Re: Brown Recluse/Coumadin
I have been on Coumadin for many years, as my blood is deficient in a particular clotting factor. A normal INR reading is between 2 and 3. When you drop below 2, your dosage is generally increased. Above 3 and your dosage will be decreased. It takes some time to establish a stable maintenance dosage. This is probably why your doctor doesn't want you to eat salads, at least for now. I would recommend, if you haven't already done so, that you check out some of the drug info sites online, or check with your pharmacist. There are quite a few foods (not just the green ones) you should be avoiding, or consuming in moderation, while on Coumadin. There are also medications that will alter the effectiveness of Coumadin, such as anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen, Advil, muscle relaxers, etc. So be careful taking over-the-counter meds for the leg aches.
As AnnD said, foods containing Vitamin K (and it includes more than just the green ones) will lessen the effects of the Coumadin. I love salads, too. And, as a diabetic and someone trying to lose weight, I eat them. But I have to be very consistent with the size and content of the salad and how often I have them, or my INR levels will jump all around. That said, you are recovering from a blood clot and now is not the time to be taking chances. Better to bite the bullet and do it your doctor's way.
There are some good articles on the net about your type of bite. Just open a search engine and type in something like "brown recluse spider bite effects" and you'll get some good information. Blood clotting and muscle pain are two of the side effects I saw listed. So perhaps the muscle aches you're having are to be expected Read, read, read. You may end up with a lot more than you'll get from your doctor. Hope you're feeling better soon!