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do people randomly get dvt with absolutely no risk factors

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do people randomly get dvt with absolutely no risk factors attached. I.e. I am 27 male, healthy, no flights, no other risk factors and have been checked for clotting and it is normal

Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
Hi--are you saying you're just curious about this or has there been a problem in the past?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

The only problem in the past was that I had an undiagnosed anxiety problem with obsessive thoughts about dvt. I am working on trying to get them under control. I have never had dvt. I am worried about it, I woke up this morning and have a pain right above my ankle on the outside of my leg. Like I said before, I have no signs apart from lower leg pain. Not taken a flight in over 3 months, don't smoke, not overweight, not drank alcohol in a long time.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
OK--what did you mean you had been checked for clotting? Are you seeing a therapist for your OCD and the anxiety? Any swelling of the ankle or leg?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I am seeing a therapist, when I was worried I had dvt a long time ago(3 months ago) they did a d dimer and said it was normal and my blood clotted properly

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

no swelling of ankle or leg I don't think

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
OK--and we can continue after this if you need to but the simple answer is no, with absolutely no risk factors people don't get DVT's. There is something called Leiden factor V disorder which can be checked for with blood work that is a rare disorder that can cause DVT's with no other risk factor. As for your description of what's going on now, that isn't consistent with a DVT where there's swelling of the foot, ankle, or, more often the lower leg.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

what can cause these random pains in my leg just above my ankle? It is across the muscle is feels like

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
Any tenderness there?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

yes it feels a bit tender when i press on the muscle

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
Where exactly and does this only happen in the one leg?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

right above my ankle on the side of the shin, its mainly one but both feel a bit tender

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
You mean basically on the shin bone?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

yes

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
OK--this sounds like shin splints, also know as tibial periostitis. Usually seen in runners but can occur with anyone. Definitely not DVT's. This usually responds to ibuprofen, heat, and not running for a few days if you do run.
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