What are signals if lower calf Pain if caused by blood clot? Pain preceded by lower back pain the day before.
Blood clot pain is usually a general all over ache in the calf region with some sharp pains with movement. One of the tests we learned to determine blood clot in the calf is to have the person lay on the bed on their back, toes pointing at the ceiling then the nurse will push the toes back toward the shin. You could do this by reaching down to grasp your toes and pull them toward the shin (like a deep hamstring stretch) If this maneuver brings on a sharp pain in the back of the calf when the toes are brought forward then that may be positive for a blood clot in the calf region. Blood clots are usually accompanied by not only pain but that leg is often more swollen than the other and there is usually redness and increased warmth over the clot area so look for red hot patches of skin around the calf or thigh. If you even think you may have a clot, go to the ED for emergency treatment as this IS an emergency! DO NOT massage the calf area! The clot or pieces of the clot can break off and go to the heart, lungs or head which can cause stroke, pulmonary embolism or death! Nothing to mess with! If there is no redness or swelling and you are having back pain also, I would tend to lean more toward it being a sciatic pain. Pressure on the sciatic nerve can sometimes cause pain in the leg or foot long before you experience back pain-some people have no back pain-only leg pain but it is caused by compression of the nerve by the spine.
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