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Blood clots are scary. Sometimes you don't even know there are there, until it's too late. That was the case for me. I was going along, living life, feeling fine, and then suddenly I couldn't move my arm or talk. It happened that quickly. One second I was fine, the next, I was not.
When I got to the emergency room back in August 2001, doctors thought I had Bells Palsy. Deep down, I knew they were wrong. Deep down, I knew I was having a stroke , but didn't want to believe it. I was relieved for a moment by thinking I could go home and this would all go away. I'm glad I didn't. Finally, a neurologist examined me and told me what I feared - I was having a stroke.
Once I was rolled back into radiology, the doctors found the blood clot behind my left ear. It's amazing it didn't make it to my brain, but it was still killing my brain cells every second it was there. Since I got to the hospital within three hours of my initial symptoms , I was a candidate for tPa , a clot-busting tr...
For 3 weeks now, I have pain that started behind my right ear. I thought it was a pinched nerve, went to chiropractor for adjustment, it's still the same. Also went to hospital Emergency Room they did cat scan, found nothing. Referred me to a neurologist, the appointment is two weeks away. What should I do, can't stand this much longer. I am an 80 year old female. Betty.
Unfortunately, it's virtually impossible to suggest much for you via the Internet. Only a doctor who's had the opportunity to review your medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and examine you in person can safely suggest anything to relieve your pain because, without knowing what's caused it as well as your medical history, we can't know what's safe or appropriate to suggest.
Two suggestions are to call your family doctor for assistance between now and your appointment with the neurolog...
Alternative Names Popliteal cyst; Bulge-knee Symptoms A large cyst may cause some discomfort or stiffness, but there are often no symptoms. There may be a painless or painful swelling behind the knee. The cyst may feel like a water-filled balloon. Sometimes, the cyst may break open (rupture), causing pain, swelling, and bruising on the back of the knee and calf. It is important to know whether pain or swelling is caused by a Baker's cyst or a blood clot. A blood clot ( deep venous thrombosis ) can also cause pain, swelling, and bruising on the back of the knee and calf. A blood clot may be dangerous and requires immediate medical attention. Signs and tests During a physical exam, the doctor will look for a soft mass in the back of the knee. If the cyst is small, comparing the affected knee to the normal knee can be helpful. There may be limitation in range of motion caused by pain or by the size of the cyst. In some cases there will be signs and symptoms of a meniscal tear. Transillumination, o...
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