Patient Comments: Phlebitis - Describe Your Experience

Question:Please describe your experience with Phlebitis.

Comment from: HMoe, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I have several 'dirty' wounds that were surgically repaired. One wound, on my right thigh was filthy from dirt and tree debris following a traumatic injury. The second was from a surgical wound infection. I have also had a tummy tuck (long scar) and gall bladder removal. I have dermatitis herpetiformis, psoriasis and celiac disease. The 'clean' surgical wounds healed with minimal scarring and no pain. The dirty wounds healed well externally, but scar tissue is all knotted up beneath the surface. I am currently undergoing physical therapy which is physically and externally destroying those scars. It seems to be working, because for the first time in 18 years, I can sit in a chair for 2 hours and not be in agony. The first treatment was excruciating, but for subsequent treatments I have applied lidocaine (which I had because it didn't numb the pain source) which has numbed my skin as deeply as the therapist can manipulate. I suspect I will need to have this type of treatment periodically for the rest of my life.

Comment from: Sylvie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I am 71 and I had my 1st experience with phlebitis last week. I had an itchy area which then turned very sore and tender to the touch. Doctor prescribed ibuprofen ointment with painkillers. I then applied hot flannel, which helped a lot, and kept legs elevated. Six days later some improvement is showing, I hope so.

Comment from: Dee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

My mother had phlebitis and it appears I will follow in her footsteps. The first time I had injured myself by backing into a low shelf in a store that I did not see, and it damaged my leg in the calf area. Later when I found a red spot with pain, I associated it with a bruise but it was a blood clot; at the time I thought nothing of it. Then it traveled around to the front of my leg, and to the side, and up my leg to my knee. I finally went to the doctor when it reached my groin and they took x-rays. They said it was a superficial clot and not to worry, it would not go to my lungs. They put me on antibiotics and gave me ibuprofen. I was thankful I did not need blood thinners. I have had other times before this when I would get a red spot with pain, and it goes away. I have since had a red spot with pain and swelling. What I did also seems to help, I am not sure if this is right for everyone though. I wrapped my leg loosely and slept with it like that and in 3 days it was gone. When I let it go on its own, it seems to take longer. Today I am taking the day off work with a new one on my knee, I have wrapped loosely a heating pad on low heat and have my leg up. I will do this until it goes away, in the future this will most likely be what I do also. I will let my doctor know tomorrow and make sure he agrees this is best.

Comment from: Karebear, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I had EVLT (endovenous laser treatment) on both legs on October 28. Then 1 week later I had foam sclerotherapy on my right leg. One week later I had to go back because my leg swelled and was/is red where the injection was. I was diagnosed with severe phlebitis. I was prescribed ibuprofen 600mg 4 times a day. My veins are so inflamed and I have pain shooting to my ankle as well up behind my knee. This is very discouraging considering I had this done because of the pain and not cosmetic.

Comment from: Browneyes, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I was recently told by my doctor that I have phlebitis. It started about a year and half ago with slight swelling where I had broken my leg about 10 years ago and I thought it was pain from an old injury. The swelling would start at the point where I broke my leg then down to my ankle. It would last about 3 weeks and go away as fast as it came. The second time it happened was similar to the first time. The 3rd time my leg swelled and 3 weeks later it was not any better. My leg and foot swelled and I could not even wear shoes. The slightest movement or touch hurt. It has been 2 months now. I am taking medication for it but my leg is still tender and slightly swollen and I still can not wear shoes that touch the ankle. I had an ultrasound and thank God there is no blood clot. I am going to start doing a lot of walking.

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