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Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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Over the past week my left leg below the knee has swollen

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Hello, over the past week my left leg below the knee has swollen with bruising and tenderness forming, feeling progressively more uncomfortable with each day. No injury has been sustained to this area to cause these symptoms.
Assistant: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Have you noticed any swelling?
Customer: my leg swells during the day when i am at work
Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: nothing that would cause this
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 6 months ago.

Hello. I'm Dr Chip
Thanks for your question and I'm reviewing it.
I'll be back in a moment with and answer or a request for more information

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 6 months ago.

I'm very concerned here

What you're describing is very likely a deep venous thrombosis--a clot in a leg vein

Untreated it can lead to a dangerous pulmonary embolus

You need to see your doctor right away for this and I would get Doppler venous flow studies of that leg

If you have a clot you need to be put on blood thinners

Please let me know if you need any more information