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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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Constant pain help please
Posted by Diane
Last Reply June 22, 2011 at 22:00
Started June 15, 2011 at 21:29
Hello, can I get some help please. My husband is in constant pain in his calf since DVT clot behind knee 6 days ago. He is on warfarin and his daily injections finished after 5 days. He cannot get any help from the doctors or nurses and I don't know how to help him. He got Tramadol for the pain but he's been sick all day with that. He's gone back to paracetamol. Any ideas to help ease the pain? Many thanks

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Is this DVT? ( Calf)
Posted by Kevin
Last Reply June 22, 2011 at 13:18
Started June 21, 2011 at 08:44
Hi, My dad has had a swollen left calf for more than half a year. Every
once in a while, he'll get a serious pain in his calf and his calf seems
to flex and get super tight(becomes rock solid). I've done some research
and found that it could be a DVT? He's gone to the doctors and gotten
ultrasounds and they told him that they did not know what was wrong. His
calf is bigger than the otherside, darker in color, and he gets these
sudden pains when laying down but usually not during his work day as a
painter.

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Please read this - warning on the outer veins.
Posted by Carl
Last Reply June 22, 2011 at 05:20
Started June 18, 2011 at 17:11
Hi, I am 38 male, I had a dvt last year calf to mid thigh through an accidental fall. Luckily the medication completely cleared that up. I just wanted to let everybody know this. I had another fall during a booze up early this year and I ended up with a purely agonising pain in my leg - not the one I got a dvt in last year. It got swollen and I was sure it was another dvt.

I went to A & E to get it checked out. They told me it wasn't a dvt but it was maybe a blockage in an outer vein, I forget the name for the condition, it's a fibro something or other. I was booked in for a scan the following week. The scan didn't show a dvt but the confirmation that it was the outer vein blockage. This is not a serious condition and usually goes after a medication of anti biotics or anti inflammitories.

The pain worsened, it became excruciating. So I visited my GP for painkillers, he had another check at my leg. By then my thigh had began to swell.

I did some research on this condition o... read more

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DVT and work...
Posted by Damien
Last Reply June 17, 2011 at 21:13
Started April 1, 2011 at 15:20
Hi there got diagnosed with 2 dvt's last nov (2010), 1 in my right
calf and one in my upper right thigh. Had to take 2 weeks off straight
away to rest it as i tried to work but the pain was so servre it was
impossiple. Recently ive been doin part time 30 hours a week as a
chef. As we are getting into summer it generlly gets busier so i used
to do 60 hours a week. I had no pain for 2 weeks so i thought id try a
full day 11 hour shift with 1 hour off for lunch. Big mistake by the
end of the shigt the pain was back to square one, could not walk the
next day. 2 weeks after my leg is still very painful, gona go back to
the docs on tuesday. So with only 1 month left of warfarin its not
looking good, by boss is getting angry since i cant physically work
all the hours i used to, it even hurts sitting down so i dont think
changing job would help much. am struggling to pay bils etc a t the
minute, was wondering if there are any disabilies or top fees i can
apply fo... read more

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Dvt and young
Posted by Kiera
Last Reply June 16, 2011 at 20:41
Started November 20, 2009 at 03:53
I just went to the er last week because my left leg was twice the size of my other and they found a dvt behind my knee. I'm only 21, birthday was just a month ago..every doctor or nurse I've seen has said I'm the youngest person they've ever seen with a blood clot. I've been on birth control and have been smoking since I was 15. Of course, everyone is telling me to quit smoking. I've stopped taking the birth control but I have continued to smoke. I'm down to 7-9 per day, compared to my usual pack. It was a reality check and I was just unlucky enough to be the 'statistic'. I was planning on quitting in about a year and a half because I'm going back to school and getting married. The reason I'm writing is to ask because I'm so young and this was caused by taking birth control and smoking..since I'm off the meds can I still smoke the little amount I'm smoking?? I know it constricts your blood vessels and puts you at risk for another dvt but I kind of feel like my situation if different... read more

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Trellis Device UK
Posted by Diane
Last Reply June 16, 2011 at 11:29
Started June 16, 2011 at 11:29
Has anyone used the Trellis device to remove the blood clot in the UK?

Thanks, Diane

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General Questions about DVT
Posted by Jenny
Last Reply June 16, 2011 at 07:15
Started June 16, 2011 at 02:47
Hi, I was diagnosed with a DVT in my illiac vein in Feb. Once the coumadin started working my swelling is almost completely gone and I don't have any pain. Once I am off my meds will it get worse? I've also started exercising like normal. I take spin and do some zumba classes. My doctor said I could do anything I felt like I could do. I'm mainly worried that once I stop taking the meds will my leg get worse?

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Is tonic water okay with warfarin
Posted by Diane
Last Reply June 15, 2011 at 20:50
Started June 15, 2011 at 20:50
Hello my husband has sever legs pains and cramps from a blood clot behind his knee. He is on warfarin. Is it okay to give him tonic water to relieve this cramp?

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some advise please
Posted by gavin
Last Reply June 15, 2011 at 14:02
Started June 9, 2011 at 22:40
hi guys

i need some advice, i have varicose veins, recently before i went on holiday i was getting prblems in my leg, feeling like it was big and stuff, anyhow i went on holiday 7 days ago and ive been getting pains and stuff with me veins which i dont normally get. towards the flight home the pain was unreal leg felt swelt, i also has swelling just above my ankle to the right of my right leg, so i was anxious of getting dvt. so i was constanly moving it etc on the night i got back i went to hospital to get checked out, they done a blood test and said it was negative but last few days the pain is worse and im still worried. ive had no injuries to that region. the only think is ive got in ingrown toenail and wonder if ive infected my leg. what does dvt feel like, this feels like a buzzing and also its like a nipping sensation to the right of my shin

i dnt wana go back to hospital again incase i look silly

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second hand smoke
Posted by dakota
Last Reply June 15, 2011
Started June 14, 2011 at 05:08
hi, i was diagnosed with a blood clot in the iliac vein about 2 weeks ago. The DRs are saying it was caused by PID caused by a IUD. From what I can tell from my research you are more apt to get a clot once you have had one and smoking does not help things. What about second hand smoke? I do not smoke but my husband does. Does anyone know anything about this? I have tried searching online but have not really got anything. Thank you all for your post on this forum. I have learned a lot.. God bless you all!

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Quad Pain
Posted by Jon S
Last Reply June 14, 2011 at 16:31
Started June 14, 2011 at 16:31
It has been 4 months since I hit my VMO quad hard at my desk. There is a constant dull pain and at times sharp sensations and tingling and my leg will contract trying to do something. About 3 weeks ago I was standing and felt something release and felt blood flow down the back of my leg. I thought this may have been the end of it. The next morning I woke up and there was a bruise right in the spot where I hit it. This is the first time there was ever a bruise. Also the hair in the spot on my VMO were the bruise formed all fell out. Probably 1 inch in diameter. My quad didn't feel any different though besides the bruise. Within a week the bruise went away and it is now back to the way it was before except for the hair is gone in that one spot and when I take my fingers and squeeze my skin in that spot without the hair I can feel a small lump under the skin almost like a blood clot or cyst or something but if I don't squeeze it you can't see the bump. However when I walk my i... read more

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DVT near armpit, very painful!
Posted by Charmm
Last Reply June 12, 2011 at 17:33
Started June 12, 2011 at 05:21

A few years back I had a DVT in my upper right arm (on the inside)
near the arm pit. My armpit was so swollen right-smack in the middle
and looked like a plum. The pain in my arm started about 9 months
before and gradually got worse over time. I have Neuro-Behcets and I
did not know this at the time, but It is one of the symptoms. And
with having pain as well as Rhematoid Arthritis, I couldnt tell what
the pain was, UNTIL one day it felt like someone hit me on the out-
side shoulder part with a baseball bat.The other bad symptom I had was
the shoulder-blade and I could not move my arm at all. WOW, it was
bad. Finally I couldnt take it anymore, and luckily I went to
hospital. They found a DVT and started me on IVdrip of heprin. And
now I have been on warfarin for yrs now and will always be. But to
this day my should still hurts, even tho its dissolved, lately its
been getting worse again and now on my left side. Im feeling like the
basball bat ag... read more

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Confusion re. compression stockings grading
Posted by Nathalie
Last Reply June 10, 2011 at 14:36
Started June 8, 2011 at 12:38
Am I the only one having trouble the grading of compression stockings?
I'm in the UK and with a calf DVT. At the hospital I was given class 2 Bauerfeind knee-high with a prescription to get a second pair from the pharmacist.

After checking online the Bauerfeind pair has a compression of 23-32 mmHg whereas the Altiform pair which is the only pair the pharmacist could get hold of, while still being class 2 has less compression and is more like 18-22mmHg.

Why such discrepancies even within the hosiery only available on prescription? Because of this, I don't know which compression stockings are adequate for my case. It's driving me insane and every information I find online gives me a different story...

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??
Posted by Natalie- 22
Last Reply June 9, 2011 at 13:14
Started June 3, 2011 at 05:24
hi, just wondering if anyone one could shed some light for me..
Iv been experiencing some pain in my leg and ankle over the past 4
days my ankle has begun to swell it hurts to touch and is starting to
hurt when I walk the colour of my leg and ankle looks to be normal and
I have not had any type of injury that I am aware of could it be a
blood clot?
Last year in january I ended up in hospital with multipule clots in my
lungs an then a 2nd time in september and found out I had factor v
leiden I was on clexane to start with then swaped to heparin and then
to warfarin and recently stoped warfarin and now takeing aspirian.


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Magnets could prevent heart attacks by thinnin
Posted by N
Last Reply June 9, 2011
Started June 9, 2011
Magnets could prevent heart attacks by thinning the blood as effectively as aspirin
Scientists at Temple University in Michigan found that a device that uses a magnetic field to thin fuel, can have the same effect on
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2000927/Magnets-prevent-heart-attacks-thinning-blood.html

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Out of the blue..................
Posted by Vee
Last Reply June 8, 2011 at 17:35
Started June 7, 2011 at 22:40
Its been 7 weeks and 4 days and I have gone through so many emotions and read-up on all the related topics.....................
My little brother, aged 27, died 7 weeks and 3 days ago. He had 11 years history of ulcerative colitis (inflammation in the colon) and he was doing very well and suddenly out of the blue he died. He didnt have any shortness of breath or swelling of the legs. Post-mortem results concluded a pulmonary embolism resulting from DVT.
I was very close to my brother, we always talked about his medical condition and what action to take next, I sometimes used to go with him to see his gastroenterologist consultant (who is shocked and cannot explain the death).
Not once was he advised of the danger of DVT or the risks of blood clots due to his ulcerative colitis condition. The consultant states that since he was a very young and active man you would not expect such risks.
I go through the whole what ifs and what should and what could have been done but it bring... read more

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Is Your Blood Clean?
Posted by dee
Last Reply June 7, 2011 at 18:58
Started August 20, 2009 at 05:20
Pre-DVT I lived the life..healthy, fit, all of it..so I thought. Of course, that included the usual juggling of kids, family & social life, 50+ hour work week, not enough sleep, unhealthy diet (fast food, candy, soda, meat, dairy, coffee, wine, & the occasional social smoke or two). You know, the average American way of life; managing to keep the outside on par at the expense of my inside.

I ended up with a DVT (provoked by the use of b-control pills & Factor5 Lieden, & my busy life). Better now, but do realize that my lifestyle was a huge factor. I’ve looked into many venues on optimizing my health & merely want to share some of what I’ve discovered along the way.

-Exercise. Do cardio & circulate your blood. Per Dr. Oz (“You, The Owners Manual book), the person who exercises for at least 30 minutes & has a not so healthy diet is still healthier than the one who eats right, but doesn’t exercise.

-Stay hydrated (dehydration = thick blood). See “Your Body’s Many Cries ... read more

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Crampy Calf for days
Posted by Jenni
Last Reply June 7, 2011 at 05:10
Started June 5, 2011 at 16:15
So I went on a long haul trip, and developed thigh pain for two days,
then calf pain. I am curious as to if I should be concerned about a
blood clot. Its not a terrible pain, just a crampy feeling that comes
and goes. In the past Ive had ultrasounds on my legs due to
pain/cramping, and have never had a clot. Should I be worried? I took
asprin during the trips and got out several times. like every 3-4 hours.
I also went dancing two nights ago, and seem to be fine. Im guessing if
I had a clot I wouldnt have been able to dance? Any help would be
greatly appreciated!

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Factor V and Pregnancy
Posted by Polly
Last Reply June 6, 2011 at 17:27
Started June 6, 2011 at 17:27
I have one copy of Factor V. I had a miscarriage at 13 weeks and another at 4 weeks.
They don't know if they are related but the cause seems to be a clot for the 1st one. I
have had many conflicting opinions from doctors about what I should do. They all say
Lovenox during pregnancy but what about in normal life? A fertility specialist told me a
baby aspirin. The hematologist told me that is not proven to work and to take nothing
unless i am pregnant. My OB told me baby aspirin. I am confused and feel like I am
putting my life in danger to be pregnant. I need a doctor that specializes in Factor
v....not all this other stuff

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painful hip and knee
Posted by gemma
Last Reply June 5, 2011 at 22:50
Started June 5, 2011 at 22:50
I suffered a stroke at the age of 27 and have a mechanical heart valve. I also have two children whom live with my mother and i've been getting severe pain in my right knee and hip.......i've also had several DVT'S aswell and seen about 4 or 5 different GP's and they have all said the same thing that they cannot drain them and just to keep taking my painkillers but they are not helping at all , has anyone got any suggestions please please help i've got the doctor again in 2 weeks , what will I say to him/her.....

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