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By Anonymous December 22, 2010 - 10:05pm
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I had a blood clot in the leg about 6 years ago, Two weeks ago, I experience alots of vein burning and chronic leg aching that would not go away. My doctor put me on a 7 day predisone for some swellilng. Do that sound like phlebititis

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Phlebitis is only diagnosable with specific tests (see below). Phlebitis symptoms do include swelling around the vein, as well as veins that are sensitive to pressure, feel warm (no mention of "burning").

I am happy to hear that you consulted a doctor. The treatment you received can help with swelling (and is the same treatment given for phlebitis). Please call your doctor if your pain or swelling continue.

The symptoms of phlebitis:
* Very visible, cord-like vein that is tender and sensitive to pressure. This cord may develop over several hours to days.
* Redness and warmth surrounding the vein.
* Swelling around the vein.
* A low-grade fever may be seen, however a high fever and drainage that is purulent (pus) indicate infection.
* Call your physician immediately should you develop a fever, shortness of breath (which may indicate that the clot may have traveled to the lung), and severe pain and swelling in the arm or leg.

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Tests may include the following:
* Physical exam
* X-ray or ultrasound to check for deeper blood clots
* Venogram in which dye or contrast is injected
* In case of recurrent episodes of phlebitis, screening for blood disorders is done.

* Anti-inflammatory medication—you may be advised to take over-the-counter pain relievers, like aspirin or ibuprofen.
* Exercise—walking is typically recommended.
* Compress—another option is applying a warm compress over the inflamed vein.
* Elevation—elevating the arm or leg with the inflamed vein to a level above the heart may be beneficial.

If you are diagnosed with phlebitis, follow your doctor's instructions.

December 23, 2010 - 12:23pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Thank u for your answer. The information is very helpful. I go to my doctor at least once a month to keep an eye on my condition. I do notice when it is time for my monthly, the swelling is more severe. Thanks again.

December 23, 2010 - 12:54pm
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