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Deep Vein Thrombosis- or just my anxiety?
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:34:20 PM »
I recently "discovered" deep vein thrombosis and ever since I've been driving myself crazy.  I am white with relativey thin/translucent skin so I have some visible but flat veins all over my legs.  I noticed there is a 1" long blue vein behind my knee that is more visible than the rest.  It doesn't hurt, but the more I think about it, the more I get this vague achy sensation all over my legs (I had the same thing when I was obsessed with MS, so it may be psychosomatic).  I am on birth control pills but other than that I don't have DVT risk factors.

But I can't stop worrying because you often don't even have symptoms, and I don't want to get expensive tests done if I don't have a reason for it!  What do I do?
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Re: Deep Vein Thrombosis- or just my anxiety?
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2014, 05:53:08 PM »
I wish I had not discovered this aswell. I went to ER once with shortness of breath and the dr mentioned checking for blood clots, at that point I didn't even know what he was talking about. And ever since then, as soon as I get a pain in my leg I staft to freak out.
I guess go with your gut instinct. Lots of things can happen to us without symptoms. If you read real stories of people with DVT on the internet, all of them had symptoms.
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Re: Deep Vein Thrombosis- or just my anxiety?
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2014, 06:08:13 PM »
Getting a blood test called a D-Dimer if negative basically rules it out.  A positive D-dimer means nothing other than you need to be worked up.  With that said, you don't see DVTs.  The calf may swell and be painful.  Clots or veins you can see are not deep...as in deep vein thrombosis.  When those superificial veins hurt or clot that would be considered a superficial thrombophlebitis...which generally isn't harmful.
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Re: Deep Vein Thrombosis- or just my anxiety?
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2014, 06:22:32 PM »
I used to have this same fear years ago and actually went to the hospital twice because of it. If you had DVT your leg would be swollen, red, and warm. Some peoples veins just show more than others. I really don't think its DVT.
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Re: Deep Vein Thrombosis- or just my anxiety?
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2014, 07:39:06 PM »
I have the same fears....I went to the ER for chest pains and they tested for a PE and told me what it was (had a negative d dimer). Every since then, that is all I think about...I have leg pain everyday and shortness of breath at times but after 2 ER visits and 2 doctor appointments, they say  fine. They never did an ultrasound, but they say that after 2 negative d dimers, it's anxiety

I don't know how to take my mind off it...all this to tell you I know what it's like
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Re: Deep Vein Thrombosis- or just my anxiety?
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2014, 09:36:48 PM »
My mom had a DVT and it was anything but a vague achy sensation. She was in a lot of pain and could hardly walk on that leg.
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Re: Deep Vein Thrombosis- or just my anxiety?
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2014, 01:44:55 PM »
I recently "discovered" deep vein thrombosis and ever since I've been driving myself crazy.  I am white with relativey thin/translucent skin so I have some visible but flat veins all over my legs.  I noticed there is a 1" long blue vein behind my knee that is more visible than the rest.  It doesn't hurt, but the more I think about it, the more I get this vague achy sensation all over my legs (I had the same thing when I was obsessed with MS, so it may be psychosomatic).  I am on birth control pills but other than that I don't have DVT risk factors.

But I can't stop worrying because you often don't even have symptoms, and I don't want to get expensive tests done if I don't have a reason for it!  What do I do?

My GP said that most people with DVT will show up with a severly swollen ankle as well as a large red patch on their calf.

I like you was once worried becuase I was having the achy feeling below my knee and it turned out to be the stress causing knots in my calf muscle. My GP saidif you have DVT you know something is wrong.
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Re: Deep Vein Thrombosis- or just my anxiety?
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2014, 01:56:08 PM »
I was hospitalized 6 years ago for a DVT that passed into my lungs (pulmonary embolism).  I broke my ankle at work so I had a cast and couldn't tell it was swelling.  I had some terrible cramps and I just passed it off as muscle atrophy.  You'd have some serious cramping if it was a DVT. 
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Re: Deep Vein Thrombosis- or just my anxiety?
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2014, 02:54:19 PM »
I've had this fear. I once slipped on my steps, caught my calf on the edge of a stair, and had a bruise that lasted for months. I was absolutely convinced I had a clot, despite not having any other symptoms. For a year or better, I was convinced that my calf had a clot every time my calf ache (I think the fall caused some scar tissue on my calf muscle). For those of us with HA, once our minds focus on something it's impossible to shake. Even now, I (sort of) jokingly refer to any calf pain as "my blood clot". That being said, my nurse grandmother and my PCP explained that, when a DVT presents symptoms, they tend to be pretty hard to ignore. Swelling, hot skin, discoloration, etc. Achy legs, especially if it's both legs, are not it.
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Re: Deep Vein Thrombosis- or just my anxiety?
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2014, 06:00:03 PM »
I worry about that ALL the time.  My father had a blood clot in his calf that broke loose and went into this lungs.  Thankfully, he was in the hospital at the time and ended up fine.  But, I've been terrified ever since.   We both have Factor V Leiden which increases your chance of getting one due to thicker blood.

I also have a large vein that runs down the side of my knee into my lower leg.  I try to always remind myself that it should be very painful if a clot forms, etc., but I still worry whenever I have any pain in my legs.  I also bruise easily and asked my doctor about that and there is no connection between bruising and clots.  Tell my mind that.
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