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CrazyOldMe
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Hi there!

For the past two days, I've been having a dull ache in the outside of my calf. It seems to come and go at random, but the pain always originates from the same spot. I'm active, so it may result from exercise, but I'm concerned it may also be DVT, especially since I'm on an oral contraceptive that contains estrogen and the risks have been so publicized.

As far as risk factors go, I'm on birth control, my job sometimes involves sitting for a few hours, and while I don't smoke, I'm usually around secondhand smoke for 15-20 minutes 3 or 4 times a week. On the plus side, I'm in my 20s, I exercise almost every day, and I eat healthy.

Would you recommend I go in for an ultrasound to rule out a clot? Do yout think I should wait and see if the pain subsides? I have anxiety issues that sometimes manifest as hypochondria; since I've gone to therapy, I can usually decide on a logical course of action, but in this case, I truly can't tell if I'm being rational or not.

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Heather
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I would suggest you just report this to your healthcare provider if it keeps up more than another few days. If they feel a clot is a possibility, they will order the appropriate tests.

You certainly do not sound like someone where that is likely, but any ongoing, unexplained pain should always ideally be evaluated by a healthcare provider, pill or no pill. So, if you have access to healthcare, that is where I would start.

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CrazyOldMe
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Thanks. I don't have a primary care physician at the moment, but I'll call my OBGYN, and if anything worsens, I'll visit an ER. I appreciate the reply!
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Heather
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Since your primary concern is that this is related to your pill, I think calling your GYN if this keeps up is just perfect.

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