than sorry. MaryF

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I'm keeping an eye on it. It's never easy to get into the doctor here. If I think it's getting worse I will go to Urgent Care. Thanks for your concern.

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I agree with Mary's advice.

Dave

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My DVT's do not cause bruising per se. They case restriction of blood flow which can cause superficial veins to pop up in affected arm. Example: brachial clot causes my wrist superficial veins to have thrombophlebitis.

Now then again I can get clots to superficial veins in legs where DVT scans are clear.

I have seen APSnotFab post and stress that 50% of DVTs hit with no symptoms beforehand.

I believe , for me, the vascular system being attacked ( epithelial cellular layer of veins and arteries) is causing me to just " do funky stuff" and have ," little clots " in superficial veins.

I think this is called thrombophlebitis. I'm trying to figure out if this means a clot is present each time superficial vein is inflamed or not. I have been diagnosed with thrombophlebitis via Doppler sonogram as well as visual. Veins " engorge" , itch, turn red. But, they are not hard and rope like. They look like they would be, but they stay soft.

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Let me know what you find out and this interests me as well. I am trying to learn more about clots, etc. I hope you find a good answer.

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I'd seek medical advice. I don't know if you're on an anti-coag, but even if you are, you don't want to be clotting..of course, it could be an insect bite or swelling from the walk, but why take risks when you can get it checked. Surely if you explain your history, the doctor will see you?

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I hope you will be properly anticoagulated and then you will not have to worry so much about clots. Are you well anticoagulated?

Kerstin in Stockholm

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Probably not I'm just on aspirin and beta blockers

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Then you are not properly anticoagulated.

Betablockers do not help to thin your blood. This appointment you will have soon is it with a Specialist of autoimmun illnesses? If so tell him about your symptoms. He will understand and also know what drugs you need today.

Kerstin

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First it's just with my neurologist and then in a week or so I will finally meet with a Hematologist who will know more about it. As I have said before, we don't have doctors who specialize in APS here. My doctor is aware of the APS and that is why he is sending me to a Hematologist and why I am having so many tests done.

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My father, who was a doctor, long ago told me to do this: Sit down, extend the unaffected leg in front of you with the knees straight, bend your ankle so that your toes point as far toward your face as you can. Note how that feels. Now do the same thing with the affected leg and compare the sensations. Often times – not always but often – if you have a clot then when you do this test on the affected leg you will feel something moving.

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