Patient Comments: Deep Vein Thrombosis - Diagnosis

How was your deep vein thrombosis diagnosed?

Comment from: BettyCrockster, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I was diagnosed with PE (pulmonary embolism) and hospitalized 6 months ago. I could only afford my Coumadin for 3 weeks. I don't know if the clot is still in my lung. I can't afford doctor visits to ask them.

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Comment from: kitty, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

When I was 39 I sprained my ankle and dislocated a toe. I was told to do bed rest and elevate the ankle. One week after the sprain I started experiencing a lot of pain. I couldn't put pressure on my foot, anything that touches my leg I had a lot of pain and there was a lot of swelling. I went to the er again and told them about the symptoms, I was having and I was told what can you expect you dislocated your toe and sprained your ankle. Again I went back two days later as I couldn't take the pain anymore and there was a red line in front of my leg. Again I was told in the er that I was not doing bed rest etc. I refuse to leave and I told them they had to figure out what was wrong. They looked at me as if I was crazy. Another doctor was called a doppler was ordered they found 2 clots behind my calf. I was in hosp for over one week and 11 years later I still take meds. My leg was swollen for over 6 months. So if you feel that something is not correct. Don't stop until you get an answer.

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Comment from: NJ, 65-74 Female Published: May 14

I was diagnosed with DVT quite accidentally. I had vein work done in late summer 2011 and returned for my last follow-up appointment on March 5, 2012. The technician doing an ultra-sound on the leg where I had the vein work done "discovered" that I had DVT. Two weeks prior to that visit, I traveled by car from FL to my home in MD--7 1/2 hours in a small car with a couple of stops for gasoline and to have breakfast and lunch. I spent 7 hours in the emergency room on March 5 where it was determined that no clots had broken loose and put on lovonox and coumadin. I have also had heavy dose chemotherapy for BC metastasis.

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Comment from: Gamblin Queen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

All of my vital signs were 100% normal. Was told that the clot developed on both sides of my vena cava filter and was six inches from entering the artery to my heart. I was also told I was alive because the clot travelled down my leg instead of up my leg. In other words the clot started at the filter and travelled down. Thanking GOD for wonderful miracles. I am on 5mg Coumadin and I take 10mg Coumadin two days a week. I also take one aspirin with the Coumadin and the blood work still looks like I am not taking any of the medication.

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Comment from: Englishman, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 08

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and prescribed an unloaded brace to ameliorate pain in the knee. I wore this brace every other day or so. One day I developed this huge pain in my calf that was wearing the brace. I could not sleep for two nights and the calf swelled up. I have now been diagnosed with DVT. I have since discovered that there are known risks for blood clots while wearing a brace which I was not made aware of. I certainly would not have had it on so tight, would have removed the brace whenever I was sitting down, and perhaps would not have worn one at all. BEWARE people!

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Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 17

Had ankle surgery, everything went well. Cast was little to tight on my calf. After about 10 days started having pain in the calf, continued to get worse. Ended up going to emergency room. They were skeptical but ended up cutting the cast and doing an ultrasound, lo and behold had one in my calf. Ended up spending the night and the next day in the hospital while they pumped me through of blood thinners. Then a week of bed rest at home with 2 injections a day in the stomach plus oral Coumadin. All gone now but what an ordeal.

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Comment from: J, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 08

I am a 55 year old male. I have been diagonosed with deep vein thrombosis twice. The first time I was in a long car ride from NY to NC. I had pain and swelling in my leg. I went to the doctor, got a sonagram and was given IV heparin. Another time a year later I had a little chest pain, not much but they discovered a blood clot near the lung. Again IV Heparin, then Lovenox shots for 2 weeks at home and Warfarin was prescribed. This time I have been tasking Warfarin for 4 years and I noticed my leg was swollen. This time they are considering a filter.

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