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Unread 10-28-2007, 02:02 AM
Blood clot

I'm not sure if this is how I'm supposed to be posting or not. So sorry if I'm doing this wrong.

I'm almost 4 weeks post-op (TAH) and I've had a superficial blood clot in my wrist from the IV. The doctor's nurse told me it was a superficial blood clot over the phone. I've been told to keep an eye on it and put heat on it periodically. If it turns red to call in. Have any of you experienced this? Is there something more I should be doing? I'm thinking I'll be calling back into the doctor on Monday since it's not really going down, it's still swollen and and sensitive to the touch.

My extreme itching I had a while back is all gone. It turned out I had a systemic allergic reaction to something and I had a beautiful case of hives upon hives. The doctor thinks it was an allergic reaction to Ibuprofen. I've been taking it nearly all my life, so I can't see how I would all of a sudden become allergic to it. I'm wondering if it was an allergic reaction to the steri-strips. Oh well. All is better now.

I'm feeling much better day by day and am so happy to see many of you are recovering also. It's a process we're all walking together.

Blessings,
Grace
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Unread 10-28-2007, 03:42 AM
Blood clot

Yes, I have that too and my hysterectomy was on the 10th. I was so freaked about it as it felt like it was a piece of the plastic IV left in there (skinny like a tube and about 1 1/2" long) that I ran up to the nurse the day or two after my release to have her take a look at it to make sure they didn't leave a part of it in my arm.

She said not to worry - that it was indeed a thing that happens quite a lot - to put warm compresses on it and that in a few days it would be gone. And the same thing as you were told - if it reddened to get to the hospital quick.

I swear my hand and my arm was also so incredibly cold/deadlike from it but it started to get better a few days later altho I just checked and I still have a knot in it still. My hand/arm isn't feeling strange anymore and that's good.

I did read online that a lot of people experienced the same exact thing (and lived - which was comforting) and I also went to my doctor (for another reason) last week and asked him to take a look at it as well - he said it was a superficial phlebitis and that they usually dissipate without any problems - but again...as it is a blood clot, that if it did the reddening thing - to go off to the hospital.

I guess I should put more warm compresses on it as I didn't even realize it was still there as the sensation has returned to normal in my arm/hand...but still is a worrisome thing if you ask me.
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Unread 10-28-2007, 07:47 PM
Blood clot

NPWriter,

Thank you for your reply. It makes me feel a lot better. I'm still thinking of calling my doctor again tomorrow just because it'll relieve some of my anxieties. Thanks again.

Grace
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Unread 10-29-2007, 06:43 AM
Blood clot

grace07

Inflammation of the vein (superficial phlebitis) at the IV site is not uncommon. I had it and the lump took about 8 weeks to finally disappear. If you try a "forum search" (click right on the main page of this forum) I think you'll be surprised at just how many ladies have experienced this.

It's always best to check with your doctor and, hopefully, he'll put your mind at rest.

Wishing you all the best!

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