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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #20 by Sharon
Posted: April 26, 2008 at 07:26
Lisa--How is your husband now?

Glad you are somewhat better Lore!
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Re: Recovery time from DVT When can I fly
Reply #21 by Lee
Posted: April 26, 2008 at 21:51
Diagnosed dec last year had the warfrin worn the stocking daily ever since, No help, or advice from the medical fratenity. When can I fly, and when can I seriously take off the stocking? My D V T was in my groin, and I was told that I must were the stocking (Full length and very expensive) for at least 2 years, but as it amost impossible to to support the place were it was, (given the only risk that I have heard of is ulceration, and I have never heard of ulceration above the knee would I be OK wearing a knee sock, given summer is coming, its already staring to be a pain in the butt!!
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #22 by Julie
Posted: May 3, 2008 at 13:14
Hi.
I was diagnosed with a large DVT in my groin almost three weeks ago and put on heparin injections for a week and warfarin tablets. then last weekend I developed an infection in the leg which led to absolutely excruciating pain. I was put on antibiotics for the infection, but it keeps flaring back up. At the moment I can't hobble further than the kitchen, and that about kills me off. The big problem i have is that I have a 4 week old baby who I need to look after. I've had fantastic support from family, but there's only so much time they can spend with me so I'm desperate to get back on my feet, even if just enough to look after him without feeling like I'm going to collapse. I was given a full length stocking to wear, but it presses on the infection, so I've been wearing it only sparsely and just trying to keep my leg up as much as possible. although my ankle has now swollen when it hadn't much before.

Is it normal for the ankle to swell more than it did when I was first diagnosed/pre-treatment? Is it normal to get surging pains through your leg? Is there any idea of how soon I'll see enough improvement to at least walk around the house? I know everyone's different, but I'm getting nowhere with the hospital as they just load me with drugs.

Thanks
Julie
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #23 by Ashu
Posted: May 10, 2008 at 15:59
Hi,
My blood test for Thrombophilia suggest Lupus anticoagulant is positive.The blood sample is collected when I was diagonised with DVT nearly two months ago before starting the heparain or warfrain.
Does any one one know what this exactly means and what could be the possible reason for having lupus anticoagulant positive.Thanks in Advance for the help.
Ashu.

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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #24 by steve
Posted: May 14, 2008 at 18:15
Great information all. I had a dvt following ankle surgey on 2/2/07. It developed into a Embolism in my right lung and I spent a week in the hospital on blood thinners. I took coumadin for 8 moinths and now am ok. My leg id slightly larger than the other one which will be permanent, but The pain is gone and I can do most activities again. I where compression socks during the day at work which helps alot. Hope this helps someone. Blessings
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #25 by steve
Posted: May 14, 2008 at 18:18
Great information all. I had a dvt following ankle surgey on 2/2/07. It developed into a Embolism in my right lung and I spent a week in the hospital on blood thinners. I took coumadin for 8 moinths and now am ok. My leg id slightly larger than the other one which will be permanent, but The pain is gone and I can do most activities again. I where compression socks during the day at work which helps alot. Hope this helps someone. Blessings
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #26 by coreen
Posted: May 27, 2008 at 23:56
I have had a dvt for nine months now from childbirth.Has anyone else had one this long? Is there any kind of surgery that can remove this.My doctor said they will look at again at the one year mark.I have four children and am a gymnastics teacher and need to get on with my life just like everyone else.Feeling very frustrated.Also having pain in my left arm now as well.Anyone have any advice???
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #27 by coreen
Posted: May 28, 2008
I have had a dvt for nine months now from childbirth.Has anyone else had one this long? Is there any kind of surgery that can remove this.My doctor said they will look at again at the one year mark.I have four children and am a gymnastics teacher and need to get on with my life just like everyone else.Feeling very frustrated.Also having pain in my left arm now as well.Anyone have any advice???
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Re: Is Berry Juice Bad for DVT patients
Reply #28 by Medel Cruz
Posted: July 7, 2008 at 09:59
My wife gets DVT last year and was taking warfaren for couple of month. Thanks God, last month Warfaren was replaced by Aspirin. There was no pain at all and swelling is not that visible anymore. I understand that any type of berry juice should not be taken while taking Warfaren. Just wanted to know now that she is taking Aspirin if she can now drink berry juice.
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #29 by hare
Posted: July 10, 2008 at 01:14
im sitting in a hospital bed right now on my third bag of heprin.i have a slight case of dvt in my left leg,swelling in the ankle. i was wondering if anyone had any idea how long recovery will be with no discoloration and a warfarin scrip.



i am sitting in a hospital bed right now on my third bag of heprin. i had pain and swelling in the ankle. i was wondering if anyone had a more acute case of dvt andhow long the reovery was with a scrip of warfarin?







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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #30 by Sharon
Posted: July 10, 2008 at 07:23
Medel--yes on the berry juice while off the warfarin.

Hare--

It is impossible to tell. We have people on this forum who cleared up in a month and others have had chronic occluding clots for 7 years, but most of us are in between those 2 ends of the continuum. Itdepends on the size of your clot. If you are in the hospital, you might ask your doctor for a consult with a vascular surgeon of=r an intervention radiologist regarding thrombolysis procedures to clear the clot. They can describe the risks and benefits and you can decide if it is worth it to you. You can read more on the posts w/ EKOS in the title. Good luck.
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What type of Doctor is best for a second opinion
Reply #31 by Laurie
Posted: July 13, 2008 at 18:13
I was diag with a DVT in my right calf in March... I have been on warfarin since...I only have seen a Phys Assistant.. and would like to get a second opinion... What type of Doctor is best!.. and what are the best tests to request? Prior to this find few days or so... I was having very strange feels.. dizziness... heart palpations... weird feeling in head... shallow breathing...last hr or two and went away...PA thought is was a panick attach... now I wander if it is possible I could have a blood clot somewhere else also? Has anyone else experienced this? Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #32 by Char
Posted: July 13, 2008 at 20:29
Hey Laurie, my main Doctor is a GP, but I also see a Vein Surgeon. Your symptoms should be reported to a Doctor, could be Warfarin side effects. Here is a list of Warfarin side effects from Mayo Clinic. I have had some of them including the dizziness, short of breath, chest discomfort, coughing up blood and shallow breathing. My DVT/PE was diagnosed early Feb, right calf.
Hope this helps and you feel better.

Abdominal pain with cramping
Bleeding gums
Blood in urine
Bloody stools
Blurred vision
Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
Chest pain or discomfort
Confusion
Coughing up blood
Difficulty with breathing or swallowing
Dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
Excessive bruising
Headache
Increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
Nosebleeds
Paralysis
Peeling of skin
Prolonged bleeding from cuts
Red or black, tarry stools
Red or dark brown urine
Shortness of breath
Sweating
Unexplained swelling
Unusual tiredness or weakness
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #33 by jj
Posted: July 15, 2008 at 22:15
Hi Laurie,
I just found this forum.I have DVT's in my left leg. Your symptoms are consistent with those of a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lung),and of panic attacks. I hope your PA was thorough enough with your exam. I would go to the ER right away if you are still having symptoms. Good luck.
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #34 by Sylvia
Posted: October 10, 2009 at 20:23
My husband had ACL replacement surgery on 9/14/2009. He's a pretty strong (emotionally and physically) but was winded on short hauls with his crutches and didn't seem to be improving after his surgery. We called his orthopedic surgeon 10 days after surgery as Kevin had a fever but the surgeon didn't seem alarmed. At his three week post-surgery check up the doctor ordered him directly to the ER where he was diagnosed with DVT and PE. The CAT scan revealed a large clot in his left lung. He was admitted to the hospital where he was given Lovenox and Coumadin. Kevin was released after 3 days in the hospital. Thinking back, I think it was hard for him to distinguish between post surgery pain and the yet undiagnosed DVT. At home, Kevin is giving himself injections of Lovenox, twice daily while his body loads up on Coumadin. This week's drill will be to have lab work in the am and his internist will adjust the Coumadin until his body loads with the proper levels. At that point, he will stop the injections of Lovenox. Interestingly, we noticed that the hospital “stabilized” Kevin and released him; we believe this was to limit their liability. (California Pacific in SF, CA). His internist has order an ultrasound of his right leg. The advice about a vascular surgeon that is posted on this website is one that I’ll pursue on Monday. I’m just amazed at how much a patient needs to advocate for their health care. It’s a double whammy of recovery issues when DVT and PE is present post surgery. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!!!
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #35 by Tim
Posted: October 12, 2009 at 21:55
Hi all: First time writing, but I've been monitoring the site since I found it a couple of months ago. I pain in my left leg that felt like a pull or tug in the upper thigh at the beginning of the July 4 weekend. By the 6th of July (4 days later) the leg was starting to get very sore and swollen. I got back home from the lake (live in Minnesota) the night of the sixth, and thought I should go to the doctor on my way to work on the 7th. Guess what: Blood clot from upper thigh to ankle! What an experience! At home (never in the hospital) shooting myself with Lovonox and taking Warfarin. Off Lovonx in 3 days because my INR was already above 2.0. Then the pain came! Emergency room on Sunday and got was finally given pain meds. Got crutches. It seems my family doctor wasn't anticipating how excrusiating the pain would get! Thank goodness for Oxycodin! Anyway, went to a vascular surgeon, decided not to do the thrombolysis, but he got me in the compression socks. This was 2 weeks in. No compression socks from the family doctor guy. Starting to wonder about him just a bit! 3 weeks in and the crutches are stacked in the corner, I'm down to 1 or 2 Oxycodin a day, and am starting to walk. Started walking at 10 minutes a crack, then 15. Very determined to get back to my hour of walking. September I was up to 40 minutes. Now in October I am walking 1 hour per day. Sometimes the leg gets a little sore, but the swelling is minimal and goes down quickly. Thank goodness again for the compression socks! Had my 3 month ultra sound which showed the beginnings of blood flow in the calf. Very excited! Today the discoloration in my leg is starting to come on more slowly as I am getting ready for work in the morning (no compression sock in the shower!). And, the discoloration is very minimal if I continue to move (walk). It's funny, but I walk around the kitchen counter while I'm waiting for my coffee in the morning. Bad news: APLS. Good news: Still alive. Advise from my experience: 1) Don't just listen to your family doctor, but see a specialist (vascular surgeon) so you can take control and make your own informed decisions; 2) Get compression socks! 3) Get up and move. On this last item: Start slow, go easy, but do move. 4) Keep your head up and spirits high. I cried more in the last 3 months than probably when I was a baby. Emotions, trama, side affects of warfarin, whatever. Cry when you need to, but pick yourself back up and keep moving forward. 52 year old male in Minnesota.
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #36 by Sylvia
Posted: October 13, 2009 at 23:09
Kevin update:

Underwent an leg ultrasound yesterday only to find a large clot behind the knee. This is an area that gave him great discomfort shortly after surgery. He's still injecting himself 2x's daily and taking Coumadin. I've offered to connect the "dots" on his belly from the injection sites. Another internist appt tomorrow with full lab results. His spirits are being to roller coaster but he cheers up when he takes a conference call.

Questions I’ll have for his internist are:
(1) Could the DVT and PE been prevented by starting my husband on a low dose of Coumadin a couple days before surgery?
(2) He’s way behind a “normal” ACL replacement recovery, how much physical therapy should he have &/or should he have a “continuous passive motion exercise machine”?
(3) Compression socks – why hasn’t any doctor recommended them as they make total sense.
(4) Should he have follow-up CAT scans &/or ultrasounds to monitor the blood clots?
(5) Should he contact a vascular surgeon?
(6) Should he seek a second orthopedic opinion? My opinion; when a health issue/procedure goes south and the doctor seems to drop interest like a hot potato; it’s time to find a new doc. The doctor states “in 12 years of surgery, he’s never experienced DVT” (yeah - right?)

I certainly hope the medical community hasn't lost it's ethics to heal.

I'm grateful he wakes up every morning without a a serious side affect. (patient: 55 years old, torn ACL due to a ski accident and usually too full of energy)
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #37 by Tim
Posted: October 14, 2009 at 15:48
Sylvia:

One thing that I would strongly recommend is to get connected with a specialist that works with DVT's, etc., as soon as possible. The reason I say that is that most generalists (Internal Medicine, GP's, etc.), are only partially knowledgeable about DVT's, and only follow up with what they minimally know. As I mentioned in my above post, I get pretty much no help or information (accept the minimal "leg elevation and rest) until I hooked up with the Vascular Surgeon. The specialists that you need to be connected to are a Vascular Surgeon and a Hemotologist.

On another note, you poor wives! My wife was wonderful through all of this, but I really didn't know how worried she was until she shared that with me a couple of months later. She said she had trouble sleeping, was concerned about whether I would live, kept wondering over the first few weeks if she should be taking me to the hospital, etc. Poor girl!

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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #38 by Robert
Posted: January 16, 2010 at 12:49
Hi i was diagnosed with DVT in my left subclavian arm about 6 months ago, this is particularly weird because normal DVT's happen from the waist down. But when my arm was really swollen and turning a different colour i know there was something wrong. I was given injections at first but then on warfarin tablets for 6 months hopeing the clot could clear. I'm now coming up to my 6 months only 2 weeks left for my doctors appointment, but i still feel that it won't be the end of it. Reading your stories makes me really sad, i dont wish this on anyone and i dont want u to take pity on me but i'm a 19 year old 20 in 2 weeks too and at University, still on the tablets and still trying to live my life without sports. Can someone please tell me what are the recovery phases and measures to take so that this doesn't reoccur please??? Some advice would be helpful i have my family by my side but no one knows what i'm going through like people with this illness. I hope that all your cases are resolved and we can all get back to living our life to the fullest. I'm sorry to hear about your husband Lisa i dunno what i would do if i had it for my whole life :(

signed a worrying patient
thank you
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Re: Recovery time from DVT
Reply #39 by Robert
Posted: January 16, 2010 at 12:50
Hi i was diagnosed with DVT in my left subclavian arm about 6 months ago, this is particularly weird because normal DVT's happen from the waist down. But when my arm was really swollen and turning a different colour i know there was something wrong. I was given injections at first but then on warfarin tablets for 6 months hopeing the clot could clear. I'm now coming up to my 6 months only 2 weeks left for my doctors appointment, but i still feel that it won't be the end of it. Reading your stories makes me really sad, i dont wish this on anyone and i dont want u to take pity on me but i'm a 19 year old 20 in 2 weeks too and at University, still on the tablets and still trying to live my life without sports. Can someone please tell me what are the recovery phases and measures to take so that this doesn't reoccur please??? Some advice would be helpful i have my family by my side but no one knows what i'm going through like people with this illness. I hope that all your cases are resolved and we can all get back to living our life to the fullest. I'm sorry to hear about your husband Lisa i dunno what i would do if i had it for my whole life :(

signed a worrying patient
thank you
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