It depends whether it is Deep Vein Thrombosis or Thrombophlebitis. Either way, it causes a deep pain in the calf muscle or the thigh and the leg may become cold due to lack of blood flow. DVT needs urgent attention to avoid the risk of a more serious situation developing. There is not necessarily any visible outward sign.
If you have reason to suspect a blood clot, you should go immediately to a doctor or the ER of the nearest hospital.
So I know that I am a few months behind on this post but I am new to this site. But maybe what I have to say could help you understand more about blood clots. Back in March of 2008 I was diagnosed with a DVT in my right leg. A few days before that I had a little soreness in my leg but to me it was just something from sleeping wrong. But unfortunately that morning in March I woke up and my leg was swollen from thigh to ankle and the pain that ran through was unimaginable. Went to the doctor and at the point he wasnt sure if it was a dvt because I didnt have the tell signs other than swelling and pain. Other signs are painful to the touch and blotchiness of the skin. Went to the hospital for a ultrasound and sure enough there was the clot. So to try to make this a little shorter I was put on coumadin and unfortunately a year later the dvt is still there so I know have to go see a hematologist to see what my next options are. So I hope this answered any questions you had about dvt but like i said Im a few months late so you might already have you answers.
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So do any of you know what happened with the deep vein clot still remains? Is there a surgery they can do to get it out? I was just wondering? This frightens me alot!! I just had vericose vein surgery on Friday. I am on my 2nd day of recovery. Quite honestly, it is a painful recovery. I am trying to stay medicated up on the hour. I had lazor surgery in the upper leg and actual vein removal in the calf. I have 15 stitches and just removed the wrap today and showered and now have the compression stockings on. UGH! I just wanted to cry when I saw it all. I don't have much bruising yet, but the stitches and swelling. and the pain. I went through all this with hopes of preventing getting a blood clot later in life. My aunt died from DVT. Bad veins are heridity in our family. Almost everyone has had the surgery but me.
I am afraid of getting a clot from doing the surgery. I know it's rare. But I have the pain and swelling too. But probably because of all the veins just removed from my legs. IT's really not a bad procedure. They made it much easier nowadays. In and out in 2 hours. I was awake through the whole thing. I just took a valium. It really took the edge off.
Anyhow..please let me know about your blood clot. What happens when you take the blood thinner and it doesn't dissolve it? I pray they can work something out for you. I know how you must feel with pain and swelling. I have that right now too. I keep elevating my leg, wearing the stockings then I walk around the house briefly to keep the circulation going.
Well we dont know exactly why the clot is still there which is why I have to go see a blood specialist because Im afraid that my only other options is surgery which scares me a lot. As for taking the blood thinners. It hasnt been that bad. With some exceptions. For example, I am not a lot to have anything that is green or leafy such as salad green veggies etc. All of those contain Vitamin K and that thickens your blood. So that would obviously counteract with the blood thinners. No alcohol. Alcohol thins your blood so with me already on blood thinners that really wouldnt be a good thing for me God forbid I get cut I was seriously bleed. Other than that I have to do the usual keep it moving no sitting or standing for a long period of time dont cross my legs..So Im keeping my fingers crossed for when I see the specialist I dont know what to expect.....Hope everything is going well after your surgery...Im sure swelling and pain is very normal for that type of surgery but your right blood clots are a scary thing...just do everything that the doctors tell you to do and you should be fine!
Thanks Hvnsang! I appreciate your well wishes. I did just phone my doctor to ask him a few things. I think I over did it today. I went to my mom and dads for Easter dinner and wrestled around with the dogs. Bad decision! One even landed on my leg. I am paying the price now. ugh! I am ready for more pain meds and an ice pack. Swelling and pain are a part of surgery. This is just my first surgery ever so I had no idea what to expect.
I do pray your clot gets taken care of! I hope you will be fine soon. Hang in there ok! God Bless!
You are right blood thinners do not make the clot dissolve but on the other hand they are suppose to "thin" the blood to help the clots dissolve...unfortunately in my case they havent really helped me at all..Because one of my clots is getting slighty larger..so Im not really sure what the hematologist is going to tell me im not really sure what my other options are right now. Ive read and heard that the way they would do surgery is if the clots are pretty large which in my case they are not. They are pretty small...So i dont know anymore Im soo over all this!
I think alcohol/blood thinner relationship is very puzzling. A friend's husband, (a hardcore alcoholic), was just hospitalized with a pulmonary blood clot. This guy is also overweight and only exercise he gets is getting up to go to the bathroom; he's also a VERY heavy smoker. U'd think w/all the alcohol his blood would be thin enuf to avoid the PBC but OTOH, the lifelong smoking & couch potato effect obviously "ruled". He's in his mid-50's.
OMG! Is he okay? I hope everything works out for him...Its funny about the alcohol/blood thinners...Thats the very first thing the doctor said to me that I was not allowed to have was alcohol...Dont get me wrong Im not a heavy drinker but I am 24 yrs old so I do like to have a good time every now and then...But I have talked to many people some of which are on blood thinners as well...and they gave me a few pointers..For example...Its not that I am not allowed to have alcohol..I just have to be VERY careful on how much I consume at one time..Obviously that thins your blood and being on blood thinners...god forbid I get cut or something I would continueously bleed...And as for the green leafy foods...They all contain Vitamin K which thickens your blood which would counteract with the blood thinners...The same kind of goes with that...Its not that Im not allowed to have any of those foods...I just cant go overboard with it...My mom was on coumadin for 10 yrs and i dont remember her ever having to stop having those things..I'll tell you im just so over all of this..Im ready to be over the meds and cleared of this whole thing
Talked to wife 2day, so far he's following the regimen, but I worry about him (and her) for the long term (he's blind in one eye following a stroke but kept on smoking/drinking).
I understand it's hard not to follow the crowd when U're only 24, but do let your MD know if U're drinking, even if it's small amounts--they won't judge U, it's just they might monitor your condition more closely. Wine coolers might be a saf(er) choice.
Have U been tested by a hematologist re: hereditary blood disorders? or are they going to "wait and see" (as in my case)? Why was your mom on Coumadin, if I might ask?
well as for the drinking my doctor knows i have told him and we have kept a good watch on me....and its funny that you ask about the testing for heriditary blood disorders because thats where my mom comes into play..My mom had a blood clot in the same leg as me back in 1996...so yes it is possible that its hereditary but the blood test that i have to take for that is called a Factor 5 and unfortunately I cant take that test yet because if I take it now while I still have the clots its going to show up positive so I have to wait until I am cleared of the clots and then i can take the blood test...as for the hematologist I havent seen him yet I go to him on Monday the 20th so i'll know more after that.
p.s. i only drink maybe once a month and i actually only have one maybe two and then I call it a night...so Im not heavily drinking when I do have a drink...again its all about moderation and watching how much i consume
My first BC formed under my cast (prob'ly too tight for me), traveled to my lung, so I never felt a thing, altho the area was "spongy" (after cast removed).
The 2nd came after a fall, & traveled to my lung so fast that the leg never developed symptoms.
However, my son's BC 2 mos. ago was diagnosed after he complained of pain, redness, swelling & warmth in the leg. Fortunately, he already had dr's appt, was sent to the hospital & he was kept overnight. He gave himself abdominal heparin shots, is now on coumadin and clot appears resolved.
I was surprised his leg was warm rather than cool (which someone else mentioned) but it may have been due to infection (he has phlebitis that waxes and wanes).
In general, it appears swelling, redness, pain, & unusual cold or warmth in the leg may signal a blood clot.
Well I went to the hematologist..and I received the best news that I have been waiting for a year....I no longer have to be on the coumadin! Apparently I have been clear of the blood clot for a few months now..But everytime I went to get my ultrasound done and they seen a mass under my knee cap what they were actually seeing is scar tissue....theres a lot more to the story but its way too much to type...But the good news is Im clear!!!