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Alia's Story

In August of 2015, I began having discomfort in the back of my right leg. I remember attending a friend’s engagement party and having to keep sitting down. Then one day shortly thereafter, while vacuuming and preparing to have friends over for my son’s 2nd birthday, I was having stabbing pain in the back of my leg.

This went on for a couple weeks. I figured it was just overuse, or maybe I had torn something running, as I’d recently stepped up my workouts. In addition, my job as an event planner had me on my feet for 12-14 hours at a time, so perhaps it was just from overuse. Eventually though, event days became excruciating, and I couldn’t finish my runs.

When I told my mom about it, she said, “It could be a blood clot,” so I immediately drove to the nearest urgent care center. The doctor there ordered an ultrasound. A half hour later, the urgent care doctor told me that the radiologist diagnosed it as a hematoma. She told me to take ibuprofen for the pain but to go to an orthopedic surgeon in a week if the pain didn’t get better.

I really didn’t know what a hematoma was, so I went home and went online. Pictures showed massive black and blue marks covering legs and arms. That’s not what my leg looked like. It looked normal except that my hamstring muscle looked like it was getting bigger. Was that from the extra running?

After more than a week, it still hurt and wasn’t getting better. Plus, I still wasn’t convinced it was a hematoma because it just didn’t look like what I saw in those pictures. I made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon who ordered an MRI. When I went back for the results, the doctor said that the MR