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Blood clot? 
22nd-Dec-2012 10:02 pm [aches and pains, blood clots]
I was given a new pair of maternity pants as an early Christmas present this afternoon, and as I bent down to try them on, I realized my inner thigh was extremely sensitive. I was fully expecting to find a giant, black/brown/blue/yellow bruise (I have an older child, so I get bumped into periodically), but there was nothing there. I mean, it hurts, and I have absolutely no idea why. Even running my hand over the area is quite painful. It definitely wasn't there when I got dressed this morning.

Could it be a blood clot? I Googled "inner thigh pain pregnancy" and had some scary !!!Blood clot!!! results. I don't even know what to look for..
I called my doctor's office, which is closed and leaves no number for emergency/worrisome scenarios. Just a message to go to the ER if you're faced with something frightening.

For what it's worth, I'm 29 weeks. The pain is very similar to a bad bruise or a pulled muscle. I haven't done a single strenuous thing in the past few days aside from minor Christmas shopping and waiting in line for an hour for my child to see Santa last night, which I would hope wouldn't result in terrible leg pain the next day. The pain is not in my groin area or in my knee. It's almost exactly in the middle of my inner thigh.
23rd-Dec-2012 03:16 am (UTC)
Could it be a varicose vein?? I popped up quite a few during my first pregnancy, and many more during my 2nd pregnancy. They HURT! After my c-section, I had to go to the ER twice to make sure they weren't blood clots (they weren't). Is it raised/red/hot to the touch? If not... it could be a varicose vein popping up, and they can definitely hurt!
23rd-Dec-2012 03:21 am (UTC)
It's not raised at all and not hot to the touch that I can notice. I've been rubbing it a lot since it started hurting, so I can never tell if the slightly increased temperature in that area is just from excessive touching.
23rd-Dec-2012 03:39 am (UTC)
If it's not hot to the touch/obviously red, I wouldn't worry too much. After my c-section the 2 major signs to look for were hot to the touch and red (both of which I had, and it still turned to be a blood clot, but not a deep one, and so not of concern). If you aren't experiencing these things, I wouldn't worry too much but would bring it up at your next appointment. Obviously, if you are worried about it a trip to your DR to check things out never hurts!
23rd-Dec-2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Sadly, my OB is closed until the end of December. :(
23rd-Dec-2012 03:29 am (UTC)
The blood clot thing would worry me too. And that's so annoying about your doctor's office. Why do these things always happen on weekends/holidays?

Does your insurance have a nurses line that you can call with questions? Or what about your GP/family doctor?</p>

If it still hurts tomorrow I'd probably go get it checked out just bc blood clots can be a big deal as I'm sure Dr.Google has told you :-/ hopefully it's nothing though!

23rd-Dec-2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Without fail, worrisome situations will happen to me on a weekend or holiday. Unfortunately, the office is closed until the end of December, so I'm seriously in the woods on this one. I'm supposed to be going out of town to visit family tomorrow, too, so it's like, "Why, Universe!? Why!?"

My insurance is very bare bones and doesn't have a nurse line. I gave my GP a ring on her after-hours number, but they basically told me to go to the ER or Labor & Delivery if I felt this could be a blood clot. Siigh.

23rd-Dec-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
fwiw, I work in the ER, doing ultrasound evals for blood clots, among other things. That sounds like it *could* be a superficial blood clot (annoying, but not dangerous, for which they prescribe pain medication and ice), but it really doesn't sound like a deep vein thrombosis (the kind of blood clot to worry about). If your whole leg or a good portion of it swells up, then I'd go to the ER. If you're worried, just go to the ER, though. If you go to Urgent Care, they'll just send you to the ER, since they usually can't do ultrasounds (how they check for a deep vein thrombosis). At any rate, good luck.
23rd-Dec-2012 06:31 am (UTC)
All this.
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