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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.
Doctors and Hospitals offering Thrombolysis - Link to Doctors and Hospitals

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herbal medication/alternative therapy
Posted by kt
Last Reply December 12, 2009 at 18:56
Started December 12, 2009 at 18:56
Hi does anyone take any herbal medication or use any alternative therapies to help with dvt or prevent them.
kt

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can sweets bring yr inr up
Posted by donna
Last Reply December 12, 2009 at 09:25
Started December 11, 2009 at 19:36
can herbal sweets bring yr inp level up

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Woman loses legs after getting so drunk she fe
Posted by N
Last Reply December 10, 2009 at 18:50
Started December 10, 2009 at 18:50
Woman loses legs after getting so drunk she fell asleep on her knees

Pa. woman who drank herself unconscious sues hospital for resulting leg amputations
Associated Press
Last update: December 9, 2009 - 9:35 AM

UNIONTOWN, Pa. - A western Pennsylvania woman who drank herself unconscious celebrating her 20th birthday says a hospital didn't properly treat her, resulting in partial amputations of both of her legs.

Shanna Hiles' medical malpractice suit against Uniontown Hospital and one of its emergency physicians says she passed out while sitting on the floor with her legs tucked under her in May. Hiles was in that position for more than 12 hours, and she claims hospital officials didn't properly diagnose her condition and work to restore circulation to her legs.

Instead, Hiles claims she was transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital several hours later where both legs were amputated at the knee.

A hospital spokeswoman has declined to comment on the suit filed Tuesday.

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What's it like to get a filter? Better/worse?
Posted by imateacherofmusic
Last Reply December 10, 2009 at 14:27
Started December 9, 2009 at 23:01
As I progressively grow more irritated at Coumadin, DVT, swelling, numbness, belly aches that are impossible to describe, etc., I can't help but wonder about those filter thing-a-ma-bobs.

How is it put in? Is it "real" surgery where you are put to sleep?

Is there a threat of further clots?

Does it feel funky when you walk? I don't know if I can handle anything else synthetic inside of me (2 breast implants from breast cancer, a crapload of mesh in my belly from this last surgery).

Is it more effective? Less effective? Safe to do a year of Coumadin then do the filters?

Do I get them put in both legs?

Thanks for the help. This site is the best!

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death from DVT & PE in pregnancy
Posted by susan
Last Reply December 10, 2009 at 14:09
Started December 10, 2009 at 14:09
My 29 yr. old daughter died 6 mts ago from DVT in her iliac vein & apulmonary embolism. She was nine mts. pregnant & her baby died the next day from lack of oxygen.(They took the bay form my daughter's dead body). Her dr. did not listen to her complaints & passed them off to "normal" pregnancy symptoms. She had a lot of pelvis pain & what seemed like muscle cramps in her hip--they passed this off to sciatic nerve. She had a few near fainting spells & rapid pulse & shortness of breath they passed off as normal or the bay pushing on the vena cava. Two days before she died I noticed her left ankle only was swollen. The dr. had seen her that morning & did not notice it. She had a bad cramp in her leg/hip the day she died, collapsed & died within a few minutes. I am thankful her husband was with her & she did not suffer, but we are so devastated she & her beautiful little girl are gone....

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Pre-existing sore on DVT foot. Bad thing?
Posted by imateacherofmusic
Last Reply December 10, 2009 at 06:29
Started December 9, 2009 at 23:25
I had a rather unfortunate run-in with my son's Optimus Prime and cut my foot so badly I should have had stitches (this was in September). I didn't know the cut was THAT bad, I thought I had stopped the bleeding (but then walked around like it was fine and re-opened the wound). I missed the window of time and therefore had to just bandage the wound.

Now, I have a rather small scabby looking wound. With what I am reading (about leg ulcers and gangrene), Should I be concerned about this?

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Coumadin stinks.
Posted by imateacherofmusic
Last Reply December 8, 2009 at 23:12
Started December 7, 2009 at 20:39
Hello, I just typed a post that used up every bit of space and lost it, so this one is not as detailed.
I had 3 cancers, MS, Narcolepsy, Cataplexy,and 15 surgeries. In March my right leg was in so much pain I could not walk. I had a Doppler done and was told I was fine, I must have strained it while exercising. I had colon cancer surgery about a week later, once I was home from that mess, I realized my knee didn't hurt at all. Yay. About a month ago I told my husband, "I am starting to feel that weird pain in my knee again...," but guess what? I was having a gallbladder surgery (plus my ripped belly muscles, multiple hernia repair). I was excited about this surgery, it was supposed to be a new beginning (no reminders about cancer). After surgery, I walked constantly, and asked my nurse for 4 days, "What does a blood clot feel like?" She would respond, "You probably need to stretch that leg." The day I was to be released I saw her watching me intently as I struggled to sit comf... read more

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Is my mind playing tricks? I'm so paranoid.
Posted by Lori
Last Reply December 8, 2009 at 15:23
Started December 8, 2009 at 15:23
I had a DVT in my leg last January. I stopped Coumadin the end of July and had another doppler done on my leg which showed a residual clot. I remained off blood thinners. I had several blood panels done including V Leiden, Protein S, Protein C, and several others (total of 9) which all came back normal. I admit I haven't been following doctor's orders to the tee. I hadn't noticed any swelling or achiness in my leg until I went to the doctor last Monday and he measured my leg and it was about 1 inch larger than my normal leg. Now I am paranoid and measuring my leg several times/day. I've also noticed some achiness and crampiness. I have been taking Aspirin and wearing my stocking. How do you get ever get over the paranoia? In your opinion, do you think I should be concerned?

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New to DVT & Warfarin
Posted by Beth
Last Reply December 7, 2009 at 23:19
Started November 29, 2009 at 02:31
I had knee surgery on 10/26. Have been on Yasmin for 2 years and wasn't taken off prior to surgery. I had begun my PT 2 weeks after surgery and removed my mobilizer brace. I had severe pain in my calf for three days and thought it was from PT. But, on the 4th day, when it seemed to get worse behind my knee, I was sent to the hospital and diagnosed with DVT and put on Heparin injections and Warfarin. Now, 10 days later, my INR test was at 1.7 and they've increased my Warfarin. Question: The pain has subsided, but swelling gets real bad. I get very tired easily, cold, and have a difficult time taking a deep breath. I also get excrutiating muscle cramps in the foot of my good let. Is this all normal?

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me and the nurses r very confused
Posted by donna
Last Reply December 6, 2009 at 21:03
Started December 4, 2009 at 20:12
as people no i have been on warfrin 4 just over 3 weeks now and again i was discharged 4 2 days are my inp went up again to 2.3 just like it did last time. i went bk today and it has droped again to 1.3 its really starting to p me off now and even the nurse dont no whats going on. so if they dont no how am i ment to now.
did any1 else have this promblem.

donna

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Could this be DVT?
Posted by Jac
Last Reply December 6, 2009 at 19:47
Started November 23, 2009 at 10:16
Hi,
I had a baby 8 weeks ago and over the past couple of days have had occassional sharp
pains in both legs. This morning I woke up with very tender skin over roughly a hand-
sized area of my lower leg (ankle up towards side of calf). It hurts to touch and when I
walk. The pain does not seem to be deep but on the surface of my skin. Could this be
related to DVT?
Everything I've read says 'leg pain' but what sort of leg pain?
Thanks for any advice,
Jac

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Speedyturtle- you running?
Posted by pamela
Last Reply December 5, 2009 at 23:49
Started December 5, 2009 at 23:00
I was curious if you were back to running yet and how it's going for you. I was doing
great hitting the gym for a bit, but school and a platar fascitis flare-up set me back a
bit. I'm so ready for some long walks again, but I really miss running, I was just making
a tiny bit of headway when I had the first clot symptoms. I was curious how it's going for
you.

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Pregnant with factor 5
Posted by April
Last Reply December 4, 2009 at 15:39
Started December 3, 2009 at 14:59
I just found out that I am pregnant. I am very concerned about another blood clot. It has only been 6 months since my first blood clot appeared in May. Right when I was just about to stop taking the warfarin I found out I was pregnant. The nurse told me to stop taking the warfarin, but since I have factor 5 leiden I need to take something while I am pregnant.

So my question is how soon do you need to start on lovenox shots or something else once you have found out your pregnant?

I haven't been to a doctor yet, but my guess is that I am about a month along. Am I waiting too long, are my chances for blood clots high in the first weeks of pregnancy? I would really appreciate any feedback on this subject. Thank you.

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Ultrasound - Do I have a new clot?
Posted by Audrey
Last Reply December 1, 2009
Started December 1, 2009
I'm nearing the end of a six month course of Coumadin and had a doppler ultrasound on Friday. My doctor called me today with the results.

The clot in the popliteal vein has cleared. She said that I have a small clot in the posterior tibial vein. I asked her if this was a new clot, because the original clots were diagnosed as follows (directly from the radiologist's report):

"There is echogenic material in the distal right polpliteal vein and throughtout the peroneal vein in the calf. These veins are noncompressible, compatible with deep venous thrombosis. There is compressibility and venous phasicty in the right common femoral vein, superficial femoral vein, and posterior tibial vein."

I know that the peroneal veins and posterior tibial veins branch off one anther, but the initial report seems to suggest that this may be a new clot. My doctor was unable to answer my question while we were on the phone, so I faxed her when I got home from work today to consult the radiologis... read more

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Why not re-scan?
Posted by Andrea
Last Reply November 29, 2009 at 22:40
Started February 15, 2009 at 21:51
Yonight i am in a state of panic! Coming off warfarin in 2 weeks time, really nervous. I feel as if i need to know whats going on with my leg, why dont they re scan when it could save all this anxiety and worry. Told my doc that i will pay to go private but all he says is that ive had enough treatment, (6 months), and it wouldnt make any difference as they wouldnt keep me on it any longer. Anyone have any ideas what i shhould do? Or am i stressing unnecessary?




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follow up appiment in 2 weeks
Posted by donna
Last Reply November 29, 2009 at 12:09
Started November 27, 2009 at 17:01
when i was 1st addimited with this dvt i was told i would have a follow up in 2 weeks.
is that from when u 1st went to the hospital or when u are discharged to go alone.
as i have not heard any thing from them as get and have a lot of questions that need answering

donna

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Stop eating processed foods
Posted by N
Last Reply November 28, 2009 at 05:23
Started November 28, 2009 at 05:23
New evidence links inflammation to venous disease.

As you know DVT is a multi causal disease.

Until recently, DVT was thought to be solely a blood or vascular disorder. Now, scientists from the University of Michigan Medical School have discovered intriguing new evidence to support the idea that the development of blood clots in veins just like blocked arteries in atherosclerosis is an inflammatory process.

"When a blood clot develops in superficial veins of the leg a condition called phlebitis the redness and swelling associated with inflammation are visible," says Thomas W. Wakefield, M.D., a scientist and vascular surgeon in the U-Ms Cardiovascular Center. "When a clot forms deep inside the leg, these signs are hidden, so physicians have rarely associated DVTs with inflammation."

Stop eating processed and fried foods and you'll restore the body's natural defenses, study finds
Thursday, November 26, 2009 by: S. L. Baker, features writer


There's a dru... read more

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what is pe
Posted by donna
Last Reply November 27, 2009 at 21:23
Started November 27, 2009 at 21:09
can i ask what pe is as alot off people have this and i dont no what it is?

donna

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Pulmonary thromboembolism
Posted by Steve
Last Reply November 26, 2009 at 11:18
Started November 21, 2009 at 19:09
As pulmonary embolism causes pulmonary blood vessels get blocked by clots, the amount of oxygen that reaches into blood is decreased. My question is that besides of fatigue and shortness of breath, could this deficit of oxygen cause some other physiological and psychological problems? For example, bad memory or brain-damage? Thank you.

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APS + Lupus Anticoagulant
Posted by Anne
Last Reply November 25, 2009 at 21:35
Started November 24, 2009 at 11:03
Hello all!

DVT + PE's in march 2009. I just had bloodtests done after 6 months of warfarin. It turns out I have Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Lupus anticoagulant. Right now I'm pretty confused about all this, and I would like to hear, if there are others on this forum with the same thing?

Anne

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