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My mother, aged 84 just experienced sharp pain in her right

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My mother, aged 84 just experienced sharp pain in her right leg, just below the knee. She has had a sore knee for several days, and decided it was attributable to old age. She has a congenital heart issue and has a pacemaker, is currently taking Koumadin and blood pressure meds. Should I take her to the ER? She has been putting heat on the knee, but this is different.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 10 months ago.
Hi--were exactly is the pain and is there any swelling of the knee or the leg?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.


On the right leg, just slightly below the knee cap and to the left. It seems to me that there is a slight bit of swelling, but it's not very much.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 10 months ago.
Any redness or bruising there?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.


No redness or bruising, no recent falls or spills. Simply came out of nowhere, and with her heart condition, I am worried about blood clots. When she is seated, putting no weight on it, it doesn't hurt as much, but it can't stand any weight at all.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 10 months ago.
OK--doesn't sound like a clot and with her being on coumadin that wouldn't likely happen. Since it isn't bruised it doesn't sound like it's from bleeding. This sounds like a prepatellar bursitis and nothing too serious Alyson. Doesn't require her going to the ER but her doctor needs to look at it since she may need a cortisone injection to stop the inflammation
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