Anybody had this injury?

onm

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So, I was asleep last week, when all of a sudden my left thigh, kind of in the middle, had this massive pain inside.

Woke me up, and no matter where I lay, it was agony. Definitely not cramping pain though; this was way deeper and heavier feeling.

Well, it died down after a few hours, and I managed to get some sleep.

About 4 days later, I noticed a small bruise on the outside of my thigh on the same leg.

This has proceeded to get a lot bigger and blacker.

The pain is no longer there, and I am wondering if any of you had this problem before, and what you did about it?

I am thinking some kind of bloodclot bursting inside my leg (shudder).

Anybody?
 

Half-Fast Mike

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I have not had anything like this, but I recommend you get it looked at by a 整形外科 quick-sharp. Your symptoms could describe any one of a number of things, including deep-vein thrombosis or dissecting arterial aneurysm.

I think you would have mentioned any recent history of physical trauma to that area. So it seems something is going wrong on its own, without any help.

Any numbness in your toes? Taking any meds.? The doc will want to know.
 

Ludwig

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Owen, sorry to hear. Sounds like it. And if so, if you got the same in your lung or brain, you would have a major issue. So get a check-up. Blood clots at your age are not normal, and they can be life-threatening at any age.
 

onm

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Not on any meds, no numbness, bruising has been going down normally. No more pain in the leg.

Definitely will get it looked at though.

Can you recommend me any places that will know what this is fast (I do not want to waste any time / money faffing around with idiot doctors who don't have a clue what they are doing, beside prescribing over-priced placebos).

Any help appreciated.

Cheers
 

Ludwig

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Have you done a regular health check over the last 12 months? The blood tests that come with it should identify any issues. Your employer has to pay for the check-up, and most places do this quite fast.
 

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I have not had anything like this, but I recommend you get it looked at by a 整形外科 quick-sharp. Your symptoms could describe any one of a number of things, including deep-vein thrombosis or dissecting arterial aneurysm.

I think you would have mentioned any recent history of physical trauma to that area. So it seems something is going wrong on its own, without any help.

Any numbness in your toes? Taking any meds.? The doc will want to know.
+1 on this, or something very similar.
 

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Heavy cyclists sometimes have the arteries in their thighs twist due to the motion of pedaling. Stuart O'Grady being one. Another Rabobank? South African died after surgery to correct this. I don't want to alarm you but any deep thigh pain could be this.

Especially if you've not bumped it.

Hope you get a good diagnosis.
 

jdd

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...and DVT happens suddenly, so history is not that much of an indicator.
 

onm

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Recommend me some places to get it looked at please.

Going to the doctors here with no previous knowledge is such a lottery.
 

Half-Fast Mike

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Sorry for the delay. The place Stu suggests might be fine. They seem to specialize in chopping out varicose veins, but are probably knowledgeable about other conditions too.

An option closer to home:

http://www.saitamakinen-h.or.jp/4p2-shinriyouka.htm

They have circulatory and rheumatology specialists, either/both of which you might need. I have no personal experience of this hospital, though.

Forgot to ask: Swelling? Tenderness? (In your leg)
 

onm

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Cheers mate

No swelling, no tenderness.

The only time I had any pain was at night that one time. Other than that, nothing.
 

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Did you check your closet for Batman?

Cheers mate

No swelling, no tenderness.

The only time I had any pain was at night that one time. Other than that, nothing.
 

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BTW - if you need to visit any kind of specialist in Japan (and aren't on some exotic ex-pat medical plan or independently wealthy) , then you need <should> see a general doc first - who will then give you a referral to a real doctor. Otherwise - you could end up spending alot more money. For example, if I want to go to Tokyo Medical University for some specialist action - I'll visit my local clinic doc first - who will just write a referral based on my request. Then, the Japanese insurance picks up the bulk of the tab. If I go directly to the TMU the cost is very high for making an outpatient appt.
 

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BTW - if you need to visit any kind of specialist in Japan (and aren't on some exotic ex-pat medical plan or independently wealthy) , then you need <should> see a general doc first - who will then give you a referral to a real doctor. Otherwise - you could end up spending alot more money. For example, if I want to go to Tokyo Medical University for some specialist action - I'll visit my local clinic doc first - who will just write a referral based on my request. Then, the Japanese insurance picks up the bulk of the tab. If I go directly to the TMU the cost is very high for making an outpatient appt.
Oh so VERY true!:mad:
 

jdd

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Ortho would be one choice, a decent internal med doc would also be okay.

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Reasoning: Not saying you've got the same, but I had a pulmonary embolism 4 years ago (a few days after a short trip to the states and back). Treatment and followup was handled by internal medicine.

Especially at followup checks they were all over my legs looking for a possible source--very thorough ultrasound from groin to ankles. The guy doing it immediately noticed and spent a few minutes on my left knee (baker's cyst) which they then did an MRI on. (and another about a year later for comparison's sake)

I'm not in Tokyo, so I can't recommend anything specific, but I think the attention I got at a shi-ritsu hospital was excellent. I'd look for one of those.

[on edit: this looks out of place because it is..., I was looking at the end of the first page and hadn't gone on to page two here...]
 

onm

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Thanks guys. All this info is very helpful.

I am sure I will get to the bottom of all of this.

Cheers, and if anyone else has any leads / any experiences with this, please do post.

Thanks

Owen