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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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D Dimer test
Posted by Confused
Last Reply January 27, 2014 at 14:37
Started September 17, 2008 at 15:27
I recently had a D Dimer test which came back positive. He couldnt think of a reason why it was positive other than that I may have an ongoing blood clot issue (I'm young, not pregnant etc). I was diagnosed with a clot in a vein in my head some months back which wasnt treated and it scares me it is connected.

My GP wasn't that concerned and told me to take aspirin for afew weeks until I see a specialist to discuss the results. I'm a little concerned about this, and now for the last 4 weeks I've got pain in my leg which feels like a muscle pull or pinched nerve from groin to inside knee but I can't think of anything I might have done to it. Is there anything else that might cause the D Dimer to be false positive if you're young, havent had any operations, not pregnant etc?

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Heterozygous Factor V Leiden Mutation
Posted by Sean Libbert
Last Reply January 27, 2014 at 12:50
Started May 25, 2008 at 04:33
I have this.

I was told by my Doctor that it's the less serious version? I am in the process of Googling this as I'm not satisfied with that comment from her.

Any advice or comments on that would be greatly appreciated.

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warfarin side effects
Posted by Gene
Last Reply January 27, 2014
Started August 7, 2012
Im 26 had a baby girl last year january a week after giving birth i experienced
some awful chest pain n couldnt breath at all thought i was having a heart
attack..so got rushed to hospital to hear the doctor had found a blood clot on
my lungs so was kept in for treatment was finally safe and healthy enough to
home but unfortunaltey,was on warfarin for 6months..which was a shane coz u
qad in the middle of bonding/breast feeding my baby..:-( anyway 6months
went by after every week in those 6months going to have blood tests every
4days i went for my last blood test and scan and gave me the all clear abd stop
the treatment...but unfortunatley i 3months ago haf a nasty fall damaging my
ribs and hips..again got rushed to hospital coz kept fainting n more tests were
doone to find ive devloped another clots on both side of my lungs..now have
the bad news that im now on warfarin fir life...its horrible thing to hear cause
the second time round im expericing bad pain..... read more

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DVT / Athlete
Posted by Dave
Last Reply January 26, 2014 at 22:23
Started August 26, 2009 at 23:48
I have a DVT from above my left ankle to my mid thigh. I contribute my DVT to being dehydrated, coupled with a long car
ride after vigorous exercise. My Doctor told me because of my low heart rate it made my DVT worse.I responded well to warfarin and to injections while in the hospital. Has anyone else had this problem and how long did it take to recover. I do have some swelling around my ankle late in the day. I am an avid cyclist. Thank you

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When is the danger over?
Posted by Len
Last Reply January 25, 2014 at 15:13
Started January 24, 2014 at 23:20
2 weeks since DVT diagnosis for clots above and below Knee after recent surgery
for hip replacement . Clexane injections ceased and now on 7 mg of warfarin to
stabilise blood levels.After 2 weeks of no activity on drs orders have been given
the go ahead to resume excercise . No follow up scan needed but have been
advised of no time frame for clot to disolve. What's to stop me from walking 5ks
plus daily and resume cycling down the track to get hip right.Can you just push
through it?

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swelling has gone but not the pain after DVT
Posted by Norma
Last Reply January 25, 2014 at 10:53
Started April 26, 2011 at 18:35
last week my left leg started to hurt in the growing area, the pain
went to the thigh and then swelling... went to hospital my d-dimer
levels were so hight (20,000) that doctors said it was a mistaken
sample and made a 2nd one which came with same number. I was on IV
blood thinner for 2 days then switched to the injection version along
with Coumadin (warfarin) the swelling went away completely but not the
pain. The clot is located from below my left groin until the area
around my navel, itīs oddly big and the docs say thatīs the reason the
pain hasnīt gone away. Iīm at home now after 5 days in hospital, will
have to be monitoring my blood once a week due to the Coumadin and the
only thing is the pain is really bad, so much I cannot walk, I want to
know if this is normal, has anyone expirienced this? Sometimes the
pain is in the groin, mostly in the inner thigh and few times in teh
calf and also the knee... Iīm worried and donīt know when is thi... read more

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Stable dvt.
Posted by andrea
Last Reply January 23, 2014 at 16:15
Started November 5, 2008 at 17:47
Coming up to 12 weeks since being diagnosed with a dvt in my calf after an injury.Does anyone know if i am now at the "safe" period? My docs say that it wouldnt have moved from the start as long as i was taking warfarin. Anyone help? Thanks.

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Bruise on Elbow
Posted by Mel/ Elbow bruise
Last Reply January 22, 2014 at 01:48
Started January 22, 2014
Hit my elbow very hard on the arm of a chair.I am concerned be cause I am on warafarin. I have it rapped in ice pack. It should be ok should it. Any one ?????

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Flying and cruising post Dvt
Posted by Len
Last Reply January 19, 2014 at 09:21
Started January 15, 2014 at 18:48
Hi there,
9 weeks after having a BHR I was diagnosed with DVT below the knee and a large
one in the,upper thigh. In 7 weeks time will be going on a cruise.
Will have a short flight to departure point about 90 minutes.
Am currently taking warferin and having daily injections as my INR levels slowly
Will I be able to take the compression stockings off during the course of the day.
Was a fit 50 year old prior to having my hip resurfaced cycling 200ks a week and
swimming as well. Looking forward to returning to previous exvercise levels.
Interested to here from any other Hip resurface/replacements people and how
their recovery progressed.

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Specific question on Xarelto
Posted by Z
Last Reply January 19, 2014 at 07:10
Started January 18, 2014 at 22:02
I'm 22. Had an extensive DVT from my groin to ankle 2 years ago. Got a
thrombolysis (sp?) surgery. Minimal invasive surgery where they inject
heparin directly into the clots. I was on coumadin and was actually
coumadin resistant...switched to lovenox injections for a year and a
half. Then finally my hematologist told me I can switch to Xarelto.
It's worked for me really well. I'm also bipolar so I have some memory

so...question is. I'm not 100% sure if I took my Xarelto today. I'm
thinking I did right now to avoid the stress. Do I risk taking another
dose? or wait until tomorrow to take it? I'm on once a day 20 mg.
Haven't had a new clot since I've been on it. I've been reducing the
time during the day when I take it hour by hour for the past two days.
To get it back to dinner time.

Any advice? I won't be able to reach my doctor until Monday. Not going
to say the name of the hospital but it's one of the best in the

I'd really appre... read more

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Dalteparin injections
Posted by claire
Last Reply January 18, 2014 at 16:33
Started January 18, 2014 at 16:33
Hi there. As per previous post I have recently been diagnosed with calf DVT. I originally had to have ten days worth of dalteparin jabs, and now have to have another six days. I do these into my stomach, alternating the sides, but really starting to get tender and sore. I know its nothing compared to what some people have to go through, but any tips? Thanks all.

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hello and help
Posted by ClaireV
Last Reply January 17, 2014 at 16:24
Started January 16, 2014 at 04:15
Hi all. Glad to have this forum. I'm 37 and was diagnosed with a DVT last week. Started off with what felt like cramp on Monday evening and by Wednesday afternoon took myself off the A&E due to the ever increasing agony, hoping to rule it out. Was tested as borderline, and had scan and xrays next day. I have two "double" clots in my right calf. Straight onto dalteparin injections and warfarin. I went through the "how the hell did I get this?" stage. I'm young (ish), don't smoke, hardly drink, have a personal trainer and eat really healthy. But, I was on the pill, have changed jobs from active to less active and had been on four medium haul flights in two weeks. Just bad luck.My next thing is getting my INR levels up to 2.0-3.0, I'm currently on 1.4. I've been told not to change my diet too much, but it is full of green veg, which seem to be the main vitamin K provider. In your experience, should I drop this down or carry on as normal and get the warfarin adjusted? Also, I'm missing ... read more

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Posted by James
Last Reply January 16, 2014
Started January 12, 2014 at 23:39
I had pain my leg back 7 months ago and went to see my GP. My calf was
the size of a grapefruit. They did an ultrasound and said I had blood
clots. i was only given antibiotics and never told of the dangers of
DVT. The antibiotics did not do anything of course. I kept calling for
refills and complaining it's not working. I also see a psychologist
who has all this in her records. She told me to see an infectious
disease doctor but by that time (5 months) later it was getting better
so I figured I was ok. Recently I went to see same doctor with severe
chest pains and he sat me on the table listened to my lungs and sent
me home with diagnosis of bronchitis and more antibiotics (knowing my
DVT history). 3 weeks later I passed out and my friend took me to the
ER and I was told I had massive multiple PEs and was put in intensive
care and had a IVC filter inserted in my jugular. They wanted to do
another procedure that night on my leg and I refused. T... read more

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flying for 3 hours
Posted by joanne
Last Reply January 14, 2014 at 10:52
Started January 14, 2014 at 10:52
Does everyone who has had a dvt and pe and is on xaralto have to wear support
stockings 20 to 30 strength

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Last Reply January 8, 2014 at 10:21
Started January 8, 2014 at 10:21
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rash after hot shower
Posted by Jerry
Last Reply January 6, 2014 at 15:50
Started January 6, 2014 at 15:50
Every time I take a hot shower I break out in a rash on the right side of my stomach.
I used to put a heating pad over my gall bladder before I had it taken out. I used the heating pad for many years and I think I might have over heated my side. Right after the surgery my whole stomach area would get a rash but now I just break out where my gallbladder was. Close to two of the holes that was used for the surgery. Would this have anything to do with taken warfarin for a clot in my left leg. Been on warfarin for two years and be on for live.

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Prednisone and High INR
Posted by Jill
Last Reply January 5, 2014 at 21:49
Started January 5, 2014 at 08:37
Hi I take warfarin 5mg. per day and was doing fine until I got a
cortisone shot and a week later was put on a 12 day prednison pack,
60mg 4 days, 40 for 4 days and 20 for four days which ended
yesterday... Problem is this: Got insomnia for the whole 12 days and
going I got a bloody nose last night and although I wasn't scheduled
to test my INR (Have the machine at home) I checked it this morning an
it's 5.6 which is awfuly high... I should be between 2 - 3 ... left
message for Dr. it's Sunday. My eyes keep feeling odd, my head feels
odd kinda painful but numb at the same time... black and blue on
shoulder and chest.... I ate lots of greens last night to make sure my
INR would be good... I'm exhausted just exhausted.... If I try to
sleep the leg spasems start and if both legs get hit at once I can't
get off the bed.... I did find a wonderful thing for the spasems
though and it works on contact... I put a dish towel or hand towel
soaked with water in the m... read more

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Positive D dimer but 2 negative scans??
Posted by Sarah J
Last Reply January 5, 2014 at 03:09
Started November 18, 2010 at 16:18
Hi all,

As the title says I had blood tests a fews ago and
result for d dimer came back positive .58. Dr
immediately forwarded me to the hospital for
further treatment for suspected DVT. I had first
scan = negative. Went back for 2nd scan =
negative again. As both scans were negative I've
been dropped like a hot potato and no further
investigation into the leg

Hi all,

As the title says I had blood tests a fews ago and
result for d dimer came back positive .58. Dr
immediately forwarded me to the hospital for
further treatment for suspected DVT. I had first
scan = negative. Went back for 2nd scan =
negative again. As both scans were negative I've
been dropped like a hot potato and no further
investigation into the leg.

Now my concern and big big worry is that I have
PE on my chest, as I've not been feeling well for
2wks, with chest pain, headache and various
aches and pains that won't go regardless of how
many painkillers I ta... read more

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itp/dvt/ fam history
Posted by Tarmia
Last Reply January 4, 2014 at 22:58
Started March 11, 2009 at 20:22
Hello all, I have ITP and have had this diagnosis for six years now with platlet lvls ranging from 20,000- 150,000. after going to the doctors yesterday it seems I may have developed a DVT in my right calf while spending the day driving ove the long weekend. One of my concerns is my family history as my mother had 3 major strokes while in her late 30's and my sister has had a dvt while pregnant in her late 30's. I am in my late 30's and now am facing the ultrasound searching for a dvt and this has brought me to the forums to find out how other people cope with similar issues. any comments or advice would be most appreciated. while i am waiting for diagnosis i am wondering if there is anything i can do to aid myself.

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Lupus Anticoagulant testing and thereafter
Posted by Jan
Last Reply January 4, 2014 at 20:11
Started January 31, 2011 at 12:06
I had DVT at 29 y/o last year and have since been tested for LA. I tested positive the first time and the second borderline so had to go back again after 3 months. I have my next appointment next week and I was told over the phone that the haemotologist wanted to do more tests (didnt tell me the results of the the 3rd test though)
If I test borderline a 2nd time what should happen next?
Its been 9-10 months since the testing started and I have not been on any anticoagulation since.

Since my last test I have also had a superficial thrombophlebitis and I just find it a bit worrying this is going on so long.

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