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 clot...it 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