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Welcome to the DVT deep vein thrombosis open discussion forum. Please feel free to start a new topic or reply to any existing topics. No need to register to use this forum. Just feel free to share your experiences of DVT.

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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suspected dvt
Posted by Gwen
Last Reply March 23, 2010 at 22:42
Started March 23, 2010 at 11:54
Hi, i noticed a cyst like abcess when flexing by my calf around a month and a half ago. At first I thought it was a harmless cyst but after going to the doctor it was described as "bouncy" and possibly a vein. After showing my mom she told me that she believed it was a blood clot. My insurance has just expired and I am in a slow process of renewing it so I could not get the tests done on it to verify clot. But I suspect it's getting more severe and i'm utterly confused on what to do. I'm only 18, and I have no reason to form a blood clot other than waitressing at a bar. It has halfed size since I went to a doctor but I am started to form vercoise veins and they look like major veins. I know that it gets more dangerous as it hits the groin area and right under my pelvic bone I have formed another branch of velcroise veins. When I poke the assumed clot the whole vein aches in accuriating pain. I am constantly feeling a painful pulsating sensation throughout my whole body. What I am wo... read more

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'Man with the golden arm'
Posted by N
Last Reply March 23, 2010 at 21:03
Started March 23, 2010 at 13:32
'Man with the golden arm' saves 2million babies in half a century of donating rare type of blood

An Australian man who has been donating his extremely rare kind of blood for 56 years has saved the lives of more than two million babies.

James Harrison, 74, has an antibody in his plasma that stops babies dying from Rhesus disease, a form of severe anaemia.

He has enabled countless mothers to give birth to healthy babies, including his own daughter, Tracey, who had a healthy son thanks to her father's blood.

Mr Harrison has been giving blood every few weeks since he was 18 years old and has now racked up a total of 984 donations.

When he started donating, his blood was deemed so special his life was insured for one million Australian dollars.

He was also nicknamed the 'man with the golden arm' or the 'man in two million'....READ MORE:

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Double PEs, 10 Weeks Later
Posted by Robert
Last Reply March 22, 2010 at 15:05
Started March 21, 2010 at 21:09
Hello All. Great forum, learned many things here.
I thought I'd share my recent experiences to maybe help some other's as their posts have helped me. I am a 42 yr. old active male and have been into long distance road cycling the last few years. Have never really been sick in my life and am very fit. I'd been feeling a little off in early December 2009. Was a bit more tired than usual and I had a pain in the middle of my back, which I was certain was a pulled muscle due to lifting weights.

I finally made a doctors appt.(after about 3+ weeks of feeling this way)and got an appt. on xmas eve. They did some blood work and took a chest xray. They called me back in the afternoon and said blood work was fine, but I had some fluid around my lungs. Since it was xmas eve, they said they would contact me the following week to have a CT scan done (this is one of those crappy urgent care places).

Things went downhill on xmas eve and I thought I was having severe back spasms. Sharp pai... read more

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How to find the cause?
Posted by Julie
Last Reply March 21, 2010 at 23:02
Started March 20, 2010 at 09:26
My husband is healthy, 44 years old, nonsmoker and active. He was hospitalized this week with a DVT in his calf and PE in the lungs. His only symptom was the pain in his leg.
How will the doctors be able to find a cause for this? What will they test for/ what should we ask them to test for? I guess he is looking at having to take coumadin for several months, but I am scared to death that this will happen again after he comes off it.

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leg size
Posted by sue
Last Reply March 21, 2010 at 10:41
Started February 26, 2010 at 18:29
I had a dvt in my left leg about 15 months ago i wear a support stocking on that leg,anyway my dvt leg is now noticebly thinner than my other leg!The doctor says its because of the stocking pulling it in,has anyone one else had the same problem?Im actualy thinking now weather to wear a stocking on my other leg now to pull that one in to hopefuly make it the same size as the other one!Im only 27 its really getting me down that i might not be able to wear skirts and dresses again!

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ATC Resistance?
Posted by Rose
Last Reply March 21, 2010 at 05:30
Started March 18, 2010 at 22:15
Now that my clot is dissolved I was tested for genetic blood disorders. The doctor left a message on my phone telling me I was positive for ATC Resistance. I've tried googling it and can't figure out what this is. Anyone know what this is?

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Kidneys not working right
Posted by Ha lBrown
Last Reply March 19, 2010 at 11:16
Started March 13, 2010 at 15:57
My urine is heavy like syrup and contains the residue of all the pills I have to take.

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FVL Question
Posted by Caroline
Last Reply March 19, 2010 at 02:29
Started March 15, 2010 at 23:33
Im wondering if someone could help with this query please.

I am the only child of my mother and father, i am 27.
However, my father has 3 girls from the relationship he was in before he met my
I was diagnosed with FVL in 06 following a DVT. I was told I would obviously have to
consult a Gynae doctor if i was to think of getting pregnant.
My half sister has FVL as well, and has 3 kids and is just getting ready to deliver her
I spoke to her doctor wen I was on a visit to d wit the pregnancy, and she informed
me that my sister has a different strain of FVL, and mine is a bit more 'aggresive'.. And
therefore children for me would be that bit harder to plan and complete to full term..
We are both lifer's on Warfarin, doh my sister is on Inohep due to the pregnancy
My question is: Is there different strenghts of FVL?
As fr as i am aware, i am Heretozygous

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Newly Diagnosed
Posted by Karrie
Last Reply March 17, 2010 at 04:50
Started March 16, 2010 at 08:07
Hi Folks, I'm newly diagnosed with DVT. Apparantly I got it after having an arthoscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in my left knee. Prior to this I was walking about 1 mile a day, then now I'm down to nothing.

I was hopsitalized last week when they discovered the blockage and I have basically been tolk not to walk and to stay on bedrest/couch rest and all the walking i'm doing is essentially to the kitchen and such. Even walking there when I get up I feel the pressure, but not as bad as it was in my calf and the tempeture of my leg changes.

I'm on the injections and pills and i was wondering, how long do I have to be on bedrest before I can start walking? I have a trip to New England scheduled in less then a month, (flying) does this mean I ahve to cancel?

Right now I'm scared to death and my oldest daughter is too just trying to figure all this out.


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No More Coumadin
Posted by Darren
Last Reply March 16, 2010 at 21:02
Started November 2, 2009 at 03:49
My DVT was found by accident. Sort of...

I hurt my back in mid July, but the doctor/hospital didn't take it seriously and I was strung along for over a month with talk of rehab.

So I made an specific appointment to see the doctor(who told me my problem was arthritis). I wanted to speak with him about speeding up my yet to begun rehab so I can get back to work and out of the financial hole that I was sinking in.

I mentioned the swelling of my right leg, and a sonogram and subsequent trip to the emergency room resulted in me being admitted for what would turn out to be 20 days of blood tests and shots in the stomach. :-(

A week into my hospital stay a different doctor finally ordered an MRI for my back, which determined I only had about 10% space left in my canal because of a herniated disc. So I get a little filter put into my leg as a preventative measure against the clot breaking loose, and then I got the back surgery a couple of days later.

So basically, my push to ... read more

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Me and DVT
Posted by stephanie kim
Last Reply March 16, 2010 at 09:54
Started March 16, 2010
I am a 34 yr old female who has been throwing clots since I was 24. My first clot was when I was six weeks pregnant and 23 and a half years old. I went to the e.r. numerous times before I was correctly diagnosed at 12 weeks. By the time I received my dx I had a numerous clots, that has nearly completely cut off my blood flow in my left leg. The main clot in my greater saphneous/femerol junction. I spent over a week in the hospital and was told I as lucky I had survived the episode. I have had numerous other clots, and suspected clots through the years. Some were hard to dx because the damage to my vein is so severe. Last year while on vacation I believe I suffered a mild PE. i came home and went to ER where they said they could neither confirm nor deny it. I thought there were blood test to confirm PE's?
This past November I suffered 3 new clots. I was in the hospital only over night. They did a scan and ruled out PE. I was then told to see a hematologist. I see one this month. ... read more

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Factor V Leiden and Pregnancy
Posted by Sallyann
Last Reply March 15, 2010 at 23:26
Started March 13, 2010
Hi all, i am 27 and have one child aged 2. In June of 2008 i developed a clot from my
knee to my chest in my right leg, a localized clot in my left thigh and a PE to the lung.
Following extensive treatment, i was released but diagnosed with Factor V Leiden and
taken off the contraceptive pill. I was told that my options were condoms, which my
husband and I used, up until April of 2009 wen I had the coil put in. However, I just
met my consultant at the hereditary blood centre for my yr check up, and he said that
following reading my file, he thinks it would be best for me to have my tubes tied in a
couple of yrs wen I have the coil removed given the extensive nature of my clot. I
anm Heterozygous for FVL, I was wondering if any women out there with FVL have
gone on to have healthy pregnancies and have been ok afterwards??

Thanks a mill

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other types of blood clots.
Posted by keith
Last Reply March 14, 2010 at 20:45
Started March 14, 2010 at 20:45
hi, ive just discovered this forum. i appreciate its for dvt, but cant find a forum for my illness.thought id ask if anyone can point me in the right direction.
i am a young 50, was, up until the new year extremely fit, always done manual labour, walked between 15/20 miles each weekend, always on the go, never tired.
until i suddenly became ill on the 3rd january 2010. spent 10 days in hospital, ive been off work since xmas eve. slowly getting back to some form of fitness.
basically ive got
acute main portal vein thrombosis with ascites
splenic vein thrombosis
superior mesenteric vein thrombosis
2 early varices
hiatus hernia
marked portal gastropathy
basically all that is affecting my bowels, my spleen, pancreas and liver.apparantly my condition is extremely rare. just my luck!!
on warfarin and beta blockers for life.

if any one can help with any other forums relevant to my condition i would be very grateful.

thanks in advance.

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Air pressure when flying is a concern
Posted by Joanne
Last Reply March 8, 2010 at 02:12
Started March 3, 2010 at 12:17
Hi everyone,
I was hospitalized over a year ago with a DVT and am still on wararin. I went for an ultrasound last week after an emergency room visit because my leg (which is always swollen), was even more swollen, slightly red and a little warm. My blood clot is still there, dried up and fixed itself to my vein.
I am flying in two weeks, a four hour flight. I have the bulk head seats booked, my INR has been pretty steady for months- always theraputic and I own compression stockings (although I never feel like they fit properly-drive me crazy!).
My worry is about the air pressure when flying, or taking off and landing....are any of these concerns valid? Could a clot travel during a flight due to change in air pressure?
If anyone has been told any information on this, I would love to know.
My doctor is like a rock star....impossible to get an appointment before I go. I am going to go to a clinic to ask their opinion, however, they don't have my records.

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Mediven stocking users
Posted by pamela
Last Reply March 6, 2010 at 12:10
Started March 5, 2010 at 19:49
FYI- Mediven changed their stockings, both Plus and Elegance have been eliminated in
favor of "Comfort." Which would all be well and good except along with that change,
they have eliminated several sizes, like the petite wide calf Pluses that are the only
stockings to fit me. I have complained to Mediven and actually gotten a response, but
they weren't apologizing for eliminating sizes in the change, just saying, 'due to
popularity of the new Comfort line they are CONSIDERING adding additional sizes in
the future.' Considering alternating 2 pairs of stockings, they still only last about 9
months, I really don't know how long that's going to be, so I am ordering 3 pairs now
despite not being in my budget and crossing my fingers. Literally, the next best sizing
is more than 2 inches off my calf or ankle, and of course it would hurt if too small on
my calf but the place I need the support, where the pain is and where the swelling
sometimes returns, is my ankle... read more

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Surgery Soon To Remove Veins and Questions
Posted by Bobby
Last Reply March 5, 2010 at 10:32
Started March 4, 2010 at 20:48
I was recently referred to a vein clinic by my doctor. They did a sonogram on my legs and said my veins are enlarged and the little flappers to keep the blood going upward to my heart are not functioning, so the best course it to go in with a laser and kill off the veins so the bone veins can take over full duty.

He told me to wear compression stockings and wrote a Rx for them. I tried those for a while, but have experienced extreme pain with the stockings. They are not too tight and are not uncomfortable, but when wearing them the cramping in my legs has gone from painful but tolerable to intolerable all the time. I finally stopped wearing them today, and feel MUCH better.

The picture of the legs on the main page of this forum, mine have that reddishness, but not that bad. I don't have any sores. It is hard to walk now though, and really hard to walk for long distances. With the compression stockings, it was becoming almost impossible to walk across the house.

Anyone... read more

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Warfarin and Lipitor
Posted by Derek Miller
Last Reply March 3, 2010 at 22:48
Started March 3, 2010 at 19:59
Has anyone had any problems with taking lipitor for high cholesterol along with their warfarin. i tried the Niacin but cannot tolerate the powerful flushing and other issues that go along with the Niacin.
Any info would be great. Thanks

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APS and impact- diff for men/women? Family?
Posted by pamela
Last Reply March 3, 2010 at 21:31
Started March 3, 2010 at 20:13
I have found so much info on Factor V, etc. etc. Not so much on APS except for the
connection to miscarriages. But maybe those of you who have it can answer some

Does APS raise the risk of a 2nd clot above an idiopathic cause? If there was never a
first clot, does it raise risk in the face of surgery, a broken limb or similar

Are there differences in what having APS means for women vs. men, beyond the issues
of pregnancy?

Do any of you who have it find out that any family members also have APS? Anyone
know the likelihood for a sibling to have it?

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plane trips post-DVT
Posted by pamela
Last Reply March 3, 2010 at 21:22
Started March 3, 2010 at 21:22
My doc said to email or call if I needed to make any long trips, but as long as I was
on warfarin a 2-hr plane flight or less was not a concern, but I should wear my
compression stockings. It's been 7 months.

I did, and on both legs. And as far as I could tell, no problems, been back 5 days now.

But both out and back, as soon as we started to descend, my legs started to ache (my
DVT one much worse. Of course, rules say you can't stand at all during that time, so
the most I could do was try and rotate my ankles, stamp my feet, etc. The discomfort
made me keep moving but did not provide any real relief. Anyone else? Some of you
are frequent travelers, did it happen to you and now it doesn't? It would be quite the
downer, given that a longer trip would involve a longer descent, perhaps an hour or

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Chronic Fatigue, Warfarin
Posted by Liz
Last Reply March 3, 2010 at 18:11
Started March 3, 2010 at 07:40
Hi everyone, I started taking warfarin 5 months ago due to blood clotting in my leg in pregnancy. I am feeling so exhausted from the minute I get up in the morning. I can barely function throughout the day and trying to look after a baby is horrendous. My baby is great!! so it's not tiredness from her, she sleeps all night. I was wondering if anyone else has or is experiencing this? Also, my feet and ache so much, when I get out of bed in the morning, i'm hobbling like an invalid. It's just terrible. Any thoughts? Thanks


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