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Is it possible to have a moving blood clot with no sudden onset?

Dear all,

I have had leg pain for years now. I couldn't pinpoint where it starts because it runs all along my left leg. However, there has been a sudden change the past two/three weeks. I have started noticing what I could describe as little spasms in different places of the leg, along with low-left abdominal pain. I kind of feel a slight numbness but it's not so much a tingling sensation but as if my arm were tired. Sometimes I do feel like a slight shivering sensation just down this leg. Last September, I went to the ER because of this (along with some chest pain), and an electrocardiogram was performed with normal results. Then, today I felt like a heartbeat sound in my left ear as well, for about two hours I am concerned that it might be a blood clot as I am supposed to start taking birth control pills (Yasminelle) in a few days and I have read that they might cause greater risk.

My question is, is it possible to have a blood clot for months and not having felt symptoms? I have a doctors appointment for Thursday. If I had to start taking the pills before that, could 5/6 days of Yasminelle trigger a rupture/embolism/whatever it is I have?

Thank you in advance for your help.
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A blood clot, whether it is venous or arterial, has more acute symptoms. While birth control is a risk factor, what you’re describing doesn’t sound like DVT symptoms. It sounds like possible lower back/nerve issues. DVT symptoms in the legs are acute onset of swelling with pain and tightness. This typically happens after an injury or an extended period of inactivity such as a long plane flight, car ride, or hospital stay.
Thank you very much for your reply.
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Hi there and welcome to MedHelp's forums!  We appreciate your question and are glad you've spoken to your doctor and had some testing done.  They are your best source of information.  I agree with BrandonH207 that this doesn't sound like DVT.  Here is information on DVT https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/deep-vein-thrombosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20352557.  

Do you have regular full physicals?  Once a year is a good goal for this type of comprehensive evaluation and can catch things that are in the beginning stages such as hypertension and is also a good time to discuss any chronic issue you have. Keeping a notepad with notes and dates helps organize the info you'd like to speak to a doctor about for that annual full physical.  

And one of the best things we all can do for ourselves is to maintain a healthy lifestyle with proper eating, rest and exercise as well as weight management.  This greatly helps with many health problems that develop when we don't work on these lifestyle areas of our life.  

Let us know how you are doing!
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