Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

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Comment from: MICHAEL , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

I found out I have stage 4 lung cancer and it has spread to my bones. My left leg has swollen up very big. The blood clot was from my left foot to my left hip. They put a filter in my left leg. That was two weeks ago now. I woke up Sunday morning and my right leg is swollen all the way from my foot to my right hip. They have been giving me blood thinner. I was supposed to have a chemotherapy port put in yesterday and it was canceled. I’m in a nursing home for physical therapy to build my strength up to have chemotherapy.

Comment from: Survivor, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I have had 2 episodes of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) on my left leg. Once, when I was in my twenties. The second, when I was in my thirties during my 9th week pregnancy. I was hospitalized for 20 days. I had to have heparin jabs 3 times a day during my stay in the hospital. After I was discharged, I had to continue to jab Fraxiparine once a day until I gave birth. I also had to continue the jab for a week after giving birth. Since then, I never had any occurrence and I am now in my early sixties.

Comment from: Francesca, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

Coumadin has always been the gold standard for treating blood clots. When pregnant, you cannot take Coumadin, instead, I took heparin injections. Not fun, but it worked. I few years back, my hematologist switched me to Xarelto. I had severe muscle cramps within thirty days, but fortunately those subsided. Unfortunately, I had a severe nosebleed that last over several hours and I was admitted to the hospital. I almost bled to death, and near the end of the saga I developed deep vein thrombosis 4. For me, Coumadin is the safest course of action. Even today, when my blood is not appropriately thinned (bit of a misnomer; it is not thin just less sticky and therefore less prone to clotting), I must also take heparin injections until my blood work (INR = International Normalized Ratio) is back to within a normal safe range. I will require anticoagulants for the balance of my life due to a rare blood clotting disorder known as antiphospholipid antibody syndrome.

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