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Elevate or not?
Started by Andrea
Posted: June 1, 2009 at 21:15
I developed a dvt 10 months ago following an injury to my calf. I know that it was important to keep the leg elevated but after this time and following a recent scan which confirmed that there was no evidence of a clot should i still be doing this. I have been off the warfarin for 3 months and dont have any problems with my leg. Thanks.
Re: Elevate or not?
Reply #1 by Lori
Posted: June 1, 2009 at 22:36
The main reason to keep your leg elevated is to reduce the swelling.
But, if you are have a scan showing that your clot is gone, there is
a high likelihood that you will not have swelling when you are
walking around, even without compression stockings.

A more important question comes to mind. Do you know for a fact that
you had a calf injury or did you have calf pain prior to your
diagnosis that you assumed was a strain or pull type injury? Many
times a lower leg DVT begins as a feeling that you had a calf injury
but it is actually the beginning of the clot formation. It is
important to remember this in case your clot ever returns.
Re: Elevate or not?
Reply #2 by Andrea
Posted: June 2, 2009 at 13:17
Hi Lori. In reply to your question about wether i knew i had a calf injury, i had been hit by my dog running into the back of my leg really hard, it felt as if i had been shot in the leg, (not that i have ever experienced that) but it was sooo painful and badly bruised and i knew that something was not quite right then. And after 10days of going back and for to the doctors i was sent for a blood test and scan which revealed a small dvt. Another thing that suprised me was that some health authorities dont give treatment for this kind of dvt as they are less likely to cause complications. They re scan in a week or two to see if there has been any change in the dvt. I was never told to wear compression stockings even though i asked on numerous occasions but i do wear ordinary support tights.
Re: Elevate or not?
Reply #3 by Lori
Posted: June 2, 2009 at 22:21
You are right with a lower leg DVT, they are often underidentified
because many centers don't even ultrasound the lower leg.

If you have no swelling and the clot is gone, you should be able to
get on with your life as normal.

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