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January 13th, 2006

clots @ 03:05 pm

Mood: contemplative contemplative
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OK here goes.

In the preceding couple of weeks, on and off, I had a pain in my left calf which felt like the feeling that you have the next day after a nighttime cramp.
One week pain,
next week pain went away
and it came back Friday,
got a little worse Saturday,
and was there Sunday.

I called my vascular surgeon at 0710AM Monday.
went to his office, was met by the ultrasound technician and examined.

They found a small clot in my left calf.
They also checked my right leg (that I had trouble with about 16-18 months ago) and said that the clots were still behind my right knee, but were smaller.


Doc comes in.
what did you find?
He tells me that I need to loose weight, OK.
OK, so how do we proceed? Shots, pills, home, hospital, tests?

Doc said, sending you for tests for 'thick blood', No change in activity and restart the Coumadin at the previous levels, get the blood tests before you start the meds as it will affect some of the results.

Go home, shower, get ready for work, then to the blood lab near my office and they collect, 10 or 11 vials, OY! atleast they got the location Perfect the first time!

After work, I pick up the meds and start them that evening.
I take the first dose and couple of hours later I feel flushed and take a nap in the recliner.
Similar effect on Tuesday evening.
Wednesday, similar, but I took my temp and it was 100.8,
Thursday morning it was 99.2,
Same thing Thursday evening but 100.4 .

Since Tuesday or so, I've been getting another pain in my left calf on the inside of the calf from the initial pain.

Dave njbigbear convinced me to call the docs this morning, Friday, and find up what's up.

I sent this to my teammates to advise my whereabouts.

Each of the last 4 evenings, a couple of hours after I took the
coumadin, I felt warm or flushed. Wednesday evening I took my
temperature and it was 100.8 . Lastnight my temperature measured
100.4-100.6 . I have an additional area of pain on the inside of my
left calf. Oddly my temperature was almost normal this morning. ~98.7 .

This morning I called the vascular and got a call back a little while
ago, the receptionist asked many questions and said that she will get
intouch with Dr. and get back to me.

I just got a call back from the vascular's office, as I am writing this.
The doctor is not concerned about the additional area of pain in the
left calf as I have been on coumadin since Monday. They indicated that
I do not need to visit their office, but advise that I should see my GP
for the fever concerns.

I asked if they have ever heard of coumadin causing increased temp and
they said that they hadn't.

I called my GP's office and coerced an appointment with my preferred
doctor, for 410PM today ( which translates to around 530 to actually see
the doctor. )

Depending on the advice of my GP we will determine what we are going to
do about visiting our friends in Rock Tavern NY for the weekend.


I've taken my temp a couple of times today and at about 1230 it was 99.7, 1430 it was 100.0 .

I've got an appt with my GP at 4PM.


I'll keep you posted.
 
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From:choochoo68
Date:January 13th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
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*licks you behind the ear* hope it's ok...you could just be one of the rare people it happens to too...you are quite "exceptional"
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:January 15th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
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[grin]
[hug]
Thanks!

Keep well!
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From:jedibearcub
Date:January 13th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
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hey bubba I hope all is well ... plez keep my posted ...HUGZ
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:January 15th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
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will do,
Thanks!

I trust your trips were fulfilling...
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From:atljimbear
Date:January 14th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
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Jeff, Please let me know how everything is going. You take care of yourself handsome! (or just let Dave take care of you!) Big Get Well HUGS to ya!
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:January 15th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

I'm not the best patient, frequently converse with physicians on their level and have been told that they think that I'm a med student, but I'm not... nor do I accept assistance that readily, but I probably should.

[hug]
I'll post updates as they happen.
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From:interpaneer
Date:January 14th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
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Hope it goes well. I'm having leg cramps and weird ticks in both calves all the time. now I'm worried. ;o/
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:January 15th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
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[sorry for following drivel, I just noticed that I started LJ after I had first set of clots...]

Two words and a piece of advice.

Buffered Aspirin and go see your doctor!

The symptoms that you are experiencing may just be an electrolyte deficiency, but that's a determination for a doctor to make.

Please be safe rather than sorry...

One of the symptoms that had but didn't mention is shortness of breath, which indicates that clots have formed or have moved into the lungs, but thankfully the shortness of breath is slowly going away as meds do their thing and the pain in the leg goes away (s..l..o..w..l..y) .

(yes, I'm one of those not smart folks that waits to see if the pain goes away in a couple of days...) Over the initial couple of weeks after the onset of the pain in the leg, both times, I had considerable trouble after walking up a flight of stairs and would get winded. I had no previous trouble with that activity.

I would say, see you GP or Internal Medicine Doctor and tell them of all your symptoms, no matter how minor or unrelated they may seem.

If your doctor says that you need to get an ultrasound exam of your legs Ask them to recommend a good Vascular Surgeon's office that can do the test for you or call the Vascular Lab of the hospital that you get your test at. They are Experienced in finding these evil things and you'll be in good hands.

28July04 Sent to local hospital for chest Xray.

29July04 saw another doctor and got him to send me for tests. I had a false negative diagnosis (read they missed the clots behind my right knee) when I went to a local hospital's radiology lab for the ultrasound.

09Aug04 visit to GP, sent for MRI for possible popliteal cyst rupture.

26Aug04 visit to orthopedist (pain mostly gone now), he suggested that I see a vascular surgeon.

It wasn't until 23Sep04 that I was diagnosed with clots behind my right knee, by the vascular surgeon.


Good Luck! and let me know how you make out...
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From:interpaneer
Date:January 15th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Wow, it's a good thing they found them. How scary that they missed them at first.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:January 15th, 2006 05:36 am (UTC)
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I had those also for a few days before the constant pain set in.

Please, See Your Doctor and don't take, "we don't know" for an answer!
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:January 15th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
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Yikes!

I trust that you recovered fully.

I would be interested in hearing your experience.

Be Well.
From:trwheaton
Date:January 14th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
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Hugs to you and Dave... Take care--Be well!
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:January 15th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
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[hugz] back

Thanks! You too.
From:mrwhistlebear
Date:January 14th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
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I know we chatted on the phone about some of this the other night, but these seem to be new developments. Please ring me and let me know what happens w/ the doc, ok? I'll be in and out this weekend...Paul's here, too...and home late evenings this week.

Big Hugs and take care of yourself, hon.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:January 15th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
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I'll give you a call Sunday evening as I don't have the voip adapter with me at we're at Pat&Jon's this weekend. Ah, I was going to ask where I should call, but a second read of your post revealed the clue that I needed.
Paul's here too

[grin]

On a positive note, my GP/internist took my BP and said it's 120/80 Yay!
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From:txredneck
Date:January 14th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)

*looks for my switches*

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waiting nearly two weeks to go to the Dr. (think back Pete & Eldas) I think I should switch you! Don't make me go nurse ratchet on you ;) (minus the sponge bath, you might enjoy that too much :-P)

Hope you get to feeling better, and let me know how things are going, and holla if you need anything!

*big hugs & belly rubs*
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:January 15th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)

Re: *looks for my switches*

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Thanks for the [hugs and belly rubs]!

hum, You want to get switches for me and it was (only 2 weeks) see the chronology in my reply to interpaneer below of the first set of clots in 2004. I wonder what you might do the my GP's partner.

Incidentally, I will Not see my GP's partner after the experiences of 28July04, she completely misdiagnosed the pain and swelling in my right leg as overuse injury and (only) sent me for a chest Xray because I reported shortness of breath. Both she and my GP were out of the office the next day and I pressed to see the cover doctor, who sent me for the ultrasound. I found out later that the cover doc is my GP's brother.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:January 15th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
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My GP advised antibiotics for the near-fever and fluids.

The pain is slowly going away and is mostly just a mild ache at times. I'm taking my coumadin on schedule and it seems to be doing the trick. It'll be a couple of days before the anti-biotics start doing anything noticeable. I'll update this thread with any new news...

{hugz} to all and Thanks for your support and kind words!

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