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Posted by: Mirror | 2008/07/23

Thrombosis

2 weeks ago i started having pain in my right calf, after 3 days of having this pain i went to a dr who at first could not feel anything in my leg and prescribed cataflam. i did not think it was a muscle pull so i asked him to rule out thrombosis. he took a blood test which did confirm that there was something wrong, i went for my doppler which showed small clots in my lower leg. and was asked to see a specialist who would be able to prescribe the right medication for me. the pain has completely vanished now and i still have not gone to the dr.

can this mean that my clots are gone? do i still need to see a specialist?

my medical aid savings is now exhuasted and im worried about all the cost that i would have to carry.

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Dear Mirror
The danger is that there may still be small clots that can loosen and cause serious pulmonal embolism which could cause you to end up in intensive care - but I would suggest that you re-do the D dimer test to see if this is still elevated and discuss with your doctor (GP) to put you on a short course of anti-coagulants to prevent any further clotting. See also http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Dvt/DVT_WhatIs.html

Dr Bets

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