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flying after DVT
Started by edie
Posted: April 16, 2007 at 17:58
I need help, was diagnosed 5 days ago with DVT and am supposed to take 2 1/2 hour flight 3 days from now while still on Lovenox, MD won't give clear answer if ok to fly or not.... any answers or positive experiences?
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Re: flying after DVT
Reply #1 by Richard
Posted: April 16, 2007 at 19:44
If your doctor can't tell you, you shouldn't really expect anyone here to either - we're not specialists. Can you talk to him again and get him to explain the pros and cons? Have you achieved the target INR that they want you on?

Having said that, I had to take a 4 hour return flight a couple of months after I started Warfarin and had stabilised my INR at around 2.5. When I asked my doctor about it, he told me I'd be one of the safest people on the flight! But he insisted I wore my support socks, tried to exercise my legs during the flight (even if it was only flexing my feet) and drank plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. Hope that helps.
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Reply #2 by Barb
Posted: April 16, 2007 at 22:23
I second what Richard said. I took a flight a little over a month after developing a DVT and was on coumadin with a stable INR. My doctor gave me the exact same advice and told me to enjoy my trip.

I would get a firm answer from your doctor.
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Reply #3 by KC
Posted: April 17, 2007 at 01:52
I was diagnosed about a year and a half ago and my doctor would not allow me to fly for 6 months...and until my INR was stable. I was fearful of flying even after I got the green light to go. About 3 months ago, I flew to Southeast Asia, 14hrs and then another 5 hr flight. I was no longer on Lovenox but took my Coumadin as instructed. I also got up frequently and stretched my legs. My doctor also advised that I where surgical stockings....which hurt after 6 or 7 hours, but he told me they assist in preventing clotting. I agree with the other replies and would have another conversation with your doctor.
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Reply #4 by Shana
Posted: March 21, 2008 at 18:04
Does anyone have any updated to this opinion?

I only take car trips, get out and walk around 15min or more every hour, and have resolved myself to never flying again actually. Funny since I was a flight attendant and have been flying my whole life.

Hey but I see more of the country this way : )




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Reply #5 by Maria
Posted: March 21, 2008 at 18:53
Shana,

For long car trips and flying: My MD has recommended walking every 1 1/2 hours and wearing the compression stockings.
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Reply #6 by Shana
Posted: March 21, 2008 at 20:32
Thank you Maria - I don't plan any airplane flights for a while, but wonder if I needed to take one for an emergency (my mother has been ill lately). I am therapeutic on Coumadin, and feel fine, but of course don't want to chance another problem : (

I wear light compression stocking, 15-20, as I don't have any swelling, but am considering going 20-30 for daily use instead. My doctor said for me to use those when I fly, that 30-40 was high for me.

What do you wear?
Thank you for your response!
Shana
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Reply #7 by Maria
Posted: March 21, 2008 at 21:27
I don't want to fly anytime soon. It's a bummer because I used to fly for a part of my work. I just bought 15-20 thigh highs today for long drives (going to L.A./Pasadena next week) but may end up buying the 20-30.

You've probably heard about using Lovenox injections if you need to fly - hopefully you won't need to travel and your mom will be fine - perhaps you will choose to fly away for a nice long vacation - when you're ready!
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Reply #8 by Shana
Posted: March 22, 2008 at 02:01
Thanks Maria for writing. I wear the knee highs, but was told if I flew to wear the thigh highs. I wonder if I should wear the thigh highs daily instead, though I don't want to.

I didn't mind the Lovenox injections, they taught my husband how to do it and he was great at it, which surprised both of us, so I would do it if I had to. Thank you for reminding me of that, I would just tell the doctor if I needed to go anywhere.

Have a great weekend and keep in touch with us! Is this the same Maria taking NK? Matt just started yesterday : )

S
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Reply #9 by Maria
Posted: March 22, 2008 at 17:45
I'm just curious about general recommended lengths of compression stockings and the location of a DVT. Any info anyone?

Shana please remind me, where is/was your clot? By the way, the fitting assistant at the pharmacy told me thigh highs only came halfway up the thigh. She was right. I wore them yesterday and think they will be fine for sitting in a car or plane, but not for everyday use, especially if you're up and about a lot. They tend to slide down. I may end up buying the pantyhouse at some point.

Thanks!
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Reply #10 by Shana
Posted: March 22, 2008 at 21:37
My doctor just said to wear them for long trips/flights etc., over the knee and 20-30 compression. Otherwise I just wear the knee highs for everyday use.

My clot was in my calf and in my upper thigh. The calf one is gone I just wear them to keep from getting PTS and you're right, I don't think I could wear the thigh highs every day anyway.

I have bought some pantihose however, I think 10-15 strength, as I haven't seen anything else higher than that, and they are a real pain to get on let me tell you, but they do feel good. I wear them if I have to wear a dress. But I wonder if since they are not much of a strong strength do they do any good for preventing anything?

Let me know what you find out : ) My doctor thinks there is no need to wear them anyway, so it's something I've pushed from reading all the information about them.

Shana
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Reply #11 by Michele
Posted: June 23, 2008 at 18:47
I have had two dvt in the past 14 years. My last was two years ago after fracturing my foot and being in plaster. I am not currently taking any medication for it. I am due to fly from U.K. to Florida next month and need some advice. My doctor just gave me some tubigrip to wear. Surely that is not right. Any ideas????
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Reply #12 by Michele
Posted: June 23, 2008 at 18:56
I have had two dvt in the past 14 years. My last was two years ago after fracturing my foot and being in plaster. I am not currently taking any medication for it. I am due to fly from U.K. to Florida next month and need some advice. My doctor just gave me some tubigrip to wear. Surely that is not right. Any ideas????
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Reply #13 by chris
Posted: June 23, 2008 at 19:49
hi Michele, you can try asking your doctor for fragmin (low molecular heparin) its an injection you can self adminster yourself at the airport, it just goes in the belly. I have a history of leiden factor v in my family and my sister is prescribed fragmin to use before flight as a precaution against DVT, I am on warfarin for life so don't need fragmin, but I think that if I were in your shoes Ide insist on it just in case. That is if its available to you of course.
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Reply #14 by Tom in Connecticut
Posted: June 24, 2008 at 16:43
Here is a doctors Q&A regarding this subject from one of the top blood clot specialists in the U.S.:

http://fvleiden.org/ask/46.html
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