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One new option for people who have been diagnosed with a blood clot is Thrombolysis which uses medicines and devices to remove the blood clot. While not risk free, and not offered universally, the following doctors and institutions do offer this. If you think you may be interested, it is important to act quickly. Blood clots harden within the first several weeks, making it much more difficult to remove the clot. This procedure has risks and you should discuss with your doctors the tradeoffs for your particular situation.
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First Rib Resection Experiences Please
Posted by Becks
Last Reply August 24, 2016 at 15:38
Started August 16, 2012 at 08:35

I am a 26 year old active and otherwise fit and healthy female that was admitted to
hospital in January with a very swollen right arm (there was a 4cm diameter difference
from the left arm), it was a distinct purple/grey colour and all of the veins that were
hidden deeper under the skin were visible and the normally visible green veins were
almost protruding.

Turns out I had a 20cm clot running through my shoulder and down my arm in the
subclavian vein. I had surgery straight away to dissolve then vacuum out the clot with
good results. The specialists all tried to put the cause down to being on the pill even
through I had been on it for 10 years, it wasn't until after a venogram that showed my
vein was compressed in my thoracic outlet by the collar bone and first rib that we knew
I had a mechanical issue.

I was on warfarin for 6 months, have now been off it for 2 weeks. The problem is that I
am constantly experiencing a dull ache generally along... read more

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Vascular surgery to remove hardened blood clot
Posted by Jim
Last Reply August 24, 2016 at 14:20
Started May 9, 2012 at 20:47
I have DVT in the left leg, was given Warfarin as my only treatment. Three months later, I was discharged by a vascular surgeon, told to wear a sock and "handle it." WEll, I am not going to "handle it."

I will now get a second opinion and will not back down until I find a vascular doctor and an interventional radiologist to remove the hardened clots in my leg.

Could anyone share their success stories regarding surgery to remove hardened blood clots?

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tattoo's on warfarin!
Posted by chir jones
Last Reply August 24, 2016 at 09:21
Started June 7, 2008 at 09:29
Morning all,,

Just a wee question for you all.

Has anyone actually been tatto'ed whilst on warfarin therapy?

I was wondering aboutgetting one and wondered what the stats were for post tattoo bleeding etc.

Be safe you lot..

Chris in Bonnie Scotland.

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Lovenox and liver enzymes
Posted by Rick
Last Reply August 24, 2016 at 01:50
Started December 11, 2008 at 18:37
I had to be taken off Lovenox last week because
my liver enzymes continued to elevate. Put on Arixtra
until INR gets back to 2-3 range.
If it helps anyone else although its rare...make sure your
doctor checks your liver enzymes while on Lovenox.
Within a few days my levels have come back down to normal range.

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How long does it take for the clot to go away?
Posted by Sue
Last Reply August 23, 2016 at 16:28
Started July 4, 2010 at 18:11
I was diagnosed with a DVT in my left leg in Feb this year. I've been taking
warfarin since then and using compression tights and initially all my symptoms
went away. They started to come back though as my blood count went down in
early April (it went from a steady 2.5 down to 1.6 before they changed my warfarin
dose at the end of May despite me telling the nurses at each visit my leg didn't feel
right). I met with the consultant last week (first time I've seen him since initial
diagnosis) and explained return of my symptoms - he referred me for another
dopler ultrasound and I was told the clot has gone from my thigh but is still quite
large behind my knee and into my calf. Depending on who I speak to I'm told
either the clot will disperse (again either within a matter of a few weeks or could
take a long time) or it will remain in my vein and my body will cope with it by
diverting blood to other veins in my leg. Does anyone know which is right? I think
... read more

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Elevated d dimer w/out cause??
Posted by Chris
Last Reply August 23, 2016 at 12:26
Started December 31, 2011 at 17:15
Hello eveyone. Thanks in advance for any advice. I'm extremely concerned about my g/f. Here's the story. I will try to make it fast. For the last several weeks my girlfried has had extremely elevated blood pressure and a rapid heart beat. We went to the ER last weekend where her BP was 215/115. Treatment was given and her blood pressure returned to non life threatning levels (155/95). She left the hospital with a rx for Lisinopril. The med seems to be working for the BP but her pulse remained at about 110-130 constantly. Well, yesterday at work she had trouble breathing and went back to the ER. Heart test came back normal (chest xray, enzymes, stress test). However, her D Dimer test was way elevated at 2.6. I believe normal is .50. So she was immediately rushed in for CT scan of the lungs cause they suspected a pulminary embolism. The CT scan came back clean. Today they are gonna release her and told her not to worry. No blood clots, or DVT (although they did not test). The doc says... read more

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Long standing calf pain
Posted by Vicky 47
Last Reply August 23, 2016 at 10:45
Started August 20, 2016 at 11:44
I started having calf pain last March, negative d dimer. Despite
numerous GP visits he would not refer me for ultrasound so I paid to see
a vascular surgeon who said I had thrombophlebitis and it would resolve.
He did a quick ultrasound while I was standing. That was mid April.
Slight improvement but saw NHS vascular surgeon in early June. He did
more thorough ultrasound and said no dvt. Inbthe meantime, due to a mix
up I got another NHS appointment for end July. Pain still there but not
as bad. So I went anyway. I think he was a bit peeved as I'd already
been cleared of dvt a month before but I had an ultrasound anyway, it
was clear and he more or less said don't come back!
Well now the pain in my calf is horrendous, I can hardly walk, there is
slight reddening and a large surface vein visible. It hurts all the time
-sitting, standing, walking, lying. Not realy swollen but my whole leg
feels warm inside, I'm very tired as well. Is it. Really possible that ... read more

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stopping warfarin
Posted by suzanne
Last Reply August 23, 2016 at 09:09
Started October 27, 2009 at 18:19
Im going to be coming off warfarin next week,i have been on it a year.Im feeling nervous about it and scared i will get another clot,im going to be worrying if im sitting too long etc,did anyone else feel the same when they stopped?Im going to be having a blood test a month later to see what my blood is like when off warfarin,i have factor v leiden,depending what my blood is like will determine weather i will have to be back on the warfarin.Im only 27 so the doctor doesnt like the sound of me been on it for life.Has anyone had side effects when stopping warfarin?

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Posted by DANIELLE
Last Reply August 23, 2016 at 04:54
Started February 23, 2011 at 18:05
Can anyone tell me if your periods have been so haevy while on blood thinners. I am going on day 4 and going threw super tampons every 2 hours plus noticing large clots. I know they told me my period would be heaver but my i cant take it!!!!

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Lovenox and fatigue?
Posted by zara
Last Reply August 23, 2016
Started January 11, 2007 at 23:53
I am wondering if others have found fatigue to be a side effect of Lovenox injections? This is my third time doing the Lovenox injections but the other times I stopped at 10 doses/shots. This time I am on about my 14th shot of a 20-shot course and I am SO TIRED. It's not like a sleepy, not enough rest tired, I just want to lie down all the time, almost like having a mild case of the flu. I was wondering if others have experienced this.

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DVT and symtoms dizzy, out of breath
Posted by Wes
Last Reply August 21, 2016 at 15:16
Started September 12, 2006 at 10:17
Hi, I am looking for any information about having symtoms like being dizzy, out of breath, chest and arm pains.
If I do a minemum of work such as bending down and getting up I will be totally winded within 1 -2 min. I can be rested go up two flights of stairs I breath heavy and my legs feel like lead weights. I have had my heart checked wiht stress test, blood work and a angiogram.(I think thats what its called when the run the camera up your leg to the heart, and that was good. I had my DVT to my leg 2 years this Thanksgiving. The pain never left. They did not disolve it, just left it do what ever. If anyone has or knows anyone with this sort of symtoms and being related with DVT I would very much appreciate it. Thanks

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May-Thurner's Syndrome
Posted by Jill
Last Reply August 19, 2016 at 19:06
Started December 28, 2007 at 20:30
Hi all,
I was wondering if anyone here has had experience with May-Thurner's Syndrome? I was diagnosed last month as they're still trying to determine the cause of my DVT 6 months ago (I'm still not running or doing stairs to any extent, though most other things are back to normal). I was told about a possible procedure that has been done in about 1000 patients involving putting a stent in the veins (for me, from my belly button to my knee) that May-Thurner's affects. Has anyone here undergone this (or a similar) surgery and can you give me the basics of your procedure/recovery?
Thanks so much!
Happy holidays all!

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anyone heard of the new drug pradaxa??
Posted by sara
Last Reply August 19, 2016 at 02:51
Started April 8, 2010 at 12:43
been doing some resurch into alternatives to warfarin as i am so fed up with all the side effects that the doctors choose to tell us dont exist!! like tiredness, hair loss, feeling cold all the time e.t.c....im not talking about herbs and stuff i know that we all have to take warfarin, as the alternative is risking having another clot. but last year a new drug called pradaxa was cleared for use and is allready used in some cases in the uk but only for people who have had knee and hip operations. ive looked at all the studies and trails and none have the same side effects as warfarin exept the usual bleeding bruising etc as with any blood thinner; also there are no daily/weekly blood tests as the way it thins the blood is so diffrent. would really lie to know if any one else has heard of it or has used it??
thanx. x

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I gotta rip in my hose!
Posted by Brittany
Last Reply August 19, 2016 at 01:29
Started July 22, 2009 at 04:34

I had my hose all of three weeks before I tore a nice hole in the knee of one of them. Thanks to an anklet.

Has anyone experienced this? What did you do to fix it? Anything? I soooo don't want to buy another pair for $100! I am using the other stocking right now...but...wanted to wear these for a while and am already down to one! Oops!

Have you fixed it yourself? I was thinking of trying that elastic thread...Or have you taken it in? Or just thrown it away?



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Trading Warfarin for natural anticoagulants?
Posted by Ken
Last Reply August 18, 2016 at 20:06
Started June 27, 2011 at 14:11
Has anyone here had the courage to substitute their Warfarin prescription with fish oil or nattokinase, or any other natural blood anticoagulants with success? The only way to see if you don't get another blood clot is to actually quit taking the Warfarin and start on the natural thinners. And I suppose that if your calf starts to swell or hurt you can have 5 days worth of Lovenox immediately available by your side for your rescue. My hemotologist says "that's like playing Russian Roulette". I've tried going off Warfarin once albeit with no change in lifestyle and no blood thinners and I got a new blood clot in about 10 days. My calf started to swell and hurt, but I noticed it right away, verified it with the Ultrasound and immediately went to Lovenox and Warfarin. Now I'm thinking about quitting the Warfarin again, this time with lifestyle changes (more exercise and moving) and natural blood thinners. It didn't seem particulary risky last time I quit taking the Warfarin. Doe... read more

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Pain swelling tingle wearing compression socks
Posted by Pam
Last Reply August 18, 2016 at 17:38
Started August 18, 2016 at 17:38
I have recently been told I had a clot that is right at the knee. Then I was told 2 days ago a month after the clot that I now have another issue with the DVT and need a VNUS closure surgery. I have been told to use compression stockings 20/30 before my surgery. I put them on and my leg swells hurts gets numb feeling the ankle swells and tingles. I have tried different sizes but still the same. The dr. wont hear of going down to the 15/20, so what can I do?

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Sciatica symptoms or dvt
Posted by Louise
Last Reply August 18, 2016 at 17:34
Started August 18, 2016 at 17:34
I started with Sciatica symptoms over four weeks ago three days
before I woke up with a swollen left leg which turned out to be a
dbt. I had thrombolysis op & it cleared the clot. I was in hospital
for two weeks where I was on heparin then 2 weeks later in
discharge I was also started on warfarin, my one has stabled at 2.5
so I'm now off the Heparin injections. My worry is I've been
getting Sciatica symptoms again for the past few weeks & I'm a bit
worried it could be a undiagnosed blood clot, no swelling od let
though. Perhaps I just have Sciatica, which ive never had before, &
am worrying for nothing. Anybody any idea? Thanks in advance.

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Heart clot
Posted by Leona
Last Reply August 18, 2016 at 12:24
Started August 18, 2016 at 12:24
Average time for this to dissolve. On Warfatin, INR 2-7

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