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DVT - Recovery time?
Started by Colleen
Posted: February 4, 2010 at 01:34
I was wondering how long it takes to completely recover (if possible) from DVT? I had ankle reconstruction surgery on 12/1/09 and by 1/15/10, my PT sent me directly to the ER due to extreme swelling (rock solid hard), redness in the calf, warm to the touch. The ultrasound indicated a clot from the bottom of my calf to above my groin close to my lung. I had to self-inject Lovenox 2x a day and started immediately on Coumadin. My PT/ INR levels are finally good at 2.4. But my leg isn't really improving. I know it hasn't been long but will I have permanent damage to the veins? I realize that a PE is still possible at this stage. Are there specialists out there other than a GP that can be consulted? Lots and lots of questions here... Just looking for some insight. Thank you.
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Reply #1 by Machka
Posted: February 5, 2010 at 05:51
Mine developed almost 8 months ago. Just over 6 months ago I was finally diagnosed. I was in the hospital with mine for 2 weeks ... it took 2 weeks for my INR level finally get into the correct range so they could release me ... and it did that for that one blood test, and then proceeded to wander all over the map until this past December when it settled back into the correct range for a couple weeks again.

I still have one clot and a few symptoms, and I'm still on coumadin.

I'd say you still have a ways to go. Your 3-month ultrasound should show if you have any permanent damage to your veins.


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Reply #2 by Colleen
Posted: February 5, 2010 at 23:50
Thank you! They told me that I could go back to work while trying to get my INR level right??? With a clot 3+ feet long, I am not sure that I am getting all the right information. Have you considered seeing a Vascular Surgeon or Intervention Radiologist? Not sure what those are but thought they would have more answers than my GP.

Good luck in your recovery Machka!
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Reply #3 by Machka
Posted: February 6, 2010 at 23:27
I couldn't work when I developed mine because I had not been granted a visa yet. But I started working toward the end of November ... so that was a little over 5 months after the clots developed and a little less than 4 months after diagnosis.

My job involved standing 8-10 hours a day 5-7 days a week, and it did cause some problems, but I got through it.

Unless I had a job where I could sit, and where there wasn't much in the way of physical activity involved, I wouldn't have wanted to return to work within the first month after being released from hospital. I got so tired all the time, and doing any physical activity was a lot of effort.

I haven't seen anyone but my Dr ... although I've been tempted to find a specialist of some sort. Where I live, however, finding a specialist or getting to one is a bit of an effort. I'm pretty remote.
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Reply #4 by Paulina
Posted: February 14, 2010 at 08:02
I am sorry about your DVT, I know how scary it is. I was diagnosed with an extensive DVT in my left leg after a hysterectomy; it will be two years ago this April. I too had to inject Lovenox 2x a day and was on coumadin for 7 months. Doppler did show that the blood clot had dissolved. About a month after DVT diagnosis, general practicioner wanted me to go back to work although I could barely walk and was still suppose to be off because of surgery according to my obgyn, I think GP thought lack of flexibility, strength and pain were all in my head. I am very frustrated with the lack of information there is on "living with/recovering/therapy re DVT". My GP continues to deny my requests for physical therapy for the lack of flexibiliy, strength, & pain I have in my left leg. My obgyn explained that the vein has been scarred and will remain so, just like the skin on your arm would remain scarred if it were cut. Almost two years later and my leg continues to hurt daily, and is a bit swollen. The level of pain depends on hte weather, day's activities, and ??? still trying to figure it out. I am exercising now, doing some kind of cardio every day. Since I've had no therapy, I've had to figure this out on my own by trial and error. I have had to push myself, but have been very careful not to overdo it. I have to be extremely careful with any type of leg exercises. I walk at a pretty good pace now, can run on the treadmill, although I do walk with a slight limp. I have trouble balancing while walking at times and find that I can not carry heavy objects when I walk e.g. two reams of copy paper. I come home exhausted after work and am no longer able to do much of anything. It's very frustrating but I am so grateful to be able to do the things I can. I was sent to a blood specialist to see if I carried a gene with a predisposition for blood clots; I do not. Remember to be uber careful with what you eat so that your PT level stays in your range. Good luck to you!
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Reply #5 by Colleen
Posted: February 14, 2010 at 20:09
Good luck to you too Paulina!

I was actually able to get in to see a vascular surgeon a couple of days ago. The technician who did my ultrasound said that the clot was now only from my knee down. His incompetence worries me as he couldn't even find certain buttons on the machine and did no measurements of the clots. Just have a hard time believing that 2' of clots could dissolve in 2 weeks (from my previous ultrasound). I will now go back to the hospital for all future ultrasounds as these are critical in determining treatment.

Assuming that he got it right, there is nothing they can really do with a clot below the knee. Compression stockings are a must! Else, you will have issues later in life. You can order them without a prescription although I did get one just in case as I didn't know what "strength" to even start with. The surgeon also highly recommended as much activity as possible (or as much as I could tolerate). GP's will only treat it conventionally. If I would have seen the Vascular Surgeon earlier, they could have dissolved it immediately. All my best to your recovery too!
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Reply #6 by Margie
Posted: February 14, 2010 at 22:13
Hi Colleen - I've had two and the first one was two large PE's...one in each lung. We know what caused both of them. My Dr. turned me loose after the PE's as I had the US$6,000 IV that dissolves them and then the six mos. of Coumadin. The one from Dec. 5 2009 from heel to behind is almost gone. I had to take Dec. & Jan. very easy with my leg elevated and compression sock. We are now at Valentine's and I'm almost back to normal -- still a bit of swelling in ankle and foot and actually came on-line to get link of 'sock place' as I'm sure they will be cheaper than buying from a speciality store here. Past time for a much smaller sock. I'm thrilled as I live in the big snow country and can finally put on a shoe. Each and every step we make is fabulous progress. I was scheduled to have both knees replaced in Dec. and that obviously has changed to June. The secret to a beautiful INR is consistency -- if you are going to eat cabbage, eat some every day or if you like mayo, eat it every day. I like healthy food and even so doing I come in every month with a 2.1. I eat a great salad every day. I had asked if we had one of those vascular surgeons in town and was told YES and that was the end of that conversation. Sometimes GP's just really don't get this. I have NOT had an ultrasound since I was in the hospital for a few days in Dec. It's pretty easy to tell what's going on by size in with me. My understanding is that the others work on little 'valves' in the vein helping to keep the blood flowing normally so it goes back up into the body instead of pooling in leg. As for 'strength' of sock, my orthopaedic doc said to make it really tight in foot and ankle and then go looser all the way up so the sock will help push the blood out of the vein and back where it belongs. Someone on this site has posted all the info you need if you keep looking at back posts! Get well~Margie
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Reply #7 by Mary
Posted: December 30, 2010 at 16:10
peoblem getting my ptl levels to where they are supposed to be, been on coumadin for two weeks and was on warfin for a month, how is the next recourse?
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Reply #8 by Jan
Posted: January 3, 2011 at 09:26
Hi,I'm really impressed with how much information I've been able to get from this web site and I now feel that I have a better understanding of dvt than I had when I left hospital three weeks ago. I was wondering if anyone could advise when it would be safe to go back to work? I work as a teacher and usually spend four/five hours a day standing. I also spend around four/five hours at my desk marking. In addition, I drive a minimum of 45 minutes each way to and from work. I'd really appreciate some guidance as I'm worried that if I return to work too soon, it could result in me needing more time off at a later date.

Jan
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Reply #9 by Jan
Posted: January 3, 2011 at 09:27
Hi,I'm really impressed with how much information I've been able to get from this web site and I now feel that I have a better understanding of dvt than I had when I left hospital three weeks ago. I was wondering if anyone could advise when it would be safe to go back to work? I work as a teacher and usually spend four/five hours a day standing. I also spend around four/five hours at my desk marking. In addition, I drive a minimum of 45 minutes each way to and from work. I'd really appreciate some guidance as I'm worried that if I return to work too soon, it could result in me needing more time off at a later date.

Jan
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Reply #10 by Roy
Posted: April 14, 2012 at 20:21
I developed a DVT in the left calf at age 67 and also had a relatively large pulmonary
embolism in each lung. I was hospitalized for one night, given heparin that night and
discharged the next day. I had to begin 5 fragmin shots each day at home to begin
further thinning my blood plus Warfarin pills. The pain in my left calf noticeably
subsided exactly three weeks after my clot developed. Now 23 days later after being
hospitalized I can walk and feel 80-90% better. Because of the relatively large clots in
each lung I was told I'll likely be on Warfarin for 6 months. I have worked out 3
days/wk for many years lifting weights and swimming and there's no family history
of blood clot formations and my blood work showed no propensity for a clot to form.
So it's probably an increasing risk factor with aging as to why my clot happened.
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Reply #11 by Roger
Posted: June 26, 2012 at 15:07
The information on this site is very helpful. I wish my doctors were more forthcoming with recommended activity level. I am 68, an avid cyclist, occasionally run and swim, but have a desk job. I first had symptoms of DVT about a month ago. After being diagnosed 3 weeks ago with acute DVT in right calf, I have been using anti-coagulants. Pain is much less than initial and I am able to walk and am back to riding bike, gradually increasing intensity. My right calf is constantly swollen. Swelling is less when elevated and iced, but never "normal". I'm impatient with slow recovery, but it seems I am one of the lucky. I expect some long term residual issues.
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Reply #12 by terri maczkowski
Posted: June 27, 2012 at 06:47
Hi, I had 3 blood clots in my left leg after being on the contraceptive pill age 17
and recovered from this, I then had another dvt in the same leg at age 23 after
my 2nd child was born in july, I was on fragmin injections for 6 months, iv been
off them now for 5 months but still have alot pain, leg discolouration and abit
of swelling. When I was dicharged from the hospital I told them I was still
concerened because of this, they told me I would have some pain for abit
because it would have damaged my veins and also my leg muscle. I wondered if
there was anyone else in the same situation. Could I demand a scan to prove I
no longer have clots or will I be waiting in A&E for hours? Thankyou for taking
your time to read this and reply if you do :)
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Reply #13 by Lisa
Posted: August 9, 2012 at 13:22
I was diagnosed with a blood clog in my left leg about 2 weeks ago.Stayed in hospital for a week.Had the shots in my stomach while in the hospital and continue to take the blood thinning pills.Anyways,my doctor says its ok for me to return to work even though I still have a lot of pain and swelling in my leg.This scares me.Do you think it will be safe for me to return to work?I work in a factory on my feet at least 8 hours per day.Thank you for your advice.
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Reply #14 by Chris
Posted: August 9, 2012 at 21:18
You need to wearing fitted persxription ,compression socks. Have you read about
the attract study on this board that can clear out blood clots that are two or so
weeks old? You may want to look at that right away. Other than that, exercise is
generally good. Having said that, I had a major DVT years ago and I still cant
stand for eight hours.. That's something you'd have to try. Ease into it and listen
to your body. Do check out that study though. That may help you long term.

Best of luck to you.
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Reply #15 by Cansi
Posted: December 12, 2013 at 21:51
I had 2 PEs in lungs and 2 Dvt one each and one
each..8 days in hospital..I have an auto immune
disease called antiphospholipids
syndrome..meaningg I have thick blood..so I make
blod clots..anyway im 41. My question is my right
leg is swollen I came home that way came home w
home health. How long til I can independantly
walk??
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Reply #16 by Venkat
Posted: January 9, 2014 at 06:47
My age 34, she lost pregnency after that causes with dvt and admited into hospiatal...and came out now ok..getting pain if he keeps leg normal..my q is:
How much time will take to recover.
any issue to her for next pregnency
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Reply #17 by arta
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 14:44
Thanksgiving day 014 in hospital. Same treatment plan lovenex cuiminin but
pain continues went back to work stopped daw a surgeon he cleared me back
to work i had clots from ankle to liver afraid i havr damage to muscle this
forum very helpful
Tu
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Reply #18 by arta
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 15:35
Thanksgiving day 014 in hospital. Same treatment plan lovenex cuiminin but
pain continues went back to work stopped daw a surgeon he cleared me back
to work i had clots from ankle to liver afraid i havr damage to muscle this
forum very helpful
Tu
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Reply #19 by Syed Zain
Posted: April 13, 2014 at 10:19
Previous Year 18 FEB 2013 And Doctor Diagnose Dvt And Refer Claxine injection And Warfirin Medicine And Blood Test Every Month P.T INR And Blood Ray-sue is 2.5 To 3.5 But My Blood Not Perfect in this Ray_sue Sometime My Blood Ray_sue is 2.4 Or i increes medicine then blood ray_sue is 2.9 or 3.smthing Now 13 APR 2014 i Have Not Proper Set ..................................................................... Best Advise fOR ME pLZ tHANK,S
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