Patient Comments: Deep Vein Thrombosis - Diagnosis

How was your deep vein thrombosis diagnosed?

Comment from: queenie2626, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

So I woke up on a Friday morning and noticed that my right calf was cramping up. I just assumed I slept funny and it would go away, but it didn't. I tried adding more potassium to my diet, using Icy Hot, and massaging it with no improvements. Five days later I contacted my doctor who immediately told me to go to the ER. The D-dimer test came up positive and the ultrasound indicated a clot in the calf where the pain was originating from. I was one lucky girl as I didn't suspect a deep vein thrombosis because I had no other symptoms like redness, swelling, and warm to the touch. I just had cramping and soreness. I also have no family history, smoking history, nor took birth control.I spent 7 days in the hospital with Lovenox shots twice a day and Warfarin, 15 mg to get me therapeutic and I was able to be released. Now I begin the recovery period including modifying how much vitamin K I eat, being more careful and paying attention to my body signals. Never again will I wait that long to contact my doctor.

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Comment from: Barry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 20

It started as a pain in my calf muscle area. The pain was similar to that of a strained or pulled calf muscle. I had it before and wasn't concerned. Then I noticed that the heel pad of my foot was numb. That concerned me, and tests showed that there was deep vein thrombosis.

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Comment from: Flame, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I was 24 when they found a blood clot by accident. I never had any symptoms of swollen, sore or red legs. I had a very bad pain in my right side just behind my ribs and was vomiting for about 3 weeks. Everything was tested for and nothing could be found. When going to see the physician who did a scan of my intestines, and found the clot by accident. No one can tell me what causes these blood clots. I wish I had more answers!

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Comment from: MAROSES, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I had this pain under my foot and on my calf. I had chest pains as well after travelling. I went to my doctor who refused to do blood tests and advised me that I had pulled a muscle. The pain was unbearable and I ended up going to the ER. All these tests were done and it was found that I have DVT. I was started on warfarin injections and after I week, my tests revealed that I was negative for clots. If I didn't go to the hospital, I might be dead by now.

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Comment from: Nelle, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

Three weeks after I had my son, I began having pain in my back, I thought it was a pinched nerve. After about three days I could barely walk, I was short of breath and felt like I was going to pass out if I walked to far, so I went to the emergency room. They ignored the dizziness and the ER doctor prescribed muscle relaxers for the pain. Before letting me go he had them do a ultra sound to check for clots, the only reason being I had just had a baby. I wasnt experiecing any normal signs of clots. They found that both my legs and my abdomen region was full of clots. So much so that the weight of the clots was causing stress to kidneys, and my right kidney was shutting down. The correct name for the what was happening to me is called extensive bilateral reoccuring deep vein thrombosis. They diagnosed them through ultrasound and xray.

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Comment from: superc00l, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I got injured which required me to go seek a doctor's help. After getting and reading the MRIs, I was still experiencing extreme pain in my lower left calf. I was referred to get an ultrasound which confirmed DVT. I was sent straight to the hospital and immediately admitted.

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Comment from: active-dvt, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 26

I am now 30 years old but was originally diagnosed for DVT 3 years ago at 27. It took 15 months before I could be correctly diagnosed. Partly this is my own accord as well as that of the original doctor. I was a very active athlete and began to have severe pain/swelling in my right calf. I thought maybe I had unknowingly injured myself during an event. The pain went away after about a week but the swelling never did. Being a bit stubborn I left it until it again became unbearable pain and it began to affect my work. After an ultra sound I was diagnosed with DVT in my upper right thigh/pelvis area. Even a guy like me in such good shape and at such a young age and with no prior family history of DVT it still affected me. Please take symptoms seriously no matter what the age/condition you are.

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