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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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Posted by Jay R.
Last Reply April 7, 2012 at 02:58
Started April 4, 2012 at 15:23
Morning, I am a 34 y/o police officer, who according to my doctor was as healthy as
an ox. In May of 2011 I was at work when I tore my ACL. About a month and one half
after surgery, my leg was swollen and the pain was un bearable, thinking it was part
of my recovery for my torn ACL, I didn't go to the doctor right away. After a week of
the worst pain I'd ever felt, I went to the doctor. They ultrasound my leg and there it
was a clot from my mid calf past my knee. I was sent home with lovenox and
warfarin. The next day I had trouble breathing. An emergency ct scan was done and
it revealed the clot travelled into my lungs. Two in each to be exact. After three days
I'm the hospital, I'm out and now doing rehab therapy for my knee. I still have
shortness of breath and headaches, I have to wear oxygen at night and haven't been
to work for 10 months. Last month I was told that I'm a lifer on coumidon. My leg is
now a different color and tingles often.. I gotta tread... read more

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Calf tightness
Posted by Tiffany
Last Reply April 6, 2012 at 22:18
Started April 6, 2012 at 22:18
Hi, I'm three weeks post c section and have experienced tightness in calf for a
week now. It feels like a short 1 second cramp and disappears for a bit. I have no
swelling or heat and doesn't hurt to touch. I've had 2 chest X-rays and an
ultrasound along with blood tests and everyone has sent me home. The pain has
gotten worse today and the ultrasound was a two weeks ago. I was wondering if I
should push for a MRI or ct scan? I'm afraid of embolism

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Post DVT Exercise
Posted by Echo
Last Reply April 6, 2012 at 11:46
Started September 17, 2005 at 21:45
How soon after suffering a DVT can you start exercising?

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At what point is it safe to return to work.
Posted by Roy
Last Reply April 6, 2012 at 11:23
Started April 3, 2012 at 22:34
Hi everyone,

I was diagnosed with a dvt in my left leg a little over 2 weeks ago. I have been at
home recovering, alternating between keeping my leg elevated and taking short
walks around my house with the help of a cane. The pain and swelling had just
started to subside this past weekend. I decided to return to work yesterday. For
the most part I was no less comfortable there than at home. The only problem
was that I couldn't find a way to elevate my leg properly at my desk. When I
returned home last night my leg had swollen significantly due to the additional
movement and lack of elevation. Today I am back at home. My question is how
soon is it safe to return to work ? I've read about compression stockings and I'm
considering getting some. But how much does the body need to heal before it is
safe to go back to a "normal" routine?

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Thanks for this Forum
Posted by Lisa 2012
Last Reply April 6, 2012 at 11:06
Started April 6, 2012 at 04:16
Hello Everyone,

I new to this forum, as I sure you will see I've posted a few times just in the last
forty minutes :)
At any rate I was just on Thr phone crying and telling a close mentor and highly
respected friend how no one understands what I'm going through. I decided to
get on my iPhone and Siri pulled up this site. After reading a few post its like
everything I've been feeling and questions I've had are right here! Some of the
post are inspirational and uplifting. I guess now I can stop having a pity party and
be thankful my situation isn't as bad as I thought.


Tara 2012 ( my real name, not Lisa 2012) :)

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Just off Med
Posted by Jen
Last Reply April 6, 2012 at 09:25
Started April 6, 2012 at 09:25
Hi, yesterday was my first day of wafarin folr 3 months. A week ago I went back to my doctor a I had pain in my other leg. Sent me to hospital for a blood test which came back negative. Pain still there and can be not too bad one day then change the next. They have said to come of med and see how things go. Has anyone else had the same thing and what could be causing the other pain.Thanks for any advice.

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can symtpoms come and go?
Posted by zben1
Last Reply April 6, 2012 at 02:43
Started October 29, 2008 at 19:31
I am trying to figure out if my symptoms are DVT or muscular. I didn't do anything to pull a muscle but I have bad pain in my upper calf. There is no swelling or redness but it hurts to touch. The odd thing is that it got a lot better yesterday for most of the day. Today it's really painful again. Can symptoms of DVT come and go? Should I be taking a baby aspirin just in case?

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Compression stockings twisting
Posted by Jenny
Last Reply April 6, 2012 at 02:13
Started April 6, 2012 at 02:13
I learnt today that I will probably have to continue wearing a compression
stocking for life - post DVT and to avoid PTS. I wear trousers all the time as I have
unsightly legs due to arthritis and my problem is that the stocking fabric and
trouser material twist against each other, garotte my thigh and it is very
uncomfortable. This odd "corkscrew" effect is preventing me from walking
properly so is counter productive! I cannot wear normal knee-highs or popsocks
over it either. I've tried fabric softeners, trouser slips and the only thing that
seems to help very slightly is by choosing trousers with elasticated waist. This
may seem trivial but I would be grateful if anyone has the solution. Thanks.

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low D Dimer test...
Posted by rob
Last Reply April 5, 2012 at 23:28
Started April 5, 2012 at 23:28
I had done some extensive
travel long haul for work, and
after I got home the day after
had a dull pain behind right
knee when I walked. Nothing
when standing or resting, and
also no swelling or color
change.never the less went to
hospital and doctor examined
pulse in my legs and did a
blood test...d dimer of 88
ng/ml, which he said is low!
Still have dull pain, 48
later...so just wondering if
that score of 88 is really
that low?

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Pulmonary Embolism day after DVT diagnosis
Posted by Lurika
Last Reply April 4, 2012 at 11:02
Started April 4, 2012 at 11:02
Hi y'all,

Greetings from South Africa.

I was diagnosed with DVT last week Tuesday, on Wednesday I was rushed to hospital with a pulmonary embolism. I'm only 27, but had a knee arthroscopy 7 weeks ago. It was one of the scariest events in my life.

Today I had my last Clexane injection, but is on Warfarin as well, my current INR is 1.64.

Could any of you please advice me on how this will affect my diet and lifestyle?

Thank you.

Kind regards,

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Upper Extremity DVT
Posted by Emma P
Last Reply April 3, 2012 at 21:05
Started December 10, 2006 at 18:23
I am 29, fit, non-smoker (quit about 2 years ago) and not on any oral contraception. In Sept I woke up with a very painful pink arm. I was very lucky and admitted to hospital by my GP that day. I have had a huge number of tests carried out and they are still unable to find out what has caused it. The docs told me that it should have gone within 3 months but I am still very aware that it is there.

There seems to be so little information about dvt in the arm (mine was found in the axillary vein) and I am finding it harder to deal with because the doctors seem to know even less. What I did find out on the internet the doctor even asked me for a copy of.

Does anyone know how you can be sure the clot has gone? I am so paranoid every time i get a slight twinge in my chest or my arm goes pink or starts hurting. I daren't go back to the gym or do anything strenuous. I feel like my doc fobs me off but if we don't look out for our own health who will?

What about having it surgica... read more

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Diagnosed a month ago w dvt and allergic to wa
Posted by Syd
Last Reply April 3, 2012 at 15:08
Started April 1, 2012 at 10:36
Hi I was diagnosed with dvt in both legs a month ago. Give or take. I am allergic
to warfarin so after the initial shot in the hospital of lovenox I took the warfarin
the next day with the WORST chills shakes and seizure like symptoms along with
numb limbs for 2 days following my first couple doses. so,... My pcp said to do
the lovenox injections twice a day for 3 months. Ugh. I'm a 30 yr old woman and
got so depressed and have been in so much denial that I haven't taken any shots
for at least 10 days. I just don't feel sick you know? Aside from my leg swelling
again a little..Any advice please? I know people say its life and death and even
the dr says these situations keep him up at night. I looked online about
symptoms for PE and im just freaking myself out. The only time ive ever even
been in the hospitL aside from this was childbirth. I still haven't taken my shot
cuz to be honest ( as I'm sure you all know) I just SUCKS. And I guess I don't
believe I co... read more

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Don't neclect wearing the compression stocking
Posted by JACOB
Last Reply April 3, 2012 at 14:45
Started April 2, 2012 at 23:14
Guys it really works ! Please dont neglect wearing the compression
stocking. After few days my leg got used to it, somehow. It still does
feel a bit uncomfortable but I don't have such pain as I had. And guess
what. When I took the sock off my ankle was not swollen at all, despite
of 2-3 hours playing games when I got home after work. And then I took
it off, had a bath, and was playing for an hour and guess? Leg is
swollen ! Can't believe it, the sock works well ! So please anyone,
don't be as silly as I was, just put the sock on and life's easy !

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ACL Injury Causes Clot
Posted by Scott
Last Reply April 3, 2012 at 06:39
Started February 13, 2009 at 21:06
I am 17 years old and I got a blood clot after I tore my ACL playing basketball. The clot that ranges from my calf to my groin has put my surgery on hold for 4 months. I am still waiting to get another ultra sound to see if the clot is still there, however, I still feel pain from time to time in my thigh. Has anyone else had this similar occurrence after a serious injury? Also, is the pain I am feeling due to the blood clot? This whole series of events has really been a downer on my life and I have lost a whole year of my life due to this. I cannot do the one thing I love which is playing basketball. :(
Has anyone else had a similar experience or any words that can help me cope with this?

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DVT and diet
Posted by Nicki
Last Reply April 2, 2012 at 23:54
Started April 26, 2009 at 03:15
Hi guys,

I am only new to this forum, and have found some postings insightful and interesting.

I got diagnosed with DVT last week in my subclavical vein (collarbone) after surgery.

I was wondering if anyone has found a particular diet that helps them with DVT or if anyone who has seen a dietician. I worry as there are so many things that effect warfarin, and I feel like the old motto "you are what you eat".

I am asking for 2 reasons:
1) I would like to have a speedy recovery and wonder if low-fat helps
2) I used to rely so heavily on exercise to keep my weight in check that I feel that I need to change my diet now that I can't exercise.

I used to eat quite healthily except I'd usually splurge with junk food and alcohol on weekends, and would spend most days in the gym...

Anyone who could imput, even in their experience would be appreciated.

Many thanks,


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Reliability of ultrasound
Posted by natasha
Last Reply April 2, 2012 at 12:21
Started March 31, 2012 at 11:41
Question...how often is dvt mis-diagnosed with an ultrasound? My doctor
thought for sure that I had dvt but the ultrasound was negative. Oh, and the
amount of pain I was in when the technician was pressing on my leg was
terrible. I thought I was going to throw up. I'm wondering if I should stick with
my gut or trust a tech (who's been doing this for two years) and a radiologist?

I had the ultrasound done less than 24 hours after the pain started in my left
inner thigh. Thanks!

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Posted by Sonya
Last Reply April 2, 2012
Started April 1, 2012 at 01:28
Hi-I was just diagonised yesterday with a left calf dvt, and was scared to death. I have never had a health issue before. I am 43, and almost exactly a month ago I was started on estrogen. I am just looking for all the information I can find. My gp doctor is not real familiar with this dx, and only gave me limited instructions.

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DVT - Colitis
Posted by Donna - Edinburgh
Last Reply April 1, 2012 at 13:03
Started March 5, 2008 at 20:59
Has anyone had a DVT due to Colitis or Crohns disease, would be very interested to hear from anyone who has ?

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Re clotting
Posted by andrea
Last Reply April 1, 2012 at 11:05
Started April 1, 2012 at 02:31
How to tell if you're re-clotting? I did a very strenuous water aerobic class last
Tuesday. Since then, my leg has been swelling and hurting. Doppler showed no
new clot but still very clotted popliteal. Dr. Thinks exercise has caused blood to
pool in clot leg causing pain. Pressure hose DOES make pain and swelling go
away. Should I still worry? Went off Coumadin 3 weeks ago ( after 5 months of
treatment). Any advice?

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Posted by JACOB
Last Reply March 30, 2012 at 22:36
Started March 30, 2012 at 19:18
Hi everyone. Im new to warfarin... it goes up to 2 right now, and It is
for a life-time for me. I was just wondering - is that safe to play
paintball or is it forbidden for me ? Has anyone tried that ?

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