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Comment from: Magsyg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I fell against my toughened glass table 5 weeks ago and bruised my left leg in between my knee and ankle it took 2 weeks for the bruising to come out and that spread from my ankle to my knee with a very red and hot area where I hit it, I went to the doctor because the swelling and redness would not go down, he said I had an infection, which I doubted as there was no broken skin, anyway took antibiotics for a week and although redness faded the lump is still there and it aches when I walk any distance. I returned to the doctor yesterday and now he says it is phlebitis, but it is not really painful and not really hot any more just feels a bit numb and my ankle swells. He has given me cream to massage into it so hopefully this will help. I have osteoarthritis in both my knees, hands, shoulders and back so really don't need any more problems.

Comment from: hurt sobad1, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

My phlebitis symptoms are like a burning sensation. I also have skin discoloration and a sharp pain in my leg with some swelling. As soon as I put my feet down, I get heaviness in my leg. I also have a hardening on my skin, which is warm to the touch and it's irritated by anything that touches it, such as bed coverings or pants.

Comment from: Sherrie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

Hi, I'm actually an RN. I had a broken tibia and fibula on the left lower leg five years ago. I got over this with pins, plates and a lot of hardware holding these bones together. About two months ago after standing on my feet all day I noticed at night my left leg throbbed so much. I went to my orthopedic doctor because the pain was right over the plate in my leg. There was no redness, just severe tenderness in one site, and it hurt to weight bear on left leg. I was told I had tendinitis and was ordered physical therapy. The next day my leg was red and more swollen. My doctor was not available, so we went to the ER. I told them to check for a blood clot. An ultrasound showed no DVTs. I was told that I had phlebitis. I was given medications and put on bed rest with moist heat. My orthopedist hasn't seen but ordered a bone scan before I go back to work. The area did become more swollen after the ER visit but the redness went away. This is day eight and feeling much better. I actually did housework today!

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.

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