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flying while still having dvt
Started by magnet
Posted: September 5, 2007 at 07:52
i am due to go on holiday in two weeks.the flight is for two and half hours.Has anyone else flown while still having dvt.i know that i will have to use socks and move my leg around but has any one else got any other advice.
i have the dvt in my left low leg.
i am 32 years old
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #1 by gail k jones
Posted: September 5, 2007 at 21:53
Hi.
If you are still on Warfarin you are probally safer than most,if not l would check with your GP first to be on the safe side. You are sensible to wear the compression socks and keep moving legs and feet and the 2 hour flight is not like a long haul flight which of course would be worse.Your GP will know best though. Regards Gail k Jones
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #2 by Richard
Posted: September 5, 2007 at 23:32
When I flew, I was also advised to drink plenty of water, but avoid alcohol and coffee.
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #3 by donna
Posted: September 25, 2007 at 08:51
My husband has come off the warfarin after being on it for 6 months and is now waiting to see his haematoligst on 1st Oct. He is due to fly to Norway (short flight) on 6 October and just wondered now he is off the warfarin how safe is it to fly? The doctor has recommended 75mg of asprin for the 2 days prior to his flight and as he is only staying for 5 days to keep taking the asprin. He has also been told to wear both stockings and not to drink coffee or alcohol during the flight as this causes dehydration. I would some reassurance from other people who have flown after coming off the Warfarin.

Much appreciated
Donna
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #4 by Ian
Posted: September 26, 2007 at 22:39
My first DVT was long-haul flight related. I made my first flight after diagnosis within a few weeks while still on warfarin. After I came off I must have done a hundred or more flights including long-haul. Just follow the specialist advice.
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #5 by Far away from home
Posted: October 25, 2007 at 15:47
I have some swelling and redness and have a 14 hour flight ahead of me to get home. Should I worry - just want to get home to get this checked.
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #6 by Ian
Posted: October 25, 2007 at 23:13
If you have swelling and redness is there no way you can get checked by a doctor before the flight home. I know I certainly would with those symptoms.
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #7 by Amanda
Posted: October 29, 2007 at 11:46
Hi.

I got my dvt from a long haul flight.

I flew back to London 5 weeks later after getting my doctor's "permission".

Drink lots of water.

I also flew back to Oz again whilst pregnant with the dvt. By then I was injecting myself with clexane (or was it hepparin ~ sp ~ I was on both at one time) and since I was flying under those conditions I had to inject a double dose.


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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #8 by Amanda
Posted: October 29, 2007 at 11:48
Far away from home... you should definitely be getting that checked before you fly anywhere !
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #9 by Martin
Posted: October 31, 2007 at 16:20
I had my closing consultancy yesterday and was advised to take warfarin for 5 days before long flights. Apparently the same dose as when I was on treatment and can get them by seeing your GP.
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #10 by janice
Posted: December 10, 2007 at 22:03
Hi ,
I was diagnosed with DVT in my Right leg shortly after knee arthroscope on 15/09/07. Unfortunatly I still have it and on warferin. Had already planned yearly holidays on 28/12/07.
I have one flight 3.5 hours, one week later 2.15 hour flight and back home 2.15 hours. i.e three short flights in 3 1/2 weeks.I am very concerned. My haemotoligest said it was O.k as long as still on warferin, my GP said you can fly but still have low risk (if it was him, he would not risk it). and my physio (for my knee) said i would be crazy to risk my life. Don't know what to do. Do not want to disappoint my family because i know everyone looks forward to this holiday after very busy year.
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #11 by janice
Posted: December 10, 2007 at 22:13
Hi ,
I was diagnosed with DVT in my Right leg shortly after knee arthroscope on 15/09/07. Unfortunatly I still have it and on warferin. Had already planned yearly holidays on 28/12/07.
I have one flight 3.5 hours, one week later 2.15 hour flight and back home 2.15 hours. i.e three short flights in 3 1/2 weeks.I am very concerned. My haemotoligest said it was O.k as long as still on warferin, my GP said you can fly but still have low risk (if it was him, he would not risk it). and my physio (for my knee) said i would be crazy to risk my life. Don't know what to do. Do not want to disappoint my family because i know everyone looks forward to this holiday after very busy year.
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #12 by Char
Posted: December 11, 2007 at 05:29
Janice,

I know how you are feeling. My DVT was diagnosed on Oct. 28/07 and I got out of hospital on Nov. 7. I was supposed to go to Mexico for a wedding on Dec. 9. lol I am still at home in Saskatchewan. I asked 3 different doctors about what to do.. including my specialist and got 3 different answers. In the end I decided not to go as my kids would all be here and I didn't want to risk my life/end up in hospital in Mexico/or maybe ruin the wedding for the rest. If the dvt had happened 6 months prior it may have been a different story. I just didn't feel good about it. Unfortunately that meant my boyfriend had to go on his own and i don't think he understands why I backed out. In the end you have to do what is right for you.
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #13 by Patty
Posted: December 13, 2007 at 14:03
I agree with Gail ... flying if you are on Warfarin, you are safe. That is what my doctor told me as I am due to travel in a week. He did say however not to use compression stockings because they will aggravate the DVT. They are intended to prevent DVT while flying.

Best of luck!
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Reply #14 by david
Posted: February 23, 2009 at 21:06
i have just been told by my doctor i have possible DVT had a D-Dimer on friday got a scan on weds.Nurse has put me on injections until my scan.We have a trip to disneyland paris end of March 09 only a 2hour flight i think i should be fine.i,m hoping somebody out there can reassure me that the short flight wont be a problem. cheers
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #15 by kb
Posted: February 24, 2009
David,

If you are diagnosed with DVT (which I hope you aren't) and on thinners, theraputic (which you should be by end of March), then you will be fine to travel. I was diagnosed on 12/10 and a month later flew about a 3 hour flight to Vegas and I have read many have flown much sooner. I would wear a compression stocking, but you should fine. Once you are on thinners you are safer than the guy sitting next to you, however, your flight is pretty short. I would be sure to drink some water and get up at least once or twice to stretch. Enjoy Mickey!
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #16 by sonia
Posted: February 24, 2009 at 17:23
you will be fine to fly-dont worry.you dont even need to bother with compression socks.i dont think they help that much.enjoy your trip
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Re: flying while still having dvt
Reply #17 by Katie
Posted: February 26, 2009 at 09:45
I have just been diagnosed today. I got a new job yesterday with lots of long haul travel Aus-Asia. 10 hours plus. I have a large clot and will be travelling 2-3 weeks ever 2 months. WIll i be able to keep my dream job? or am I now just dreaming and rejoining the economic mess!
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Reply #18 by sonia
Posted: March 2, 2009 at 18:14
YES definately you will be able to keep it and DONT let anyone tell you different.as long as you are on warfarin you will be fine and even at an advantage over non warfarin taking travellers.keep positive-not easy at this stage i know but honestly you will be ok.what a fantastic job.listen to your body and good luck
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Reply #19 by kb
Posted: March 3, 2009 at 03:44
katie, sonia is right...you will be fine. take extra precautions when you travel - drink lots of water, get an aisle seat so you can get up a bit, if you are so lucky go biz or first class, and wear the compression stockings. I travel to Asia from the US frequently, so that is my advice. You will be fine. I am still on coumadin now, but I have already gotten released to take Lovenox (heparin) shots before I travel long hauls after I am done with my coumadin in 3 months. You might want to look into that as well (expensive, but piece of mind) when you are done with your treatment. Congrats on the job! Nice to hear good news on the work front from somebody for a change.
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