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One new option for people who have been diagnosed with a blood clot is Thrombolysis which uses medicines and devices to remove the blood clot. While not risk free, and not offered universally, the following doctors and institutions do offer this. If you think you may be interested, it is important to act quickly. Blood clots harden within the first several weeks, making it much more difficult to remove the clot. This procedure has risks and you should discuss with your doctors the tradeoffs for your particular situation.
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Lets be positive
Posted by Mick C
Last Reply March 20, 2012 at 08:57
Started November 24, 2007 at 23:26
I am a 56 year old, 21 stone bloke.
In January I broke my leg and ankle and after 2 operations a superb surgeon managed to put my leg back together again.
Unfortunately I awoke on a April morning to find that the same leg was massively swollen and by the evening a DVT was diagnosed.
Its now November and I can walk without a stick, my thigh and calf are back to normal size and apart from some ankle swelling and some cramps Im not in bad nick.
I have got through it.

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Five years after DVT
Posted by Rui
Last Reply March 19, 2012 at 22:13
Started March 19, 2012 at 22:13
It's been about 5 years since I had a DVT. After many ultrasounds, I was given the "all clear" but told that my lef would stay somewhat swollen ( botton of leg ) and that, at some point, I could "be troubled" ( not specific words ) by the leg. The cramps are long gone, I still, at times, feel funny after standing for a while, especially on a hard surface and, lately, I seem to be having upper leg, groin area, lower back ( leftside, same side as DVT leg ) pain. I realize that it COULD stem from the back but, if it is, in fact post DVT issues, I'm hoping to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience and whether it can get better. While it does not bother me at the gym,on the various machines, it's difficult to run outside as I can't push off. Any input will be appreciated. I have not gone to the doctor.

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is it possible?
Posted by howard
Last Reply March 17, 2012 at 02:09
Started March 17, 2012 at 02:09
Hi guys i was a fit active healthy 45yr old with no underlying health
problems until i was in a road accident in which i received trauma to
my knee and was in pain every day.I had a long haul flight wearing
flight socks 6 months after the accident with no problems.I continued
on with the same pain in my knee for another 3 months when i suddenly
got a dvt in the same leg as my knee injury is it possible these too
things are related?? is it possible the clot could have been building
unknown to me for 8-9 months?
it turned to a PE also

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Post DVT Diet
Posted by Steve
Last Reply March 16, 2012 at 21:53
Started March 16, 2012 at 21:03
I experienced my first DVT in August 2011. My doctor gave me the good news just before Christmas that the clot has dissolved. He took me off warfarin in Feb 2012. I have Factor V Leiden and antiphospholipids, so I am concerned about another DVT. So, I did some research and decided to buy some natural blood thinning supplements: I am going to start taking Nattokinase; Carlson Norwegian Cod Liver Oil; Low Dose Aspirin and Vitamins C & E. Do you think I am overdoing it or getting into another danger area with these supplements? Thanks for your help!

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reoccuring DVT
Posted by James Cress
Last Reply March 16, 2012 at 15:39
Started March 16, 2012 at 15:39
My daughter, 31, recently underwent a series of procedures for DVT to include insertion of a stint. Now another clot has formed and she has been readmitted to a local hospital in the Mobile area. She has been unable to get a straight answer from the staff and in spite of being there for three days, has not seen the attending physician. The nursing staff is non-committal simply telling her that they need to control her INR. We are all concerned. Is this normal? It would seem to me that three days in the hospital would be enough to control her blood chemistry.

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reoccuring DVT
Posted by James Cress
Last Reply March 16, 2012 at 15:38
Started March 16, 2012 at 15:38
My daughter, 31, recently underwent a series of procedures for DVT to include insertion of a stint. Now another clot has formed and she has been readmitted to a local hospital in the Mobile area. She has been unable to get a straight answer from the staff and in spite of being there for three days, has not seen the attending physician. The nursing staff is non-committal simply telling her that they need to control her INR. We are all concerned. Is this normal? It would seem to me that three days in the hospital would be enough to control her blood chemistry.

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advise needed
Posted by claire
Last Reply March 16, 2012 at 13:39
Started March 16, 2012 at 11:32
lower down in the topics i posted my concerns about having another child
i would really appreciate peoples input
please give me some advise
many thanks

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Scuba Diving After DVT?
Posted by Jacques
Last Reply March 16, 2012 at 01:51
Started December 6, 2006 at 20:03
Has anyone heard any recommendations on whether or not someone could return to scuba diving after having a DVT? I'm scheduled to get off Coumadin in January 2007 and so far have no ill effects from my DVT over the summer. I am looking to get back into diving, but cannot find any information on whether or not it's a safe to do anymore.

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dvt chance after doppler
Posted by scott
Last Reply March 15, 2012 at 19:33
Started March 8, 2012 at 22:24
Hi everyone, I had pain in my leg on and off for a number of weeks, lower calf with no
swelling just pretty intense pain, I bugged my doc for a doppler after she was
convinced it was a calf tear. She ordered the doppler and by the time they got me in for
it the pain had somewhat started to subside. Fast forward now to a few weeks later and
I low and behold have the same pain again, I started to work out but have been careful
to not injure my calf in any way. Could a doppler miss a clot? It was from my groin to
leg and they said they didn't see one. They said I wasn't in any of the major risk areas

I am just concerned that maybe the clot had moved? and is now back again?

thanks for reading

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DVT Self Diagnose
Posted by PangiePantz
Last Reply March 15, 2012 at 13:14
Started March 14, 2012 at 18:26
Hello all. I'm a 33 yr old AA female, smoker, not on any BC. I have a job where I sit all day. I've always had issues with very bad circulation in my legs. I've had extreme pain in my right leg where it will get very swollen and I have a hard time walking because it's so painful. However, I walk everywhere as I don't have a vehicle. This has been going on for at least 3 months. I don't have health insurance currently but feel I've put this off for too long and will be visiting a community healthcare center about this. I'm very scared but I would like some advice on how to stress to the Dr's I speak to to check for DVT. Just from what I've been researching online I am very afraid that this may be DVT. I'm a single mom with no family support and I just want to stay healthy for my child. Any advice on how to approach this with the Dr's I see would be very much appreciated.

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Posted by James
Last Reply March 15, 2012 at 01:30
Started March 14, 2012 at 13:12
What is better Levonox or warfarin. Or the question is what is you Health care insurance going to pay for what is cheaper.

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How long can dvt last?
Posted by Ray
Last Reply March 14, 2012 at 20:34
Started March 14, 2012 at 20:34
Is it possible to have dvt for months? I've had some pretty bad pain in my calf etc.
but doctors seem to think it's muscular

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want to try for another child :/
Posted by claire
Last Reply March 14, 2012 at 13:15
Started March 14, 2012 at 13:15
hi :D

can anyone advise ?? I have 2 daughters first pregnancy was simple but 2 weeks after having my second daughter who is now 2yrs i developed a clot in my pelvis was then put on a course of warferin for 6 months . i also got a second clot after surgery last july and yet again put on a 6 month course of warferin they have decided that i need not be on it life long as both clots had triggers eg pregnancy and surgery .
the thing is me and my partner went to see our doctor the other day about the risks of having more children and they have got back to me saying that there is a 1 in 3 chance of having another clot and there is no gaurantee with heperin a clot wont form and it would be best not to take the risk but i just feel i am being told not to do what comes natural to me :(
has anyone been through the same thing ???
all input welcomed :)

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Posted by Miriam
Last Reply March 14, 2012 at 08:53
Started March 13, 2012 at 21:35
I had a DVT while pregnant almost 3 years ago. I have since flown long haul and took innohep injections for the flights. All went well thank God. I am going on holiday in July and the flight is 4 hours and I'm guessing that the seating will be cramped enough. At this stage and for that duration of a flight, does anyone know if I would need any blood thinners this time around. I have heterozygous factor v leiden.

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worried about clot travelling
Posted by ella
Last Reply March 13, 2012 at 21:26
Started March 13, 2012 at 10:51
Hello everyone, I am 30 weeks pregnant and 3 weeks ago I was told I have a
blood clot in my left leg in the upper thigh area. I was in hospital for 3 nights
while they started to treat me with inohep injections and compression
stockings. However, I just spoke to a physical therapist as I'm struggling to get
back on my feet and she wanted to know what the doctors had recommended
in terms of bed rest or activity etc. I was told to try and carry on as normal but
I haven't really been able to leave the house or return to work as its still too
painful. I'm now worried though that I may have increased the risk of the clot
travelling because I have tried to walk around the house a little bit and I've
walked to and from the car etc. Is there a big risk of the clot travelling still 3
weeks later and has anyone else had a dvt which travelled weeks later? Sorry
for the rant, ella

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Coumadin and weight gain
Posted by Claire
Last Reply March 13, 2012 at 18:01
Started October 11, 2010
Does anyone have any tips on how to lose the weight I've gained on coumadin ?
After my dvt (x2) diagnosis August 09 I initially lost around 18 lbs due to
anxiety/loss of appetite/ rapid heart rate etc, but slowly since I started feeling
better about 6 months ago , it had crept back on & I cannot lose it.
I joined the gym at work & go 5 out of 7 days, cut down on portions, eat healthy
etc, but can't shift it. I'm only 5ft tall & weigh 162 lbs now & was at 154 for the
longest time . Grrrrrrrr :-(

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Interv Rad Process/Swelling
Posted by Tim
Last Reply March 13, 2012 at 04:26
Started March 13, 2012
I am a 42 yr old male. Had clot from ankle past stomach. Initially, I was advised
to take Coumadin and let body absorb the clot. Seen a vascular specialist in
week two and they advised interventional radiology procedure which was
completed in a successful manner (some clots remain). I am three weeks out
from interventional radiology procedure. Almost all of the pain is gone with only
minor fatigue which seems to get better every day. Minor swelling below the
knee with more moderated swelling above the knee. The swelling does seem to
be improving on a daily basis. Is the swelling a result of the procedure,
angioplasty, or pts? I wear a waist high compression stocking and will likely be
on Coumadin for 6 months to a year. Will the swelling likely disappear? The pain
is virtually gone with only minor fatigue. Thank you

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dvt tests
Posted by mike s
Last Reply March 12, 2012 at 19:14
Started March 12, 2012 at 16:24
hi, im 41 years old, i was very active and exercised 3 to 5 times a week before i was diagnosed with dvt in both legs! i did not travel or do anything unusual. does anyone know what blood tests i should have? my doctor does not seem very interested in finding the cause, and i want my life back! im a diesel mechanic and im worried about cutting my hands when i return to work since im on coumadin.

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Warfarin and Surgery
Posted by Judy (UK)
Last Reply March 12, 2012 at 17:59
Started March 10, 2012 at 18:00

Does anyone have any experience of surgery after being on wafarin?

I had my first clot in April 2010, warfarin for six months, diagnosed with factor II, a year off warfarin and fine, then second clot in Nov 2011 and now on warfarin for life. I've been waiting for bowel surgery for the last year or so, its not an urgent operation but i really want them to do it as will make my life a lot better and until the second DVT, the surgeon was well up for it.

I know i have to come off the warfarin for five days before surgery, and get on clexane immediately afterwards, but my surgeon is a bit worried and has written to the Haematologist for advice. She's just written to me saying she's replied to him, but wants to see me. Got an appointment with her for 29th March. Am terrified she's going to say - don't do it!!

I know there is a clot risk with any deep pelvic surgery - but does anyone know - is the risk during surgery or is it from being immobile afterwards?

Doe... read more

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dvt last time
Posted by claire
Last Reply March 12, 2012 at 04:24
Started February 23, 2008 at 20:36
\?:\?hi there im new here not sure if im in the right place i am 33 years old and we have been trying for a baby for 5 months now we have a 13 year old daughter i developed a dvt when i 18 years old and was 7 months pregnanat with her from knee to groin i was in hospital for 8 weeks and on a heparin infusion pump for 2 weeks then twice daily injections of heprin for 6 weeks i then went onto warfarin for 12 months and myself and daughter are healthy otherwise, i have just recently seen a specialist and she is happy for me to try conceiving and has given me approx a 5% chance of this happening again i will be on a drug called clexane from 6 weeks gestation and warfarin for 12 months + after pregnancy i still get pain in my leg and have just had another thrombothilia screening done this year as i have had every year since my daughter was born i am scared and just would like to speak to other people in similar circumstances as i was not with my current partner when this happened first t... read more

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