I have this excruciating pain in my inner thighs from time to time. It lasts for 5+ minutes Is this a blood clot? I cannot tolerate it very well when it happens. I am 70 years old and am worried as to what it can be.
These symptoms are a hallmark of peripheral artery restriction, known as intermittant claudication. The diagnosis is confirmed with a simple painless non-invasive dopplar examination of both legs. This involves sliding an untrasonic disc over the surface of both legs emitting sound that is then detected when reflected. The can be life-threatening and potentially cause loss of the legs, so it is important to have the problem addressed. Treatment may involve a stent, a balloon inserted in the femoral artery to open the vessel, medications to reduce the probability of clots (an aspirin a day should do fine), omega 3 fish oil (to increase the lubricosity of the blood cells) or chelation. The specialist who makes the evaluation is a vascular specialist.
The simple way to know if you have a clot in the leg is it inflames an go's red it has a bad burning and cramping feeling that dose not go away. The doctor can do an e.c.g on you and tell you if you have one. they tell you not to move about and give you blood thin'rs to get rid of the clot.
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