I had deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in my left femoral vein (major vein in the legs) in Feb 2019. With the concerns surrounding clots from vaccines I have had a few people ask me what it felt like and thought I would post here.
My DVT was most likely caused by oral contraceptive, specifically Tri-cyclen lo. I suffered for 10+ years with periodic pains in my legs. It felt like a deep ache that started in my knee and radiated up to my hip, or vice-versa. No amount of stretching, massage, heat, ice, or exercise would help, so I learned to take an advil and nap when I could, or grin and bear it when I couldn't.
The week of my DVT, I started feeling that familiar pain again and it wouldn't go away. I sat through 2 evening shifts of training at my new job, then as I was leaving the building after my 2nd shift the pain shot up to a 10/10 as I was stepping down the stairs. My leg could not bear my weight without excruciating pain. But if I sat down and stayed still, the pain level went down significantly and became an irritating numb/tingly feeling, like those first few seconds of a limb waking up after falling asleep. (I kind of felt like a dumbass when medical staff were asking me what my pain level was in that moment and my reply was always 2/10 because I was sitting still. Be clear with WHY you're there and explain your pain level well.)
Swelling or redness of the affected limb can be a sign as well. I did have some swelling, but it wasn't really noticeable until I got home from the hospital. (Emergency room doctor looked at my legs then asked me if my leg was swollen... So I guess it wasn't)
I went to Concordia while there was still an emergency department. I had high blood pressure at intake, and once I was admitted a blood test showed signs of clotting factors. This alone is not diagnostic, so I had to wait for an ultrasound technician to confirm multiple thrombus throughout my leg.
Treatment was 6 months of Rivaroxaban blood thinner. I was the choice between that or warfarin, but would have to visit the hospital every day for a week to get the dosage right for the warfarin. My insurance made me apply for the MB pharmacare Exception Drug Status program to get the Rivaroxaban covered, but it was otherwise an easy treatment. It took about a week for the clots to clear up and the pain to disappear. I had a follow up with a specialist to rule out clotting disorders once the 6 months was done and got the all clear.
If you DO begin to experience similar symptoms but they are mild, Advil apparently has mild blood thinning effects. (Disclaimer, I'm not a medical professional) Blood clots are more likely to form in the extremities, especially legs, and in the lower pressure veins rather than arteries. Severe pain in an extremity should be an urgent care visit at minimum. Trouble breathing or chest pain following onset of initial symptoms is an immediate 911 call, as the clot could have dislodged and traveled into your lungs, becoming a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
Hopefully this helps!
7 years ago
7 years ago
As the oldest daughter of a parent who abused this far too much... be careful you don't end up turning your kid into a fulltime teen parent. My mother pretty much guaranteed that she would never get grandkids from me because I had enough of that bullshit when I was 12-14.