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What could stabbing sensations in leg be?

By Anonymous March 25, 2015 - 6:15pm
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I am worried about my mother. She is 62 years old, she has arthritis, and just had knee replacement surgery. She has only had this sudden stabbing sensation in her upper thigh twice in the past month, but is it something I should worry about? Is it serious? Does her arthritis have anything to do with these pains? Also how can I help her?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to our community with your concern.

My first thought is deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis or DVT occurs when a blood clot or thrombus forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling, but may occur without any symptoms.

Your mother has two possible risk factors, recent surgery and arthritis. Prolonged bed rest following surgery and possible sitting for long periods of time because of arthritis can lead to the development of DVT. When your legs remain still for long periods, your calf muscles don't contract to help blood circulate, which can increase the risk of blood clots.

Report this development to your mother's physician who can best guide you in diagnosis and treatment.


March 26, 2015 - 7:24am
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