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10 Jan 2005

DVT severe swelling. PLease help
I posted this elsewhere but thought you might miss it as it was a reply so here goes.

At 25 I got DVT for the first time and was unfortunatly was not diagnosed for 4 weeks inspite of the fact that my GP referred me to a specialist, it was quiet severe, leg was almost always blue, throbbing, after I started the clexain the pain went away, but the size of my leg stayed the same, I was on warfrain for a year, three years later I got another one, this time I knew what to expect and was put on clexaine immediatly, I have now been on wafrain for almost a year. The problem is my leg (from below the knee) is 5cm wider than the other, my toes are sometimes blue, my ankle and foot is also swollen, if I stand too long (too long could be a mere 5 or 10 min.) I can actually feel my leg and foot swelling.I can'wear any of my old shoes and have a hard time finding a pair that will fit both feet. I no longer where shorts because of it being so apparent, not to mention the terrible veins that have now appeared behind my leg.

Is this going to be a permanent problem? Is this normal? How long should I stay on wafrain? Is ocassional pain normal?

Please help , with the slightest muscle pain in my leg I always fear it's back.
P.S The DVT was caused by HRT's,am no longer using it. It is also hereditary im my case

Thanks Doc
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01 Jan 0001

DR, the blood clot (DVT) probably damaged the valves in the veins and this is not something the body will be able to repair. It is a fairly common problem after a DVT.
You will have to stay on the warfarin until at least 6 months after the last incident. If there is a reason other than HRT you will have to stay on it for life.
Occasional pain is to be expected, but it shouldn’t last longer than a couple of hours.
Let me know if you have more questions. Good luck.
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