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Discussion: Blood Clot ALERT!!

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March 23, 2013
Tater50
333 posts
Blood Clot ALERT!!
Maybe this can ALERT & help someone!!!

2008 I was 58 & in great shape; weighed 250; 6'3", was lifting weights; working on a ranch doing heavy work for 8-10 hours a day; no physical or medical problems; taking NO medications except a baby aspirin a day; NEVER on drugs or alcohol (except occasional Nyquil dosage); NO steroids or etc; NO prior physical problems except an appendectomy & LKnee surgery(1991)!!

At night while sleeping my left calf would burn & wake me up several times. I brushed it off as overtraining; but it continued for 2 weeks; then one night I got up @ 2:30AM; watching TV; looked down & the vein in my inner left thigh looked like a RED RIVER. It bulged out about 3/16".

Long story short: 11.08, had a blood clot; then another on 7.09 while on blood thinner. Went to every specialist from Hematologist to Heart to Sleep Apnea Doctors & NO one could find any link to the cause of the Clot. Stayed on Coumadin till 1.06.11.

I hope this message ALERTS anyone that has these type symptoms to NOT delay & get it checked cause this is serious!!!

LX 50
March 24, 2013
leftyfalcon
Men's 65
156 posts
Glad to see your doing well and glad for the info. Didn't see you in montgomery hope your alright.
March 24, 2013
surf88
Men's 60
845 posts
we have a fellow teammate that is experiencing this now. We are thinking of him. Glad you are ok.
March 24, 2013
Tater50
333 posts
Thanks Joe & Surf88: I had an injury & was not able to make Montgomery.

Blood clots seem to be deceptive; you can easily push the thought aside & characterize the pain as a strain or old age; but if it is waking U up at night; there is something more serious. Not to B taken lightly!!

LX 50
March 24, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Any sign as to what may have caused the clot?
I've had a abscess from a hit I took in my leg and whole leg was as described, RED.
Almost lost it.
March 24, 2013
HJ
Men's 70
413 posts
Tater, did you get a formal diagnosis of DVT?
March 24, 2013
Tater50
333 posts
Taits: I went to ALL the specialists & NO one could give me any idea as to the origin of the clot. The Hematologist declared that he could find no problems. Seems U have + & - Proteins in the blood that keep clotting in check & ALL those were fine.

I had a Venogram; where they enter the back of the knee & go up towards the groin area. The Hema Doc explained that there is a vein & artery that sort of cross each other at the upper front body area where the leg hinges at the hip & sometimes one can limit the other....but NO problem.


HJ: This link explains it; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_saphenous_vein. The Great Saphenous Vein. It was called a Superficial not DVT; but this link explains more: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000199.htm

No matter whether Super of DVT; I was put in the Hospital & was not able to move for hours; had to beg the Doc to let me have a bowel movement. It was explained to me that it could go to the lungs & cause severe complications.


It is still a mystery!!

LX50
March 24, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Tater50,
These kind of info post help many I'd think, one never knows what just might happen to them.
I go in for shots in my knees and inquire about replacements which one is very questionable because of the break the leg suffered in '78.
Stay healthy, its really all we have going for us.
March 24, 2013
HJ
Men's 70
413 posts
Taits is so right about health being everything.
Last week a healthy- appearing neighbor died at 60, just never woke up. Clots are known to form after periods of inactivity like long plane rides
or long periods of sitting. It almost killed Nixon and killed an MSNBC correspondent early in the Iraq war who had been immobile in a tank for
many hours. My wife and I before a recent long flight, purchased medical grade compression socks
(over the calf). We both felt our legs seemed much better after that flight compared to how they felt after other similar flights. Compression socks for clots also ties in with a thread I started about socks in which tri18 strongly recommended them for both games and recovery. Perhaps as seniors this makes more sense for a number of reasons. I know I have found compression shorts and shirts to be effective and will now use the socks. They also sell calf sleeves which might make sense for some too.


March 24, 2013
Tater50
333 posts
Something that slipped my mind: Senior Moment; in 11.05 @ the Winter Ft. Myers Tourney; I took a swing & something popped behind the LKnee & I fell to the ground; then a silver dollar size red blood image showed up; figured it was the hamstring. I could not bend my leg w/o falling.

Anyway: anyone who played with me in 05 could see that I ran (more like walked) very slow when I hit; my legs were going. The following year 11.06, I had another Lknee cleaning (orthoscopy);

Now; I do not know if the hamstring & LKnee surgery had anything to do w/the BClot or not; but the Docs did not indicate that it was a possibility, since the BC came 2 years later.

Logic: I would think that if I were inactive, driving or flying a lot, that I'd be more prone to BCs; had no history of BCs in my past genealogy.

Still mysterious: I have never been a bad eater; hardly ever junk foods (on occasion); got a Turtle's metabolism (Hrate about 39-40 BPM); NO one can figure the reason for the BC.

Thanks for the input; I hardly ever post, but wanted to give a headsup to anyone that may be feeling this sort of pain. Need to have it checked!!

LX50
March 24, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Had the pop also, was my hamstring. Leg went black and blue.
Some times one can stretch it but not tear it, according to my Dr. You do not want the tear.
What ever, stretch before games, I never did before.
Best wishes on the healing journey, it isn't fun.
March 24, 2013
HJ
Men's 70
413 posts
Tater, I read both articles. Usually the superficial is benign and easily treated. Yours must have been high up where there is more danger of throwing a clot and it going to a bad dangerous place. The saphenous vein itself can be removed with no problem and is often used for bypass.
taits, since you mentioned stretching to prevent the "pop," be advised as discussed on earlier threads, static stretching increases the risk of a "pop" and weakens muscles if done before an activity. Dynamic stretching is now universally recommended for warmup and jogging before activity is good warmup. Static stretching is fine after the activity but not before.
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