We should all be aware of DVT'S..especially with our mobility issues and affected circulation.
Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
In some cases of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) there may be no symptoms, but possible symptoms can include: -pain, swelling and tenderness in one of your legs (usually your calf) -a heavy ache in the affected area -warm skin in the area of the clot -redness of your skin, particularly at the back of your leg, below the knee
DVT usually (although not always) affects one leg. The pain may be made worse by bending your foot upward towards your knee. If DVT is not treated, a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that has come away from its original site and become lodged in one of your lungs) may occur. If you have a pulmonary embolism, you may experience more serious symptoms such as: -breathlessness, which may come on gradually or suddenly -chest pain, which may become worse when you breathe in sudden collapse Both DVT and pulmonary embolism are serious conditions that require urgent investigation and treatment.
How to prevent blood clots (DVT'S) -Wear compression stockings that maintain pressure on the leg. -Sequential compression devices are used as well. These machines use bags of air to put pressure on the legs. -Blood thinners may be used in some cases. -Some individuals may have filters placed in their femoral artery. These filters stop the blood clots from reaching the lungs, heart and brain. -Raise your legs 6 inches above your heart from time to time. Do exercises your doctor gives you. -Change your position often, especially during a long trip. -Do not stand or sit for more than 1 hour at a time (depends on mobility). -Eat less salt. -Try not to bump or hurt your legs and try not to cross them. -Do not use pillows under your knees. -Raise the bottom of your bed 4 to 6 inches with blocks or books.
Ive had 3 DVT's all at the same time. One had developed pre-op due to my lack of mobility and the other two post op. I noticed that my calves and feet were swelling quite a lot and it was getting worse. I cant say that I felt pain in my leg/calf area but the area around my calves felt painful to touch. The problem with this is that I was also numb in places and hypersensitive around the skin on my legs so it was difficult to say wether this pain was due to DVT's or not. My advice would not be to wait until you present with all the symptoms but if you start suddenly with swelling or any of the other symptoms then get yourself to the doctors that day.
By the time I went, I already had one clot that had dislodged and was on its way to my heart...so im here by the grace of God.
I can remember when i stood that my feet and calf..especially the left one would balloon to a ridiculous size....gradually after a period of time on blood thinners the swelling decreased.
Now 2 years on im left with both calves swelling during the day if i dont spend a reasonably good time during the day with them raised on my bed. The left is always 2/3 cm's bigger than the left. The doctor said that this swelling will always be present now due to the damage to the veins...
I actually had this happen to me about 10 years ago. I had been back to work for awhile in a machine shop. I was a CNC machine set up man and operator. I had trouble with my legs one nite at work, they were swollen and very painful. I made it through the nite and was mowing my small yard the next day before going to work. I made a path about halfway down one side and my left calf locked up, I couldn't use it, my foot wouldn't pick up at the toes as normal. I shut the mower off and sat down on the tailgate to my truck. Rubbed my calf for a minute or two and it seemed to feel a bit better. So back to mowing. About halfway down the yard again my calf locked up. I shut the mower off and went inside and sat down to look at my calf. I took my shoes and socks off and there it was, my left foot was completely black. I called my Dr and he told me to come right in. I went right away. After getting into the exam room I was told to take off my shoes and socks and that the Dr would be right in. He came in looked at my left foot, felt for a pulse and ran out of the room. Not 2 minutes later he came back in with a note and sent me to the hospital ànd said that they wouldbe waiting for me. I was rushed up to a room examined by a heart surgeon on. They ran one test and had me signing papers and explaining to me about how dangerous what was going on was, I had a 99% blockage above my left knee and if not taken care of immediately I would lose my leg, and that I need to sign papers in case it broke loose during the angioplasty they would have to take my leg to save my life. I'm still here today thanks to them. That was also the last time that they would let me go back to work. I had been back to work 4 different times since my original back surgery in 1976. I hope that someone might read this and get something helpful out of it.