May-Thurner syndrome occurs more commonly in the left lower leg than the right. For this reason, patients often come to their doctor complaining of persistent left leg pain. They may describe leg pain while sitting, lying in bed, or being still for extended periods of time.
Some people don’t have pain but arrive at the doctor due to redness, swelling, or a sensation of warmth. Because these symptoms can be similar to other conditions, a vascular specialist must carefully diagnosis this condition as separate from others.
Diagnosis usually occurs through:
- CT or MRI scan
- Venogram, which is like an x-ray of the veins