The original visitor deep vein thrombosis question:
Ann-Marie: Has anyone else had any problems with deep vein thrombosis? The weight and size of my growth is so big now and is pressing on my veins/arteries. I have had two clots in my legs and have been put on Warfarin (the rat poison!!! – how did they find out that worked?!!!) and I have just spent 2 fun-filled nights in hospital with the suspicion it had travelled to my lungs (phew, it hadn’t) but I really don’t want to have any more problems. In addition I have to come off the Warfarin and go on stomach injections (ughhh!) for a week before my op in 2 weeks!! Any suggestions/comments would be appreciated.
I had previously heard of DVT but not in connection with fibroids. Reading through the visitor comment, it makes complete sense that this would be a related problem. Found some information so I’m including those links:
These links include signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
[Added September 17, 2006] Sprkly commented on the importance of being aware of DVT symptoms. I agree and have decided to list them here. From the NHLBI web site:
It is important to see a doctor right away if you have symptoms of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis can cause very serious complications if not treated.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Only about half of the people with deep vein thrombosis have symptoms. The symptoms may include:
- Swollen area of the leg.
- Pain or tenderness in the leg. The pain is usually in one leg and may be felt only when standing or walking.
- Increased warmth in the area of the leg that is swollen or in pain.
- Red or discolored skin.
Some people find out that they have deep vein thrombosis only after the clot has moved from the leg and traveled to the lung (pulmonary embolism). The symptoms may include:
- Chest pain when you take a deep breath
- Shortness of breath
If anyone has an experience or thoughts to share, please post a comment.
Uterine fibroid symptoms (not my idea of fun)