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Can a blood clot sit in your leg for months?a

I'm afraid I might have a blood clot, however I've had the pain for a few months and its gotten progressively worse. Now it hurts every day, the more I walk on it the more it hurts and the more the pain "Spreads" it originates in my calf as the day wears on and the more activity I do the more the pain spreads up to my knee and then my thigh. It feels really tight but doesn't appear swollen. There is no skin discoloration, feels a lot like a miniture cramp when I'm walking on it. My doctor has put me in for a PAD (Peripharal Arterial Disease) but it doesn't seem like a blood flow issue.
Is it possible that a blood clot can last for months without killing you if it doesn't "Break off"?
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Hello and Welcome to MedHelp!  So, it sounds like this has been bothering you for a long time and you have been to a physician about this to have it evaluated?  They do not feel it is a clot or DVT? Here are some basic symptoms of having a blood clot in legs or arms https://www.webmd.com/dvt/blood-clot-symptoms#1.  Two things that you do not mention are swelling or discoloration.  You've clearly already read about DVT since you mention these two symptoms being absent.

Has your doctor done a lower extremity ultrasound to detect if there is a clot?  That would seem like a good step to take. https://www.webmd.com/dvt/deep-vein-thrombosis-dvt-symptoms-diagnosis#1

PAD as your doctor has suggested is also something realistic to look into as your symptoms fall into the range associated with this as well.  The calf is the most common issue to have this limited blood flow to muscles.  https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/peripheral-artery-disease-of-the-legs

To answer your basic question, people do manage DVT through a variety of means (medication like blood thinners, compression stockings, surgery if needed) but you must have that diagnosis first so work with your doctor to find out if this is truly the case.  Let us know how you are doing.

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We hope you return to let us know how it is going!
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