Blood clots related to leg pain and numbness?

I gave birth a few weeks ago. Two days after I came home from the hospital, I had some very large clots. I know this is not normal, but it was during a very emotional time (funeral), so I didn't think very much of it. Now I am noticing that my upper left leg gets very sore and numb when I put pressure on it, such as standing or sitting on it for a short time. Are these two events related?

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The passage of large clots can be normal but they signify that blood has been lost. In fact, a large clot can sometimes contain as much as 200 to 300 cc of blood. You are probably correct that the stress and increased activity caused this to occur.

Tingling and numbness in the leg can be related to many different things, but the most threatening of such problems would be a blood clot or inflammation of one of the vessels. Usually, if this is thrombophlebitis, you would feel a localized area of tenderness, perhaps redness or pain down the leg.

Blood clots in the uterus or vagina and blood clots in the legs are most often unrelated, but it could indicate a systemic problem with the blood clotting mechanism. In other words, if your clotting factors were abnormal, it may cause formation of abnormal clots in the leg and cause you to bleed from the placental site. For the most part, however, these two events would seem unrelated. I suggest that you notify your care provider, however.

I hope that this situation has resolved and that your life is getting back to normal.

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