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Calf Pain After Treatment
Started by Lindsay
Posted: August 23, 2011 at 01:07
I just completed a week long hospital stay for a DVT in my left calf. I was told it
occurred due to all my years of taking birth control pills coupled with the fact I was in
a bad car accident a few months ago. While in the hospital I was on a constant IV drip
of Heparin and of course Coumidan (which I have continued). I had severe leg pain
when I started my hospital stay, to the point where I was almost unable to walk. While
the pain has gotten somewhat better, I am still in a lot of pain. The only time I am not
in pain is when my legs are elevated. When I am walking, standing up, or even sitting in
a chair, my calf feels tight, constricted, and like the muscles are burning. The nurses in
the hospital told me that leg pain for a few months is normal, but my doctor made me
feel a little crazy today when I went in for my first INR check after the hospital. Is this
pain normal? Is there anything I can do to decrease the pain? At 27 years of age I never
thought I would be experiencing such pain. It's very depressing.
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Reply #1 by Amber
Posted: August 23, 2011 at 14:16
I know how you feel. I got my first blood clot a few months ago and I just turend 27. I was in so much pain at first that I could barely stand it. Over the last few months my leg has stopped hurting but now I have a numb foot due to low circulation in my foot. I am hoping the numbness will go away after my bypass surgery next month so I can return to work. Hang in there. Have you seen a vascular surgeon? Maybe they could possibly do a bypass or remove the clot completely?
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Reply #2 by Lindsay
Posted: August 23, 2011 at 23:19
I haven't been to a vascular surgeon...I'm saving that for the last resort. My primary
care doctor is adamant that if I keep heating and stretching the area the pain will
eventually go away. I hope it does because I start teaching again on September 7th and
I need to be able to walk around the classroom! Did you do anything to treat the pain
or did you just wait it out? As much as it sucks, it makes me feel a little better to know
that I am not alone.
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Reply #3 by Kristin
Posted: August 24, 2011 at 03:07
I just found this site and will update with my story but I wanted to make sure you are aware of May-Thurner Syndrome...it results in DVT's in the left leg.
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Reply #4 by Hank
Posted: August 25, 2011 at 19:51
I know how you feel. I have been laid up for two weeks with my leg in the air from a clot in my left calf. The Dr. says another two weeks. When I try and stand up my veins below the knee and in my foot pop out and my foot turns red. I assume from the fact the blood clot is still there. It is very frustrating though. Laying around waiting to walk again. My Dr. says I am making great strides and I will admit the pain has gone down significantly. I just want to stand up and walk! Hang in there.
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Reply #5 by KJen
Posted: August 25, 2011 at 20:51
I was diagnosed with a small slot between my ankle and lower calf on the inside of my left leg back in June. The first week or two I had pains off & on and kept my legs elavated, which reduced the pressure.

I still get a tightness at my upper calf and lower thigh that the doctor says more walking is needed to stop it. He has me walking about 40 minutes on a threadmill daily. He said to do 3 miles of walking a day, but so far I can only get 2 miles in 40 minutes. This helps to get the blood flowing and I've noticed a reduction in that tightness as well as reducing a strange uncomfortable feeling at the back of my thighs when sitting.

The pain will go away, it just takes time before you can really be moving around without hurting.
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Reply #6 by Lindsay
Posted: August 27, 2011 at 02:21
Thank you all for your responses. I will admit, it is starting to get better...Instead of my
whole calf burning, now only the back of my knee feels tight. I am able to walk much
more normally now than earlier in the week. My doctor did not mention anything about
walking to help the circulation...that is very good to know. Do you go to a general
practitioner or did you go see a vascular surgeon. Even though I seem to be getting
better I am debating going to the surgeon. Opinions?

Hank, I know the feeling of just wanting to stand up and walk! I'm starting to get
nervous that I will not be 100% for when school starts up again on September 7th (I'm a
high school teacher).
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Reply #7 by Vicki
Posted: August 28, 2011 at 16:24
So my clot is In the groin. It started a week ago and for 6 days I had no pain, just
swelling and redness. Then one afternoon my thigh started to hurt and the pain
slowly moved down my leg. It is excruciating. I can hardly walk now the
swelling in the leg is down but the Inside of my leg is tight now.

Anybody know what Is going On? My doctor just says it is normal but id like to
understand what is causing the pain and why did it start after so long?
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Reply #8 by Hank
Posted: August 28, 2011 at 23:02
Lindsay, I will pray for you. Specifically that you will be able to start school on Sept. 7th without pain. Stay positive and rest your leg as much as possible.
Vicki, don't rush anything. Keep that leg up and rested. Take it easy!
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Reply #9 by JEM
Posted: August 29, 2011 at 09:43
Gold bless you.
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Reply #10 by Lindsay
Posted: August 30, 2011 at 21:32
Thank you Hank. I don't want to jinx anything but I think I will be ok for the 7th!!!!!
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Reply #11 by Lamar
Posted: November 12, 2012 at 02:03
I just came across this site for the first time and this sounds so much like my story.
I just spent a week in the hospital on bed rest and on heparin and taking coumadin.
When I first came home I couldn't walk at all due to being laid up all week and off
my feet. Now I can walk a little but i'm in excruciating pain when I do. Even if I stand
up the pain is there instantly. I'm thinking about going back to the ER to see what's
going on. Has anyone ever went back to ER after being released?
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Reply #12 by Diane
Posted: November 12, 2012 at 10:14
I stayed in overnight after being diagnosed with a dvt ankle to groin. I got increasing pain and eventually got readmitted 10 days later and was due home on day 2 once pain relief better. I collapsed with sudden severe pain that morning and then had a barage of testswhich showed cot was up to naval. They couldn't say if it was new or there all along,as no-one had checked that high originally. I got home after 10 days, with a plan for painkillers (paracetamol, then codiene and if still in pain, tramadol).

Not to sound depressing, but I was at this stage only walking with crutches and had improved to pottering around the house(slowly). The pain was excruciating at times and the more I pushed myself,the worse the pain got. I used crutches for 6months, but only for speed and distance.

I'm now 2 years down the line. I still get pain and swelling, but it is so much better then it was then. I feel that in the past few months, I've got some control over it and getting confidence to do more, but I am very aware of when I need to stop.

Wear compression stockings. They really do help. Rest with your feet up when you can and accept that you can not jump back to normal straight away. Things get better and more barable - some recover fully, others don't.

That said there are interventions available that can improve bloodflow. They need to be discussed with a vascular surgeon and can be difficult to get access to. I'm in the UK and it looks like you are in the US/Canada. There are hospitals mentioned elsewhere on this site.

Hope you get some relief soon.
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