Birth control bllod clot awareness

Amy - posted on 07/09/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




This post is in no way meant to deter anyone from using any sort of birth control, I just wanted to post some signs and symptoms of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) which affects your leg. Before i list those I also wanted to give my background info so you know why this has become important to me.
I am a 26yr old non-smoker. I had my second child this past Christmas day. I went on the Nuva ring 5weeks after she was born for obvious reasons, and my doc didn't see any reason to be concerned. I did not meet any of the high risk categories for potential side effects.
Well, a few weeks ago I had excruciating back pain, which was diagnosed as a pinched nerve, about 4days after my diagnosis the pain had literally moved down to my hip and radiated through my leg. My leg had swelled so bad, I couldn't move it. It looked like a tree trunk. I went to the ER on a Fri where I was given a shot of anti-inflammatory and sent home feeling so helpless. The swelling and pain got worse and by Sun evening I was at the ER again. This time they did a blood test to check for the likeliness of a blood came back pos. I had to go in mon morning for a doppler of my leg which confirmed it was a blood clot that went from my hip/groin area all the way down to the back of my knee. I was then admitted to the hospitals ICU for treatment (which lasted a full week!) It was such a horrifying ordeal. I got to hear, the whole time I was there, that I was lucky because some people ignore the symptoms and then just drop dead. So I am hoping that my story may help some one else.

Symptoms of DVT
* Swelling in one or both legs
* Pain or tenderness in one or both legs, which may occur only while standing or walking
* Warmth in the skin of the affected leg
* Red or discolored skin in the affected leg
* Visible surface veins
* Leg fatigue

I also wanted to point out, that it CAN happen to ANYONE, not just smokers or unhealthy people. They did a plethora of tests (including genetics) to rule out health and genetics as contributors. I am a rare circumstance, but I wanted to inform all of the other possible "rare" circumstances.
Thanks for reading my rant :D

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Rebecca - posted on 03/02/2011




6 weeks after I gave birth to my daughter I almost died of a pulmonary embolism. The low dose birth control and lupus anti-coagulant, which I never knew I had, contributed as well as the first 6 weeks after birth we're more prone to blood clots. I had very few warning signs which I tied to just giving birth and gaining 60 pounds. Mine were: tiredness and exhaustion from simple activities, like walking up the stairs

Angie - posted on 07/09/2010




My mom almost died because her doctors kept blowing her off about her leg pain. By the time someone listened the clot was in her lung. 38 years later it was finally resolved when a portion of her lung was removed due to scar tissue. It is a rare possibility but not one I was willing to take.

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