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04/03/2012 07:47 AM

DVT maybe

tabbtech
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I'm getting a very sharp pain deep on the inside of my right thigh, it comes and goes usually lasting less than a minute, but sometimes a little longer and sharper. I've been getting this for about two weeks now. I've read a little bit about Deep Vein Thrombosis and I kind of think it might be that.

I wonder if anybody else has this, I have an appointment with my GP. in five weeks but when the pain is really sharp I think that maybe I should go right away.

I have no idea if this is related to Cirrhosis or not, I would think that's not what it is since I have pretty thin blood and only a few platelets, I kind of thought it would be unusual to be getting a blood clot type of thing. If anyone has any experience with this I would really appreciate hearing from you. Thank you.

Peace and Joy

Paul

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04/03/2012 08:06 AM
mpmom
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Paul.

DVT is serious and dangerous

Usually the area will be red and warm to the touch and also swollen. The pain is usually severe and constant.

I've had several patients with this (Bed rest increases the risk)

If you have any doubt see your Dr now. Better to be safe than sorry.

It is odd that our blood can be so thin and we can still get clots. But it happens. DVT , Portal vein thrombosis and other clots just goes to show how much our liver affect


04/03/2012 08:34 AM
dachsiefan
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Paul,

It is strange you ask this.

I met a transplant recipient last Saturday at a Transplant conference who developed a DVT in his thigh prior to his liver transplant. It caused his INR to increase, his meld went up, and he was transplanted within two weeks.

I also had a blood clot. Mine was in my portal vein and compromised blood flow to my vein. it was removed during my tips procedure.

if I were you, I would get it checked out sooner than 5 weeks.


04/04/2012 08:39 AM
sadlystillsane
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I agree Paul, go see your doc now. Don't wait the 5 weeks. If it is nothing serious that is great, if it is, better you go now anyway!

Good luck!


04/04/2012 01:25 PM
ruth8890
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Paul - Re: possibel DVT! As Gail & others may have said--VERY DANGEROUS! I almost died in 2001. PLEASE - don't wait - go TODAY! Even if it's to the ER!

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Mine occured after major knee surgery (3 meniscal tesrs & torn ACL - falling down steps trying to stop a drunk from driving of all things).

The pain started out in my thigh, then I was having rouble breathing deeply or if I coughed. I figured it was a pulled muscle from clsing a windoe that I had to stretch really tall to reach.

Since I had a knee doc appt in 2 days I waited. I casually mentioned the thigh pain etc. and he did a chest x-ray. Didn't see anything abnormal but sent it to a Specialist just in vase. At 6am the next morning the knee Doc called and told me to get to my Doctor asap. Before I could even call for an appt THEY called me to tell me to come in. Before I even dinished the appt they already had a hospital bed waiting for me (I didn't know this).

Apparently the DVT's traveled to my lungs and thus became Pulmonary Embolisms. 5 in my lungs and 1 more still in my thigh travelling toward my lungs (showed on U/S).

My PCP said came to the hospital (she was due to have her 1st baby that night too!) and said "Ruth - we only see these on AUTOPSY"

5 days in the hospital with Lovenex injections in my stomach - went home early as Doc knew I could give myself the injections - I did them in a smiley face fashion as they cause bad bruising Laughing ...and of course blood thinner Coumadin (Fun stuff, huh? for those who know it)

Fortunately only 6 months of Coumadin. Some end up on it for the rest of their lives. Don't wait and please keep us posted!! Ru


04/04/2012 05:40 PM
tabbtech
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OK, I went to the doctor this morning, saw a new doc. as my regular PCP is on vacation. He found an infection that may even be the Mumps virus I had when I was 12. Just sitting there waiting for my immune system to weaken. So I'm getting some antibiotics, and an U/S tomorrow, just to make sure it's not DVT. I even remembered to have him give an extra listen to lungs to be sure the maybe pneumonia from a month ago is gone. He said the lungs sound great, so I'm relieved and feeling pretty good.

Just getting used to the fact that I can't ignore what I would have treated like a very minor problem and not bothered with the doctor, and just waited for the body to heal itself. Just a few years ago that's what I would have done, but with Cirrhosis that just won't work anymore.

Thank you all for your concern and prayers, everyone on this site is always so supportive, I thank the Lord for each and every one of you

Paul


04/04/2012 05:48 PM
1polarbear
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So glad you went! I struggle with the same thing, I don't want to feel like a hypochondriac but we just can't take chances anymore.

04/04/2012 05:57 PM
dmanflan
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Hey Paul!

Very good point for everyone here about having to react when things "aren't right", especially with immune compromised bodies! You know your body better than anyone and with the possibility of having confusion, it is always best to err on the side of caution. A relatively minor (I hope!) impact but a big lesson learned!


04/05/2012 08:24 AM
sadlystillsane
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I couldn't agree more. We cannot take any chances. What may have been so minor to us in the past now could potentially cause big problems. My doc here has always said she would rather see me and tell me it is nothing than see me when things have gone too far. My Hep also says the same thing.....call me (he is 6 hours away) and I can fit you in or talk to your doc there....because too many things can happen too fast and then it is a medical emergency. It feels like hypochondria to me too, but it is just smart these days.

04/06/2012 10:20 PM
ruth8890
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Paul - me too - soo glad you went to the Doc. Please let us know what the U/S shows. It's like my nosebleeds - one member almost died from one! I learned from that person's story to go to the ER if it doesn't stop after 30 minutes!

And, same as you ....what I would have thought didn't mean go to the ER - I was panic stricken but didn't think of what else could have been going on internally. An hour and a half long, 6 oz., nosebleed is a trip to the ER! Praying for good results and that you're feeling better! Ru

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