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gpmartinson



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PostSubject: Not nearly as dramatic but this is my story.   Tue May 06, 2008 6:01 pm

Hello everyone.
I am a Media Specialist at a school in the Twin Cities. I work with kids all day. I am on my feet moving around helping kids, so recently when I had the DVT diagnosis it made for things to change.

I went in for some *optional reproductive health surgery* a few months ago. It was time, and the recovery was fine. Only about 3 weeks after the fact I stood up from my desk one day and I thought I had ripped a muscle in my calf. I'm 42, so old people disorders didn't occur to me, and it made me sad.

So I stumbled around for some time, until one day I decided I was going to have to see the Dr. There was very little swelling and redness, so the idea that I had a clot still wasn't on my mind. The Dr. sent me in for an ultrasound though and I went in for it. I was diagnosed with a small clot. I spent five days on the couch with my leg up and had a hot pad underneath.

But, going back to work has been tough. Its been three weeks and I am still really sore. It was bad enough yesterday that I stayed home today. So, my question is how long will it take before I am not tired and can walk about my job normally without limping? I realize there is no medical advice here, but the recovery phase is decidedly slow. I don't mind the blood tests, I just want to be able to go out walking now that the weather is getting nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Not nearly as dramatic but this is my story.   Thu May 08, 2008 5:12 pm

Hi GP,
First off, welcome to Life After DVT, going only from my personnal experiences with DVT I will try to answer your questions.

*How long will it take before I am not tired and can walk about my job normally without limping?*

From person to person the time will varie, but it took me about two months before I couild walk without limping.The limping was all due to having my leg so swollen.
I was taking warfarin as my anticoagulant, until febuary and now I am taking Dabigatran. One of the side effects of warfarin is (at least for me)
being tired all the time, if you are taking warfarin you can probably attribute being tired to warfarin.

For the walking, it is one of the best exercise we can do, but as long as you listen to your body, don't overdo it...

Just to give you a time frame for the recovery, I was diagnosed last july(07) and my leg still hurtd and still swells up when I' m tired.(not as much as the initial pain and swelling).

Hope this helps, and like you said this info is not based on medical studies, simply my life battle with DVT.

Denis
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PostSubject: Re: Not nearly as dramatic but this is my story.   Sat May 10, 2008 6:48 pm

Thanks. Not the answer I wanted to hear. I thought maybe next Tuesday.
Interesting complications I've had. I went to the ER the other night for some pain in my stomach. I lay in bed thinking about internal bleeding and I finally decided I had to get things analyzed. It was good to go. They found that I had passed a Kidney stone and that left me with some intense pain for the last 3 days. What's more the INR they took there read a 10.0. They gave me Vitamin K and told me not to take Warfarin until my DR. says so. I tested Thursday and Friday and I ended up at 3.7 on Friday. I'll be back on a lower dosage, but I'm glad I got checked.

I realize this process will be slow, and that Cumadin of making you tired. That's tough to take. Thanks for the insight Denis.
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PostSubject: Re: Not nearly as dramatic but this is my story.   Sun May 11, 2008 2:07 pm

It's never the answer we want to hear, I have been hearing answers like that since july last year when I was diagnosed with DVT.
I would love to hear my doc. tell me, "you don't have to take anticoagulants and you can resume your old life" but I'm still waiting and guess what, I don't think I will ever be off anticoags and will never resume my old life, it sucks but it is my reality.
On the flipside, you are a DVT survivor, it could be worst, many people I have met this last year cannot tell their story Crying or Very sad
Yes DVT( The Silent Killer) is that serious.

scratch Next tuesday is probably an impossibility, it's way too soon, sorry...
Yes, being in tune with our body is a must, listen to it and it will help, something I learned a ways back.
Sorry to hear that you are having complications, as if DVT is not enough.
Stay in touch...Let us know how you are doing.
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PostSubject: Re: Not nearly as dramatic but this is my story.   Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:28 pm

Hi GP,

Similarly to you, I'm 41, and had calf pain with little, but not much swelling, no redness. I was shocked to have DVT (that I had never heard of!!!).

For me, I was limping around a bit, hobbling up my stairs and so on. Since I had if for 2 wks. before I found out, I did everything pretty much as per normal (although I definitely babied it some). Since I was diagnosed on Fri., they said they I could walk around and exercise as per normal, as long as like Denis said, that I listen to my body and stop with any pain. I think even though we are scared to dislodge anything, mobility is a good thing.... provided you can sit when you need to, elevate your leg, etc. With work, were you able to have those provisions made/fulfilled? How are you now? Since you've had it for awhile, how's it been since your last post?

Wow--and on top of everything you had a kidney stone too??!! Yikes. And an INR of 10?! How are you now?

Hope to chat with you soon.
Take care and hang in there! Smile
Brenda
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