Patient Comments: Deep Vein Thrombosis - Symptoms

For deep vein thrombosis, what were the symptoms and signs you experienced?

Comment from: Hadie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

My left leg over a two year period gradually became smaller than my right. I went to many doctors, and they all told me various versions of 'it is not that bad, it is normal, it has always been that way, etc., etc.' It is a good thing I kept trying to find a doctor who would not dismiss me but would listen. He did an MRI and it turns out I had a fibroid tumor growing on the outside of my uterus that had almost pressed the main artery to my left leg closed. The artery was down to 1/16th its normal size. I could very well have lost my leg or gotten a clot. So pay attention to your body and find a doctor who will as well.

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Comment from: Ss, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

Severe calf pain and swelling were my symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.

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Comment from: jimjohn620, 75 or over (Patient) Published: July 08

On April 13, 2015 I had transurethral opening at the bladder under general anesthesia and woke up with 217/105 blood pressure, and amaurosis fugax in my left eye that lasted over an hour. Several days later following a brain scan and overnight hospital stay, I experienced serious pain across my groin, and the pain centered deep in mid right thigh muscle and moving to the calf, making me unable to walk without crutches. This began soon after removal of catheter a week following surgery. I read an article in our newspaper about deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and am scared to death now.

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Comment from: Denis, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I"m a 23 years old boy. I had a rugby injury when I was 15 year of age and they diagnosed me with acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) on my calf right leg. Since then I have been taking warfarin and testing my INR (internal normalized ratio). After the first year I had a couple of DVTs, and my leg started to turn dark around my ankle up to my calf. I"ve been in and out the hospital that year, the following year I had pains in my stomach and went in to the hospital. Ultra sound was done and the doctor removed my appendix due to blood clots. While I was in hospital the pain got worse, I went in for other scans and ultra sounds, and the doctor found that my spleen also contained blood clots and that they have to remove my spleen. It was removed and I was in ICU for 2 weeks after which I recovered and went home. Since then the DVT returns regularly every year even though I take my warfarin; they found blood clots in my stomach and this spread to my lungs. The DVT went to my left leg which also started to turn dark and swollen. I wear my elastic stockings permanently. DVT changed my whole life, it is not easy to go on being normal. I feel embarrassed when walking around with shorts, this has also resulted in a lack of self-confidence but I have to adapt to my circumstances, and made the best out of it. But as the years went past I've learnt that the best thing to do is be positive and exercise as much as you can.

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Comment from: Angel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I had really bad swelling of my left leg, but it did not cause a lot of pain, mostly a pressure type felling, also my left foot was red, and my entire leg was warm and cold at different times. It happened after a double bypass was done and the vein in my left leg was used. It took less than a month for the clot to bother me enough to get me to go to the doctor. So if you have any of these symptoms don't wait, hurry to the hospital. After all test and removal of blood clot I was told I had deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

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Comment from: pac, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I had calf pain for 4 days, no swelling or redness, no warmth or outward signs of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) but had phlebitis 40 years ago and knew what it felt like. My physician's assistant wanted to give me Mobic and send me home but I said I wanted further tests. Doppler ultra-sound was done which confirmed 5 clots in my leg. I was admitted to hospital, had routine chest x-ray showing spot on my lung, CT scan confirmed lung cancer. I am status post chemotherapy/radiation and wear TED hose for car/plane trips and take Pradaxa twice daily, still have wormy feelings in legs and elevate them often. Beware that blood clots often indicate a hidden cancer so get checked out!

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