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    I noticed about 4 days ago that my left leg was noticeably bigger than my right. I've tried elevating it and staying out of my wheelchair for the day but I can't get the swelling to go down. There is no redness or marks of any kind. I don't know if there is soreness, It's just swollen and I'm not sure why. Should I be worried about this more? How long should I wait before seeing my doctor? She's not very experienced with SCI, I mainly see her for prescription refills. Any advise would be appreciated.
    It is not how we fall that defines us..
    It is how we rise.

    #2
    Go now. I had that years ago and it was a blod clot.

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      #3
      Definitely! If it's swollen in a manner that's not normal, get it checked out. Is it you thigh?
      Rollin' since '89. Complete C8

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        #4
        Originally posted by Softball Dad View Post
        Go now. I had that years ago and it was a blod clot.
        A blood clot can kill.
        I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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          #5
          Pretty much your only choice over Thanksgiving weekend is to go to the closest ER.
          They'll decide if you need a venous doppler ultrasound to check for blood clots in the leg.

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            #6
            You need to go to the ER and make sure it is not a DVT. It can travel to your lungs and can kill you!. If not a DVT they will check other things.
            CWO
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              #7
              Well now I'm worried I'll try to get to the ER asap. I may not be able to go until Monday. I've notice the swelling goes down a little but never all the way. Is there any symptoms I should pay attention for or is it pretty much a fast thing if the clot moves? Good grief I can't seem to catch a break..
              It is not how we fall that defines us..
              It is how we rise.

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                #8
                If it's not normal for you, you shouldn't wait.
                Rollin' since '89. Complete C8

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                  #9
                  curious not making a suggestion jusk asking if it swollen with a blood clot would it be hot or very warm or swollen retaining fluid curious

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                    #10
                    If it is a big clot it will kill you immediately . If a small clot then you would have signs of breathing issues or discomfort with breathing. Also elevating your leg and moving increases risk. Do you take aspirin? You need a blood thinner to keep it from continuing. But you need to go to ER. Call an ambulance. CWO
                    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                      #11
                      If you had called your doctor, they would have sent you to ER and at ER if they had suspected a clot, DVT, they would have immediately hospitalized you and given you a clot dissolving shot. Believe me, it's happened to me twice. Go now if you haven't left.
                      I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                        #12
                        If it is deep you can't necessarily feel changes in temperature. Cellulitis you would see redness, warmth not necessarily DVT.
                        CWO
                        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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