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Comment from: sasfeet, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

Four days after undergoing a shoulder arthroscopy to repair a torn rotator cuff, I spiked a very high fever of 104.6. My surgeon sent me to the Emergency Room at our Hospital for blood work. They discovered I had pneumonia in my lower left lung. I was admitted to the hospital and treated with two different IV antibiotics. On the second day of the IV therapy the IV site became extremely painful (just as they started the antibiotics for that day), I became instantly nauseated which they treated, then continued the IV therapy, I could not stand the pain in my arm at the IV site (just slightly above the elbow). They finally shut off the IV antibiotics, looked and felt the area and said "Oh, we call this phlebitis of the vein.” They finally removed the IV and restarted it on the other arm with a much smaller gauge needle. They stated that the large gauge I had in was not necessary.

Comment from: Worried wife, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 12

Four years ago my husband's left leg "shin area" was bothering him. It was hot, red, hard and shiny in the area that was bothering him. After 2 or 3 months the area turned dark brown. Our family doctor was concerned he may have DVT - he was tested twice and nothing was ever found. Since then our family doctor has passed away. Just 2 weeks ago my husband had to have a heart catheter done. The needle went into his right groin area, and he was released 6 hours later. There was 60% blockage in 2 of the main heart arteries, and medication is being used as the treatment. Two days after the test was done the inside of his right thigh was bruised badly. We told the doctor on his post-op appointment. He told us that was normal. Since then his right lower leg "shin area" has become inflamed and swollen, hard red and shiny from the tightening of the skin. He says it aches all the time.

Comment from: Sixtythree, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I have phlebitis and my symptoms include a pinching in the legs with little red dots that are kind of tender. My ankles are swollen and tender to the touch.

Comment from: mary, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I have phlebitis. I'm usually tired with aching legs and a blotchy, kind of redness of my skin. I feel like my legs are dragging sometimes, and it is painful to walk sometimes.

Comment from: eli, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I am a normal healthy person at 63 years of age. My doctor said I had phlebitis after I had vein injected in my right leg below knee. Wish I had not. Since then I get occasional swelling behind my knee that is very painful. The swelling is the size of a medium sized egg. My leg throbs and the pain is scary. It spreads up my leg and my leg can feel dead. I'm always worried about D.V.T.

Comment from: TRISH, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

My phlebitis started after a course of aggressive chemotherapy for lung cancer and has persisted. I was initially on an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory it has become worse with time, especially in my left arm. I have been told it is a common side effect of chemo and should go eventually - all I can say is I find it quite debilitating and it restricts me from doing things.

Comment from: tfabian, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I have phlebitis and I have pains and tenderness at the lower left side of my ribcage. It's a lot like a burning sensation. I'm feeling a lot like I have a fractured rib. I am now noticing a large, rigid vein and I can feel it from my left breast to the groin area. The vein feels hard and itches.

Published: June 21

I have had saline implant surgery on June 3rd and after feeling fairly well 3 weeks into this I noticed two vein looking lines under each boob and it became very sore. I went to doctor today and he said I have phlebitis. Not quite sure how serious this is.

Comment from: Denise, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I have Phlebitis. It started as redness in both of my lower ankles. It was a dark red color like sunburn. It itched just a little bit, but it burned like fire and ached. My skin is drawn and tight. It has been moving up my legs, but the doctor assures me that with antibiotics and compression socks it will heal.

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