Q. I have a painful and inflamed blood vessel in my left leg. Could this be due to a blood clot?

Answered by
Dr. Ahmad Mustafa
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 26, 2020 and last reviewed on: Jan 28, 2021

Hello doctor,

I am a 77-year-old male. I exercise randomly. I have an inflamed blood vessel in my lower left leg that started hurting last night, about 20 hours ago. Such inflammation never occurred before. I took a picture of it in the mirror since otherwise, I cannot see it well. I can send it to you if that helps.

I was wondering what I should do besides going to the local hospital's crowded emergency room. I use some ice to cool the inflammation.

Hypochondria is not my bag, but a blood clot could occur to me.

Related information: I have neuropathy in both feet. When the numbness started moving up my legs, I went for FDA approved Sanexas instrument treatment. The 24-session treatment increased blood flow in both feet as proved by swollen but not painful blood vessels in the feet. I also take 81 mg of Baby Aspirin every day. My blood pressure is normal, with 160 mg Diovan a day. For neuropathy, I take Pregabalin 2x50 mg (generic for Lyrica).



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The picture you have shared seems to be varicose veins (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

But as the leg is inflamed and painful and you also have a history of peripheral neuropathy, you need to get a color Doppler of your leg done so that if there is any clot in your leg vessels, it may be dissolved as soon as possible. Meanwhile, it would help if you wrapped a crepe bandage on your legs for pain. It is also better to take a painkiller Tonoflex -P (Tramadol and Paracetamol) for pain.

After doing investigations, kindly share, I will guide you further.

The investigation required are:

1. CBC (complete blood count).

2. PT (prothrombin time), APTT (activated partial thromboplastin time), INR (international normalized time).

3. Colour Doppler involved leg for DVT (deep vein thrombosis). It is better to take a complete and broader picture of the whole vessel involved area.

Thank you doctor,

I will have to figure out what color Doppler is and then get it done. I may get back to you if I get the results.



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Color Doppler is just like an ultrasound of the leg veins. It is not a painful procedure. The sonologist views the veins of the leg through sound waves. Suppose the pain is not severe. You can, of course, delay it for some time. But if it is hindering your lifestyle very much, you need to get it done as soon as possible.

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