Patient Comments: Blood Clots - Causes

What was the cause of your blood clot?

Comment from: Pinto mom, Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I had been on a short flight and had developed intense pain in my calf. I never had any problems with a blood clot in my life. I have been pretty inactive the last 15 months due to back pain from a car accident and had gained 20 lbs or so in spite of trying to eat healthy. I went straight to the ER from the airport and was admitted pretty quickly. Two pulmonary emboli went to my lungs.

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Comment from: countrybusia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

A DVT formed in my right upper arm before my release from the hospital post-surgery.

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Comment from: Thobi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

My blood clots occured in the right leg first. Then in the lungs and in the brain.

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Comment from: sassy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I only found out that I had a blood clot during an appointment with a really good orthopedic surgeon for a knee injury that I had in early march of this year. He ordered an ultra sound of my left leg lower calf part and found the blood clot. The doctor told me that he thought it had been there for some time. I never knew I even had one the only thing that I thought of, was that I had been having leg cramps in that left leg that was pretty painful but, I never thought much of it. I very thankful to that doctor who found the clot.

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Comment from: Lacey, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I am 19 years old and I was on the birth control pill YAZ, and I got pulmonary embolisms in both of my lungs. I was hospitalized for several days and was taking Lovenox shots three times a day and also taking Coumadin. I am still on Coumadin and hopefully will not be for the rest of my life.

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Comment from: #1gammy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

My blood clots were located in my lungs, twice in a matter of months. The only symptom I had was being short of breath and a little lightheaded. I'm so glad Ii paid attention to my gut feeling to go to ER. This has been life changing. It has taught me not to just ignore what your body is saying to you, even when it's whispering.

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Comment from: mother, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 16

My daughter, a stroke victim, started with clots in the paralyzed leg. Now she has clots all over.

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Comment from: Joan, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I had surgery to stop long-lasting leg cramps where I would go crazy with the pain. After that, I had redness in the legs below the knee. The doctor said I have blood clots. I can't take blood-stopping meds, as I have too many allergic reactions to medications. No one seems to want to help with this, so I have suffered for two years now. The doctor that did the surgery told me to wear special stockings and to purchase a machine to exercise my legs a half hour a day.

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

I had a blood clot in my lower leg, which traveled to my lungs.

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Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I got a blood clot when I was 17 years old. It was DVT and spanned from my mid-calf up to the top of my abdomen. The blood clot was caused by birth control. The hormones in it had a bad reaction with mine. It started with lower back pain, chest/arm pains, and within two weeks I was unable to walk because the pain in my groin felt like my hip was about to pop out of place. Doctors had no clue what it was, and after thinking it was fluid in my hip joint they did an ultra sound and saw the blood clot. I was immediately admitted to the hospital and after three days of being there I got a pulmonary embolism. My leg swelled up and I was under strict bed confinement for a week until I was finally released on Lovenox and then switched to Coumadin and six months later tested a new blood thinner (can't remember the name) for the hospital. It has been two years, and I am no longer on blood thinners, can run on a treadmill for 15 minutes before my leg goes numb, and still occasionally experience chest pains.

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