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Unread 07-30-2002, 03:02 PM
Blood clots

Hi, I'm day 12 post op and doing pretty well. One of the things that scared me the most was getting blood clots. I'm not sure why, because I've never had one. I had the surgical stocking and the leg pumps in the hospital for about 24 hours and I figured all was well. Now I have been reading some of your stories about getting blood clots a couple of weeks after surgery. This is really concerning me because of all the OTHER weird feelings I'm having throughout my body now. My question is - how do you know if you have one or several like one person had?

Yesterday, I had a great day, but my left arm started feeling funny in the evening. I was pretty tired out by then and I also started having some pains in my chest, but sort of high. Of course it scared me to death, but I think I tend to develop symtoms from nowhere sometimes, so I try to take the wait and see approach. I did take an aspirin and some Rolaids and went on to bed. I seem to be fine today, but now wonder could I have a clot in there moving around or something. Can anyone help me or give me some advice?
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Unread 07-30-2002, 04:31 PM
Blood clots

It can be very difficult sometimes to determine when you might have a blood clot, so it's always a good idea to call the doctor if you even remotely suspect that you may have a blood clot.

I went to the grocery store at 2 1/2 weeks post op. Later that night I felt like I had pulled a muscle in my inner thigh. It just ached a little when I walked. This was on a Friday evening and by Sunday the pain was much worse and making me nauseous. I called my doctor's office first thing Monday and was told by the nurse that she didn't think the pain was due to a clot because I didn't have the other symptoms that usually appear with a clot- - swelling, tender to touch, heat, shortness of breath, chest pain. My only symptoms were pain when walking and a fever of around 100. She said the nausea was probably from my hormone pill and I should try taking it at night instead of in the morning.

By Tuesday afternoon the pain was excruciating and I could barely walk. I called the dr. office and was told to come in the next day, but if the pain worsened, I should go to the ER. I went to the ER. A dopplar test revealed a clot extending from groin almost down to the ankle. I was admitted to the hospital and went home 8 days later.

If you have any reason to suspect a clot, please call your doctor.
Unread 07-30-2002, 05:49 PM
Blood clots

Wow, that is really scary! I can't believe the medical professionals didn't take your symtoms more seriously to start with. If I had something like that, I would be at the hospital so fast! You are so lucky that they did something in time. Has your doctor or anyone advised you about taking vitamin E? I know they said not to take it before surgery because it would thin out the blood. I would think that taking it after surgery would be helpful in NOT forming blood clots.
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Unread 07-31-2002, 07:44 AM
blood clots

First of all the chances are low.. However you have had a major surgery so that chance is there. I was almost 3 weeks post. I woke up feeling like I had an elephant sitting on my chest it let up alittle after moving around but returned with a cold clammy sweat and I couln't get my breath it was awful pain when I tried.

If you suspect ANYTHING call your DR. but trust me a tinge of pain here or there isnt what it feels like, it hurts at least that is my experience. They let me come home after 4 days in hospital only because my dh is a medic and he can give me the shots I need to have twice a day.

Have close contact with your dr. not your drs nurse she told me it was probably not related to the surgery I had probably pulled a muscle or something. I called my Dr at home and he knew immediatly what it was. Anytime your in doubt go to dr or er .

Make sure you get up and take short walks and move around not too much but do have some movement.... I am not a dr by no means this is just my experience...
I am thanking the sister chat room because they are the ones that made me call Dr. I was home alone when this happened. So thanks guys you are

Hope your recovery goes well God Bless You.
Unread 07-31-2002, 08:08 AM
Blood clots

Thanks Ashdon! I apreciate hearing others experiences with these things. I think I am doing too much when I feel good and then I pay the price at night and start getting pains everywhere. Hope all goes well with you and thank goodness you got help in time.

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