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Comment from: Barbie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I had a tummy tuck 5 weeks ago. Two and a half weeks after that surgery I woke up with groin pain. I went to work, and by mid- day, my left leg was the size of both put together, and dark purple. (I work for my plastic surgeon). A doctor immediately gave me 3 aspirin and a co- worker rushed me to the ER (emergency room). After a Doppler was done it confirmed what we all knew it was. I had a massive DVT (deep vein thrombosis) from my groin all the way down to my toes. I was immediately taken into surgery where they inserted an IVC (inferior vena cava) filter for my protection. I was placed on heparin and TPA (tissue plasminogen activator). Three days in a row I was in surgery having angioplasties. My clot dissolved from the bottom up. I spent 4 days in the ICU and 2 days in a regular room. I was discharged with a small clot still in the groin area. I was sent home with Lovenox injections which I did twice a day for 15 days along with Coumadin daily. I am now off of the Lovenox and at therapeutic levels. I've been cleared to take a 3 hour flight next week (4 weeks after all of this). I will have another sonogram in 6 weeks to see where I am in this whole process. I feel 90 percent better, but still have leg pain or fatigue if I'm on my feet too long. And yes, I wear Jobst stockings every day.

Comment from: lucky girl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

My ordeal actually began in mid January 2010 but wasn't diagnosed until March 2010. I had the tingling and swelling but my doctor attributed it to sciatica since I have lower back issues. I flew from IN to VA where I worked for two months. The day after I returned home, my leg was still swollen, achy, had red areas that were warm, and I had a little trouble breathing as well. I went to my doc's office, the nurse practitioner took one look at my leg and said it could be a blood clot. She suggested possibly a bug bite or a sprained ankle but I could tell she strongly thought it was a clot. I went to the local hospital, got it checked, and to my surprise, she was right. There were actually three areas where the clots could clearly be seen on the picture. I was admitted and that night had a CT scan which found clots in my lungs too. I spent only from Friday night to early Monday afternoon there on an IV of Heparin and started taking warfarin pills which I am still taking. I've been getting my blood checked every 2 - 4 weeks for over a year now too. Like Venus Williams said, I feel lucky to be alive.

Comment from: momofalli, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

My right leg began aching and cramping at night to where I had to get out of bed. Within a few days my toes were blue and very swollen! I went right to the podiatrist. She set an appointment up with the surgeon 3 p.m. the same day He had to put 3 stents behind my knee but there were blood clots at the base of my toes, my knee and groin area. I'm already showing signs of having the problem again.

Comment from: joebear, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

I was 2 months pregnant when I was experiencing pain in my left leg. I thought I had a pulled muscle, so I put heat on it with in 1 hour my pain traveled up to my groin area. Within 1 more hour I couldn't walk on my leg. I had to crawl into my parents' room. My husband was out of town. My dad had to carry me down the stairs. We called my doctor and he said go to emergency room. We got to emergency room within 20 minutes of arriving I was experiencing pains in the chest. All I remember is the doctor yelling code and the doctors telling my parents to stand back because they are trying to save their daughter's life. My blood clot turned pulmonary embolism and almost took my life that night. I was unconscious for three days. While unconscious they put a green filter in through my neck to prevent any other clots passing. When I woke up I was in the ICU with IVs attached and blood infusions. All in all I was on blood thinners after I got out of the hospital for the rest of my pregnancy. I am ok and most important the baby was ok as well. Big baby boy Brady!

Comment from: dvt guy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 19

I woke up one more in 1993 with a swollen thigh. I went to the hospital and I was told that there was a blood clot in my thigh. I have been on blood thinners for 14 years. I still get clots. I am on medication, but now I get injections because the pills no longer work for me.

Comment from: Tammy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I awoke with swelling, redness and heaviness in my entire left leg. I went to the doctor, ordered blood work and ultrasound which showed diminished flow. I sent for a CT scan. It found a large clot extending from iliac to femoral vein with significant blockage. I was put on heparin shots twice daily for two and half weeks while Coumadin levels became therapeutic. The doctor set up an appointment with a specialist for catheter clot busting surgery. Got there, he said it was too late, clot had already hardened to vein walls and that too much time had gone by and was too risky at that point. So, apparently there is a very short "window of opportunity" for that surgery. I am now home on bedrest and taking Coumadin hoping my body can fix itself.


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